***** We are now about to enter the BETA launch phase, this is your last opportunity to get a membership at a reduced rate before we launch live!*****
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!
- Recent stats show that we reached over 2.5 million individual Twitter accounts during our #HandmadeHour session with a total of over 23 million #HandmadeHour impressions altogether!
- Equally, our #HandmadeHourUSA sessions reach over 800,000 individual Twitter accounts with a total of over 10 million individual #HandmadeHourUSA impressions!
We can really get your products out there!
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/
so you know it's going to be pretty amazing!
By donating £25 to this project you will be purchasing an annual membership (reduced introductory offer, normal price £45), you will have access to all the features of the site including webinars and the eligibility to apply for a grant of up to £100 to help your business, for a whole year and be able to showcase up to 100 products (each displaying up to 5 photos) on the website!
By donating £99 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 will also be able to showcase up to 100 products (each with up to 5 photos) on the website.
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!
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.
DEALS ALREADY AGREED FOR PAID MEMBERSHIP:
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/
@printme123 are offering 10% off to all paid Handmade Nation members! http://www.printme123.co.uk/
We have teamed up with http://www.handmadehorizons.com/
to bring you some amazing discounts on their packages! Just get in touch for further details.
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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