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CELEBRATING MAKERS: Not aNother Awkward Party
Join us for the only awards show for makers, by makers! This is our third year honoring the outstanding work of makers and others who support and build up our community. It truly is a community event with makers from all over in attendance.
The AHAS Awards presented by The UPS Store will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at The Wheelhouse. Along with noshes, music and a cash bar, the event will also feature a gallery and raffle of the work of Academy of Handmade members and awards finalists. The raffle will benefit the amazing work of the Downtown Women's Center, whose Handmade by DWC program helps homeless women become handmade entrepreneurs.
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OUR THOUGHTS ON ETSY
We think you should be in charge of your business, so be on Etsy or don't. There are lots of reasons to and some good ones not to. Here's what we think.
UPDATE: In light of recent changes in the handmade marketplace, we talk more about how you should be thinking of your shop and thinking of all the new changes. RIGHT HERE!
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR BUSINESS DOESN'T FIT IN
There's a lot of pressure to do this or do that with your business. Or you can feel like an oddball because everyone else's business looks a certain way. These articles might make you feel better.
- Why Your Business Might Not Look Like Everyone Else's
- When Your Business Doesn't "Fit" Etsy
- Scaling and Growth: A Maker's Story
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING WHOLESALE
We've got a few great articles for you!
- Five Things to Consider Before You Wholesale
- Dos and Don'ts for Wholesaling
- Behind the Scenes of Wholesale
SOME PERSPECTIVES ON COPYRIGHT
This issue is massively complicated. We certainly have just grazed the surface on talking about it. But here are some of what we think.
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