Category: Small Business Tips

Teach a Friend to Sew Winners

It’s finally time to announce our Teach a Friend to Sew Winners! Thanks to everyone who participated in the series; it was such fun to see you earn your badges with tool kits, pillows, garments and more. We have one lucky winner of a new Pfaff Passport 3.0 Sewing Machine, and three fabric shop gift certificate winners…

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Is It Ever Worthwhile to Work for Free?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, also runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory and Craft a Creative Business. She stopped by earlier this year with thoughts on how to cope with a sense of isolation when working from home, and now she’s back with a thorough discussion about whether it’s ever worthwhile to work for free.

What do you think? Do you ever work for free, and if so have you found it’s ever been worth your while? Or do you think working for free under any circumstances no matter how beneficial devalues the industry as a whole? Do you use any calculations to decide if it is worth taking an unpaid job?…

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Do You Have What it Takes to Run a Business?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory. She gave us some excellent ideas for How to Cope with the Sense of Isolation When Working from Home earlier this year, and now she’s back to get you thinking about whether you are ready to run your own business and if you have what it takes to succeed…

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Support Shops with Sustainable Business Models

More and more “gray market” and non-traditional fabric sellers are competing with online as well as brick & mortar businesses for sewing and quilting industry dollars. We might be getting a great deal on products, but at what cost? Both consumers and manufacturers need to do a better job of weeding out the sellers who threaten the viability of shops with strong business models–those who are growing the industry, contributing to a healthy economy, and providing customers with great products and service .

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Sewing Resolutions: Creative Business Bookkeeping

Abby Glassenberg is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author and teacher. She writes about small business and the sewing industry on her While She Naps blog. We appreciate Abby’s upfront discussions about the online sewing and craft industry, and we asked her to participate in our Sewing Resolutions series to help give us all a fresh start to the new year. If you own a creative business you may be setting work goals right now, and Abby’s tips for bookkeeping will likely come in handy!

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Do What You Love And the Money Will Follow

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk and Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps for Abby’s regular podcast. In it Kathy and I talk about running and closing our fabric shops, reinventing our businesses, and more. One of the things I brought up toward the end of the podcast was a bit of a ramble about following your passion to a point. I think it would be great to keep the conversation about doing what you love going here. Take a look and share your thoughts.

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Be a Better Craft Teacher: Know Your Effectiveness

Today brings us full circle with our craft class preparation, teaching and evaluation! Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch is here with her Be a Better Craft Teacher series, perfect for everyone from beginning instructors to experienced teachers. “Know Your Effectiveness” is packed with excellent tips about how to evaluate your teaching and make the experience positive for everyone…

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Be a Better Craft Teacher: Know Your Goal

Our Be a Better Craft Teacher series continues with Deborah Moebes from Whipstitch. Whether you’re thinking of teaching a class one day or you’ve been teaching for years, this series will inform your craft and improve the experience for everyone. Deborah maps out the full teaching process in a thoughtful, clear way. You don’t want to miss today’s “Know Your Goal” post…

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Be a Better Craft Teacher: Know Your Stuff

It’s time for Part One of our six-part Be a Better Craft Teacher series with instructor Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch. This series is perfect for both new and experienced craft teachers and follows the full teaching process, from the preparation stage through reflection on what works and how to improve. Part One is Know Your Stuff!

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Be a Better Craft Teacher Series

Instructor Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch joins us for a six-part Be a Better Craft Teacher Series every Tuesday, starting next week! The series is for both new and experienced craft teachers and takes you through the entire process of designing a class or course, from the early planning stages to determining the effectiveness of your teaching…

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Sewing With Kids in the Mix

Kathy Stowell from Bliss Beyond Naptime is a coach for creative parents, providing eCourses and more for families seeking balance and happiness in their days. Yesterday we talked about how to help kids learn to sew. Today Kathy shares some tips for helping you finding time and “space” to sew and create as a parent, even as your days are blessed with kids in the mix. Kathy’s tips are great for finding focus no matter what pulls you away from your creative time…

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Craft Business Tips: 20 Proven Types of Blog Posts

While writing for your blog, you need to keep two audiences in mind: your readers who already know and love you, and search engines who will help direct more readers your way. Luckily they both thrive off the same thing–unique quality content. Need some ideas for great content? Below are 20 proven types of blog posts that you can use once a year or every week. Fill up your calendar, stick to your deadlines and publish a blog you can be proud of.

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Craft Fair Resources

There was lots of great info in our Craft Fair Series last week! Several people wrote in with some additional resources and we also found some fun resources for booth display inspiration and more; we’re sharing it all today on one handy page…

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