Blogs, a treasure chest of information

Where do we find information to grow and develop our craft businesses?   Books, coaches, networks …. and of course the internet! If you are reading this you probably already know what a blog is, but just in case you don’t here is a definition: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Business blogs are generally written by people who work in the business sector.  They share their knowle...
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Creativity with Colour

When you buy a product, what do you think about when making your choice? Colour, quality, does it fit the need/function……? These are some of the things crafters need to take into account when they are making products to sell. Let’s focus on COLOUR: Colours trend. Just as people, products, clothing etc. are in vogue so certain colours are ‘in’ for that season. It is important for crafters to be aware of local and global trends.     Colours can also either complement each other o...
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Business Gathering

NPC versus Co-operative; location, location, location; market research …. These are some of the topics discussed at the latest Business Gathering. NPO leaders who work with crafters in their communities getting together to explore the possibility of a collaborative shop. So what is a co-operative shop? We spent time sharing what we felt the co-operative will be. These were our thoughts: An upmarket retail space that shares a common vision to bring hand crafted goods to market and by doing so...
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Co-operative

What does the word Co-operative mean for you? The dictionary defines a Co-operative as ‘a farm, business, or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.’ We are exploring what a co-operative shop could possibly look like and putting a Business Model together. We have the basic structure on which to build so now for the details. The leaders of the NPOs will be meeting in August to brainstorm, discuss and decide on the more detailed aspect...
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