Black Friday-A Big Deal for Your Small Businesses

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Black Friday-A Big Deal for Your Small Businesses Every big retailer gets an enormous amount of attention when releasing its holiday plans, seasonal hours, and anything else related to Black Friday (which in many cases starts on Thanksgiving). That's not something a small business owner can compete with, and you shouldn't try. The big boys have an edge when it comes to the traditional kickoff to the holiday season, and smaller retailers -- even really successful ones -- lack the resources to keep up. You can't out-advertise the big-box stores, nor can you compete with them in most cases on price or convenience. What you can do is leverage your strengths. There are things you can do that bigger players can't, and there are ways to make Black Friday an event for your customers. Black Friday is definitely not what it once was, but it's...

Facebook Marketing-Effective Tips for Small-Business Owners

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Helpful Tips for Effective Facebook Marketing-Small Business Facebook marketing is something that is getting more and more popular as time goes on. The reason for this is because millions of people log into Facebook every single day. Doesn't it make sense to use it for marketing your small handmade business? We want our sellers to have every tool possible to make their small-business a successful one. We've compiled some helpful tips to get your Facebook marketing started. So, read through the tips presented in this article if you wish to learn about this kind of marketing.     Facebook Marketing-Giveaways & Contests Generate some attention for your Facebook campaign by organizing a giveaway or fun contest. Encourage people to subscribe by giving away some of your handmade items to your followers. Post the winners up on...

Here To Learn About Email Marketing? Check Out These Tips!

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Are You Here To Learn About Email Marketing? Check Out These Tips! Welcome to the wonderful world of email marketing! Whether you are a beginner who has never used email marketing, or a seasoned expert with many opt-in lists, the tips in this article will teach you things you probably never thought to ask before. Read on to learn! Email Marketing Campaign When sending an email as part of your marketing campaign, do not use a casual font. You want customers to take your product or business seriously, and they probably will not do that with an uncommon font. Pick out a font that is well known, such as Times New Roman, Arial or Verdana. If you plan on starting a marketing campaign via email, it is vital that you get permission from every single person you plan on contacting. You will lose customers and possible even your website host if you...

Shop Small This Holiday Season & Show Big Support!

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  As huge supporters of small businesses and all things handmade, Craftrina proudly supports the Shop Small Movement and Small Business Saturday. Shop Small is a nationwide movement that celebrates small businesses that keep communities thriving and well. It’s a wonderful movement that belongs to every one of us. Small Business Saturday – was founded in 2010 by American Express. It’s a very special day that celebrates and shows support as an entire nation for small business owners and their communities. This special day has been taking place every year since 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and help encourage others to Shop Small this holiday season (as well as throughout the year of course!). That’s right—Black Friday weekend!   Make a Difference & Show Your Support For Shop Small This year is your...

Crochet | Estimating Stitch & Row Count

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  Estimating stitch and row count needed for a crochet project is super easy. This article will teach you how to estimate how much yarn you need for a particular project requires. All it takes is a little simple math to figure out how many stitches and rows that are required to complete your project. Once you’ve chosen your project, you’ll want to purchase the yarn you plan to use for your project. It’s always a good idea to purchase more yarn than you might need. Remember, that your gauge may vary slightly throughout your project. It’s also important to remember that you need to account for the yarn tails you leave at the beginning and end of your work as well as every time you change colors or add a new skein of yarn.   Counting Crochet Stitches In order to determine whether you’re achieving the correct gauge...

How to Improve Writing Skills | Write and Improve

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How to Improve Writing Skills | Write and Improve The ability of good writing is art. Correct grammar usage facilitates clear communication. It comes down to how to improve writing skills. Paying close attention to your language can convey clear and organized writing that strengthens your personal writing style allowing for the individuality of expression and purpose. In order to clearly communicate, you need to present your thoughts in an organized fashioned. The key here is to guide readers from one thought to another smoothly. Selling online requires having a great ability to write. After all, online sellers depend on their writing for product descriptions, policies, terms of use, etc. So, as a seller—it's only natural to want to improve your writing skills. Keep reading to learn the important aspects of good writing. How to Improve...

Five Minute Crafts for Kids-DIY Stickers

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Five Minute Crafts for Kids-DIY Stickers When it comes to stickers, kids can never have enough. They love collecting them, maybe preserving them in a special sticker book and of course—they love sticking them on things. Most stickers run on the expensive side. Wouldn’t it be great if you and your child could create your own stickers with just a few supplies you most likely already have at home? Well, now you can with our five minute crafts DIY sticker tutorial! This is seriously a super quick post which goes to show just how easy this kids craft really is. Ready, set, let’s go! Supplies & Materials Needed: Magazines, comic books, gift wrap, coloring books, etc. (something you don’t mind cutting) Unflavored gelatin (you can use flavored gelatin, but the unflavored is clear) Water Paint Brush   How to Create ...

Crochet For Beginners | The Crochet Hook

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Crochet For Beginners     Are you looking to learn how to crochet? Then you're in the right spot because this article is about crochet basics. When it comes to crochet for beginners, it essentially takes only two very basic things—a crochet hook and some yarn. There’s an array of different crochet hook sizes made of many different materials available. Now that you’ve taken the first step into the crochet world, you’ll find that it holds plenty of wonderful opportunities. Once you learn the basics of crochet, you can create crochet pieces for yourself, gifts for others, as well as crochet goods you can sell! Crochet’s also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It’s quite mind boggling how such a small and simple, non-mechanical tool is capable of creating yarn masterpieces. As much as you might think the...
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