If you’re a knitter, a maker, or a Firefly fan, chances are you’ve heard about Fox’s mass take-down of all unlicensed Jayne Cobb hats from various handmade selling venues. The argument I keep hearing over and over against this action is that a hat is a useful article and useful articles can’t be copyrighted. And
Today’s Crafty Business Advice Question comes from Heather.
I was wondering: Is it legal to mention the brand name of a yarn used when selling an original knitted design? Does this involve copyright law? I hope I am not doing anything wrong in mentioning the brand name along with fiber content of a yarn used.
With the cost of shipping increasing every year like clockwork, you’re probably looking for ways to get a little thrifty. Here are my five tips to keep your shipping costs low:
1. Up with the Envelope! Down with the Box!Obviously there are instances when this simply won’t work. If you’re shipping large or fragile goods,
It’s January, which is starting to become synonymous with postage increases. If you use USPS to ship, you’ll want to pay close attention.
Prices are going up January 27th, and the increases are not small particularly for international rates. So make sure you get the shipping prices for your shop updated before January 27th!
It’s the time of year when everyone takes a look back at the past year and asks themselves, “What can I do better?”
And while it’s natural (and good) to make your business goals part of that, it’s equally important to make sure the goals are reasonable. Setting unreasonable goals for yourself is a
There are a lot of myths floating around out there about pricing. These myths cause pitfalls many an artist and crafter (newb and seasoned alike) have fallen into when pricing their wares. I am here to vanquish these fell beasts!
Chimaera original illustration by Calef Brown
Myth #1 – You should only be compensated
Handmade businesses are like sharks. We have to keep swimming, or we die. Swimming in our case is promoting.
And believe me, I know you hate it. We all hate it. But at the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious: if no one knows your business is out there, they can’t buy your product.
I’ve been doing custom work pretty much since the beginning of selling my clothing online, and I’ve learned a lot over that time. Mostly I’ve learned The Hard Way.
Accumulated through years of mistakes and missteps, here are a handful of rules to live by if you offer custom work:
1. Always require payment
Copycats are a fact of life in the business world. No one likes someone suckling at their creative teat (ick… bad metaphor), but instead of getting mad, get over it and get AWESOME.
1. You aren’t the only creative person on the planet.
The farting unicorn t-shirt I designed for my band is
I ran out of business cards the other day, and after hours of searching for my business card design file, I decided to just design a whole new card (after I found the old one, of course. ha!).
I went with a printing company I hadn’t used before, which had a lot of recommendations around