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Learn how to bead a necklace with this jewelry making tutorial. This lesson teaches you which tools you'll need, how to create your own necklace design, and how to successfully complete your beading project. Take what you've learned here to design your own handmade bracelet and necklace set!

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Fashion magazines can provide wonderful ideas for your wardrobe. But these fashions often cost more than you can spend. Learn how to make them for yourself, at home! You’ll save on cash, and each time someone compliments you on your good taste, you’ll have the personal satisfaction of knowing you designed and created your one-of-a-kind jewelry. In this lesson, get the hang of making wirework jewelry— familiarize yourself with the tools, materials, and learn how to design your own pieces.

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Have you mastered the double crochet and slip stitch? Are your friends and family always complimenting your handmade crochet scarves and accessories? If you want to start selling your crochet for profit, this is the course for you! You’ll learn how to create a business plan to make your dream into a reality. Begin by thinking about your audience, inventory, pricing, and advertising strategy.

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Now that you’re ready to start making your handmade crochet items, it’s time to figure out pricing. Knowing how to price your work is essential in keeping your business afloat and your bottom line strong. Make sure your small business makes a profit by setting a wholesale price based on fixed costs and variable costs. In this lesson, Sedie will share some tips and show you some simple formulas for calculating wholesale prices.

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Want to store your stuff with style? Crafty Gemini teaches you how to stitch your very own quilted zipper pouch with boxy corners. All that you'll need is two kinds of fabric, batting, a lapel stick, a zipper, and a sewing machine. These bags are easy to make and perfect to use as pencil cases, make-up bags, travel dop kits, or what you will. This video offers handy tips for sewing zippers onto fabric using a zipper foot.

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Learn how to make a beaded lariat necklace you can wear so many ways! In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters share what they love about lariats. Jennifer and Kitty teach you what tools you'll need and how to use them. You will learn how to make wrapped loops and how to attach the crystal beads to the ends of the chain. You'll also learn different ways to wear this easy necklace that doesn't need a clasp. Makes a great last minute gift!

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In this lesson, make the most of your business advertising and marketing budget by learning how to use Google AdWords to customize ads that will drive traffic to your page. This pay-per-click advertising method can get you targeted online traffic and help boost sales. Then, learn how to use Google AdSense to make more money for your small business by hosting other advertisements on your website.

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Learn how to make elegant crystal wrapped earrings with this fun jewelry lesson from the O'Neil Sisters. In this jewelry tutorial, Jennifer and Kitty will teach you what tools and materials you'll need, how to wrap the hoop earrings with beading wire and how to attach the crystal bicone beads. Once you learn how to make these fast and easy earrings, you can turn plain hoops into your own elegant earrings. They make great gifts too!

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Now that you’ve got your target audience figured out and your items properly priced, it’s time to get out there and sell! Learn where to start when it comes to selling your handmade crochet items in this lesson from Sedie. You’ll learn about hosted sites such as Etsy, ArtFire, eBay, Craftsy, and Ravelry, and why you should set-up an online shop either on a hosted website or your own domain. Then, also consider selling your handmade products in a traditional brick and mortar shop!

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Ever wondered what a floating bead necklace is? In this DIY jewelry-making lesson, the O'Neil Sisters show you how to string beads on beading wire so that they appear to "float." You'll also learn how to finish the ends of the necklace and attach the clasp. It's so elegant, it can be worn for formal occasions - or you can dress it down by wearing the necklace with a tank top and jean jacket. It also makes a great gift for bridesmaids - you can match the beads to your wedding colors!

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In addition to selling your crafts for profit, you can make money by hosting advertisements on your website. By using Google AdSense, Project Wonderful, and even your WordPress blog ads, you’ll be able to make money when people come to your website. These tools are easy to use and can increase your reach and customer base. In this final lesson on how to sell your crochet for profit, take a look at how your brand can make money for you.

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Ever see beautiful earrings and wish you could make them yourself? In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters show you what tools and materials you need to make basic drop earrings. Then they teach you the fundamentals of wirework, including how to work with headpins, how to make a wrapped loop, and how to open and close earring wires. Once you master these skills, you can create your own beautiful beaded earrings in a flash! Great for gifts!

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In addition to retail and wholesale pricing, you will need to have special pricing in place for some other common sales scenarios. In this lesson, Sedie walks you through how to price your crochet products (or any product!) for a craft show, flea market, or consignment. Then, you’ll also get tips on offering discounts to friends and family so that you can continue to grow your small business. Finally, learn how to price items for charity auctions and nonprofits.

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In this lesson, learn how to plan your business inventory. Will you make prototypes and then crochet custom items to order? Or, will you have a set inventory and stockpile of items ready to ship? You’ll want to consider things such as storage space, unfront business costs, and business insurance. Then, take the next steps in your small business by planning you shipping packaging, creating business cards, and photographing your products.

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Do you want to save money, save paper, and save the environment, all while adding a little style to your kitchen? This lesson from Crafty Gemini teaches you how to make reusable paper towels out of old terry cloth towels and scraps of fabric. Once you've sewn together the two layers of these washable kitchen towels, add snaps so that they can secure to one another and form a roll, ready for any mess or to satisfy an itch for an art project! This project is simple even for beginner sewers.

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Stun your friends with a colorful beaded necklace you made yourself! In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters will show you what tools and materials you'll need including what headpins and chain to use. You will learn how to make wrapped loops to attach the beads to the chain. And you will learn how to put a clasp on chain and give your necklace a professional finishing touch. Take what you've learned here to design your own dangling bead necklace!

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Is your business idea starting to form? Take the next step by researching and understanding your target audience. In business, knowing your target audience is essential in making sure that you're creating a product that will sell. By figuring out who your buyers are and honing in on their wants and needs, you’ll be able to move your business in the right direction. Get started to take steps toward making a profit and boosting your bottom line!

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Now that you know how to do wholesale pricing, continue your journey into building a small business by figuring out how to calculate retail price. Using your wholesale price, you’ll set a suggested retail price, as well as consider how much items will cost customers buying direct from you. Sedie will give you important tips on making sure you keep your target audience in mind and what can happen if you undercut your wholesale buyers.

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Social media is a great way to build community and put a personal touch to your business. In this lesson, learn how to use social media to engage with your target audience and get online followers. Sedie will guide you through the merits of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Learn which form of social media is best for sharing pictures and which forms is like the online cocktail party. By connecting to your customers, you’ll be better able to grow your small business.

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