Books that I found helpful with my online business

I thought I’d do I post about the books I’ve used throughout my etsy journey. I find information online as well but I love books. I am abit obsessed and I love nothing more then visiting the library, especially now I love in York and there is a lovely library.

I have just recently spotted this book – from passion to profit.

I found this extremely helpful. Obviously I already have my business up and running but it still helped with figuring out other things like the worksheets. I got this from the library so I cannot write in it but I will probably buy it tbh. I liked the fact it’s pink, bright, chatty and friendly. Not too many difficult words and not long sentences so I get bored. It helps you figure out your dream customer, what you target market is, resources for selling on the best sites and marketplaces, advertising etc. It also has a few story’s of crafters who are already established and what advice they have. I really recommend this. You can get the book on Amazon here-From Passion to Profit – Start Your Business in 6 Weeks or Less!: A step-by-step guide to making money from your hobby by selling online

 

Craft Show & Sell

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I really liked this book, very helpful but didn’t really offer me any new information because i have already read quite a bit on selling already. If you are just starting out i would suggest you get this though 🙂

“Through highly visual, step-by-step tutorials and inspiring profiles on some of the world’s most successful crafters, Craft Show & Sell delivers all the advice and vision that today’s crafters need to take their brand or business forward into a new realm. Step into the workspaces, shops and online personalities of those global designers and expert makers who have turned the art of craft – be it knitting, crochet, sewing, jewellery-making, paper engineering or printing – into a successful business model. Be inspired by through-the-keyhole ventures into their atmospheric and often ingenious craft spaces, with a range of insider projects to help organise and energise your craft room. Get top tips on how to merchandise and sell items online, at craft fairs, at markets, in shops or at pop-up events or exhibitions. Plus, learn how to build a personality-driven brand, create and write a better blog or website, document your work through better photography and analyse your results to help take your business into the future.”

Get it here – craft show and sell

How To Sell Your Crafts Online

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These are step by step actions which i find really helpful tbh, and how to use social media which is something i used to struggle with!

“Getting noticed on Etsy amongst 400,000 competitors is tough, but with this accessible guide, it can be done. You will learn how to boost your Etsy shop sales, attract more potential customers, and stand out in your field. Author Derrick Sutton lays out his secrets to success with simple, yet effective step-by-step actions that are accompanied by easy-to-follow screenshots. Even crafters who aren’t internet savvy will have no trouble completing the easy lessons and tasks to ensure that your shop is fully optimized. Derrick shares his priceless advice on a variety of topics including: how to design a catchy Etsy banner; a crash course on photographing your goods; how to use Google Analytics to track your progress; tips on how to use Facebook and Twitter effectively; fail-safe copywriting secrets. Where to gain inspiration for blog posts; and, how to take advantage of Etsy’s Forums, Treasuries, Alchemy, and much more!”

Get it here – How to sell your crafts

 

Online Marketing for Your Craft Business: How to get your handmade products discovered, shared and sold on the internet

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One of my faves as i like the layout and i think the explanations are simple and easy to understand.

If you are a creative or craft business owner selling crafts online through your blog, website or on handmade marketplaces, the desire to grow your online following can become addictive. Many people find they spend all day aimlessly clicking and tinkering with their craft blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts with no real strategy in place. They are inconsistent, they don’t plan their content and they don’t measure their results, they just feel drained and demotivated, unsure whether they are seeing a return on their investment of time. Many people end up resenting blogging and social media networking due to lacklustre sales results. Don’t let this happen to your craft business!

Get it Here – Online marketing

 

Will be adding lots more as i read them!

Palace of Versailles & Centre Georges Pompidou

Over the last couple of days I’ve been to quite a few places which have been fab! Paris is such a large city and i love the fact there is so much to do and see. I’ve been here nearly two weeks now and my days have been full of brilliant things to do which all have been brilliant.

On Wednesday morning i took two trains to visit The Palace of Versailles -(info- has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII’s old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.) I got there after about an hour of travelling because its quite far out of Paris Centre, the queue was again massive but it went down pretty quick. The Palace itself is beautiful and elegant, packed full of gold and paintings. The rooms are decorated with different coloured curtains and the walls are dressed in the same fabrics. It was really crowded in there, so i looked around but it was a bit too busy to stay in there for too long so i went to the gardens which are HUGE!!!! Wow, they are very well maintained and you can literally walk for miles seeing all the lakes, trees, plants and fountains. At the bottom you can hire a small boat to relax in! Because they are so large you can also hire golf caddies to cruise around in. I personally enjoyed the gardens more then the Palace, but i think its just because of how packed it was inside. It was a lovely day out and i am glad i went but it would of probably been a good idea to read up a little bit about the history of the Palace before you go.

The next day i met up with two lovely people who i met via a travel group on Facebook! A girl from America and a guy from Australia. They were absolutely lovely i am SO glad i met up with them because after 10 days with not really speaking to people it was nice to be a bit social and experience some places with others. I do like being alone, but its nice also to laugh with other people(not just at myself…).

We met at 11.00 at the The Centre Pompidou, (info-designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable by its exterior escalators and enormous coloured tubing. It is home to the National Museum of Modern Art and is internationally renowned for its 20th and 21st century art collections.) Its a fabulous building and totally stands out in Paris as most things are old but this building is very industrial. Well.. if you know me well enough you will know i LOVE art, my favourite Artists who i have studied a lot are Kandinsky, Klee, Pollock, and Braque. I saw paintings by them all!! I was in heaven. Kandinskys work is absolutely amazing i cannot fault it at all. There was also a David Hockney Exhibition which was brilliant. He actually painted quite a lot of Yorkshire, i couldn’t believe it!

After that we took a trip the ‘the best falafel place there is in Paris’ – L’As du Fallafel. Its apparently famous and there is always a queue outside, there was a camera crew there at the time filming!! We then took a trip to Shakespeare and Company Bookstore(which is apparently famous too! I didn’t know this either) -(info-From the first day the store opened, writers, artists, and intellectuals were invited to sleep among the shop’s shelves and piles of books, on small beds that doubled as benches during the day. Since then, an estimated 30,000 young and young-at-heart writers and artists have stayed in the bookshop, including then unknowns such as Alan Sillitoe, Robert Stone, Kate Grenville, Sebastian Barry, Ethan Hawke, Jeet Thayil, Darren Aronfsky, Geoffrey Rush, and David Rakoff. These guests are called Tumbleweeds after the rolling thistles that “drift in and out with the winds of chance,” as George described. A sense of community and commune was very important to him—he referred to his shop as a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” )

It felt like i was back in York going in the bookstore! Very small and quirky, it was nice to see some English books! They have writing workshops there as well which i bet are brilliant for only 6.00euros. Here are some photos i took of my adventures!!

 

New Items fresh off the sewing machine! :P

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I love making these chickens. Yes they are abit fiddly but you can customise them so much. I have never done the same two chickens yet. 🙂 This one is soon to be sent away to its new home!!

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Ive also been doing other bits and bobs, heres a preview of whats coming next!!

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Just a few things, with the birds im going to do bird mobiles. Make lots and lots of different ones and string them all together and put pretty beads in between!! 🙂 Hopefully it will look pretty. Ive just bought a book off amazon, All Sewn Up. Its fab!! A real Gem of a book really with lots of tips and ideas to try.

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My little cheeky monkey of a sister got her hands on it and has drew on quite a few of the pages… the day i got it as well!! She likes to draw ‘circles’… 😛