If you spend much time at all on personal finance blogs, you’ve probably noticed much discussion about starting your own business. After all, a blog is a form of business itself, so all of us behind these blogs have to consider things like costs, profits, and marketing on a regular basis, and like to share those tips with others. That’s why I was excited to hear that my wife was planning to start a business of her own, one I could hopefully help her with.
Specifically, she is planning to start a craft business. She intends to make blankets, shawls, wall hangings, and other craft items using various methods like sewing, quilting, and other techniques, and to sell them (and the patterns that she uses to make them) to other crafters and anyone who enjoys hand-made items. To kick start her business,she’s entered several items into a craft showing at our local fair, which should help get her name out there (particularly if she wins, and call me biased, but I think she has a decent shot at doing so).
Now, I have no knowledge about the sort of crafting that she is doing, so I’m not much help making things. I do know a bit about business, though: how to get started, how to get money when you’re looking to expand, and other facts you can pick up when you spend nearly half a decade writing about money management. I should be able to provide her with more than a little information about how to keep the business end of her craft business running properly (and managing the money she brings in, of course). I’ll stay well informed, though, so I’ll have to make sure I keep reading personal finance information, starting with some of these great posts:
Great Yakezie Posts
101 Essential Tips and Resources for College Freshmen – A huge collection of information and help for anyone starting their college career, courtesy of The College Investor.
Other Great Posts
That Time I Got Hit By a Drunk Driver – It’s hard to think of a worse situation that can happen in your car, but Kristin from Get Rich Slowly handled the situation quite well (and shares some tips, to boot).
The Mythical Stacking of Discounts: It DOES Exist! – If you can mix discounts together, you can get things nearly free; Brock of Clever Dude shares how to do it.
Contests and Giveaways
- Get Started Investing $500 Cash Giveaway – If you’d like some money (and advice) to get your investing life started, check out this giveaway from The College Investor by August 31st.
- 2 Year Blogiversary and iPad+Cash Giveaway – Making Sense of Cents is celebrating 2 years of blogging by giving away an impressive array of prizes, including an iPad Mini, until August 28th.
- Win a Box of Books (#28)! – If you like to read personal finance books, head over to Free Money Finance between now and August 18th (aka, tomorrow).
As always, if you have any other contests and/or giveaways you’d like to share, give me a holler.
Where The Amateur Financier Was Feature
My article looking at how you appear to others online, How to Monitor and Maintain Your Online Persona, was included in the following carnivals:
- Yakezie Carnival at Debt Roundup
- Carnival of Tortoise Banker at Carnival of Tortoise Banker
- Finance Carnival for Young Adults at Mom and Dad Money
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Money Life and More
That’s it for this week. Here’s hoping I’ll have plenty of good fair-related, craft show news to share come next week. Until then, stay happy, healthy, and managing your money well, everyone!