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Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:11:24 +0000

 



5 Different Types of Crafts: Textile,...

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Crafts can be broken down into five major types: textile, paper, decorative, fashion and functional. See if you're ready to branch out your business.



The 3 Different Types of Financial Statements

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There are three types of financial statements: income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Each one serves a different purpose and contains different information. You should regularly review each one.






Easy Instructions for Making an Adjustable...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Use these easy DIY instruction to make an adjustable bracelet knot so you can put it on and take it off easily. How to make a beaded string bracelet.



Love to Knit? Turn It into a Profitable Business

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Thinking about starting a knitting craft business? Your primary objective is to make sure you can make a profit while turning your love of knitting into a craft business. This article contains my tips on starting a knitting business from selecting knitting patterns to finding knitting resources.



10 Steps You Need to Take Before You Start a...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Use this list of the steps to take before starting a craft business. Learn quick tips about each step so you can begin your new enterprise smartly.



Essential Materials for Collage Making

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When thinking about collage, the first thing that pops into many heads is that collage is a paper craft. Certainly many wonderful pieces of collage art and craft are created using paper. However, collage technically involves combining any type of material that is the same. Therefore, in addition to paper collage artists can use other raw materials such as fabric, metal or wood. Collage using a mixture of materials is referred to as 'assemblage'.









Finding Out If Casual Income Subject to Income...

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Are you a part-time artist or crafter wondering if there is any limit under which you don't have to record your income from selling your arts and crafts items? An arts and crafts reader posed this question - find out the answer! Also discussed are garage sales and self-employment tax.



Tax Advice for Self-Employed Arts and Crafts...

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Handling the tax obligations of self-employed arts/crafts businesses can be confusing. Federal, state and local government can assess taxes. These taxes can show up in the form of income, sales, and use taxes. Find out more about the different type of self-employment taxes and which ones you may be liable for.






Learn How to Use Jump Ring Pliers

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Learn how to use jump ring pliers to securely attach jump rings to charms and jewelry. Using a simple two-step method makes sure your finished jump ring stays closed without soldering or using glue. You learn this technique making a St. Christoper surfer rubber necklace.



Starting a Paper Craft Business

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Find out more about starting a paper craft business. Paper crafts are more than just origami or paper mache. A relatively inexpensive start-up craft business it includes greeting cards, wallpaper, lampshades and bookbinding.



Your Planning List for Starting Your Arts and...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Want to start an arts or crafts business? This business startup check sheet takes the mystery out of starting your business. It also reminds you of business start-up steps you may have forgotten about.



Learn the Basics of Preparing an Income Statement

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Learn how to prepare an income statements. Find out about the three major sections which are revenue, cost of goods sold and general and administrative expenses. All types of business entities prepare an income statement regardless if they are sole proprietorships, partnerships or corporations.



Difference Between Collage, Assemblage and...

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Find out the difference between collage, assemblage and papier mache.



3 Tips for Soldering Jewelry Crafts

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One method of jewelry making uses a hot torch to join pieces of metal using solder. Soldering is one of the most basic techniques in jewelry making, but also one of the hardest to master. Learn about the basics of soldering including jewelry making resources.






Learn About the Three Types of Arts and Crafts...

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Which type of arts and crafts company do you own? Depending on how you operate your business you can be a service, merchandising or manufacturing company – or any combination of the three.



The Surprisingly Easy Way to Color Metal with...

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Using the right recipe and process, it's fairly easy to add color to brass and copper. Find out how to oxidize metals to add a colorful patina using cat litter and other household items.









10 Yarn Crafts for Kids

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How (and Why) to Restore Your Computer's...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Is your computer running slow? As a last-ditch effort consider restoring it to factory settings. Find out how to restore to factory settings and see a few alternatives to this extreme measure.



How to Pay Taxes on an Arts and Crafts Business

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If you operate as a sole proprietor, partnership, or S-Corporation to be able to write off your arts and crafts expenses, your work has to be regarded as a business rather than a hobby. Find out how to report arts and crafts revenue and expenses if you're deemed to be a hobby rather than a business. Page 2.



How to Choose the Best Name for an Arts and...

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If you're starting a new arts and crafts business, learn how to pick a business name, choose a website domain name, and write a tagline to promote it.



Introduction to Inventory

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Wondering what exactly goes into inventory and how to account for it? Find out about inventory items for retail and manufacturing inventory.






How to Fill Out Form 941 Employer's Quarterly...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

If you have even one employee for your arts and crafts business, you have to submit Form 941 four times a years. While this form is pretty easy to fill out once you do it a few times, it can be confusing the first time you tackle the job. This article gives simple, easy-to-follow instructions on how to fill out Form 941: Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return.



3 Types of Business Entities: Which Is Right...

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Learn about sole proprietorships, corporations and flow throughs, which are the three different tyeps of business entities. When selecting a form of business entity, compare the tax, liability and management impacts of a sole proprietorship, corporation or flow through.



