Growing Your Handmade Business
by Cassie Boorn
Modern Thrive just launched a live online workshop designed to help you build a profitable handmade business. They have brought together three incredible handmade business owners to give you an inside look at how they built their career, and share proven strategies that you can apply to your own business. This program will give you the insight you need to turn your handmade shop into a full-time business.
Everyone who signs up will get the opportunity to learn from these amazing makers:
Lane Huerta is the Founder of LoveLane Studios, an award-winning handmade shop that creates imaginative play-wear for children around the world. Lane began designing and screen printing tea towels, pillows and other home décor and became a veteran of Indie Craft Parade and other artisan craft fairs—but it’s been her imaginative children’s designs that have captured the world’s attention.
In 2014, Etsy.com featured Lovelane’s Play Hard children’s wear on its homepage, and demand for its hand sewn, American-made capes and crowns have soared. Lane and her work have been featured on media platforms across the globe, including The Huffington Post, Today.com, Hooligan’s Magazine, Harper’s Brazil, and ABC World News Tonight. Today the brand employs two team members, hand-prints the line in studio and contracts sewing to local seamstresses. This method of production makes it possible for Lovelane to wholesale to retailers like The Land of Nod and specialty boutiques worldwide.
Jahje Ives is the Founder of Baby Jives Co, a handmade shop that creates mobiles and artwork to inspire wonder and imagination. Her work has been featured on Today’s Parent, HGTV, Martha Stewart Living, and in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Baby Jives started as a solo operation run out of an extra room in her home where she made mobiles between naps.
Now, Jahje works with independent seamstresses and a family run cut-and-sew business to produce her most popular mobiles. This has allowed Jahje to keep up with demand and expand into wholesale, selling to small shops and larger brands like The Land of Nod and West Elm. Jahje shares her story with her more than 60,000 social media followers, allowing her to connect with customers and the maker community.
Dianna Barton is the Founder of Plum and Sparrow. Dianna fell in love with her own Moses Basket after the birth of her first child. She knew she wanted to share this little gem with other mamas, and began searching for something unique, beautiful and one of a kind.
Plum and Sparrow is a supporter of the Fair Trade Federation. It takes an entire village in Africa to make each of their baskets. As one individual harvests the materials, it moves onto the next step where it is delicately colored, after the hand-weaver entwines every piece bringing it all together, finishing it with the leather handle. The intricate design of their products has drawn the attention of leading tastemakers, and landed them coverage on hundreds of national blogs
The live workshop begins November 9th, but you will get lifetime access to all of the content. The program includes (3) hour-long interactive sessions, daily email lessons and a comprehensive workbook. In addition, you will get access to a private community of like-minded handmade business owners.
The workshop is $97 but you can save $30 if you sign up now with discount code “CraftUK.”
(current exchange rate 8/11/16 - £78 but use the discount code and it is £54)