5 Tips to a Productive Small Biz Partnership

Starting your own business can be intimidating but having a partner by your side can make the challenges a lot easier to face, and the successes sweeter to celebrate. The key is to find the right partner for you, and to be mindful of keeping it a productive and healthy partnership first and foremost. Different personalities, dynamics, and the day…

Five Tips for Networking Like a Boss

With the latest YYC Girl Gang Hang just around the corner, we thought it was time to refresh your networking skills with 5 tips for networking like a BOSS! 1.) Remember your business cards! It sounds obvious, but remember to bring extra cards to a networking event! There’s nothing worse than having to write down…

Blogs and Google: A True Love Story

Let’s talk about the ultimate love story: blogs and Google. You’ve probably heard many people preach that your business needs to be blogging, and they are right, but we want to tell you the biggest reason why—Google loves it! Fresh, unique content is one of the biggest factors for Google’s SERP (search engine results placement) algorithm,…

How To Sell on Social Media

Building your empire is hard work, and now you have to stay on top of all of your social media accounts?! I know! I know you’re busy! I recommend being active on only a couple media at a time. If Pinterest and Instagram are your favourites, then stick to them. Make sure they make sense…

The ‘E’ Word

Let’s talk about everybody’s least favourite word: Exposure. If you’re a maker like myself, you might find you’ve come to detest the word exposure, because it seems to be a simile for “give me free stuff.”  After a certain point, being asked for goods and services in exchange for exposure becomes tiring – particularly when…

When and How to Say No as a Small Business Owner

“No.” The most dreaded word that we small biz owners hate to use. Why? Because it says no to money, no to exposure and generally makes the person on the receiving end unhappy. But what happens when saying yes too many times starts to take its toll on us? Making us unhappy in the end? Last…

Managing the Grunt Work in Your Creative Business

Being an entrepreneur means that, at least for a while, you have to do it all! Maybe we should say that you GET to do it all – because as much as it can be enormously frustrating to grind your way through the tasks of running a business that you don’t love, or maybe don’t…

Where didya get those pompoms? A quick guide to asking for suppliers.

You’re ready to take the leap, start your own biz, or maybe you’re scrolling through your social media feed and really like something that someone just posted. You want to know where they got that yarn, those pom poms, those materials, etc so you head to comment section, start typing and… LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT…

5 Tips on Surviving Your First Market Season

  2016 was my first ever market season as a vendor, and honestly it was a bumpy road with a lot more disappointments than I was anticipating. However, it was good experience, as well as great (although I loathe the word it’s true in this case) exposure. I handed out all of my business cards over the 4…

Critiques: How to give and receive constructive feedback.

If there is one thing that I took away from my education in art school, it’s the ability to give and receive criticism. I know that the word “criticism” can be met with a lot of negativity – but it doesn’t have to be. Critique, when utilized correctly, can be a valuable tool to grow your…