Monday, December 30, 2013

Main Decade Binder- Creative Business Binder Library

Now to build your main decade binder.



Purpose:
to hold information that is not relevant to current year, but you should save for scrapbooking, backup info, tax purposes

How to divide:
simple= divide by year
could sub divide between= each shop, blog, main office papers

Examples of what to include:
the bank statements + financial statements
blog features of of your shop/blog from other people's blogs/Etsy/magazines
Etsy news {site and feature changes/updates to Etsy, News articles about Etsy}

(( I follow this same routine with my personal files as well.
Current year's files in my main binder, once year is over it moves to the "decade binder".
sometimes you can't fit a whole decade in a binder {I use 3" binders}, but usually you can. ))



Your Assignment This Week:
1. Print the dividers that you intend to use, or design your own.

2. Gather supplies in front of you.
  binder{s}, plastic dividers, printed dividers

3. Gather all paperwork for this binder.
  doesn't have to be every piece right now, just what you already have on hand

4. Start sorting!
 -Lay out all your printed paper dividers on a clean table or floor
 -then place the plastic dividers over them
 -start piling your paperwork on their appropriate pile
This method lets you see everything, and it gets sorted now.

For a quick assembly just put your dividers in order now, then add your paperwork as you can.

5. Put everything in the binder!
 This binder system won't work if you don't keep everything in one spot.

6. Now that all your papers + dividers are sorted, lets print up the tabs for the plastic dividers.
 Change the words if you like. Then put them in.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Office Binder- Creative Business Binder Library


Now to build your main office binder using a 3" binder. You can use this binder for all of your shops, or make one for each shop. I'm going to start with one main binder.




The Sections I Use:
I. Important Info
 business EIN, business name info stuff
 account passwords log {link will be in printables post later}


II. Finances

=supplies bought invoice subsection
 receipts for supplies {Walmart, Joanns}
 invoices for supplies bought online

=monthly invoice subsection
 bank statements
Etsy bill invoice
 PayPal monthly invoice if any supplies or transactions

= Items Sold subsection:
{{ create this section for each shop }}
each transaction= 1 page protector
Etsy invoice
Etsy listing page w/ supply info wrote on back
PayPal invoice
USPS receipt
USPS tracking receipt
info about supplies + costs wrote on back of last page in protector/item listing page



=profit/loss page of bookkeeping
printed yearly

*ex. business income & expenses for the month
*ex. business income & expenses for the year

III. Marketing

=Packaging
page protector of examples from items you buy
page protector of examples of packaging you have used for your shop
ideas lists, drawings, cost comparisons

=Promos
sales, coupon codes, giveaways idea list
sales, coupon codes, giveaways you've done list; print the page with your example
 like print your giveaway blog post you did on your/someone else's blog
 or your blog page for the free pdf for signing up with your newsletter

=Newsletter

=advertisements

=social media

IV. Suppliers
could divide by item type or just list them, and items you usually buy from them



V. Branding/Brand Building
subsection for each shop
media kit, shop design, your voices, ideas

VI. Fairs/Craft shows
booth decor/setup ideas
Document your experiences
 what you used, how to setup, what you brought {non product wise-like tools, tables, sheets, etc}, products your brought-what sold, what got attention, what was frowned upon, price reactions,
 how was the show- slow/busy/fun, interactions you had, booth pictures, test setup at home

VII. Shop Statistics
overview by the years

(( most of this i keep on the computer {and burn to dvd monthly} since each file would be 13+ pages printed out, but the year by year overview is good to print for here ))

VIII. Business Recipe book  {standard operating procedures}
shipping
marketing- giveaways, social media, advertising, media kit
networking- Etsy teams
creating
photography
etc
the steps you take for each task that has worked for you!

IX. Shop Inventory

X. Shops Planning + Goals
ideas about the biz {not product ideas, that goes in the workshop binder}
where you want to end up
to do lists
year by year: thoughts {what worked/didn't work, enjoyed, hated, wishes, etc}

Tips for Use of the Main Binder:
-As this binder gets full move the older stuff to your Main Decade Binder. Like the item financial invoices, old blog post planning pages from previous years
-You don't have to use the exact same categories as me, you can pick and choose. You are also free to change the font styles.

Your Assignment This Week:
1. Print the dividers that you intend to use, or design your own.

2. Gather supplies in front of you.
  binder{s}, plastic dividers, printed dividers

3. Gather all paperwork for this binder.
  doesn't have to be every piece right now, just what you already have on hand

4. Start sorting!
 -Lay out all your printed paper dividers on a clean table or floor
 -then place the plastic dividers over them
 -start piling your paperwork on their appropriate pile
This method lets you see everything, and it gets sorted now.

For a quick assembly just put your dividers in order now, then add your paperwork as you can.

