Self-Care for Handmade Sellers: What does that even MEAN?

covid 19 selling online Apr 14, 2020

To say that this is a strange time in history would be a GRAND understatement. It seems that in the mere blink of an eye, the world as we know it came to a screeching halt. I am writing this from Pittsburgh, PA, where we have been sheltering in place since March 16 with a *tentative* end date of April 30. 

 

If you are anything like me, you have been cycling through phases of fear, anger, denial, overwhelm, panic, relief, acceptance, and probably a few other feelings that can’t really be described (because this has never happened in our lifetimes). 

 

As the owner of a handmade or boutique business, your in-person sales likely got the guillotine as soon as the stay at home orders started being put in place. There were some gray areas in the beginning, but with the lightning fast spread of this virus, the vast majority of small business owners temporarily shuttered to keep their customers, communities, and families safe.

 

For some people, this time has...

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How to Set Up a Virtual Craft Fair

It looks like the 2020 spring art and craft show season has been cancelled…

...or HAS it?

If you are anything like me, you came into 2020 with a feeling of “yaaaassss….THIS is MY year! I am full of ideas and creativity and hope!”.

It felt GOOD. It felt RIGHT. It felt PROMISING.

Then, the world just kinda went ahead and fell apart. If ever there was a time to be in the soap business, now is it. This new coronavirus is spreading faster than wildfire and is twice as scary. For businesses like ours, it would be easy to sit back and say “well, that just about does it. I’m done.”

Let me be the first to say: this is NOT the end, my friend. Oh, no. This is the BEGINNING: the beginning of a new era. The beginning of a new world. The beginning of the new normal (I know...buzzword alert). 

It’s time to take your work, bust right through those fears, and get your business rolling online. If ever there was a time for you to get online, this...

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10 Ways You Can (Calmly) Prepare for Coronavirus at Craft Shows

art/craft fairs covid 19 Mar 07, 2020

Note: This is not intended to be medical advice. If you are ill or have concerns for your symptoms, please seek medical treatment from a licensed medical professional. 

As we head into the spring 2020 show season, it seems that there may be an unwelcome attendee: COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of this virus include:

fever

cough

shortness of breath

Which, not coincidentally, is also the list of symptoms for many other illnesses at this time of year. The quick spread of the illness and the lack of information has been like fuel to the fire of panic, and in many of the artist and art fair groups, there have been seemingly endless conversations contemplating the potential impact of the virus on handmade businesses (and commerce in general), whether or not shows will be cancelled, and what to do to stay safe if the show DOES go on.

There are a few easy, fairly common-sense things YOU can do to keep...

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