Just wanted to let you know that I have had the violation of trademark withdrawn and Typepad have officially given me the go ahead.............thanks to all my supporters and followers out there and your kind words.
Out of the blue I was issued with an infringement notice of violating a trademark and given 2 days to change by blog name and hence my folder name - meaning all my links would go. Its too much for me to take in right now and very disappointing that a commercial business with the same name thinks that my craft diaries would be confused with their business. Maybe I can still sway them otherwise but in case you come looking for me and I am not here you will know why.
So to all of my readers and to those of you I have connected with over the last 3 years I bid you farewell.
I launched my Crafty Business ebook some months ago and following on from this I am launching an online workshop and forum for those of you interested in developing your blog and craft business.
What does the class include?
You will receive Crafty Business as a PDF file giving you access to exercises, worksheets and checklists
My instruction online covering 2 chapters a week.
Access to branding and business videos and presentations through a dedicated website
Online access to the Crafty Business community and forum
Ongoing Q and A and consultancy directly from me
How does the class work?
Each Monday from 10 -11am for 4 consecutive weeks on a dedicated website I will be covering 2 chapters of Crafty Business.
First class scheduled for Monday November 9th
I will be posting exercises, worksheets and homework for you to complete including videos and articles for you to read and research. During this time I am available for immediate coaching and mentoring
Outside of this time I encourage you to participate in forums and discussions as well as asking me questions
How much time will it take?
It's upto you how much time you wish to devote to this program. There will be exercises, videos and homework to do and the online forum will be ongoing for 4 weeks. I am encouraging you to participate and get involved as much as possible with the community and me.
How do I start?
As this is my first course I am offering an introductory rate of U.S.$45 and you will have continuing access to my coaching skills after the course has finished.
Purchase through PayPal or your credit card below or email me directly at handmaidenatymaildotcom for transfer into my bank account. If you have already purchased my ebook then I am happy to reduce this amount.
Crafty Business shows you how you can build and develop your blog/craft business.
Filled with practical information, exercises and a how-to approach, this book provides all the ammunition to start a blog/craft business.
Whether you are just starting out or have a fledgling craft business, readers will learn how to brand their craft business including developing a blog, product and range development, pricing and promotion and how to write a business plan.
Thirty one pages and 7 chapters in a PDF file. Each chapter has a Chapter Summary and Checklist.
PDF file will be sent by email within 24 hours for you to download. I will also send you a link to a PDF Reader in case you need this.
Leave me a comment as to why you need this book. Winner will be picked at Random at 8pm AEST on October 31st and announced on November 1st. Check out all the other giveaways at Curlypops
Another Quick Post informing you of some Business Victoria iniatives........Energise Enterprise is a unique festival in the month of August with an extensive program of business education events aimed at providing inspiration, ideas and information to start or grow a business. CAE is hosting a number of sessions covering areas such as Home-Based Business – Making it Work, and Small Business Strategies to Survive and Grow and Business KPI Health. Business Victoria - Energise Enterprise or take alook at my Crafty Business Ebook
Some other areas you need to think about when pricing include:
1. Wholesale vs Retail Pricing
If you are in a position to wholesale your products be sure that you are selling at retail at the same price that your wholesale trade retails. You do not want to undersell your wholesale trade or you may lose them as a distributor. Wholesalers will typically double your price to them (that’s typically called the list price).
I am not a fan of discounting. It suggests you have either too much stock or products are not selling and can undermine your ongoing sales price. But sometimes clearances are necessary. Be creative, how can you add value to your clearances without discounting. Think about 3 for 2, bonus items, gift certificate for next purchase, bundling of products into special gifting packs, special posting rates
3. Exchange rate
A number of crafters have had issues in the past few months in dealing with the reducing exchange rate. In large consumer goods companies an exchange rate is fixed based typically on a pessimistic rate. Companies do not change their wholesale or retail prices on a day to day basis to reflect currency exchange rates. If you are operating in Australia do your product costings in Australian dollars and then use an appropriate exchange rate to convert into $US. On average the $A to $US exchange rate for the last 10 years has been A$0.70 to 0.72. Pick an appropriate exchange rate to protect yourself against any volatility in exchange rates.
But also I have been doing some other migration in regards to blogging.
I have finally moved from Feedburner to Google Analytics mainly because the service has been downgraded due to Google's takeover of Feedburner and I have lost alot of info. If you are a typepadder you need to add your tracking code to a typelist "notes" page.... There is no way for it to be added to a basic template like blogger....but it's well worth it as it is so much better.
Then I have finally begun to move my subscriptions to Google Feedreader from Bloglines. This is taking some time and some getting used to.
for crafty business links which includes my branding series plus lots of other good business links. I am also putting the button on my sidebar for easy reference or you may like to bookmark this link through delicious.
No this is not an Eye Spy post but a way to bookmark your fav pages, tutorials, posts or anything else you want to keep. You save the URL address on your Delicious Account and have the ability to use multiple tags to categorise your favs. You can also network with others on Delicious or see what everyone else is bookmarking. Or use it as a resource tool when you are searching for something. Why don't you start an account. Maybe add me to your network
I have found this better than just using my browser favourite bookmarks, cos if you have ever had a computer crash and lost all your bookmarks you will know what I mean. This way they are housed on a separate server and can't be lost
I have added a Delicious widget on my left bottom sidebar that lists my latest bookmarks