Can you give me advice on my business/potential business?

I’m afraid I really can’t—that is not an area I feel at all qualified to advise on, and it’s also not one that interests me. I love to teach people how to make things for themselves, their friends, and their family. If you wish to sell I’d encourage you to join a guild (like the Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild in Canada, or the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild in the USA) for professional support. It’s also a good idea to take a course, like the ones offered by Formula Botanica (read my review of their Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation here). For further personalized advice, you could consider hiring a business coach.

I have created two pieces of content regarding selling things/owning a DIY business as I did run one for just over two years (and I really, really didn’t like it).

  • So, You Want to Sell the Things You Make
    This is a very practical overview of many of the things you should consider before selling things you create. I learned these lessons in the process of setting up my own selling-stuff business.
  • I QUIT! Why I Stopped Selling Stuff
    This is a YouTube video where I tell the story of Humblebee Beauty & Skin and why it is no more. It is my personal story of what I didn’t enjoy and the things I intentionally did not do because I did not want my handmade business to grow and take up more of my time.

Something I can do, though, is branding and graphic design! I am a professional graphic designer with a Bachelor of Design Honours from York University & Sheridan College and I love working with small businesses to create a visual identity that really lets their products sing. If you’d like to review my portfolio you can do so here. If you’d like to contact me for a quote, there’s contact information on my portfolio website.

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