Dollar, dollar bills ya’ll!! Sometimes it feels like the dollar signs are the only valuable thing that can come from your business. And sometimes it feels like you just aren’t going to have as much success as the other makers. But let me tell you a secret. The most valuable thing that can come from your business is also going to help you increase your income. That’s right. The best thing you can do to grow your business is to grow your community.
Connect with fellow makers, open up conversations with customers and pretty soon business will start flowing.
Here are a few easy steps to help you along:
1. Let other makers know you support them and they inspire you. The best thing about the maker community is it is so uplifting and supportive. It raises each other up, so when you see something that inspires you, let the maker know. Share your favorite patterns being released in your stories. Rave about the adorable hooks someone made.
2. Giveaways! Giveaways are such a great way to meet new people while giving back to the community. Ask other makers to join in and donate some so you get to support each other and get to know each other.
3. Create a hashtag. If you write patterns make a hashtag for everyone and you will surprised how many posts you will see in it. Make one all of your customers can use to see your makes in the wild. Share your favorite ones in your stories and your feed and don’t forget to tag the original poster.
4. Test patterns for other makers. Be honest and give notes to help improve if needed. You will be surprised with how many maker friendships with a pattern test.
Remember to always have fun with what you are doing.