In this course, I reveal a step by step process for creating your own, successful business selling your handmade products.
The course is based upon an updated version of the best selling book Your Craft Business: A Step by Step Guide. The book has sold thousands of copies and has inspired many readers to start their own craft businesses. The course takes updated content from the book, and turns it into a multimedia experience with richer, more useful, content and a learning environment that’s impossible to achieve on the page.
What people say about it
Very Useful! I found it really easy, amusing and interesting with an incredible amount of useful information. Allison
Excellent Full of helpful advice for British crafters and is both practical (looking at the law & the HMRC too) and inspiring. I think a lot of crafters shy away from the business side of things, thinking maybe that they are too creative to have a “business head” or just don’t know where to begin, but this shows that if you’re prepared to work hard, anyone is capable of running their own craft business. Thoroughly recommended. Stacey
Before you start your craft business It’s not scary! Many crafters dream of turning their passion into their livelihood and this gives you all the information you need to make that leap of faith. We won’t all develop our business to the scale of the author’s, but the basic principles of business apply to all. Whether you make 10 cards or 10,000 scarves, this book will help you. Clare
Good advice This really is a step-by-step guide. My mind was boggled by different advice I had received from people & I kept getting conflicting ideas in my own head, but this saved me. Good solid advice in a form everyone can understand. No business jargon that makes no sense to you. Just good solid advice. I am sure that anyone putting these steps into action, will be successful with their craft business. I’m off to start. Watch this space. 🙂 Shell
Who am I?
I’m Kev Partner and, with my wife Peta, I run MakingYourOwnCandles, which now has the biggest range of candle making kits in the UK and, as far as I can tell, the world. Together, Peta and I built the business from scratch so that, within 18 months, it was generating a six figure annual turnover and is now our main source of income. I’m also the author of several books published by Dennis Publishing (the people behind PC Pro magazine) covering business and technical subjects. You can find my Amazon Author Page here if you’re interested.
However, it’s not all been plain sailing. I’d spent the previous decade running three businesses and learning a multitude of lessons the hard way that prepared me for helping Peta launch and run MakingYourOwnCandles with none of the major cock-ups that I’d made before. One of the main lessons was to run a lean ship – we buy absolutely nothing we don’t truly need. But, having said that, we don’t shy away from making investments that will help us grow the business. Some of these investments are in machinery and systems that allow us to make better products, more quickly, and to serve our customers better.
But, we also invest in training – in the form of courses, books and research – that help us improve our skills, do a better job overall and, of course, make more money. Over the years since we started our business in 2010, we’ve constantly been looking for ways to get better at what we do, and that pays off in our continued success.
If you could start up and run a successful craft business, of whatever size, what would it mean for you?
The freedom to work from where you want, doing what you love? The pure joy of receiving money from a delighted customer for your unique, handmade, item? Extra money to replace an income, go on holiday, have a treat or just ease things up a bit? Or all of these?
Why should you use this step-by-step system?
reason #1: It’s the fastest way to getting a successful craft business up and running. Time is money in business and, after all, wouldn’t you rather be spending time actually making products than making the same mistakes thousands of others have before you?
reason #2: It’s the safest way to start and run a craft business. By learning from our mistakes, and those of the other craft businesses that contributed to the course, you can eliminate the risks of starting up. I’m not guaranteeing your business will be a long term success, but, if you follow the process, you won’t risk what you can’t afford.
reason #3: You don’t need to be a natural entrepreneur or businessperson to build and run a successful craft business. This course takes you step by step through the process – it’s probably simpler than you imagine – leaving your creative mind free to create gorgeous products.
reason #4: More customers, more sales. Isn’t it every crafter’s nightmare that we’ll put heart and soul into our business and its products, only to find that no-one will buy them? A bit like having a party no-one turns up to. In this course, you’ll learn how to develop products that customers will be desperate to buy.
Your Craft Business: Step by Step is a unique online training course that will take you by the hand and show you how to plan, create and run a successful craft business selling products you love to make. And to do it quickly.
The training works beautifully on computers, tablets and smartphones so you can work through the course on almost any device – you can even download the videos (if you want) so you can study when out of wi-fi range.
In the course, I will show you how to design and develop products that customers will desperately want to buy, how to do it so you make a good profit and how to find and sell to customers. I will also show you how to deal with the government and regulators, how to market yourself and lots more (see below).
So, at this point, you can do one of three things:
option #1 – do nothing. This is fine, but you’re obviously not going to build a business if you don’t take action.
option #2 – trial and error. You can take the concepts I’ve covered in the three videos and give it a go. Again, this is absolutely fine – I wanted the videos to be genuinely useful, but they represent a tiny percentage of the total course content – there’s so much more to the course. You can, of course, start up a business with no help from me whatsoever, thousands have done so before (though many have failed). But there’s a quicker and easier way.
option #3 – use the process included in Your Craft Business: Step by Step to get started quickly, safely and profitably. Forget about wasting time and money on tactics and strategies that don’t work – I know what works, it’s all in the course!
I’ve worked out how to build and run a successful craft business so you don’t have to
Can I guarantee success? No, of course I can’t. Nobody can. But I can tell you exactly how we did and how many other successful craft businesspeople have done it and I can help you avoid the usual pitfalls.
