Handmade Lives is somewhere for craftspeople to reflect on how things are going.
This is for the craftsperson who simply wants to make a living out of their craft.
It is aimed at the UK because that is what I know about.
You can ask for some direct advice in the comments of each post.
Honest directed feedback is perhaps the most useful tool in getting things right
If you want a proper, private review consider a £30 mentoring session
I can help you see what you need to do
But then its up to you to save yourself
I run my own creative business as did my father whose work I still sell , the story of that enterprise is here
I have ten years experience of feature writing for national newspapers and magazines and way before that, in the dim employed years, marketing and publicity.
I am not an expert but I am not a fool either and I have been around the block. I am bossy and nosey which means I am more than happy to tell everybody what to do. I think I am good at it but you need to take a look and see what you think. I put the emotional and practical together which makes my interventions more useful.
It is always easier to see whats wrong from the outside, the difficulty lies in getting someone to tell you.
I dish out instructions to realise I need to sort that in my own enterprise, everybody’s business should be a project in progress: conditions, fashions, markets, tools constantly change, you have to ride the wave, keep your focus and your balance.
It’s not easy and it can be lonely and frustrating
You are lucky because I have decided to help
with lots of extra material and discussion