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Tips & Tricks

Why You Should Give

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I started Handmade Loves because I am passionate about shopping small, buying handmade, and supporting artisans. When Handmade Loves turned the ripe old age of one, I reflected upon my business. There was something missing. I knew I loved the business. I knew that I wanted to continue to build it. But, I also knew I wasn’t feeling completely fulfilled. I took a serious look at what I needed to do to keep the business growing in a positive direction.  After some reflecting,  the answer was clear to me: I wasn’t giving for the sake of giving!

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How to Market Your Web Shop

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If you are one of those people who is always coming up with cool jewelry, innovative clothing designs, or similar handmade masterpieces, you have probably considered selling your DIY art by now. Marketing handcrafted items online is a far more cost-efficient option than renting out a brick-and-mortar store, but it does require a bit of research and planning. Here are a few simple tips to help get you started as an online handicraft entrepreneur within weeks. Read More

Three Tips for Managing Stress

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Ever let the stress of running a business get the best of you? As small business owners, we are constantly pulled in several directions. If things are not kept in perspective, it can become overwhelming very quickly.

As you may or may not know, Handmade Loves is going through a huge growth spurt and we are going to be offering a variety of new (and free) resources for makers. In preparing for the changes, I was becoming more and more stressed. Then it dawned on me. I have been setting false deadlines. Of course, I want to keep things moving, but I had to step back and realize: I’m just one person. No one is expecting me to get things done today. I was putting pressure on myself.

Always in search of ways to remain calm, happy, and healthy, I found these strategies helpful:

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Top 3 Tips for Branding

Top 3 Tips to Build a Strong Brand

By | Food For Thought, Tip Tuesday, Tips & Tricks
Branding can either draw a customer in or turn them away. Having a strong identity is a must-have for any size business. So…what is branding? What does it mean?

Essentially, branding tells your story and helps elevate your products. It shows your customer who you are and what you do. It gives your products a cohesive look and feel. It can be one of the most important aspects of your handmade business.

These are my top three tips for creating a strong brand.

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Handmade Seller | 6-week training FREE

By | Food For Thought, Guest Bloggers, Tips & Tricks, Treat Yourself

 Take Your Etsy Shop from 0 to 100 Sales!

Our friends at The Handmade Seller are offering a free, 6-week training and no, there aren’t any strings attached!

For those just starting out, 100 sales sounds like a lot and probably seems out of reach, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Handmade Seller magazine is dedicated to helping you grow your handmade business whether you sell on Etsy or on any other platform.

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Karing Vibes founder Kari

Guest Blogger | Karing Vibes

By | Food For Thought, Guest Bloggers, Meet the Maker, Tips & Tricks

As many of you may know, we have been so honored to open our blog to guest writers!

We believe this is a unique opportunity for our handmade family to find creativity in another outlet and to expand their audience and reach!

Meet Kari van den Eikhof, the amazing talent behind Karing Vibes. Her blog submission was our very first and it could not have been more perfect. Writing from the heart and with such a definitive voice, Kari’s tip this week tells us that “letting go of expectations and rules has changed my artwork and has opened the floodgates of creativity.

Follow Kari and her amazing art on Instagram: @karingvibes

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Build Your Brand This Holiday Season

By | Food For Thought, Tips & Tricks
Tis’ the season to leverage and build your brand. The holidays are a prefect time to push the boundaries of your handmade business. According to Google Consumer Survey, up to 40% of yearly sales are generated during the holiday selling season.

Why are the holidays an optimal time of year to market your brand? The holidays embody thankfulness, reconnecting, and giving. These virtues also lend themselves to great business principles.

Read below to find out three easy ways to leverage your brand this holiday season.

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