Yes, creating a presence on Etsy is a good starting point for many creative businesses. And if all you really want is a basic outlet for your artistic works, you can stop there. Etsy provides valuable services for creative people. For example, Etsy’s platform is relatively easy to use. Etsy sets up the “Buy” process, so all your customers have to do is click a button. Etsy handles all the money transactions, a real hassle for many creative people, especially those who ship internationally. And Etsy can provide limited promotion. That’s no small matter. Or if you chance to...Read More
When you, a solopreneur, present fair trade goods, well… you’ve really accomplished something, both for your clients and for yourself. The term “fair trade” typically relates to goods of all kinds created in third world countries, often by solo businesses or small businesses. It demands fair treatment of all workers, and a fair price so the artisans can pay a fair wage. These are not necessarily beaded bracelets, although they could be. Just look at the quality and variety of fair traded goods in these images. I would personally be thrilled to own any of them, wear them proudly...Read More
When I first saw coloring books appear, I thought it was cute, a passing fad. But it is not a passing fad any more. In fact, coloring books is a great business for solopreneurs. Thousands of people of all ages, with all kinds of interests, snatch up these gems. Even I, a book worm to the end, have now twice presented programs for women using coloring books as our focused activity. They were great for establishing an aura of meditation, and opened up unexpected communications on why someone chose a particular image, or why one person used pastels and...Read More
There are so many really great options for 2018 that it is difficult to narrow down just The Top Choices for Solopreneurs. This whole site is geared to the solo business person, so if you don’t see your business here, do browse a bit and see what else might tickle your fancy. But here goes, my very top choices! Let’s Do Brunch! Entertaining of all kinds is growing exponentially. Whether it is brunch, or tea time, or a formal dinner for twelve, having guests over is BIG. That’s what makes this topic one of my TOP BUSINESSES FOR...Read More
O, solopreneurs, those glorious hummingbirds can take your business on a flight of fancy! I do love all creatures great and small, except the deer when they eat my roses, and a few undesirable sorts of critters. But there is a very spacial place in my heart for hummingbirds. These captivating little creatures come in so many colors, and artists of all ilk have drawn upon their wonder to create the most wonderful things. Would you believe that the image here is of a shower curtain? Isn’t that incredible! I can just imagine the purples and blues that would...Read More
Isn’t that a beautiful ornament? Soloprenuers are the perfect vehicle for promoting something this exquisite. That is a Swarovski crystal snowflake ornament. Swarovski creates a new one each year, and they are VERY collectible. This particular one is from 2015. And these snowflakes are not cheap. This one costs about $95. For one ornament, that’s a lot. But that is exactly the kind of sale you need to make online if you hope to be successful. Let Target and Amazon go cheap — that is their specialty. You can never compete with them — it is a losing proposition....Read More
Hand painted scarves nearly always come from a solopreneur’s workshop, and ohmygoodness are they ever beautiful! I love scarves of all colors, and I keep them forever. I have an apricot color silk scarf that I got in Paris over 40 years ago, and a pink flowered scarf that matched my pink suit from 30 years ago, and several that I got in art fairs and museum shops. I have several dozen very beautiful scarves, and I still buy more! It is one of my true weaknesses. There are simply so many kinds to choose from: silk, of course,...Read More
An online clock maker has a real challenge: how do you take that iconic circle and create something that is truly wonderful? I know this is an issue because I’ve tried a number of time to find really interesting clocks, and it has been a challenge. Even finding an image for this post was challenging. But that wonderful cat chasing the gold fish is exactly what a creative clock maker is looking for: a creative almost-circle. Look around you right now. How many creative clocks do you see? How many creative almost-circles do you see? mmmmm. Probably not very...Read More
Round up your creative gene and toss it into baby quilts! There are so many design and color options that you should stay busy for a loooooong time to come. And there is a great market for these quilts. Not only are baby quilts used many times in one home, but they are often passed down to relatives or to future generations. A well-made baby quilt will last nearly forever. There are some huuuuge advantages to committing to a baby quilt business. Just Look at the Marketing Potential: Your primary client is pretty easy to tie down: Grandparents. Parents...Read More
I had a wretched time choosing an image for this puppets blog post. There are just so many inspiring, incredible ideas for puppets of all kinds, like Shadow puppets String puppets Hand puppets Finger puppets Chinese puppets Mexican puppets Indian puppets Eskimo puppets Storybook puppets Clown puppets French puppets Animal puppets Paper bag puppets Spoon puppets Bali puppets Japanese puppets Sock puppets … Well, you see my problem. The pink costumed ones above are actually string puppets created in India. Aren’t they gorgeous! There are so many kinds of puppets that creating a blog just on “puppets” may be...Read More
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