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…

MEET ME MONDAY – OLD COAL

Yummy chocolates? You had us at hello! Check out Jolene – the girl boss behind Old Coal. Jolene – Old Coal   What do you make / sell? Tell us about yo’ self. Hello! I started, own and operate Old Coal Handcrafted Chocolates. I work out of Okotoks and Calgary. Currently we are selling online,…

10 Tips When Starting a Blog

So you want to start a blog, but you don’t know where to start. It’s true that everyone and their dog has a blog, but how do you push your blog out of the clusterfuck of other fashion/fitness/lifestyle blogs? I’m no expert by any means; I’ve been running FranklyRay.com for over two years now, but…

Stronger than Hate – Social Media and Cyberbullying

Does anyone else remember that time when Facebook (at least I think it was Facebook) allowed you to send anonymous messages to people? My memory is vague but I remember there was a either a pink female symbol or blue male symbol next to the message and no rules or restrictions.   That is what…

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…

Social Media Safety and Responsibility for Professionals

Social media has thrust our lives and businesses into somewhat uncharted territory, in the sense that there’s not really a line between personal and professional anymore, since everything you do online so accessible. Further to that notion, practicing safety and responsibility online will save you from both personal and PR disasters (and potentially legal trouble…