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Adapting Product Lines in Response to Audience Demand

Academy Of Handmade

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

Academy Of Handmade

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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What's Happening at Craftcation 2017: Part 1

Academy Of Handmade

This year we are excited to partner with our friends at Craftcation on their sixth annual business and makers conference. 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 the creation of tracks from their many classes-- OMG it was crazy to sort through all of the amazing classes ahead! Putting the tracks together shows there's something for everyone here.

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Surviving a Huge Career Leap

Academy Of Handmade

There often comes a time in starting a business when there is a tensions between doing it full time and still feeling you need to keep some element of a day job to be stable. A lot of fear can enter in at this time-- am I good enough to to do this? Will I make enough money? #ahasmember Ashley shares her journey from school teacher to running a full-time sewing business.

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Experimenting and adapting your business in a changing market

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When you figure out what works in your business, it's such a relief! But frustratingly, the saying is true: What go you here won't get you there. Adapting is hard but necessary. Member and maker Andrea Bruns Vickery shares how she made changes in her product and marketing, but stayed true to herself.

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Balancing the Creative Side with Business

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Owning your own creative business takes a special person. You're not just pursuing creative passions, but you have to know business strategies that might not always be top of the right-brained mind. You can also find yourself concerned about business and that it can suck time and energy away from what makes your business special-- your creativity. We surveyed a few of our members how they balance this. Here are their responses!

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THE ART OF INTRODUCING YOUR WORK TO RETAIL BUYERS

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Wholesale is usually where serious maker businesses look to up-level. It also can be fraught with nuance and special knowledge. That's why we love member Lela Barker. She is helping makers wholesale like champs through her program Wholesale Matchmaker (which is open now!). Today she's giving you some of her insider knowledge!

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Owning a Business while Going Back to School: One Maker's Story

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One thing that always astounds me is how much makers are able to juggle. Some of you might be considering juggling more and going back to school to help you get better at your business. That's what #ahasmember Cristiana of Pebble & Fire decided to do and she is sharing her story!

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Meet our new online chapter leader Adrienne of ReFluff

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While Academy of Handmade has six local chapters, we also work to develop a supportive and robust online community with the help of our "online chapter" leaders. They create programming and facilitate our weekly online chats. I am excited to introduce our first Canadian to be part of AHAS leadership! Please say hello and meet Adrienne. :) 

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