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    One Foot Infront of The Other

    Some days fly along at great speed and are extremely productive, and then you get days where productivity just doesn’t seem to want to happen, no matter how many cups of tea you might have. I tend to look at those days as a weekend, I look at my list, make sure I have at least the basics covered for the day and then take about half the day off. Now you might think ‘well it’s alright for you, you run a basic little business from home’ or perhaps ‘it’s ok for you, all you do is sit in front of a computer all day’. What you might not know…

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    Goals For 2017

    With many children headed back to school this week, parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, and perhaps shedding a tear or two as their little one heads off to school or even kindergarten for the first time. We might not be headed back to school, but we have drawn up a list of goals to achieve this year, not just for us, but for the benefit of all businesses and markets listed on our website. Squnches Craft Network is progressing forwards in leaps and bounds and this year looks to be another exciting year, especially for the handmade community of Australia. This year we aim to bring you bigger and better specials…

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    Research BEFORE You Spend

    Research BEFORE You Spend. We all like to find a bargain but sometimes we just don’t have our thinking caps on when we click that little ‘pay now’ button. Either because we are in a rush, too tired to think straight or we just haven’t sat down and thought about what we’re getting ourselves into. So I thought to write this post to break it all down a bit for you and help you when it comes to a little marketing for smaller businesses. Paid marketing is a big thing and many larger companies take full advantage of it. They have the money to compete to have their advertisements shown in the best…

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    Sharing the Handmade Community Online

    Sharing the Handmade Community Online I’m hoping to share with you in this post, a little about what has been taking place in some of the handmade communities all around Australia. These are groups, guilds and community events that many people no longer participate in or know about due to busy lives or even due to lost skills. By lost skills I mean, back before the internet and computers, before mass produced items. People had to make items themselves, by hand. Chairs and tables were carved with care out of wood. Blankets were knitted or crocheted by hand maybe by the lady down the end of your street. Doilies were created at…

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    What Goes Into Handmade?

    What goes into handmade? In simple terms, a lot of effort, love, skill and dedication. But it’s much more than that, its sourcing the materials needed at the right price, spending hours on a first design trailling and learning from it, learning from the sewing mistakes, the bad batches of soap and even the over powering candle fragrances, just to get it all perfect to sell to you. In the first year or two, there is generally more financial loss than there is gain, there is money set aside for marketing and advertising, business cards and flyers which are often handed out or put in your letter box by the…

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    Quietly Productive

    While many people like to see a noticeable change on the outside to see progress, I’ve been taking time over the last week and a half to quietly do some work on the inside, so to speak. I’ve been tidying up a few things here and there and improving Search Engine Optimization (SEO) wherever possible all through the website. Its not the most fun task to do but it sure does make a difference. Not really something people notice on the website, but when it comes to being found on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, it really makes a huge difference. I am constantly learning new ways…

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    Behind the Website

    Who out there doesn’t want to at least save a bit of time and money? We are all looking for a bargain in some way or another, some people want money back in their own pocket, while others want more time to do what they enjoy. I regularly compare Squnches Craft Network to other online craft directories and directories in general just so I know what the standard is and to be sure I am giving you a bargain. I am happy to say that through hard work, Squnches Craft Network is still on the front page of Google and bringing in quite a few views every day thanks to…

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    Why a To Do List is Awesome

    Hi everyone, I’m back again and going to tell you all about my To Do list. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m sure we all have at least 1 To Do list, and if you don’t then really you should. Creating a To Do list is wonderful, they allow you to write down all these things going on in your mind. All these things you want to achieve and when you look at them, you can then put them in some kind of order or just cross them off whenever you achieve them. I managed to cross one off a little over a week ago, it was the slide show for ‘Upcoming Events…

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    New Ideas

    Hi everyone, While the internet was unavailable in my area for roughly two weeks, it gave me time to think about the website and what direction it’s heading in. I’ve wanted to make it the best one out there in terms of handmade and having everything right there on one website, from a directory, to markets, events and even an online shop. Now with the Guilds and Groups page well under way, I’ve put some thought into a couple more areas that can be included in the website. The first idea is to have a small slideshow on the front page for upcoming events, not markets as there is already a list for…

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    The Crafting World in One Site

    Back years ago when the Squnches Craft Network website began, I had absolutely no idea just how I was going to make it possible. I was down on my luck after escaping from a very depressing work environment and struggling to find a way to get back on my feet again. I was lacking pride in myself and confidence, I had always been one for thinking things through and wherever possible I would write things down. Taking to pen and paper I wrote a list of things I enjoyed in life and was good at, opposite I wrote a list of things I was not so good at and didn’t really…

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