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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: OMG I NEED HELP BAD!!!! on: August 03, 2005 11:43:35 AM
Since you need money so quickly, you best bet is not making things to sell... this requires time (to make the thing you are trying to sell) and a buyer(s), which are hard to find. It's difficult to market items to sell in such a short amount of time... plus, you'll have to BUY supplies for the things you are making, which will eat up more of your money.

Try doing odd jobs to earn the money.. mow lawns, gardening.. etc... or get an actual job.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Copyright Info / Using Other Peoples' Images / Etc on: August 03, 2005 11:38:45 AM
You have to contact the band in order to inquire about their liscensing requirements. It doesn't matter if you aren't using their logo, if you are making a product to sell that relates to a pre-existing group, establishment or individual person, you MUST ask their permission first.

You cannot profit from anothers endeavors, without express permission from them.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is designer fabric copyrighted? on: August 01, 2005 06:49:42 AM
Some fabrics are produced "for home use only" meaning you can make curtains for your home with the fabric, or pillows or whatever, but you cannot make items for sale with it.

Your best bet would be to contact the manufacturer and ask what their usage terms are.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is a Seller's Permit/Resale License necessary? HELP PLEASE!! on: July 12, 2005 08:48:11 AM
If you want to sell in a store, you'll need to have proper tax forms filed and get a business license. It's best to do it now, rather than have the tiny thought in your head all the time that you may be caught. If you get caught not paying taxes on a business, the fines and legal woes of that are insane.

It's better to just get it over with now and be legal. It's a pain to do, but the peace of mind that comes along with running your business legally, is  worth so much more than the hour or two it takes to fill out the forms.

good luck!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I need my WEBSITE putting together, for cheap! on: July 08, 2005 12:26:08 PM
It's good that you've got images laid out already.

It sounds like you could use an automated system for your website, due to the large inventory you have.

Even though it'll be a big site, a good web designer will design a simple template and do batch changes to everything to set it up.
It won't take too much time to get set up, unless you want individualy styled pages for every button or something insane like that.

I work at a design firm and we do tons of sites like this, and it's not as daunting as it seems.
I would expect to pay about 400 dollars for the site.. (what is that, about 200 pounds? ah, these exchange rates!)

try craigslist.org for a webdesigner, post your job and what you are offering for pay and see if you get any inquiries.

good luck!
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Help the MSPCA on: July 07, 2005 09:28:53 AM

I own www.baglunchco.com and we've partnered up with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals..

bag lunch has introduced a special lip balm with 50% of the proceeds going to help the MSPCA.

Please visit and help.

or go to www.mspca.org to learn about other ways to help.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: has anyone ever checked out www.ipowerweb.com on: July 05, 2005 09:28:55 AM
I've been using ipowerweb.com for 3 years and find them to be very good.

they've got 24 hour live help which ive used before and they've solved my issues quickly. (the problems were with neomail....the mail server they use, in case you wanted to know)

The interface for the back end of your site that they provide is easy to navigate around and pretty straight forward.

the only thing i had a problem with was intergrating my ecommerce portion into my site. (but that was basically because I've never done it before and had no idea what I was doing)

I would recommend them.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: another sampler site.........? on: June 28, 2005 02:06:07 PM
yep. they are protected by law.

anyone who creates anything automatically has intellectual copyright on that (thing they created)

it's a fine line between what is inspired by and what is a whole-shelf thieving of (that thing someone else created)

a good thing to check out right now, which relates to this whole discussion is the Nike poster that was obviously a rip-off of the famous Minor Threat album cover....a link to an article about it can be found here...www.adrants.com

also check here www.adfreak.com for how the "got milk" ad guys feel about the blatant use of thier tag-line.

these articles give two different thoughts on the same subject...maybe they'll be interesting to you all, maybe not.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lip balm flavor from Magestic Mountain Sage on: June 28, 2005 07:38:41 AM
hmmm, I've never used the powdered stevia, So I can't offer advice there..

but as for the liquid sweet n low.. I wouldn't use it. It'll cut down the shelf life of your balm and you'll have to use a TON more of it in your recipe for it to produce any kind of sweetness in your balm.
(it'll end up boiling off your mixture pretty quickly. (which means it pretty much evaporates out of your base as it's boiled into your mixture. Plus, it could cause bacteria in your base, which you don't want!

http://www.wholesalesupplementstore.com/stevia.html .... try here for stevia.

also, www.thesage.com sells a product called "sugar kisses flavor oil" and it works just like liquid stevia.
(i've used it before and had great results.

or, if you don't want to bother with all this...www.brambleberry.com sells two pre-sweetened balm oils..
i think its caramel flavor and bubblegum flavor...

hope this helps!

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: another sampler site.........? on: June 28, 2005 07:25:28 AM
Jiminy Cricket, people!

While it is fantastic that everyone supports everyone on this board, it is very important to realize that this isn't the only crafting community. And therefore, there could (and probably are) other sites that do what The Sampler does. The world is a big place and there is certainly room for more sampler type entities existing. Although, I find this board to be most supportive, which i appreciate greatly.

If the Original Poster really want to do something Sampler-Inspired, she may want to set up a company that does gift bags for events. Crafters can send in samples that will be included in goodie bags handed out at small events. (like local fashion shows and charity events for example) The crafters would be getting exposure to a different audience, which would be good. There are other sites that already do this, but everythings already been done, when you think about it.

I think it's very important to separate emotional and personal feelings from business. Be passionate about your business, of course, but be able to take a step back and realize, if you have an idea and put it out there, it will be mutated and adapted and sprawl out into different hands all over. You can't take it personally, it's just how it is.

When I first started out, I was hyper-sensitive to seeing other products that were sort of like mine. It took a long time to get to a point where I realize there is enough room for everyone, and that my product could co-exist with many other similar products. It's tough, I know, but separating your personal self from your business self is important.

And, remember, small business is still business.... otherwise it would be called "charity".
whether you are aiming to make a ton of money and live in a giant house or make a small amount of money and use it to pay your car insurance every month, you're still trying to make money...just like big companies. Lots of these giant companies started out small too.. and its pointless to be disgusted with them because they have succeeded in their goals.  (I'm not saying I support the business practices of some of these giant companies, I'm simply stating that not all huge companies are evil, humongous juggernauts.)

wow, how I ramble. I hope I'm not hitting a nerve with anyone, this is all just my opinion based on my experiences.

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