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Workspace Tour: Jstar Jewelry Designs

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Ever curious about other maker workspaces? Of course you! Are we are all snoopy and who doesn't love a good studio tour? In this ongoing series, we check out our members' workspaces. Some are home offices and some are completely separate. But it's always fun to see the creative ways they set up their business. Enjoy!

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Creating a Wholesale Catalogue that Serves your Business and Customer

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One of the best things about being part of a community of other professional makers is that there are people who have BEEN THERE and DONE THAT. We are blessed to have members with a wide variety of business experiences here at Academy of Handmade. Veteran maker and wholesaler Amy Chin shares with us today her wholesale wisdom-- born of smarts and trial and error. We hope you learn from how she's navigated the wholesale world.

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Members at Spring Shows: Part 2

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Spring shows are happening! Catch these fine folks at awesome markets around the country. Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. :)

Shows noted with * are members that also host shows/pop-ups

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The 3 Types of Maker Business Failure (with One You're Already a Pro at Overcoming)

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One of the hardest things about running your own business is having to deal with failure. It’s isolating and extremely discouraging-- which can create a downward spiral if we’re not careful.

We talk about the three ways I think makers and other creative businesses typically fail-- with two of them stinging the most and one of them that most makers deal with pretty well. Once we know what kind of failure we are experiencing, we can better make a plan to move on (I’m not saying it will be easy, but I’m saying we can!).

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Making Collaborations Work For You

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If you've ever wanted to breathe new life into your work, expand your audience and push your skills, then doing a collaboration could be amazing for you. BUT, they can also burn you if you don't go in with the right expectations. We are excited to have #ahasmember Kimberly of Lacelit share her recent collaboration and what she learned in the process.
 

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Stopping the Social Media Comparison Game

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When you have an online business, it's easy to forget that what you see online is the best, curated or partial version of what's actually happening in someone's business. Yet still we persist in comparing ourselves to others on social media! Today, #ahasmember Amber of Ink & Matter shares how she finally moved on from it and what she does to keep from getting sucked back in.

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Adapting Product Lines in Response to Audience Demand

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Business decisions are a lot easier when we know our numbers... and sometimes we are very surprised what those numbers tell us. Today we talk with member Staci of Crafty Staci about how she realized one product was taking over her sales and what she did to alter course.

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State of Making Announcement: New Session Added

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I'm pleased to let you know that we have added a bonus session! Last time we invited social media and online strategist Meighan O'Toole to do a bonus after she was unable to make it to her scheduled session.

It was such a fun time just chatting about what was going on in social media that we decided to do it again. This time we are focusing on how businesses deal with politics and controversy. It's certainly tricky and can be damaging if not done right. We'll talk with Meighan about making your way through potential land mines of running a business online!

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Focusing on Product Development

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After the holidays is a great time to do some spring cleaning-- including cleaning up your product line. We've actually had a few recent discussions in our member forum and chats about members who streamlined their product line and not only is easier to deal with... it's also been selling better! Today, we have member Marly of Fenimore Rutland sharing how she realized what to focus on AND why certain products weren't selling the way they should be.

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3 Habits You Can Start Now to Prepare for Growth

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One of the things that is hardest to do in business is predict where your business will go next. But if you are wanting to grow your business or even sustain it, planning for it now and implementing systems is key to making sure that growth doesn't crush you or doesn't look like what you wanted (read this blog post about burnout in a successful business). We're delighted to have members Chris & Andy Design share ways to prepare for this growth. You can learn more from Andy, who will be on our State of Making session on shows and booth design!

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CRAFTCATION 2017: PART 3

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We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Craftcation on their sixth annual business and makers conference happening April 27-30, 2017. Each year they gather up makers, artists, DIYers and creative business owners in the beach city of Ventura, California (just a little north of Los Angeles) to get away and learn new craft and business skills.

This year we helped them create tracks from the schedule of over 100 workshops and activities-- which was quite the feat because there are sooo many great sessions to choose from! Putting the tracks together showed me that there's something for everyone at Craftcation.

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What's Happening at Craftcation 2017: Part 2

Academy Of Handmade

We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Craftcation on their sixth annual business and makers conference happening April 27-30, 2017. Each year they gather up makers, artists, DIYers and creative business owners in the beach city of Ventura, California (just a little north of Los Angeles) to get away and learn new craft and business skills.

This year we helped them with create tracks from their many classes-- which was quite the feat because there are sooo many great sessions to choose from! Putting the tracks together showed me that there's something for everyone at Craftcation.

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