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3 Steps to Hiring a Social Media Intern

As a small business owner, I do almost everything by myself. From making my handmade cards to doing the SEO from my website, I do it all. If I don't know how to do it, I have to learn. That's what happened with social media marketing. Now, I recently got busier than ever. With university, Thoughtfully Handmade and my extracurriculars, I got extremely overwhelmed. That's why I decided to hire a social media intern.  Longwinded introduction aside, let's get into how I actually hired her!

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What No One Tells You About: Where Your Money Goes

Recently, I’ve been having a little identity crisis for Thoughtfully Handmade. As you know, my slogan is Adjustable, affordable, adorable. While you can still personalize your cards with me and they are still cute, the prices of my cards have gone up. I was scared to do this- terrified actually. I still believe that $7 is too expensive to pay for a card, and I will never raise my prices that high. However, things have gotten more expensive and my time is now more valuable. What do I mean? Well, I’m about to show you what happens to your money after you purchase a $5 card.

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Shopify versus Etsy: Which is better for your creative business?

I had a big dilemma when I restarted Thoughtfully Handmade. My best friend told me about Squarespace; and while I agree that their website templates are aesthetically pleasing, it was a bit out of my price range. Another option was Etsy, and EVERYONE knows about Etsy. And there lies my dilemma: do I go with Squarespace, which is expensive? Or, do I go with Etsy, which takes a percentage of my earnings? Neither seemed like a great option. Then, I was introduced to Shopify, and boy was that a game-changer! In this blog post, I’ll be giving both the pros and cons of Shopify and Etsy as I take you through how I made my decision at the end.

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