Friday, June 19, 2009

Handmade nation is coming to Vancouver!

As a follow up to a previous post a couple of months ago, the Indie Documentary about the handmade revolution is coming to Vancouver for a screening! I'm super excited as I've heard awesome things about the film.
For more info:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

how to be happy in business-a diagram!

This has been a big hit on twitter this week. A great reference for us all to check in with!
For more info on the creator of this image go to:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the top ten

I found this very informative list on the top ten reasons businesses fail. Straightforward and to the point, also some very good reminders!


About half of all small businesses fail within the first four years -- a statistic that generates a shudder of fear in even the most dauntless entrepreneur. Most of these failures, however, resemble one another in crucial ways. And once you identify these harbingers of failure, you can increase your own chance of success.

1. Procrastination. When you own a small business, you will find that tasks and
paperwork pile up like snowdrifts on your desk.Putting them off is like piling up debt; eventually they could overwhelm you.

2. Ignoring the competition.Consumer loyalty has declined sharply in recent years.
Today, customers go where they can find the best products and services, even if that
means breaking off long-term business relationships.Monitor your competitors, and
don't be ashamed to copy their best ideas (assuming that doesn't mean violating patent
law). Better yet, devote some time each week or month to devising new methods,
products or services for your firm.

3. Sloppy or ineffective marketing. Contrary to the popular cliche, few products or
services "sell themselves". If you don't have time to market your product effectively, hire an experienced person to do it for you. Marketing keeps your products selling and
money flowing into your business. It's crucial that you do it well.

4. Ignoring customers´ needs.Once you attract customers, you'll have to work hard to
keep them. Customer service should be a key aspect of your business.If you don't
follow through with your customers, they'll find someone who will.

5. Incompetent employees.Hire only workers who are essential to your operation. When
you do hire employees, make sure they're well trained and able to complete the tasks
expected of them.And remember that happy employees make good workers — try to
create a work environment that keeps your staff happy and motivated.

6. Lack of versatility. You may be great at making hats or painting houses or fixing
computers, but that's not enough to make your millinery shop or house painting business or computer consultancy successful. Successful business owners tend to be adept at a number of tasks, from accounting to marketing to hiring.

7. Poor location.Even the best restaurant or retail store will fail if it's in the wrong place. When you're scouting a location for your firm, consider factors such as traffic (how many potential customers pass your firm during the course of an afternoon or evening?) and convenience (how hard is it for your regular customers to get to your location on a regular basis?).

8. Cash flow problems.You need to know how to track the money coming into and out of
your business -- even a profitable venture will flounder if it runs short of cash.In addition, you must learn to make cash flow projections that will help you decide how much money you can afford to spend and warn you of impending trouble.

9. A closed mind.Everyone goes into business with some preconceptions — don't be
surprised if you find that many of yours are wrong.Look for mentors who can give you
advice and run your ideas by them before you make important financial commitments.
Read books and magazines about small business; visit business-related websites and
network with your peers in the business community.

10. Inadequate planning.Start with realistic but precise goals for your firm, including deadlines.For example, don't just say that you want to increase sales; instead, decide that you want sales to reach $100,000 by next holiday season. Then write down the steps you can take to meet those goals on time, and set deadlines for completing those steps. Consult your goal list every day, and make sure you are doing what you need to do to meet your objectives.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

latest net findings

I will admit that I am a bit of an internet/information junkie. Cruising around the internet today, I found this!
I've been on a get myself organized kind of state lately, so I think this use of tape is incredibly clever! Its from a blog called, I LOVE STICKY TAPE. "This blog is dedicated to the art and times of sticky tape, which also goes by the names - sello tape, packing tape, gaffer tape and masking tape. It may be of interest to anyone interested in stationery, catching flies, art or design." I could seriously use this! Fun and practical!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Link to 'how crafters can make more money'!

Wow, I had to share this very detailed posting that I found on etsy, please follow the link here. It goes into great detail about refining and expanding your craft market!-Probably one of the best postings I've come across on the etsy forums.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

handmade nation documentary

The handmade nation movie is complete!
FYI: In 2006, Faythe Lavine hit the road armed with a camera. Traveling to fifteen cities and interviewing countless crafters along the way, Lavine assembled a film which chronicles the rise of the craft movement through its various manifestations of blogs, online stores, independent boutiques and craft fairs. Screenings are scheduled on the Handmade nation blog.Unfortunately, for us Canadians there are no screenings scheduled, however I did have a chance the other day to check out the documentary in book form and it looks fantastic!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

tree houses

I found this amazing collection of treehouses on the coolhunter website. Living perched in the forest has been one of the ideals for my dream home. These ones are especially awesome because they are all beautiful designs, incorporating the outside with the inside world. Imagine what great inspirations could come from living surrounded by trees!