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Business tips

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Business tips – Building great relationships with stockists

Another business tip post for all those creatives, small business owners, producers, makers and wholesalers... Building great relationships with stockists and store owners can actually increase your sales!  Respect, trust,...
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Business Tips – Start Wholesaling

So many creative business owners are brilliant at creating products... but when it comes to wholesaling them and getting them into store it is often difficult to know what to...
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Let’s Talk Shop – Workshop round up

On Tuesday 13th February I presented an interactive, hands on workshop to fifteen amazing business ladies.  Organised by the Hooray Weddings girls as part of the Hooray Workshops series, this...
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Let’s Talk Shop

2018 is here! Are you ready?! The start of a new year is a chance to make changes, strive forward, plan from your previous year and move your business to...
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Why has The Ruby Orchard stopped ordering from me??!

Dear Creative beings... a post just for you! When I choose new products I am betting that my customers will simply love your creations, it is always a gamble and...
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Book a Buzz Session for your Creative Business

In 2014 The Ruby Orchard team ran a series of Creative ‘In store’ workshops.   These workshops taught creative business owners how to approach shops, price products for wholesale, create...
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Want to get your products seen by a shop owner?… here’s what not to do!

Source Every week I receive numerous emails and creatives drop in and ask if I would be interested in stocking their products.  Our shop wouldn't be what it is without...
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Things I wish someone had told me before I opened The Ruby Orchard!

Source 1// Don't learn to rely on any member of your team.  Once they are trained up and running your business day to day, they can and will move on......
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The Pros & Cons of consignment

Many Creative business owners approach me and ask if I will stock their products.  Many seem to think taking products on consignment is no issue for a shop owner; 'It's...