Monday, 30 December 2013

Dreaming Big for 2014

Monday, 23 December 2013

Showcase - Happy Birthday to ME!

My Birthday (wish)list

Friday, 20 December 2013

Businesses Supporting Businesses - Do You Outsource?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Are You Consistently Losing Customers?

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sunday Showcase - Bow Ties Are Cool

Handmade Love Bow Ties Are Cool

Friday, 6 December 2013

Starting a Business : A Simple List

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday Showcase - Office & Technology

Handmade Love

Take Charge Of Your Business - Applications Open

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday Showcase - Stocking Stuffers

Handmade Love

Sunday Showcase - Dr Who Love

Anyone who knows me well knows I love Dr Who. In fact as you peruse this collection of handmade Whovian creations I am watching the 50th Anniversery production airing at the brisk hour of 0550hrs. There are many more whovian creations out there too, this is just the tip of the iceburg!

Sunday Showcase - Dr Who Love

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Reigniting Your Business - 9 Steps To Recovering Your Passion

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Can You Afford To Trust 3rd Party Sites With Your Business Success?

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Showcase - Gifts for Girls

Handmade Love

Sunday Showcase - Gifts for Boys

Christmas Handmade Love - Gifts for Boys

Sunday Showcase - Gifts For Women

Christmas Handmade Love - Gifts for Women

Sunday Showcase - Gifts for Men

Handmade Love

Thursday, 14 November 2013

How To Overcome Obstacles in 5 Minutes A Day

Why do some people overcome obstacles with apparent ease yet others falter? 
Is it something that comes naturally? 
Are they heartless? 
Do they care? 
Is it something they learnt? 
Are they just ... better than me? 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Customer Service Is Not Just A Slogan

I've heard it. You've heard it. The lady down the street has heard it. We've all heard it. 

"The customer is always right". 

Even when they are in your face wrong they are always right.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday Showcase - Christmas Decor Love

Handmade Love - Christmas Decor

Sunday Showcase - Christmas Gift Wrap Love

Handmade Love - Christmas Gift Wrap

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

9 Reasons You Need Goals

Love them.
Hate them. 

Scared of them. 

Intimidated by them. 

Motivated by them. 

Inspired by them.

Confused by them.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday Showcase - Red Love

Red Handmade Love

Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Art of Being Successful

There's a common thread in behaviours among successful business people. Whether you're the CEO of a huge multinational corporation, in middle management or the creative director of your own home business you will notice that those who are most successful actually share some common behaviours. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Opening 1st November 2013 - Become a Founding Member!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

What Tiffany & Co Can Teach Us About Packaging For Your Brand

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sunday Showcase - Yellow Love

Handmade Yellow Love

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday Showcase - Rainbow Love

Handmade Rainbow Love

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Handmade Business Network

Registrations open soon!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday Showcase - Chevron Love

Handmade Chevron Love

Friday, 11 October 2013

Handmade Christmas Outfits

Christmas Outfit Handmade Boy

Christmas Outfit Handmade Girl

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Exhibit Your Wares With Zibbet!

Friday, 27 September 2013

A Mother's Torment ... A Friend In Need by Catherine Dornan

Welcome to Team Ella!

My name is Catherine and I live in Cairns with my two children and my husband Jeremy. I am a stay at home mum that also runs my small handmade business BlueBee.

This year my son started prep and one of his classmates has a younger sister, Ella,  who has a rare form of a metabolic condition called Propionic Acidemia.

The picture above is Miss “Belly Monster” Ella and my daughter Bonnie. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

The Zen of Handmade Copycats

The Shocking Truth About Handmade Copycats

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Is Your Business Safe From - You? The Unexpected? Illness? by TalyaGoding

GUEST POST: Talya from Made With Love-Cards And Crafts shares her wisdom about minimising  impact on your business when things don't go as "planned".

"There are many possibilities for things that can wrong in our businesses, BUT are you prepared for when things do go wrong?"

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Marli and Mo Online Marketplace

GUEST POST: Natrice Grosvenor Co-Founder of Marli and Mo Online Marketplace shares how it all started ....

It all started with a cracking idea, (over a coffee and cake of course…) with a lifelong friend of mine Debbie Stahmer. We were both discussing options of work around our babies. Of course both wanting to achieve a happy balance between work and life and be there for our families. We both share a love of all things handmade and visit our local markets often. Although both agreed it was getting harder to visit these with screaming kids in tow. We were both very familiar with online shopping and the benefits it brings, especially as busy mums with small children.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Can't Keep Up? 4 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Ever feel like you are going around in circles? 
Are you always busy but rarely feel like you are getting things done? 
Are you spending time on those things that are most important to you?

You are in luck! Today, I am going to share with you some simple ways to get you spending time on what is important and getting some clarity and direction in all areas of your life.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

How To Take Charge Of Your Creative Business - The Artful Business Conference Is Coming!

As we have already discussed, running a creative business from home is a delicate balancing act, one which most of us struggle with on a daily basis. 

What if there was a way that you could get some expert guidance at a really great price?

