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We think it's incredibly important that to be an organization that supports the business efforts of makers, we need to include people who work closely with makers. One such member is Lisa of Moxie Pear Design. She specializes in working with the budget and packaging needs that makers have. She talked with us a little about good design and why it's so important to a small business.
The Academy of Handmade's mission is to support handmade businesses and we are proud to have a membership that includes not just makers but also people who work with makers to have thriving businesses. Recently member Dave Conrey of Fresh Rag updated his book Selling Art Online. The landscape for selling your handmade goods has already changed quite a bit since he first released it in 2012. We asked him about those changes.
When running your own business, it can be more than a little difficult to put on the hat of being your own publicist. Who wants to toot their own horn? And PR has such a bad reputation of overselling and exaggerating, that many makers shy away from it. This is something entrepreneur Andreea Ayers is on a mission to fix. She's been giving lots of great advice to small businesses for years about how going about publicity in the right way really helped her business. We were lucky enough to have her share her thoughts with us!