|Fat Quarterly Magazine will be taking a hiatus|
Fat Quarterly Magazine will be suspending sales from 31st Dec, so if you have your eye on any back issues grab them quick.
U-Handbag will be closing her pdf pattern site down.
Numerous sewing, knitting and crochet designers are saying that they too will have to close down.
I have had to put my plans for running craft business e-courses in 2015 on hold.
All in all this is very bad news for our industry, even if you do not sell digital products I'm sure many of you use them. You will suddenly find that from January onwards there will be a big reduction in the number of pdf patterns available. Those that are still available will most likely have to increase their prices so it will cost you more to buy. The creative world as we know it will change, and I suspect not for the better. There's a petition here you could sign to encourage them to introduce a lower limit to keep smaller business exempt.
Then following on from this news Facebook have just announced that from January they will be reducing the reach of posts which they consider promotional, any about giveaways, products available for purchase etc Making it even harder for businesses to reach their page fans, fans who have joined their page because they want to know the latest news and offers from that company. So for those who do manage to keep trading despite the VAT rules they are going to have to work even harder to get news of their new products, offers, giveaways etc to their customer base.
I have decided to now run my website giveaways 3 weekly rather than fortnightly, to allow more people time to find the details of my competitions and enter before the deadline. You can always find the latest giveaway on the news section of my site. You can also join my newsletter (sign up here) and I will let you know the details of the current giveaway, and details for the next giveaway too so you don't miss it. Plus details of any offers, new products, fabric sales etc from my customers, new projects and content on the site and industry news.
2015 is going to be a tough year for small craft businesses so please do help them out as much as you can. Tell your friends about them, visit their Facebook pages if you don't see any updates for a while, buy from them where possible and help keep our community growing and thriving.
If you run a small business yourself this cartoon from Dave Walker gives a great summary of your options.