Monday, 5 August 2013

Introducing Francois - Sketches in Stillness

A short time ago I stumbled upon was led to a Facebook page where I discovered some beautiful sketches with equally beautiful quotes.

I wrote to the artist Francois and asked if I could use his art on the blog and I was so happy when he replied with a resounding yes! 

So from time to time, when it helps to illustrate the article, you will be blessed with the artistic styling of Francois, Sketches in Stillness.

You will also be learning more about him in the future as he has agreed to let us all know about his creative world. 

So to introduce you to his work I have picked out three for you to enjoy and I hope you enjoy them when they appear with HMBM articles.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Collaborate for a Cause - Have you saved your pennies?

Submissions have now closed for 
Collaborate For A Cause 2013! 

Congratulations to all the businesses involved, the sneak peeks this year have certainly been exciting. C4AC has grown each year since its inception in 2011 with 2013 bringing together 589 businesses collaborating on over 258 274 submissions (they are still being loaded) raising money for 135 deserving charities.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Selling with Success from your Facebook Page

Today I was going to publish a post about where you can sell your handmade creations. It was quite an in depth look at your options and I was recommending you to not use Facebook as anything other than what it is, a Social Network. It was actually a rather good look at the pros and cons of selling on your Facebook Page given the changes in receiving notifications and of course getting your posts seen in your fans newsfeeds.

That is until I was alerted of a new Facebook App which will not only make selling easier but also help you to grow your business. 

Lets face it, we are busy, and a lot of the reasons behind most of you selling on Facebook is not just about money but more accuratley about time. It takes time to post photos and update your Facebook page and it takes even more time to list and categorise your products on your sales platform to sell. Time is precious and I am going to give you the ticket to grabbing back some of your precious time!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Running a Business From Home - The delicate balancing act

Most people see working from home as easy, a piece of cake and really they wish they could have it so easy! "Most People" have NO IDEA!

Monday, 17 June 2013

When The Love Is Gone - Why Facebook Page Fans Click Unlike

Like, what was once such a small harmless word now carries so much weight but very little real value. New page admins get so focused on gaining new likes for their pages that they forget, or worse, don't even consider to target their audience. Like ladders, promote pages, giveaways, all aimed at increasing the number of likes on the page but what is the point?  

Friday, 14 June 2013

Is your message clear

When I first  decided to launch my new venture I reached out to a few contacts I had on Facebook,  you know, to get support and to network. I got back some really positive replies and one that was a little brief and I didn't quite understand. I didn't look into it further as I didn't really take offence. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Motivation and Random Thoughts by Allison Young

GUEST POST: Motivation, and how to keep it, also some random advice thrown in ( an 'in progress title') 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats

Otherwise know as S W O T 

You may have heard of it before or you may be scratching your head right now wondering if you are reading another language but the simple SWOT analysis can help many a business (regardless of size and nature) and it is so under utilised.

Everything Depends

Somewhere between cuddling Ladybird to sleep the other night and being woken at midnight by Turtle evacuating the contents of his stomach (insert stripping bed sheets and doing washing when should be sleeping) I had read an article by Evan Williams about everything you read about start ups is wrong and I felt calm fall upon me. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sales Platform Matrix

One of the big questions that begs to be answered when you decide to run a handmade business is how do you actually go about selling. 

To assist you navigate the endless information available I have created a matrix to help get you started. Each site is linked for you to go directly to the source when you choose to further investigate.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Change is essential

This little plant has been in it's pot for the longest time. In the perfect part of the yard for growth yet it remained in a dormant state, no growth, no foliage. 

Two weeks ago my brother re-potted it into a bigger pot. 

This morning I was shocked to see this beauty and another on the way. 

Change is good. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

15 FREE Online Photo Editing Sites

Researching for this post I found sites I didn't know were out there. Some are simple and some are more complex and a knowledge of editing with layers is needed but all are worth the time to look into and see which site will best fit your needs. 

How to price your handmade products

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

My first auction ..... Emma Woods

Emma Woods, mother of two, handmade (and fabric)-a-holic and the creative soul behind 
Georgie Porge

How it all began

Monday, 20 May 2013

Thank God It's Monday!

I saw this acronym (T.G.I.M.) the other day in my Facebook feed and it really resonated with me. I can't help but wonder if our perpetual self talk sometimes sets us up for failure.

Friday, 17 May 2013


This very simple template can be so effective when it comes to trying to getting some sort of structure for your week. I have used this on and off for *ahem* over a decade now and find that I turn back to it when I feel life getting a bit out of hand.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

From Humble Beginnings .... Jen Kennedy

How it all started ....

I first discovered “Facebook” as a selling platform in 2010.  Before then I didn't “do” Facebook and had no idea about the growing handmade community on Facebook.  When I started out I was lucky enough to be supported by more established pages.  Their support and advice was invaluable in establishing my own page. 
Jen founder of
Collaborate For A Cause
In mid-2011 I went to Brisbane to catch up with some family and while there was lucky enough to meet up with some ladies I’d “met” via handmade on Facebook. 

Introducing The Handmade Business Mentor


My name is Samantha. 

I live in paradise (at least I think so), Far North Queensland Australia.