2016 Annual Income Report For My Handmade Business

2016 Annual Income Report For My Handmade Business

Have you ever been curious about how much other people make from their jobs?

I know I have, and the first place I look at is GlassDoor.com where employees of specific companies share reviews for the businesses they work for.

But more interestingly, they also share their annual income.

This is great data for job seekers and college students picking a major.

Unfortunately, this kind of data for handmade businesses is not readily available for public viewing.

This is one of the few reasons why I do an annual income report for my handmade business every year.

Here’s 2014’s income report, and here’s 2015’s.

One, to educate other creatives who are interested in taking their business to a more serious level.

Two, I believe in transparency and that you should follow a mentor or teacher that not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.

Three, because this is a good excuse for me to do a year review and analyze what went wrong or right so I can make plans for the new year.

Are you ready to take a peek behind my business?

Here’s a snapshot view of how the year went:

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Why Your Competitors Are Your Secret Weapon To Success

Why Your Competitors Are Your Secret Weapon To Success

“Your enemy can be your best teacher”- Dali Lama

It’s natural that as an artist or maker, every single item you create has a little bit of you in it.

It was your creative vision that made it, and your nimble hands that painted the brush strokes, cut that pattern with a scalpel or turned that stone into a pendant.

It was your time you sacrificed away from your friends or family, or mostly in my case Netflix and gym visits, to make that beautiful piece of art.

So when we think about successful people in our niches, we can get a bit….well…..defensive and our self confidence takes a nosedive.

We start to do what we do best, beat ourselves up!

In my Facebook group recently I asked my creative friends what thoughts spring to mind when thinking about their online competition.  

The people who are making a full time income from their creative talents and are further along the journey than them.

Here is what they said.

“Looking at online shops that are doing better than me makes me feel totally and utterly worthless

“I’m not sure who my competition is, there are so many of us doing the same thing which feels pretty much like rubbish if I’m honest.”

“When I think about my competitors, especially those at the top of the tree, I just think ‘Gosh, they are untouchable’ and then I wonder how the hell they got there and I’m still here.”

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How I Grew My Pinterest Engagement By 1200% in 30 Days

How I Grew My Pinterest Engagement By 1200% in 30 Days

Whether you’re a business owner, blogger or freelancer, having a Pinterest is crucial if you want to get more traffic, engagement, and ultimately, sales.

Pinterest has migrated from a social media platform to a powerful search engine to rival Google and Bing.

As a business owner and blogger who works with creatives, adding Pinterest to my strategy was a no-brainer.

I’ll show you how – after only 30 days of re-focusing my content and services with Pinterest in mind, I grew my engagement by 1200%.

Yep, that stat totally BLEW my mind!

Follow these 5 steps to increase YOUR engagement on Pinterest so you can get more people to:

  • read your blog post
  • sign up to your mailing list
  • buy your product
  • contact you about a consultation

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How To Promote Your Crafty Biz With How-to Videos


When we hear the word “video”, we can’t help it, we tense up.

It’s a word that puts us on the spot, can make us immediately feel like an imposter and honestly, start running for the hills!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Growing up on film sets, video was always a very natural way-of-life for me…but when I was fourteen, a very well-known actress at the time told me I was too overweight and unattractive to ever be in front of the camera.

The biggest bummer?

I listened to her.

I spent the next ten years as a stand in, instead of an actress.

That way, I was still in front of the camera, but not when it was rolling!

It was just a “little bit” off from what I really wanted to do, so it was okay, right?


And you are possibly making my same mistake.

Let me show you how to get out of it.

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Are Etsy Treasuries Really Worth It?

Are Etsy Treasuries Really Worth It As of October 5, 2016, Etsy has retired the ability for users to create and edit treasuries. This blog post is no longer relevant.

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