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An interview with my favourite #workwife Tash of ARNA Online

I was recently asked to do an interview with Natasha from ARNA Online and of course, I said yes. Tash and I have a wonderful history together; having lead a team at Lush for several years. I'm delighted to say we've kept in contact since we've both moved onto other projects, so when Tash announced she was co-founding a women's laptop bag with the mission to empower women to make bold decisions, I was intrigued.  Tash and her sister Arianne founded ARNA Online when they realised that stylish laptop bags for women was a sorely lacking category in the fashion and tech sector. I can vouch for this first hand - I couldn't find a nice laptop bag when I was at Lush and...

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Choosing a Website Platform for Handmade Business

Unless you're blessed with a design background or a very flexible start-up budget, creating a website that communicates your brand to customers within about two seconds of hitting your Home Page is a pretty tall order. Add in the fact that most new makers on the handmade scene don't have much business or web experience, you can see why getting your small business website up and running can cause a lot of panic, frustration and time-wasting confusion. But, it doesn't have to be that scary if you know a few tricks.  Start-Up Costs When you're first starting out, general start-up costs and ongoing fees are a huge factor for new small businesses. Once you begin to add up materials, insurance,...

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Halloween Gift Guide 2019

Halloween has to be the coolest time of year to shop if you like all things spooky, creepy and weird. Here's a round-up of some of my favourite handmade, Australian Halloween finds this year. Got something you'd like on the list? Leave a comment below and if it fits, I'll add you in. You Me and Bones - Sad Pumpkin Candles The Witch Apprentice - Spirit Guide Blend  Juniper Moon Apothecary - Cast Iron Cauldron   All Hallows Club - Quarterly Subscription Boxes  Switchblade Maid - Black Kitty Earings   Moxie Lou - Frank N Furter Acrylic Brooch Air Plant Designs - Raindrop Hanging Glass Garden Made590 - Every Body Valentina Skirt in Salem Nights    Are you a handmade business in...

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Essential Oils are natural, so they're safe and ethical, right?

Before I dive into this blog, I'm just going to add in a little disclaimer. I actually love essential oils. I love how they smell, I love their energy and they have many beneficial properties to bestow upon the mind and body. We are barely scratching the surface of their potential and are worthy of much more research so we can best utilise their abilities. If I love them so much, then why would I feel the need to write a disclaimer? Well, it's because I think they receive way too much trust and reliance, not love from us human folk.  Big Essential Oil Giants are the new Big Pharma There's long been the misconception that natural equals safe and with...

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What To Expect When Your Home Based Handmade Business, Moves House

After a complete freak out about how difficult our once-loved family home was to maintain, we stumbled upon our actual dream home and put in an offer. It was accepted! Our current home is lovely; I don't mean to sound dramatic or ungrateful. It's just A LOT of work because it's giant and with a small child, it felt like we were constantly battling uncontained mess. Don't even get me started on the yard. The yard I absolutely fell in love with initially, morphed into a job so big we didn't know where to start, thanks to the 25+ palm trees and near acre of land.  It wasn't until all of the hard work was done, mainly internal painting and landscaping, and...

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