Times are hard for anyone who sells at craft fairs. People are looking, but they are buying less. As Kirsten Miller recently discussed, fairs are becoming more about networking and marketing than shifting stock. To stand out, to succeed, there...
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way for small businesses and independents to raise money to grow their business. Jeweller Chris Parry tells us how he not only used crowdfunding successfully but has managed to break the record for the highest...
Alison Young Jewellery at BCTF, Harrogate
If you've been selling at craft fairs and other events in recent months, you have probably experienced a downturn in sales at most of them. Have you felt disheartened because of this? Have you been asking yourself whether you should keep doing craft...
Cosy mug and teapot by Linda Bloomfield, Handmade Christmas Card by Claire Lovet
Dan Goode at Seek & Adore continues to offer his Christmas pearls of wisdom for a successful festive season...Christmas Baubles by Timea Sido and Sarah Lock. Photographer: Ben Yacobi The Final PushI hate to tempt fate, we haven’t reached...
Tealight holders by Richard Shock. Photographer: Ben Yacobi
Dan Goode at Seek & Adore continues to offer his Christmas pearls of wisdom for a successful festive season... With the clocks going back at the weekend and the temperature dropping considerably in the last few days there is a sense that the...
Once you've decided to start selling your lovely handmade items at craft fairs and events, how do you make sure you make the maximise the opportunity and increase your chances of gettting those all important sales?...
Set of 3 Pewter Decorations by Fleur Grenier
Dan Goode at Seek & Adore continues to offer his Christmas pearls of wisdom for a successful festive season. And we’re off! We have entered the hallowed gates of the ‘Golden Quarter’ and there is no stopping now until Christmas day when we can...
Amy McCarthy Garden Gazebo Gallery
  I have just taken part in my third Devon Open Studios Event and as always I found it an enjoyable time; though it is very strange to suddenly have lots of people looking around what is usually my domain! Most regions have some kind of art...
Madeline from Meeni at a craft event with her company details on every product.
Turning your hobby into a fully fledged creative business can be a daunting task but here are a few useful tips from Rickie Josen of Crafty Skills. Recently we ran a Success Workshop which had the official title of ‘How to sell...
Desk Journal by Bookery
This is the first in a series of four articles from Dan Goode at Seek & Adore about preparing your business for a successful festive season. Part 1. The Calm Before the Storm - Preparing Your Range. “For heaven’s sake, it’s only September...
Many designer-makers start off their small businesses online, with the aim of eventually, at some point down the road, selling their products through bricks and mortar shops. At the same time, many designer-makers express their reservations about...
Most designer-makers will be well acquainted with the balancing act that is sticking to your creative guns and producing what the market demands. Today, Cambridge-based artist Ceri Ann Littlechild shares her tips on how to negotiate the...
Today, writer, crafts events organiser and trainer, Rickie Josen, examines how to make the leap from hobby to full time business. Making the leap Have you ever found yourself sitting at the computer, looking longingly at the beautiful photographs of...
Design doesn't start and end with a few drawings, but has to take in everything that is involved in the production of a new product, whether textiles or jewellery or ceramics or something else. This includes: how the finished product will be...
Craft fairs have become increasingly popular in recent years and most of them are organised by crafters themselves. With so much competition it is quite a challenge for organisers to get enough customers through the doors and make their events...
Since the UK plunged into recession, it's perhaps more important than ever to buy from local suppliers and makers to ensure that our local businesses and communities survive in these harsh economic times. UK Handmade spoke to Liz Oram, co-founder of...

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