was successfully added to your cart.

Product Reviews

HoneyBook: My Secret Weapon

By | Product Reviews, Small Business Tips, Tips & Tricks | No Comments
“I’m starting a business!” I blurt out to my mom one day on the phone less than six months after I had my daughter. I can remember the moment. I am cradling my daughter in one arm. My phone is between my chin and my shoulder, and I am pushing a cart at the grocery store. I was having an, “I can do anything” moment. Never mind that I didn’t have time to take a shower, clean the house, take care of myself. I remember thinking, “It will be so easy! Things won’t take me much time. I can do this while she naps and plays. I can squeeze this into my life.” I now chuckle at my naivety.

As you can probably guess, I quickly realized balancing the “ands” in life, including running your own business is not as quick and easy as I thought it was going to be. Nevertheless, I persisted, pulled my greasy hair into a ponytail, and put my head down. Fast forward a couple of years. My business grew to a point where I had time to take care of myself, hire some help, and keep all the balls in the air, but the chaos level was still overwhelming.

As your business grows, your systems do, too. You also experience a natural increase in responsibilities, costs, expenses, and staff. At each step of the way, you have to implement new solutions, systems, book keeping, lists, and strategies to keep you organized and on top of things. Yes, you can have people help you with all these moving parts, but at the end of the day, the buck stops with you. No one will ever care about your business as much as you do, so you have to be the bearer of most (if not all) of the responsibilities including finance, quality control, customer experience, creative and the list can go on and on. If you are like me, you cobble together solutions as you go. Quickbooks for bookkeeping, a spreadsheet for project timelines, Gmail for communication, word docs for proposals, a portfolio to showcase your work, legal documents and contracts. After awhile your head starts to spin. I had all of these forms and systems in place but was still feeling unorganized. And I must tell you, keeping up on paperwork and bookkeeping is not my favorite pastime. All the upkeep was starting to eat into my creative time causing a lot of projects to get caught in the pipeline. All of which were affecting my bottom line.

What if there was an all in one solution to manage these things? What if there was a way to get hours back? What if I actually felt organized for once? Well, I am so excited to announce that I have found the perfect secret weapon: HoneyBook! If you are familiar with Rising Tide Society, you may have heard of HoneyBook. If you aren’t, you should check both out! What Rising Tide Society is to community building, HoneyBook is to productivity. Honeybook is an all-in-one business management tool, and there are so many great applications for it. Let me get down to brass tacks and share my favorite features with you.

Here are my top 5 favorite features included with HoneyBook.

Read More

Passion Project: SugarSky

By | Meet the Maker, Product Reviews | No Comments
With a business plan created on the premise of employing, empowering, and encouraging those right here in the USA, Skyler Thomas creates handmade headbands to the highest degree. She holds a construction engineer degree and has been dubbed by her friends as a “technology geek, ” but at heart, Skyler Thomas is nothing short of a believer. Caring more about customers than making a buck, she left her financially stable director level position at a software company at the age of 25 to follow her passion. Read More

Handmade Loves E-book Review

By | Food For Thought, Product Reviews, Small Business Tips, What's Trending? | No Comments
Hi, Friends!

I am so thrilled to write this blog post dedicated to the new e-book called, The Handmade Loves’ Guide to Instagram Success: How to Build an Audience and Make Sales, written by our founder Emily Strom!  As an artist and small business owner, I have similar concerns and questions as many of the makers in this community. And like many of you, I use Instagram as my main source of marketing. I LOVE Instagram! I Love taking pictures of my products, staging the perfect photo, and editing the color just right. I love creative writing and coming up with silly captions and picking the perfect emojis to go along with it. But after all that fun stuff is done, it’s time for the marketing and hashtagging. If I am honest, marketing, in general, seems extremely inauthentic to me. That is why this e-book is SO helpful. It gives marketing advice that does not seem pandering or cheesy. I am going to list a few of my favorite takeaways from the book that got me motivated to make some marketing changes in my business. Hopefully,  they click with you, too!

Read More

Little Paper Flowers | New Obession

By | Product Reviews | No Comments

Paper Flowers. I wasn’t convinced. I started searching our fabulous handmade Instagram and my opinion was immediately changed. Every flower more beautiful than the next. It was amazing! Luckily, I had an email waiting for me from Erica, the magical maker behind Little Paper Flowers. A short week later, I had a beautiful bouquet waiting for me at home. And let me tell you… paper flowers are just as fantastic to receive as true flowers.  Read More

Drawing Inspiration From Life | Sew In Love Handmade

By | Product Reviews | No Comments

It’s Easter morning in our house and my 2-year-old, Ada, can’t wait to go downstairs and see what the Easter Bunny has brought her. But first, she needs to find Bunny and bring her along. Although it was a special holiday, this has been the typical scenario in our household for the past few weeks. Ada and Bunny. Bunny and Ada. By now, I have figured out I need to make sure to know where her new bunny is at all times to avoid unwanted meltdowns!

Read More