Examples of Arts and Crafts Product Descriptions

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It may be impossible to please all your customers but you can increase customer satisfaction and decrease returns by including a complete product description for every item you sell. This is especially true for items you sell on the internet since your customer won't be able to see the art or craft product in person prior to purchase. Check out these examples of arts and crafts product descriptions.



What It Means When Business Revenues Are Equal...

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An important first step when deciding whether to go ahead with a business idea, is whether you'll turn a profit. Breakeven point analysis helps you make this determination as it shows you how much you'll need to sell at a certain price to cover your costs.



Searching for Local Arts and Crafts Shows

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It's easy to understand the need to know the schedule of available arts and crafts shows within local driving distance. Many artists and crafters enjoy and find it profitable to exhibit at shows, but would prefer to do it locally. There is sound rational in that decision if you are a new artist or crafter or are just doing it part-time. Here are my suggestions on how to find local arts and crafts show.






Sample Chart of Accounts for an Arts or Crafts...

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Learn how to prepare a chart of accounts. The Chart of Accounts report is a complete list of all the accounts you create for your business and their current balances. You can use these accounts to enter transactions to create various reports for determining profitability, cash liquidity, how much is due to you, and how much you owe.



6 Super Styrofoam Crafts

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Preserve Your Favorite Photos in This DIY Resin...

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Making resin jewelry charms is quick, easy and inexpensive. This article shows you how to use two-part epoxy resin to make a resin pendant.



Business Mileage Tax Deductions at Standard...

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If you drive your car in the normal course of running your arts / crafts business you have two methods to choose from when figuring your business mileage tax deduction. This article discusses using the standard mileage rate.






Using Celebrity Images for Commerical Resale

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Using an image of a celebrity for an arts or crafts product will more than likely involve copyright and model release issues. Find out the basic facts of using a celebrity image to sell your product.



What Schedule C Activity Code Should You Use?

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When sole proprietors fill out a Schedule C to report business taxable income, they must include an activity code. Here is what you need to know.












What is Pot Metal?

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Review of Outright Online Accounting Services

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Read my review of Outright, an online bookkeeping and accounting service that provides small business reporting. There is a free and subscription version.









Having a Wholesale Presence for Your Arts and...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Own an arts and crafts business and want to expand your business by going wholesale? Check out these wholesale tips and strategies from setting up a production line to finding a rep.






Promote Your Arts and Crafts Business with...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Promote your arts and crafts business for free by setting up a Yahoo Local listing. These listings are organized by geographic location and you can set up your arts and crafts business in five different categories. This article walks you through the steps to set up a free Basic Yahoo Local listing.



Supplies and Raw Materials for Making Goats'...

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It's very easy to make goats' milk soap from scratch. Find out what supplies and raw materials you need to make your own goats' milk soap. This articles provides information about the basics and add-ons such as essential oils, herbs, flowers and grated fruit peel.












How to Setup Your Etsy Shop

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After you’ve created your Etsy account, your next step is to create your shop. Ever open a brick and mortar craft shop? The concept online is not very different. You want your Etsy shop to be a visually appealing place for your online shoppers that is easy to navigate and clearly spells out all your shop policies.






Footprint Heart Art Craft

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Three Easy and Low Cost Ways to Promote Your...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Promoting your arts and crafts doesn't have to be hard or terribly expensive. Check out my three ways to easily and cheaply promote your handcrafted items.



Creating a Craft Business for Your Market

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Successful businesses research the marketplace first and then design products that will sell in that market. Research and a little bit of basic human psychology are good jumping off points for tailoring your craft business to the market.



Walking Through the Equity Section of the...

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Equity shows the combined total of your investment in the business. Another term for equity is net assets, which is the difference between assets, which are resources a company owns, and liabilities, which are claims against the company. Find out how to record equity on a sole proprietorship balance sheet.



Taking Inventory and Figuring Cost of Goods Sold

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When figuring out net and taxable income, you have to reduce your costs of goods sold for items still in inventory. This article discusses the different types of inventory and suggests ways to calculate your ending inventory.






Collage and Assemblage

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Collage arts and crafts are created when similar types of materials (paper, fabric etc) are combined, using a variety of methods to create paper and decorative arts and crafts. Assemblage combines different types of materials. This form of arts and crafts requires no special tools or training. Want to get your arts or crafts feet wet in collage or assemblage? Here are some fantastic free and relatively cheap resources.



Tips for Preparing Customer Invoices

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

A fundamental of owning any type of business is preparing customer invoices. If you're a new arts and crafts business owner, you may be unsure about how to prepare one that looks professional and provides all the payment information your customer needs. Find out the basic information you should include on each customer invoice. Learn how to prepare a manual invoice. Use QuickBooks? Find out how to organize your customer and jobs.



Year-End Procedures for Arts and Crafts...

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Walk through the best practices for closing out the year for your arts and crafts business so you can start the new year with a clean slate.






Introduction to Preparing Payroll

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This article is an introduction to preparing payroll checks. Learn about the Circular E and the taxes you need to deduct from gross wages. These taxes include federal withholding, FICA and state income tax.



