5 reasons to join Craft Industry Alliance
1. Regular, relevant journals
As a Craft Industry Alliance member, you receive a new journal every other week that includes articles that address all aspects of running a creative business.
Here a few recent articles that I enjoyed:
- How to organize a pattern testing program for productive feedback
- Are you covered? Insurance for your craft business
- How to hire (and fire) your first employee
- Cruising Along: Blend adventure and work while teaching crafts on a cruise
- Opportunity knocking at your door? How to negotiate an unexpected offer.
- PLUS two articles written by yours truly: How to Get the Most Mileage out of Your Blog Post and Using Autoresponders to Build and Engage Your Audience
2. Access to a resource library for creative business owners
As a Craft Industry Alliance member you can access a library full of printables, templates, check-lists, content ideas, service providers, and wholesale sources.
Here a few resources that I’ve checked out:
- The big list of fabric manufacturers
- Business retreat planning checklist
- Business plan template
- Printable social media trackers
- Tips for setting up a non-disclosure agreement
3. Useful webinars
As a member, you can watch webinars covering important topics like marketing, Pinterest planning, insurance, newsletter creation, and more.
I will be 100% honest, I have not made the time to watch these yet, but on my to-do list are the three listed below:
- Creating and Nurturing a Facebook Group for Your Business by Ebony Love
- Learn to Create Easy, Professional-Quality Craft Videos to Share on Social Media by Joy Macdonell
- Innovative Ways to Diversify Your Craft Business by Vanessa Vargas Wilson
4. Unique discounts
Craft Industry Alliance members have access to all sorts of savings, the ones that I find most intriguing are discounts on one-year memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud, Acrobat Pro DC and Premiere Pro, discounts at Wyndham hotels, savings at Office Depot & Office Max.
5. Facebook group & forums
By joining Craft Industry Alliance, you gain access to forums on the site and a members-only Facebook group, which is a great place to ask for advice, find collaboration opportunities, and network with other people in the industry. As a content creator, I like having access to fabric manufacturers, book publishers, sewing pattern designers, and other bloggers. Lots of networking opportunities!
Convinced? Sign up to join Craft Industry Alliance with a 6 month or 1 year membership