Barbara closed her Handmade for Profit blog in December 2010 due to
lack of time to develop it as originally planned, but this
department now features the site's best and most timeless individual articles
and article collections, now in Adobe PDF format. (If you don't have
the free Adobe reader, download it
in on Your Creativity. Barbara offers practical suggestions for how to use
your natural creativity to do things that will SAVE money as well as make it.
Also discusses bartering.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow:
The Future of Craft Fairs and Shows, by Bill Ronay
The Combination Farmer's Market/Craft Market--The Direction of the New Craft
Fair, by Joan Bleakly
Peril in the Workshop (An
Steps to Getting Started as a Crafts Designer
by Lisa Galvin
Barbara's PDF Articles
Business Start-Up Tips. Talk to Loved Ones First * "Nitty-Gritty Legal
Stuff" * Working Around Restrictive Zoning Laws * Licenses and Permits *
Business Name Registration
Business Management Tips. Working Around Children * Time Management * Insurance
* Calendar Tips
Selling Arts and Crafts.
Developing a Good Product Line * Sales Anxiety * Consignment Laws & Pitfalls to
Avoid * Hazards of Handling Foreign Orders * Product Scams to Avoid * Selling to
Resistant Buyers * Moving Into Wholesaling
Marketing & PR Tips. Market Research Tips * Marketing in a Sluggish Economy
* Finding Your Niche * Postcard Power * Use of Line Drawings in Printed
Materials (and how to do one)
Pricing Tips for Crafters.
Adjusting Prices * Setting the Last Two Digits of a Price * Lowering Prices *
Refresh Your Spirit with a Staycation. Barbara's suggestions for dealing with
burnout; what worked for her one year. Includes info on her mega garage/estate
sale in 2009, with photos.
Selling Needlework and Other Labor Intensive Products. Using one of her Taaniko
weavings as an example, Barbara suggests thinking about this problem in a
Tax Tips for
Crafters. Are You "In Business" or Not? * Hobby Income Defined * Business
Bookkeeping: Records That Will Keep the IRS Happy * Resale Tax Number
Motivational Articles for Crafters. Success Comes One Step at a Time * How
to Set and Achieve Your Goals * Design a Goals "Wish Box" * How to Chronicle
Your Crafts Journey
See also the
Home-Biz Articles department for many other
articles of interest to crafts business owners.
Should Your Handcrafted Work
CRAFTSMEN IN INDIA believe that
nothing but God is perfect. If they see that something they have created has no
flaws, they will deliberately make it imperfect in some small way.
Being "perfect" and being exceptionally well made are two different things
entirely. The real beauty of a handcrafted object is the fact that it is not
perfect. And it is the small imperfections that convinces one that an object was
actually created by human hands, not machinery. The bubbles in glass are proof positive that a living, breathing human being
created it; the chisel marks on a carving tell you this piece was not produced
by machinery; the slight irregularity of one stoneware plate from another
proclaims that hands—not machines—formed their shape.
Just something to think about the next time you find yourself trying too hard
to achieve "perfection."