Remember, you’ll get a complete, step-by-step, process to planning and launching your craft business. No confusion, no ambiguity, this is a complete hand-holding system telling you exactly what to do through the entire process.
What you are going to get right away today when you register (and what you’re going to learn how to do)
As soon as you purchase, you will get immediate access to Your Craft Business: Step by Step – the full online training.
- Lifetime access and login 24/7 (it is all digital so you can login to access the content whenever you want)
- 27 detailed videos split into 10 modules
- View online using your computer, smartphone or tablet – or download the videos
- Direct access to me to ask any questions you want!
- Access to all modules added to this course in future
- Bonus– FREE, permanent access to the full course Candle Making for Beginners worth £25
- 20% off ALL Online Shops at Create.net
- A voucher for 20% off everything at MakingYourOwnCandles.co.uk
Here’s what’s in the course
Module 1: Your Craft Business (2 sections)
An introduction to the course, what you will learn and the basics of business
Module 2: Your Product (4 sections)
Your business, and its success, depends on developing a range of products that customers will buy. These products must also be profitable so, in this module, I go in depth on how to cost products as well as why prototyping is the key to developing profitable products.
Module 3: The Right Price (2 sections)
In this module, I go into detail on the cost price of your product and give three techniques for calculating the right price to charge.
Module 4: Going Premium (2 sections)
Going into detail on how to “premium” your products in terms of their design and packaging, materials and ingredients.
Module 5: Setting up for Business (2 sections)
In this module, I cover how to set yourself up at home to run your business. I then look at when and how to register your business with the authorities in the UK and US.
Module 6: Opening up (2 sections)
Many crafts have to deal with regulations so, in this module, I take a look at ‘elf & safety and such like. You also need to find quality suppliers and work out how you’re going to get your products delivered to customers who buy online. Finally, you need to take payments so I cover the options.
Module 7: Your Marketplace (3 sections)
In this module, you get the skinny on how to sell online through your own shop. I also look at selling on ebay, Amazon and Etsy before I go indepth on how to successfully sell at craft fayres and in shops.
Module 8: You and your Website (3 sections)
You need a website, but what sort exactly depends on whether you intend to sell online and where. In this module, I outline the choices, then look at the different options.
Module 9: Marketing (5 sections)
Nothing is more important to the success of your business than marketing. You can have the best possible products but, if no-one knows about them, you won’t sell a bean. In this module, I look at marketing in general and then focus on email, online marketing, social media (especially Facebook) as well as more old fashioned techniques.
Module 10: The Secrets to Running a Successful Craft Business
Finally, I outline my top advice for anyone starting a craft business. Worth the cost of the course on its own, this module contains priceless information you won’t want to miss.
EXTRAS & BONUSES
Use this companion to the course to keep notes and create a record of the work you’re doing towards all of the milestones in the course.
Candle Making for Beginners Full Course
Join me and you’ll get automatic FREE access to the Candle Making for Beginners course: worth £20. This course will take you through the entire process of making gorgeous candles step by step – even if you don’t intend to base your craft business on candles, this might give you a useful side-income or a fun new hobby!
Exclusive 20% discount on your online shop at Create.net
With Create.net you can build a professional online shop for your craft business. Based in the UK, Create.net hosts tens of thousands of online shops and is the tool of choice for the crafting community. They’re also jolly nice people and they’re offering 20% off all their plans, so you could save up to £105 per year and get up and running for less than a tenner.
If you need someone to bounce ideas off or provide advice, then I’m your man (unless Peta could answer it better, in which case she will!). Invest in the course and you’ll get an email address only available to course students which you can use to drop me a line any time.
All new Modules and Extras
This is just the beginning for this course. I’ll be adding new, even more detailed, modules covering specific topics over the coming months. You will get them all immediately and free.
20% off everything at MakingYourOwnCandles.co.uk
Taken together, these bonuses are worth many times the purchase price of the course. And, remember, you get access to all future bonuses as they’re added.
You won’t be left high and dry – I’ll be on hand to answer any questions you might have at any point in the training (not that I think you’ll need it!).
Join and get Lifetime Technical Support, ask me anything and I’ll sort you out.
And you also get Lifetime Updates to the course as and when they’re added – you won’t pay an extra penny.
How to get started
rock solid guarantee
I am completely confident that you’ll be delighted with the course but if, at any time in the first 30 days after you sign up, you decide you’re unhappy with it, just drop me an email and I’ll refund you.
So, if you’re at all unsure whether to sign up today then do it with the reassurance that you can get your money back if it doesn’t match your expectations. You have nothing to lose.
Disclaimer: I am legally obliged to say that I can’t promise any specific results as a result of purchasing this training (eg – you have to put in the work) and any results, testimonials, or figures quoted on this page are not intended to imply guaranteed financial gains.
Terms & Conditions: Short version – you have 30 days starting the day after payment is received to preview the course material before your refund period expires. If you request a refund after the 30 day period, your request will be denied (whether you are paying monthly or you paid in full). If you enrol using the payment plans, all payments must continue for the full term unless you exercise your right to cancel within 30 days of purchase. All refunds are discretionary, as the law permits. If we believe you have purchased the course, downloaded all the material to distribute elsewhere, and then you asked for a refund… chances are we’ll say no!
If you have ANY questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to answer. I look forward to seeing you on the course!