SMALL BUSINESS HELP

HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Today I am going off topic from parties and weddings and sharing some helpful web resources if you are running your own business from home, like myself.
Scroll down below for the links to some great resources to help you get started if you are thinking of working from home or if you already are a small business but want more helpful resources.

Before we get to the small business help,  I want to share some tips and advice from my own experience.

Also, I am wondering if any other small home based handmade to sell businesses are tired of the label “crafting” or “crafter”?

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 Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t think of this as a derogatory description, it is just limiting.  I think of myself as an artisan or maker and a business entrepreneur, who just happens to work at home.

In jest, this probably sums up everyone else’s view of what we, makers, do –

Yes, of course ‘crafting’ is what I do, everyday, in fact.  It is essentially what I sell.  Handmade party and wedding designs. However, I consider what I actually do- so much more than just “crafting”.   Keep in mind that running a business from home means that there are no paid sick days, no paid vacations or personal time off, and usually no full weekend breaks!

 Running your own business means that you only get paid. . . when you work.  I like getting paid, so  I work all the time!  My day generally starts at 7:00 am at my desktop and ends later in the evening, often as late as 8:00pm in order to keep up on my custom orders and making wonderful party and wedding designs by hand.

While it allows me to stay home and run my own business and not have to join the rat race of society. . . I sometimes do miss working in an office.  But only for about a minute and then I rejoice in the advantages of a home based business!

Yes, I LOVE IT! And yes, working from home offers many perks that other employees don’t get to take advantage of on a daily basis: no commute to work, working in my PJ’s (yep, I am guilty of this!) but on the flipside, I am often truly never off from my business and work.  I answer emails from my phone late in the evening and on the go on the weekends and often work very late in my studio on rush orders.

So forgive me, if I think of the terms, “crafter” and “crafting” as more of a hobby – someone who crafts, on the side of a full-time job or in retirement – for fun.  A crafter who enjoys the hobby and loves to make handmade stuff to give a greeting card or knitted scarf to friends and relatives at Christmas.  That to me is crafting – not at all what I do full-time.  “Crafting” is not a bad description; it’s just that I do so much more than that to keep my business going, to keep sales coming in, to drive traffic to my Etsy shops.

And Etsy is not my sole source of business.  Oh no!

No way could I pay the car payment and bills with only my Etsy sales.  My direct orders from my regular event planners are what keep me in business. Thank you. . . to all my wonderful event and wedding planners who order from me on a regular and repeat basis!

So, if you are thinking of giving it a go as a full-time gig, at home, hand making something – you should first know that you really should be darn good at it, whatever it is you make. You have to compete now with hundreds of thousands of other makers and artisans online now, especially if you start out on Etsy.  And launching your own website will require much research, social media marketing, and hard work.  So let’s get you to jump off the launch pad . . . or your mouse pad and start by visiting these websites below for more helpful small business resources.

First, I recommend taking the time to read this very honest article (click to read it)-

STARTING AN ARTS & CRAFTS BUSINESS

Next, check out this website for a whole list of resources (click to access resources)-

THE WORK AT HOME WOMAN

Thanks for stopping by and as always, if you are not a maker yourself – visit any of my Etsy shops below for some wonderful party and wedding designs- made by me!

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DIY Flower Wreath Or Bouquet

PAPER FLOWER WREATH – DIY PROJECT

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A bouquet of fresh flowers is a beautiful sight; however after a few days in a vase they wither away. Why pay a fortune for fresh flowers when you can create a gorgeous paper bouquet or a flower wreath that lasts a lifetime, by using pages from a book! And don’t feel guilty about ripping up expensive books… get one from a thrift store for cheap! The flowers create a beautiful, timeless pattern that’s perfect for home décor or gifts. Use these flowers to embellish a wreath, decorate a book-themed party, scatter as a table arrangement, add as gift toppers, or gather together to form a lasting floral arrangement in a vase or on a wreath.

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The instructions for the flowers are for the flower style shown above, but there are so many different styles of flowers to make too!  So get creative and make as many different styles of flowers as you want for your bouquet or wreath.

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 Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Book
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Craft Sticks, Glass Marbles, Vase, or styrofoam wreath form (optional)

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

1.) To make each flower, rip out six pages from your book. Cut various petal sizes in your desired shape, ranging from 2″ to 3.5″.  Gently roll each book petal around the pencil (see image #1) to create a curved shaped petal.

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2.) Starting with your smallest petal, roll it completely into a tunnel shape to make your middle piece (see image #2), and seal it closed at the bottom with hot glue.

 

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3.) Wrap a new petal around the middle piece, and glue in place at the bottom. Layer outward and shape as you go, gluing each new petal in place at the bottom of your flower (see image #3).

 

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Once the flower is finished, it can be mounted on a craft stick or bamboo skewer, and placed into a vase.  Or simply hot glue each flower to a ribbon wrapped styrofoam wreath form.

Make as many flowers as needed for your wreath or bouquet.

If you need more embellishments for your wreath or other crafting projects, stop by our Etsy craft shop-

READY SET CRAFT KITS

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Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today!

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25 Christmas activities Part 2

 Final 15 Christmas activity ideas

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As promised, here are are the final 15 activities to do throughout the season. What is your favorite activity to do with your family?

 

11.Write a letter to santa

12.Read a Christmas book

13.Do a Christmas craft as a family

14.Send out Christmas cards

15.Decorate a tree

16.Start a holiday card photo album

17.Do research on holiday traditions around the world and choose one to add to family traditions

18.Go see the Nutcracker

19.Have random acts of kindness days

20.Go to a holiday parade

21.Bake cookies

22.Build a snowman

23.Do a Christmas puzzle

24.Write a Christmas poem

25.Make paper snowflakes

Follow these links to our shops:

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS