Handmade Nation Website

Raised: £4,540.00
Goal: £2,660.00

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Owen Birkby

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***** We've hit our target but we're keeping these exclusive deals running a little bit longer so that you can all take advantage of them***** We're making you all an awesome website a... more


Updated posted by Owen Birkby 8 days ago

Good morning everyone, sorry we haven't been in touch for a while but things have been very busy at Handmade Nation HQ!

We would like to apologise for the delay but we need to make sure the website is awesome for you. I spoke with the developer yesterday and we're around 3 weeks away from launch. We're testing the members area and shop at the moment. Once we've cracked that we'll be emailing each and every one of you with a link so that you can set up your own areas. We envisage a few teething problems but these will be kept to a minimum and there'll be a dedicated email address for you to highlight any issues you have.

We're excited and we hope you are too.......... thanks for your patience but it will be well worth it!

As always, please give us a shout if you have any questions :)


Updated posted by Owen Birkby 3 months ago

Good morning everyone! Sorry I have not been in touch for a while but it has been pretty manic over here! I just wanted to quickly give you an update as I've just spoken to the web developer. We're hopeful that the first lot of pages will be going live before the New Year with the bulk of the website being built by the end of January 2014!

We hope you're as excited as we are about this news! Thanks again for all your support. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and an amazingly successful New Year! x


Updated posted by Owen Birkby 4 months ago

We've done it folks! You're all amazing!

Preparations are being finalised but we'll be in touch again very soon to let you all know the next steps for transferring your membership over to the website!

We love you guys xxx

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Created by Owen Birkby on June 21, 2013

***** We've hit our target but we're keeping these exclusive deals running a little bit longer so that you can all take advantage of them*****

We're making you all an awesome website and we'd like you all to get involved!

We want to be able to have an awesome website that you amazingly talented crafty folk can use to not only display your products FREE of charge but to also have access to lots of information!

We want to supply you with a website which:

Gives you access to a list of gift shops and retailers who are looking to stock your items

Gives you access to a list of local craft fairs, shows and crafting events

Gives you access to a list of reputable suppliers like web designers, printers, accountants, insurance products etc. who have experience in working with small and handmade businesses

Allows you to showcase your products

Gives you access to lots of information and tips on how to build your brand and get the most out of your social media strategy (some areas will only be accessible to paid membership only)

Features pages to showcase the best talents out there

Actively promotes your products via the website and through social media networking like the #HandmadeHour networking session run by @HandmadeHour that just keeps on trending in the UK!

Allows you access to live webinars/Q&A's with industry leaders to assist you in the running of your business (where available, free to paid members)

Allows you access to lots of advice and tips brought to you by specialists and covering areas like tax, social media, time management, insurance etc

Gives you access to great deals which we've negotiated with businesses especially for you! These will not all be business orientated. (Available to paid members only, see below for deals already agreed)

Allows you to apply for a grant (of up to £100) to fund a start-up, develop a new product or purchase an essential piece of kit for your toolbox! (Available to paid members only)

We really do want to support all your amazing handmade, craft and arty businesses and we truly believe that we can make this happen. However, it will cost money to get this project off the ground. The price above will pay for the initial outlay of the website and associated plug-ins and the 5% fee that we have to pay to gofundme.com. We don't want the new website to look cheap, we want it to be awesome! We've got some fantastically talented web developers and designers on-board who are going to make us an amazingly gorgeous and easy to use website for you all to use. But because it's so amazingly gorgeous then it's going to cost a pretty penny! We really appreciate your support and every donation that you make will get us closer to our goal!

The web designer and web developer that we have on board also worked on http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/ and http://www.shopbravado.com/ so you know it's going to be pretty amazing!

By donating £5 (no membership rights) you're helping us to get this show on the road! We appreciate that you don't know us, so we wouldn't expect everyone to feel as though they should fully commit to the project just yet! If you choose this option then you can always purchase the rest of the annual membership or lifetime membership by launch date! We'll let you know when we're ready to go!

By donating £10 to this project you will be purchasing an annual membership (reduced introductory offer, normal price £25), you will have access to all the above features for a whole year and be able to showcase up to 10 products on the website! You will also be entitled to one weeks' free page/account sitting service (worth £10) provided by @socialhighs

By donating £35 to this project you will be purchasing a lifetime membership (one-time offer), we guarantee that you will never have to pay to use the services mentioned above again. You'll also be able to showcase up to 10 products on the website. You will also be entitled to one weeks' free page/account sitting service (worth £10) provided by @socialhighs

Please do let us know your Twitter Username or Facebook page when you donate so that we can give you a HUGE thank you!

There will also be a FREE membership option available once the website goes live which will only give you access to some of the features above. The free membership option will give you access to all the standard advice/information areas, access to the searchable database of suppliers and allow you to showcase up to 3 products. Access to live webinars/Q&A sessions will be available by an extra fee. We're also negotiating deals with businesses especially for you and these will only be available to paid members.

We will never charge commission on any sales that you receive through the website!

If you are a service provider and you're looking for advertising opportunities on our new website then please do get in touch with us!

The website will be up and running by the end of April 2014.

Please make sure that you let us know your email address when you donate and give us a shout if you have any questions! You can find us on Twitter at @HMNation, @HandmadeHour or @Becky_Doggett, or send us a message through gofundme.com.


The page sitting service entitles you to one week FREE page/account sitting (basic package worth £10) so you can go on holiday and have fun knowing you page/account is in good hands! @socialhighs will help to manage either your Facebook page or Twitter account so your business will still have a social media presence even if you are not there to manage things yourself!

@CraftandCrumpet, craftandcrumpet.co.uk - All paid members get 50% off room fees to run their own workshops when they sign up for a 12 month cube space with popupstalls.co.uk

@TailoredPR are offering a whopping 20% off their PR services to all paid members! All you need to do is book a full days work (8 hours) within any month!

@ljcltd are offering 10% off to all paid Handmade Nation members. You can find more information about their services here: http://www.ljcltd.co.uk/ and http://www.ljcltd-webhosting.co.uk/

@printme123 are offering 10% off to all paid Handmade Nation members! http://www.printme123.co.uk/

You can get 10% off of your order at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/makemeprettyshop by entering HANDMADEHOUR10 at the check-out!

More deals coming soon!

P.S. I'm not quite sure what the location is all about! I'm based in Aberdeenshire!

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You guys are amazing and so close to your goal, well done!

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