5 creative & practical steps to start or grow your handmade business


Have you been dreaming about turning your hobby into a business for ages? Done lots of talking and all the research, but scared to take that first step? Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers & makers has put these 5 practical, strategic and creative goal-setting tips together for your… Continue reading

23 hashtags for Illustrators

@claire__ritchie for #dailydrawing

For illustrators who want to draw attention to their work, using the right hashtag is the perfect way to get your art seen by others.  So, pop down your pencil (just for a minute), take your sketchbook scribbles, pick up your camera and grow your online audience with these helpful hashtags.

Branding for beginners


Branding isn’t just for big businesses – creating a look for your fledgling company is all about being yourself.

Start selling on Etsy this September for the chance to win £1000!

Etsy Back to School 3

Have more time on your hands now that the kids are back at school? Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or just fancy boosting your income from home in time for Christmas, now’s a good time to get crafting. Etsy’s giving you the chance to win £1000 and a shop review for one lucky new seller.

Hashtags round up: Photo challenges

#100happydays by @fauxpas.la

If you want to inject some positivity into your life or fire up your imagination, photo-a-day hashtags are a great way to get involved and inspired.

Craft business owners on changing direction

Rebecca from BonBon Balloons

Being expert stitchers or a pro potter doesn’t mean you can’t wipe the slate clean and take your making in a new (and more profitable) direction. But would you turn your current business on its head to chase your dream? Meet two makers who did just that…

Crowdfund your craft business

Jayne from Hairy Jayne

Finding the extra cash to grow your craft business can be tricky if you don’t want to go begging to your bank manager. Whether it’s money to help create a new product or build the workspace of your dreams, crowdfunding is an alternative way to get your fans and fellow crafters to give your business the… Continue reading

Craft business tips: How to plan your year ahead

Craft Business Tips | How to plan your year ahead | Mollie Makes

Make sure you’re ahead of the game and make the most of every creative opportunity by getting organised.

Start Up Starter Kit series, Part 1: How to make money from your craft skills

Mollie Makes Start Up Craft Business Tip series | Part 1 | How to make money from your craft skills

So you want to become a pro maker? First you need a business idea – we asked the experts how they turned craft into cash

Handmade at Amazon: a new handmade marketplace

The Paper Shoppe on Handmade at Amazon.

Amazon announces the launch of their new handmade marketplace, Handmade at Amazon. Will you be opening shop or buying there? Compare the fees