Are you an artist, artisan, or maker with your own business? This meetup is a chance to network with other handmade sellers, share ideas, support and help grow local independent creative businesses. Whether your business is part-time and just you, or you are full-time with a small team, the common theme is that you are trying to profit off your creative endeavors (rather than doing it as a hobby alone). This meetup is intended for independent small businesses, not franchises, corporations, or direct marketing companies. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, just the topics and focus are geared to a different market segment. Each month we will have a main topic for discussion and sharing, open Q&A, plus time to just network and chat. Tentative topics for each month (we will revise after feedback from early participants).
August – Making the most of events/markets. Tips for sellers and for organizers.
September – Reducing your dependence on 3rd party marketplaces for selling online (Etsy, Amazon, etc.)
October – Holiday planning/black Friday strategies.
November – Holiday check-in/shipping strategies.
December – Holiday social
Please attend this meetup with an openness to sharing and collaboration. It is not the place to sell your services to artisans. If you have a business that may be of benefit to makers, please contact me. There may be opportunities for you as a guest speaker or to leave flyers/biz cards with me to share.
Your organizer/hostess is Sara Smith, owner of Dream Maker Creative. Sara’s career has spanned retail, project management, tech, web design, and crafting. Currently she runs a creative boutique, leads crafting workshops for adults and kids, teaches small business classes online, and designs/produces two crafting subscription boxes.