5. Put everything in the binder!
 This binder system won't work if you don't keep everything in one spot.

6. Now that all your papers + dividers are sorted, lets print up the tabs for the plastic dividers.
 Change the words if you like. Then put them in. The Avery website has the templates for the tabs.

Come back next Monday to work on the decade version of the office binder!
.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Planner- Creative Business Binder Library

Now that you have your supplies, lets get started on your blog planner.



I originally was going to split my planner between 2 blogs, but during construction realized the binder was too full.So I have a binder for each, one finished and one not.



Binder is really full with both blogs paperwork.





My Sections are as follows:
I. Schedules/Calendar/important info
  monthly, weekly, daily
  editorial calendar
  account passwords log
  -post planner for the week
  -post planner for series

II. Blog design

III. Blog goals/planning
  what u want to accomplish
  master blog to do list
  hopes, etc
  yearly review questions
  blog marketing, stats?

IV. Blog Finances
  sponsors/ad space payments
  tools you bought for blogging
  mileage

V. Giveaways, sponsors & ad space info
  examples of what you offer
  your SOP of how to write a sponsored post/ad

VI. Blog post categories {a divider each}

The Handmade Biz Blog
Getting Started
In the office
Shop Design + Branding
Shipping
finances
Photography
Listing + SEO
Marketing
blogging
In the Studio
Gift Ideas {sponsors, affiliates}



LizsWares Blog
small business
sponsors + affiliates
Home making
Shopping Guides
Fashion
Home Decor
Vintage finds
tutorials
Look what I found





How to use your blog planner:
{I currently} on notebook paper:
 draft the post
 write notes on what to research, tags to use, category
 upper right corner: "post" "series" "finished" "X" when posted

under each blog section I put:
blog idea lists
blog post drafts
ideas to research
list of current post for that category {add a new list every year}


Your Assignment For This Week:
1. Print the dividers that you intend to use, or design your own.

2. Gather supplies in front of you.
  binder{s}, plastic dividers, printed dividers, tabs for plastic dividers
3. Gather all paperwork for this binder.
  doesn't have to be every piece right now, just what you already have on hand

4. Start sorting!
 -Lay out all your printed paper dividers on a clean table or floor
 -then place the plastic dividers over them
 -start piling your paperwork on their appropriate pile
This method lets you see everything, and it gets sorted now.

For a quick assembly just put your dividers in order now, then add your paperwork as you can.

5. Put everything in the binder!
 This binder system won't work if you don't keep everything in one spot.

6. Now that all your papers + dividers are sorted, lets print up the tabs for the plastic dividers.
 Change the words if you like. Then put them in. {The Avery website has the template for the dividers.}

Next Monday we'll work on your main office binder!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Creative Business Binder Library- Intro



I wanted to do a makeover of my shop binders.

My old Binders


I figured this would be a great time to help my fellow creative entrepreneurs get organized!
Whether you sell your handmade goods on Etsy, Big Cartel, Ebay, Artfire, or your own site- you need a way to keep yourself organized.

Now you could keep all your paperwork digital, but I prefer to have some hard copies in case the computer goes down.

So we're going to start building your binder library. I'll use my own for examples.

Binders we're going to create:
blog planner
main shop binder
shop's decade binder
shop sketchbook

 I have multiple shops to plan for {some open, others in progress to be open at some point}.

Your Assignment Today is: 
1. Decide how many binders you are going to make.
2. Gather your supplies
3. Print the binder cover

Supplies List {with affiliate links}: 

**If you have 1 shop, you will need 2 binders at 3" size

Office Impressions Round Ring Economy Vinyl View Binder, 3 Inch Capacity, White (82236)

**and 2 binders at 1" size
Wilson Jones 3-Hole View Binder, 1-Inch Rings, 11 Inch by 8 1/2 Inch, White (W362-14W)

For each additional shop you will need a 1" binder

**Plastic dividers with Tabs for the binders, this will vary depending on the number of sections you'll use. Decade binder needs: 10-11 tabs
main binder needs: 13 tabs
sketchbooks varies: for all of mine I would need 57
blog planner: mine need 29 {pref 10 round, 19 regular}

regular tabs Avery Big Tab Two-Pocket Insertable Plastic Dividers, 8-Tab Set, 1 Set (11907)
round tabs Avery Style Edge Insertable Plastic Dividers, 8-Tab Set (11201)

You don't have to use the exact same categories as me, you can pick and choose.
You are also free to change the font styles.
I just bought as many dividers I could afford right now, and plan to get more later.
You could also make your own dividers.
I want to keep the look cohesive, and pretty so I'll invest in more dividers by adding them on to my future Amazon transactions.

**You'll also need:
 -a hole punch, I prefer a 3 hole to make them all uniform
 -a pen

Binder Covers + Spines:
1. First download and install the following fonts,  or pick your own
Gimme your love
cheri
moonstar
leaf 1
hippie gypsy
DJB Doodlie beans
little bird
VTks revolt
orial
typerwriter
cutelove
vtks black

How to install fonts


2. Download and print binder covers <--- click link


My Covers, spines, and dividers printed out


Next Monday we'll start on the blog planner, the dividers will be linked in subsequent posts!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sneak Preview- Creative Business Binder Library

Here's a sneak preview of the project I"m working on.



