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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re:Crafting for Charity Article at GetCrafty.com on: March 02, 2004 09:01:31 AM
Great forum add, Leah! This is pretty much what my organziation does as it's main purpose. We sell kits to fund our efforts.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re:Grommet/Eyelets on: February 27, 2004 04:27:53 AM
If you're still looking, PM me to let me know exactly what you need and I can see if I can hook you up.

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re:how did you find craftster? on: February 27, 2004 04:23:51 AM
Actually, my only "trendy hip crafty" friend mentioned it to me when I asked her what sites I should look at for various ideas....

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:how does one get press? on: February 27, 2004 04:04:57 AM
I *love* the idea of sending a press kit to the local newspapers (particularly town ones). I live in a suburb that puts out a weekly newspaper, and I'm teaching a class at the town library next month. Perhaps they might pick up the press info kit and want to talk to me around the same time as the class....who knows (and yes, it's 3 weeks away, but this town doesn't have much action!)

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:actual profit? on: February 27, 2004 03:58:51 AM
From talking to other people who are in the online scrapbooking business (my site is a bit different, but it's a good comparison), most of them do better locally than online, but, like me, feel it's important to have an online presence.

One piece of advice that I was given was to network locally, and, in your case (like mine) one way of doing that might be to teach a class. You can charge for materials and time if you'd like, but teach a sewing class to beginners at your local library. I would put together a kit which could allow a newbie to do a basic embroidery design, for example. Have a price list available so that they can buy your kit, and perhaps even offer private lessons. People *love* personal attention, and it would be a way to get your name out.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:funding question on: February 22, 2004 01:43:40 PM
You might want to check with your state's Department of Vocational Rehabilitation - I know they help with vehicular modifications and some career assistance, so they might be worth a shot.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:how did you know??? on: February 18, 2004 04:23:31 AM
I've noticed that a lot of you are having problems with getting your websites up and running. I use a program called WebEditor, made by Namo. I think it was $79 with a $40 rebate. It's really easy to use, and it also teaches you HTML as you can flip between looking at the layout and then looking at the HTML code.

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:at what point do you need to get a business license? on: February 18, 2004 04:20:47 AM
I'm of the opinion that if you are going to run a business, do it right.  I got my business license right away from my state in order to have my resale license. Since I'm a sole proprietor, it was no big deal. Also get your EIN. As a small business, you can indeed have no employees and no profit for quite some time, so filling out your returns with zero for profit and employees is not a big deal.

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:how did you know??? on: February 16, 2004 10:02:16 PM
I also have a chronic skin disorder and, although I did work for 12 years before going back to school, I volunteered with an organization for a long time. I'm burned out from it but still love volunteer work. I've also done scrapbooking and card making for about 6 years now, so combining the 2 just seemed natural.

I am certainly planning that most of my income from this will be generated off-line, but since I'm a technogeek I feel strongly about having a good online presence in order to promote and point people toward for quick information.

So, I invested some money into this and am just hoping that it will be self sustaining.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:what to do with yearbooks? on: February 16, 2004 06:28:37 PM
I enjoy scrapbooking....when I did my scrapbooks from my teen years, I copied the photos and the good signatures and messages and put those parts in the scrapbook.

I do still have my yearbooks, but if I ever lost them, I'd have the real meaningful stuff in the scrapbooks.

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