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Ultimate List of Tools for Creative Shop Owners

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

I’ve been running The Yellow Birdhouse for about 4.5 years. I have sold my handmade creations either through consignment or wholesale during those 4.5 years in local brick and mortars. I’ve been selling on Etsy for almost 3 years and I’ve run a second Woocommerce shop for about 2 years. So I’ve got some experience under my belt for sure. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’m still learning. But I feel at this point in my journey I’ve got some wisdom to share. Today’s wisdom is all about the various resources and tools I use to run my creative business. These are tools I personally use every day and highly recommend. And many of them are free! This post will be kept up to date as I discover new share-worthy tools for creative shop owners to help you run the business you’ve always dreamt of!

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

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Tools for Creative Shop Owners

When you’re running your own small creative business, you have to wear ALLLLL the hats.

You have to think about websites, packaging, accounting, product development, marketing, promotion, shipping and everything else.

It’s a ton of work above and beyond developing your craft.

It’s taken me years to discover all the best resources and I don’t want you to waste that much time on the same struggle.

I want to help you free up time to be your best creative self.

So I’m revealing all my sources!

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How to Create Pins for Etsy Listings and Add Them to Pinterest

Using Picmonkey you can easily create a number of different pin designs for your handmade products

If you are a maker with an online shop, you know how hard it can be to stand out in the crowd. There are a ton of shops competing for the same customers and getting eyes on your products can be really difficult. With online shops you can no longer just open the doors and expect customers to come rushing in, you have to (virtually) go out there and find people and drag them into your shop. I know, it sounds depressing. You’ve spent all this time perfecting your craft, polishing your shop and now I’m telling you you need to work hard bringing in customers.

Don’t shoot the messenger!

Outside of Etsy, the best place to focus your marketing efforts is on social media. And you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck using Pinterest. (So to speak, since Pinterest is FREE to use after all, lol). So I’m going to show you how to create pins for Etsy listings and the best way to add them to Pinterest.

How to create pins for etsy listings and add them to pinterest. Designing custom pins for your product listings is the best way to massively increase your shop views. Get customers into your online shop with an effective Pinterest strategy. Create unique pins for your listings will help you stand out in a sea of standard listing pins.

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Fair warning: This post is novel-length. 😀 But I know you’ll find it super helpful, so hang in there!

 

Pinterest is a great platform for product sellers because it is basically a visual search engine. People go there to look at all the pretty pretty pictures. And online product sellers already have lots of pictures to share. It’s a good match.

Other social platforms, not so much.

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Should You Turn Your Hobby Into a Business?

Starting a Creative Business

Do you typically spend your evenings and weekends baking, knitting, making cards or creating homemade gifts for friends and family? If people have commented on your creations or you’ve had inquiries after sharing photos on social media, perhaps it’s time you thought about monetizing your hobby! If you’re motivated to craft (ha!) a new career, here are some tips to help you get started.

Here are a few points to consider if you are feeling ready to turn your creative hobbies into a thriving business.

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Research your market

To create a successful business, no matter the size, there has to be a demand for the product. Before you take the plunge and invest in new equipment or even hand in your notice, do some research. There’s no point in sacrificing what you’ve got if you’re going to find out months down the line that your product isn’t going to sell. See what’s already out there, take a look at prices and get an idea of how well those products are selling.

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5 Key Elements to Have in Place Before Launching Your Creative Business

5 steps to take to ensure you are ready to be a creative entrepreneur.

If you love being creative, whether it’s through drawing, sewing, graphic design or writing, you might be at a point in your creative life where you are wondering if you can monetize your hobby. For a lot of creative freelancers, turning a hobby into a business is not easy, but it’s totally possible. After all, there are plenty of people who earn a living, or at least supplement their income through their creativity, so why couldn’t you be one of them? 

Do you feel ready to turn your creative tendencies into your own business? Here are 5 key elements to consider before you start the process!

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I’ve always known that I wanted to turn my creative interests into a business of some kind because I love making stuff and I love being an entrepreneur. 🙂 The businesses I have now are nothing like where I thought I would be though, they evolved and grew with me and the changes in my life. And for me, that’s even better!

You may have a very clear idea of where your creative pursuits can take you, or maybe you’re still in the brainstorming stage. Either way, it is important to start now. Put pen to paper and start with a list or an idea or a goal. Don’t put it off until all your ducks are in a row. Otherwise you’ll never start. Take it from me, my ducks are still all flying off in different directions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my dreams a reality.

Here are 5 key elements I recommend you have in place to help get you started on your entrepreneurial journey.

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