Beehive Co-op

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Beehive Co-ops offer both arts / crafts business franchise opportunities and select highly qualified arts / crafts busineeses to work with Beehive as wholesalers. Find out about the franchise fees, the advantages and how to get started with Beehive.



How to Depreciate Computer and Data Handling...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

This article discusses common arts and crafts computer and data handling tangible assets and how to depreciate them. You learn how to use MACRS depreciation to write off the cost of buying these types of assets with practical examples on how to do the calculation.






Dapping Metal Lids

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Now that you have an introduction to dapping tools, this article shows you how to use a dapping block to form metal blanks into shapes. A beginners project that requires no soldering skills, build on these instruction to make more complicated works of art!






Handcrafting Handbags To Use While Riding...

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Find out the trends for handcrafting stylish handbags for girls on bikes. You'll learn about construction must haves and different designs.



Introduction to Making Hand Milled Soap

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A nice addition to many arts and crafts product lines is hand milled soap. Using my instructions, it is quick and easy to make your own hand milled goats' milk soap tailored to a specific need such as religious, health, beauty or relaxation.



Easy DIY Gift: Cookie Mix in a Jar

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Pop-Up Retail Store Layout - Pop-Up Shop Advice

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Page one of this series of articles about pop-up retail stores discusses finding the right location and mix of arts and crafts for your pop-up retail shop. Page two discusses pop-up shop management. This article wraps up the topic by covering tips for opening the pop-up such as visual merchandising, laying out your store plan and pop-up retail store pitfalls to avoid.



Make More Money By Working at Home

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Certificate of Registration

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Wonder what you receive after registering a copyright? Check out this example.



List Your Arts and Crafts Business on Google...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Google Places is another free way to promote your arts and crafts business. Find out more about Google Places and how to set up your arts and crafts business in Google Places.



Recipes for Making Hand Milled Goats’...

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Once you have the basics down for making hand milled goats' milk soap, it's time to get creative with essential oils, herbs and flowers. This articles gives you eleven popular soap recipes using lavender, jasmine, lemon, sea kelp, ylang ylang and much more!



Understanding Fixed and Mixed Cost Behavior for...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

This article explains fixed and mixed costs. Fixed costs remain the same no matter if you make one or one million arts and crafts products. Mixed costs can fluctuate somewhat. Find out more about fixed and mixed costs.



Polymer Clay Dollmaking Supplies

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

If you want to use polymer clay to make dolls for your arts and crafts business, it's important to have the right tools. This articles gives you information about various polymer clay equipment and supply items. Of special interest is the polymer clay for dollmaking which eliminates the needs to use flesh-colored paints and a source for gorgeous, shiny mohair for your doll's crowning glory - their wig!



Knitting Designer Kaffe Fassett

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

One of the textile crafts is knitting. One of the masters of knitting is Kaffe Fassett. Find out more about this knitting designer and his two color method of intarsia knitting.



Using Celebrity Images on Your Ecommerce Web Site

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

If you have a fashion craft arts and crafts business, I find it makes a huge positive impact on sales to show celebrities wearing the same sort of item you're selling. However, what about using celebrity images on your Ecommerce site? If you don't have the opportunity to shoot the images yourself, is it possible to use celebrity images without violating any copyrights? This articles introduces the legality of using images you find on the internet.



Resources for Textile Arts and Crafts Businesses

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Learn about online vendors and other resources to find textiles for your arts and crafts business. Discussed are organic fabrics, designer fabrics, silk, buying fabric swatches, yarn hanks for dyeing and finished textiles that you can use as a blank canvas.



Starting a Craft Business for the Inexperienced...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Do you want to start a craft business, but are just not sure what type of craft you want to sell? From your Arts and Crafts Business Guide - find out the five recommended steps to move a craft business idea from infancy to fruition.



The Pop-Up Book Review

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Learn how to make pop-ups, a cheap and creative way to add pizzazz to your arts and crafts progects. The Pop-Up Book by Paul Jackson is a great introduction to the topic for the beginner pop-up artist. Find out more about this excellent pop-up resource.









Making Sure You Have Proper Zoning For Your...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Before you get a business license, you need to make sure your business location is properly zoned. This includes both residential and commercial locations. This article gives tips on handling zoning issues for your arts or crafts business.



Kids Craft Blog: The Art Pantry

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z




Using Polymer Clay to Create a Faery Figure

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Creating a Faery Figure with Wendy Froud certainly gives the viewer all the basics needed to work in



Supermarket Online Craft Marketplace

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Many artists and crafters sell either wholly or partially online. Those that don't care about or don't have the time to maintain their own website sell through online craft marketplaces such as Etsy or ArtFire. I recently discovered another online craft marketplace called Supermarket. While not a new kid in the online craft marketplace town, it's new to me. I took a look through the Supermarket website and here's what I found out.



5 Monthly Subscription Craft Kits

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Prepare a Business Plan Before Quitting Your...

2017-02-19T11:11:24Z

Before you quit a full time job working for someone else to start a craft business make sure you prepare a business plan. Working through the business plan will give you a good idea if you can cover your personal living and business expenses with the new venture.