The Creative Business Binder Library!!
I'll post the Intro on Monday, December 9th. So everyone can start getting their Etsy small businesses organized for 2014!

Be here next Monday, or be square!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

What I've been upto

I'm working on a couple of big projects for the blog.
I'm also doing a lot of organization behind the scenes.

So stay tuned by following the blog.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Handmade Biz Blog has moved to Blogger for now

I had started this blog on WordPess, but they suspended it due my affiliation with Amazon.com which so far hasn't even made me any money at all.

So I decided to move to Blogger. I hope to make this my blog's home until I'm generating a profit from my shop. Eventually I'd like to have my own website and blog for both of my shops LizsWares and The Handmade Biz. I'm looking into my options for hosting etc.

I'll work on transfering my old posts here to blogger over the course of the next month.



Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 Fall-Winter Trend Report

Fall fashions are coming out in stores now in the northern hemisphere. Here's a list of the trends seen on the runways.

---Colors
pastels
grays- dove, smoke, charcoal

Green Movement- If New York is any indication, the green movement has found its way to the catwalk. The hue is having its moment in deep, rich shades that embody the autumnal season.

50 Shades of Blue- The Fall 2013 runways showcased a wide range of cool blue hues. From Valentino's cobalt jumpsuit to Prada's ladylike sky-blue gingham sheath, there should be enough shades of blue to keep you content all season long.

Winter White- There was no shortage of Winter-white looks on the Fall 2013 runways. From Giambattista Valli's ethereal gown to Proenza Schouler's modern white suit, nothing says "chic" like this classic and unapologetically simple hue.

---Shapes + Patterns
polka dots

florals- no longer just for spring

Block Party- Colors are made to be mixed, and for the coming season that means layers of hues that are just a touch off or black, white, camel and navy styled graphically for a welcome, pared-down take on the trend.

Step and Repeat- The story on pattern for the season is distinctive and repetitive, a Warholian screen print idea that's graphic and striking.

----Textures
all or nothing Fur- oversize, ultra shaggy; unexpected fur- unnatural colors
velvet

Furry finishes, feathered detailing, shearling, and studded leather were just a handful of the trends that pointed to a textural takeover on the Fall '13 runways. Some are more typical of Fall and Winter, like the begs-to-be-touched detail in the coziest finishes at Altuzarra, Tom Ford and beyond. But there was more in the way of drama-inducing texture, too, thanks to Gucci's high-wattage, plumage-like pencil skirts and Chanel's grungier distressed denim.

High Shine: Designers like Balmain, Moschino Cheap & Chic, and Naeem Khan sent out an array of gowns, slick pantsuits, and statement tops that will keep you shimmering from dusk till dawn.

----Styles
Punk- tartan 'plaid', vinyl, chain, studs, attitude
His IS Hers: suiting materials normaly used for mens suits {think herringbone}, men's shaped coats

Military-inspired: camoflauge and more with a girly twist
nineties grunge
jungle look

R is for rapper's delight. The season's fur-trimmed bags, chunky chain necklaces, and personality T-shirts have the swagger of a hip-hop star.

The Grunge Movement- The grunge spirit of the '90s fit right into the mold of Fall's tough-girl approach to layered styling. By channeling some of Seattle's iconic plaid, calling upon the rocker vibe of Kurt Cobain, and injecting some irreverent prints (see Rodarte's psychedelic tie-dyes) into the mix, we were treated to a nostalgic lineup of updated grunge wares.

High-Impact Details: It's easy to say, "It's all in the details," but the Fall '13 collections took a bolder (than ever) stance on standout embellishments and finishes. Whether it be Lanvin's bejeweled tiaras and insect appliqu├ęs, Gucci's dark-hued feather gowns, Alexander McQueen's Elizabethan takeover, or Julien Macdonald's bright orange mirrored effects, the details were not just an outfit perk — they were the main event.

----Specific Pieces
baby doll dresses
embellished sweatshirts
thigh high boots
heirloom- old style jewelry
midi- calf length skirts
queenly- jeweled haedpieces, crowns
nautical

Leather has become a staple of the runways, no matter the season. For autumn, the new way with hide has an urban sensibility that's a little bit tough, a little bit punk — rebellion never looked so chic.

Supersize Coat- Fall 2013 was all about the supersize coat. Whether structured, baggy, or draped, designers like Carven and Stella McCartney filled their runways with covetable larger-than-life outerwear to snag next season.

You're Grounded: For Fall '13, footwear is getting a reality check — shoes are grounded with lug soles and platforms; rounded toes; heavier soles; and thick, stacked heels.