After 3 years of writing her popular handmade design & style blog, Modish, editor Jena Coray created Modish BIZtips as an extension of her brand, hoping to create another way to support and connect with her fellow creative business people.
Modish BIZtips is here to help you, the artist, crafter or designer who is working towards making a living off your own creations. It's a road that's not an easy one to take, but Jena hopes this blog will be a source of support, information and guidance along your way.
As the former owner of two online shops (one called curio j, selling her own handmade jewelry line, the other Modish Handmade Goods, a consignment store that sold items from over 100 different designers) and creator of a successful editorial blog, she can offer business advice from a wealth of experience in different fields. She started each of these ventures part-time with a will and a way beside her office day job, but was able to quit that full-time job in July 2007, and has been supporting herself with her creative passions ever since.
She knows first hand what it's like to build a business from the ground up, market it, and work day in and day out to see that it becomes successful. She'll bring what she's learned from her own experiences to the blog, but is also excited to share, discuss and learn from this incredible creative community. She writes from a place of honesty on both the good and bad of what this unique career choice has to offer, promoting communication and open lines of discussion for her readers.
She is making a living doing what she loves. And she knows you can too.
Caroline Devoy graduated with a B.S. in Accountancy some time in the 20th century. She worked as a CPA until the public accounting firm found her serious demeanor to be a problem in their fun-filled environment. In pursuit of further initials, she got her M.B.A. in Entrepreneurism and in her spare time, she runs jcaroline creative!, a website retailing fabric, ribbon, notions and a questionable hedge fund. Just kidding, we don't sell notions.
> She contributes to our money matters section
Shannon Riffe has written Make It, a blog about building a craft business, since 2006. She is currently based in Ann Arbor, MI and makes handmade soap with screenprinted paper wrappers for her business, Rifferaff.
> She writes The Etsy Way column
Lili Nedved and Henry Sinha are opening a brick and mortar retail store in Vancouver, Canada. With lots experience staying up late and working on Lili’s handbag business, iglubu, Henry was recently promoted from an Electrical Engineer to Director of Fabric Organization. Lili hopes her Finance degree will give her the edge in the competition for Employee of the Month.
> They write the Retail: Brick by Brick colum