being crafty and passionate is always enough
You love your craft, but this big leap from hobby crafter to creative business owner makes you shake in your boots a little bit. You’ve never run a business before. Where do you even start?
At the same time, you want someone to show you the ropes so you can set things up properly, create your accounts, get your domain name, save money in the process, and not have to spend 80,000 hours on Google.
I always say you don’t know what you don’t know– so hop on in to skip over common mistakes and start a business that brings you freedom and joy.
You’re running your own craft business.
Finally making money doing what you love
Save money by learning how to purchase supplies tax free AND at wholesale prices
Have a brand name that’s unique and recognizable– growing with you as your business expands
Set up your business’s legal structure with ease (I promise, starting doesn’t have to feel like a million rocket-science-difficult level steps)
KNOW your business is real, registered, and ready to succeed (cute little business, who?)
I’ve been where you are.
I’ve gone all wide-eyed, looking at way too much information– wishing someone could boil it down for me.
Do what you love. Make money doing it.
The dream, right? But first, get set up in a way that turns your hobby into a legit business.
Let's Do This
Combining my background in marketing and communications with my experiences of ‘being in the trenches’ with my own successful handmade business– I know exactly where you’re at.
This introductory program gives you everything you need to get started, without the additional jargon that makes getting up and running feel intimidating.
And on that note...
14 years ago, I took a few crafting classes because I wanted to keep my hands busy to stop snacking. (That 20-something logic haha, am I right?)
Fast forward, I still snack. But now I’m munching on pretzels while running a 6-figure handmade jewelry business that’s been featured in publications like Country Living Magazine while traveling around the country.
So what’s my secret?
I know my audience and give them what they want.
My turning point happened 7 years in, when I went from struggling to people begging me to build a website so they can buy things. It all came from finding an audience and communicating with them.
Now, I want to help you be successful in your handmade business. Running my programs like my Bubbie’s one-room antique shop where people would come in for coffee and a conversation– there is no such thing as too beginner in my world.
No matter where you’re at, let’s help you build a creative business that you love.
Spending hours each day researching, having no idea where to start.
Losing money by spending hard-earned cash on taxes and full-price supplies
Praying that maybe one day your hobby can become what also makes you a lot of money
Feel clear on where to start and exactly which steps to take
Set up a business that exempts you from paying sales tax on your making supplies AND lets you purchase at wholesale rates
Be a savvy creative business owner with a legit handmade business
My kind of maker is open to learning, kind, and passionate.
In here, it’s all about making you feel welcome and comfortable to soak up knowledge, then go make your creative business goals happen.
What alumni are saying:
"If you are starting up a new business, you NEED The Business School for Makers!"
Diane Ives, Scrap Happy Moms
"The Business School for Makers will save you SO much time and aggravation."
Caprice Ericson, Pajama Mama
BUY this, it is a GREAT resource for anyone with a handmade business!
Deb McAllister, Purple & Whimsy
You have the passion.
I'll give you the business steps.
No degree required.
Claim your business name to make things official
Choose a business legal structure (so you’re protected AND you get business benefits)
Learn about the basics of money to turn a profit
Master some tax knowledge to not overpay for supplies
Get business insurance
Learn how to develop your products
Get my insider advice on sourcing supplies
Figure out how to select the best shows for your business
Here's what we cover in
The Business School for Makers:
The Business School for Makers is your one-stop-shop for all of the "business-y" pieces that need to be set up in order for you to have a legit business: things like business structure, taxes, licensing, insurance, etc.
Once that's all set up, you'll be ready to learn how to market and sell when you join The Marketing School for Makers!
The Business School for Makers is entirely self-paced and does not come with any additional coaching or support. If you have problems accessing the course or materials, you can reach out to our support team and we will help with access. If you need 1:1 coaching or support with questions, we do have coaching call packages available.
The tax and business structure information contained within The Business School for Makers is for US-based businesses. We have included resources where international businesses can locate information specific to their region.
Uh...yeah! If you are just starting out, The Business School for Makers is going to save you a LOT of time and headaches. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, especially around finances and taxes, that are clarified here in this program.