Monday, October 20, 2014

Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

At last weeks TCS Holiday Boot Camp, we discussed pricing and sales.  During that discussion a comment was made about looking at our shops as a business, not just a hobby.  (I am sooo guilty of that).  So, to that end, let me share some links with you...

The first one is our how to page on The Craftstar.  Here you will find tips and directions to get you started on your journey as a member of The Craftstar family.  Such as....how to open you shop and list an item, to help with social media and photography tips.  There is also a discussion thread on the forum where we can help each other with tags.

At the end of the show, Bethan was telling us about Udemy, a site with some great online business courses.  Today I checked them out, and fell in love!!!  It's like Pinterest for the studious.


Wow...talk about learning to succeed!



And my last suggestion, I recently did a review for a hardcover book, The Young Entrepreneur's Guide To Starting and Running A Business by Steve Marriotti, and I believe this is a must have for every businessman's library.
I personally enjoy having something I can highlight, write in, and not have to wait for a page to load, but that's just me.  :0)


Ok, now you have all the tools you need to jump in and help your business 
EXPLODE!  So don't just sit there anymore, turn what you love to do into a business to be proud of, and don't forget to join us at tonight's TCS Holiday Boot Camp - Maximizing Social Media.

See y'all there! :0)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Holiday Boot Camp Week 3 recap - Pricing and Sales

Last night we had a great show discussing the art of pricing.  And what an interesting and informative discussing that was...you can watch it here.

Next week we will be discussing the importance of social media, you don't want to miss that.  Here's a link to our recent 6 week social media boot camp, if you want to review, then come ready to join the fun.


Enjoy your week, and we'll see you next Monday.  Don't forget to do your homework. :0)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Is Your Brain - On Crafts


Everyone knows that drugs change your brains ability to function, but did you know that creating something can also change your brain?  Studies have been done and have determined that art therapy is an effective tool in the fight against many mental issues, including but not exclusive to, depression, PTSD, autism, reducing pain and anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and so much more.


In living with, and loving, the abused children that have come into our lives and home, I have depended on arts and crafts to help them settle in and express feelings that they could not articulate.  And I have discovered that having "talent"  and the end creation doesn't matter. What does matter is the process.  If you are interested in the actual studies on the affect of art therapy, check out this article by Vija B. Lusebrink.  But in a nutshell, different skills activate different parts of the brain.  Did you know that printing only activates a small portion of your brain, but that writing in cursive activates a larger portion of your brain?  And using a keyboard activates the least amount of your brain?

There is a long history in the use of art as therapy, starting in the late 18th century with psychiatric patients, and has evolved over the years until it became an accepted form of therapy in the 1960's.  Today art therapy is used to help seniors keep their minds sharp and increase their small motor skills, and helps people of all ages with cognitive skills, social skills, problem solving skills, and so much more.

So go ahead, grab some paint, or beads, or yarn, and have fun.  You'll feel better.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Best Part Of Monday? Why, Casual Mondays Of Course!

It's Monday again!  And you know what that means....
Casual Mondays on Google+!
While it may be casual...today is also serious
and this is serious business.
So click on over and join us at 8 pm est.
And be sure to check out some new items added to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, ornaments for your tree.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Getting Ready For The Holidays

I know, I know, we haven't even celebrated Halloween yet, and here I am talking about the Christmas season, but guess what? 
There are only 10 more weeks till Christmas!!!

So....to make your life easier, we here at The Craftstar are working hard to help you.  Starting with our Holiday Boot Camp.
In case you've missed the first two, here they are....
(be sure to check out all the helpful links in the comments)
Now tomorrow, October 12th we will be covering Pricing and Sales.  That promises to be a very informative hangout.

We've also just completed our December in September pinning frenzy on Pinterest.  Be sure to check out all our boards for great gift guides.

And speaking of gift guides, check out our very own
right here on our blog.  You'll find the page in the tab at the top of our blog, and bookmark it, because we will be adding to this guide daily.

Now, check out all the links, and join The Craftstar today, the best place to sell, and buy, true handcrafted items for those you love.

(If you would like to be considered for our gift guide, please email me a link to your item to debbi@thecraftstar.com)