Oct 25

Craft Fairy Series – Naming your craft business – Part 2

I have already posted about how I picked the name of my site which is also the name of my craft business.  My name doesn’t follow all the rules you read on how to pick a name.  It is hard to settle on a name because it isn’t something you can easily change once you pick it.  I read constantly on starting and growing a business and  2 basic rules remain constant:

1. Keep it simple and easy to remember. Don’t mix up the spelling to make it cute.  That would be ok for a craft booth but if you ever want a blog or website, you will lose people who aren’t good at bookmarking or going back to find their pins.  They simply won’t remember the name or how to spell it.

2. If you have lots of interests and skills don’t limit yourself by picking a narrow name.  For example, you make wild crazy fun wallets and you decide to name your business “Wanda’s Wild Wallets”.  Easy to remember but what happens if 6 months down the road you decide you like making  wild & crazy tote bags? Who would think of looking for  totes at “Wanda’s Wild Wallets”?  “Where The Wild Things Are” would be a better choice. Still easy to remember but now you can sell all the wild and crazy things your creative little mind can think up.

If you only like making things for children, including Kids, Tikes, Tots, Little Ones etc., in your name is great. Those names give you lots of room to grow.  Same as with cooking or baking.  If you really are only going to make cupcakes by all means use the word cupcakes in your name but if you also like making cookies and cakes, use something along the line of Delectable, Yummy, Tasty etc. in the name.

You decide you are going to call your craft business “Where the Wild Things Are” and you know you want to blog too so your business can grow and your customers can find you.  You do a quick domain search and you find that WhereTheWildThingsAre is already taken. Ohhhh nooooo. Don’t worry, this is ok. This little hurdle won’t stop you.  You make handmade wild things. Right?  Now if you do a domain search for WhereTheWildThingsAreHandmade.com you find that it is available. Hip hip hooray.  Even if you have no idea how to build a blog, buy the domain.  You don’t have to do anything with it at the moment and you can buy a domain for a year for 99 cents so buy it before someone else does.

See how easy that was.  I’m good at thinking up names and if you need help, just ask and I will be happy to offer some suggestions.

Check back soon as I have a notebook full of craft names I like.  I don’t know if any or all of them have available domains, I simply like looking at names and I write them down so be sure to check back for some inspiration.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

May 20

Craft Fairy – Making Crafts Your Business – Part 4 – Picking a Name

Picking A Name For Your Craft Business.

You want a business name that jumps out at your customers.  Something that is easy to remember. Cute, clever and creative names work best for craft businesses.  Start a notebook with name ideas.  Look for inspiration or ideas. Look at the successful shops on Etsy.    If you want to blog too, pick a craft name that still has an available domain available for it.

I want everything branded.  I want my blog name the same as my Etsy shop and my craft booth.  I had at least 25+ names that I thought would work great and I prided myself on being so creative for thinking up all these great names.  Guess what?  I wasn’t all that creative, at least not anymore than the 25+ other people who already owned the domains.  I picked “Wow I Like That” not because the domain was available, it wasn’t.  It was however ready to expire and there wasn’t an active domain using it.  So, I patiently waited for it to expire.  I had to wait two month for it to expire, then I had to wait several more before it finally showed up as available and for sale.

If you think you may want to blog or sell your goods online, look for a domain when picking your name.  Domain names are available for as little as $1.99 a year. Anyone can afford that.  Do a Google search for “Cheap Domains” and  you’ll find hundreds of sites offering domains for sale.  I paid for my domain name for 2 years so I wouldn’t risk missing the renewal before I even got the blog up and running.

You can blog for free but you will not have your own domain.  For example, if I wanted to blog with Google, my site name would have been www.wowilikethat.blogspot.com.  Or if I had taken the free WordPress blog my site name would have been www.wowilikethat.wordpress.com.  I didn’t want Blogspot or WordPress in my blog’s name and I pay for hosting to avoid this. (PS, I did sign up and have both the wowilikethat.blogspot.com and wowilikethat.wordpress.com names only so someone else wouldn’t come along and take them to confuse my all ready confused world.)  I will explain the self hosting another time.  The thing to remember now is to pick a name that you can own the corresponding domain. Buy the domain.  You don’t have to do anything with the name until you are good and ready but it is available when you are ready to move on.

You can search for domain names at any site that is offering domains for sale.  Here is IPage they are who host my service & you can check to see the availability of a domain name here.  Pick a name, see if it is available, then search for the lowest price to purchase.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

Apr 29

Follow up to this thing called blogging

Tissue Cover

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try…Beverly Sills

It looks easy, it seems easy and however really isn’t easy.  Ok, maybe it is to those that have thousands of wondrous words floating around their head and they can easily and quickly write and people love what they write.  This is a learning process and I will not be discouraged…yet. :) It isn’t my words so much that I want to pass along but rather to share my skills and maybe inspire someone to make something.

I haven’t even ventured to figure out how to appear on search engines.  No one would know I’m here other than maybe through Pinterest.  I worked hard on creating a very usable list of Jewelry Tutorials that anyone could do and that would cost little to no money to make.  Not only would any of the items be great for starting up in crafts but  would make great Mother Day gifts.  70+ different things and all low-cost and super-duper cute.  4 days and not one single Pin.  Not one.  Could be the label that is on Pinterest.  I created the label in Microsoft Publisher because that is what is on this computer. Obviously Publisher doesn’t cut it. Probably more user error and Debbie isn’t cutting it. However, I’m not giving up. I am going to create a couple of other labels and see if they do any better. I’ll post my progress to help anyone else who is trying to start a blog too.

Blah blah blah……no more whining here. Anyway, this week I made a tissue box cover with pockets. I was needing a gift for someone in a nursing home and I thought this would be perfect. I put a little tablet and pen in one pocket, chap stick in another, Tic Tac mints in the third and I left the last one empty. I didn’t give it yet but I love it and I hope it will be well received. Could someone make me one if I go to the hospital or nursing home? I will write a tutorial on how I did this. This was just my test.

I am very sorry, looking at my photo of the tissue box, I have to work on my picture-taking skills too.  Gosh I thought I was near perfect (other than my 1000 imperfections which I ignore).  Oh this ever growing list of imperfections.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Mar 07

I want a blog

March 7, 2013

I purchased my blog template almost 2 years ago.  I bought my .com, almost a year ago. Although I think about it daily, I have only posted twice in 2 years.  Sooooo sad  (and those two posts I deleted….) but today is the first day of the rest of my life.  Procrastination is no longer my middle name.  My name is Debbie.  Nice to meet you.

I want a blog so I could:

  1. Store my projects and project instructions
  2. Organize my inspirations
  3. Make new friends
  4. Learn new things

Here are some of the sites that I found helpful in starting my blog. 

  • GiftsWe Use has a wonderful series on Starting a Blog – This lovely woman shares what she has learned.  This is a great place to start if you are thinking of starting a blog.
  • Crafterminds is all about blogging.  Bookmark them for easy reference.
  • Conversation Agent  has helpful hints and links to other great reference sources.
  • Nesting Place has great info on the importance of Pinterest and Blogging.

That is about all I know about blogging and how I got here but look…..as soon as I finish typing this and click “Publish”, I will be a blogger. :)  Life is good and this will be fun.

 

Debbie