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So you think you want to have a business?

So you think you want to have a business?

Rosie discusses the pleasures and pitfalls of going it alone, simple tips and tricks, and also whether running a business is right for you.

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Corsetry for Larger Women

Corsetry for Larger Women

Heaven forbid we have to design or cut for a waist over 26”. As the body gets fatter, it becomes impossible to work with, right? Wrong.

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The Corset Maker's Tools

The Corset Maker's Tools

What are the correct tools for corsetry, when some swear by tools that others avoid? I'll share what's in my toolbox, what has been relegated to the scrapheap, and why.

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Step-by-Step Worksheets

Step-by-Step Worksheets

Laura shares her step by step corset construction worksheets for making a two layer corset with and without a waist tape. Never miss a step again!

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Saving Time and Effort

Saving Time and Effort

Laura shares her foolproof system for preventing wasted time and effort with some simple organizational tools.

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Planning a Corsetmaking Masterclass, Part 2

Planning a Corsetmaking Masterclass, Part 2

Barbara continues her series by sharing the contents of her own corsetry masterclass, how she prepared for the event, and how it went.

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Planning a Corsetmaking Masterclass, Part 1

Planning a Corsetmaking Masterclass, Part 1

Barbara shares her experiences of organising corsetry masterclasses, including topics to cover, target audience, timing, location and cost.

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Confessions of a Corsetry Intern, part 2

Confessions of a Corsetry Intern, part 2

Working as an intern is one way to learn a specialist skill like corsetry. Rosie discusses whether interning is either a benefit or a disadvantage.

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Confessions of a Corsetry Intern, part 1

Confessions of a Corsetry Intern, part 1

Learning 'on the job' is a great way to pick up skills. Rosie explains the ‘why, when and how’ of securing a corsetry internship, including her own personal 'how-to' guide.

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Preparing for Business, Part 3

Preparing for Business, Part 3

Daydreaming about the future to help make decisions today.  "What am I going to sell?" can refine your practice, enhancing your chances of success.

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Preparing for Business, Part 2

Preparing for Business, Part 2

"Sell only the particular skills that you have already practiced. Practice only the skills that you hope to sell." Jenni helps you move toward professional status.

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Preparing for Business, Part 1

Preparing for Business, Part 1

Practising making corsets in preparation for selling: what exactly should you practise, and what's the most effective way to use your time and resources?

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Contracts for Corsetmakers

Contracts for Corsetmakers

How do you know that your client will pay? How do you know that they won't ruin and try to return what you've made them? The answer to most concerns is a good contract. Are you protecting yourself?

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How Much To Charge?

How Much To Charge?

How much should a corsetmaker charge, without either selling yourself short or discouraging potential clients? What's a truly fair price?

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Branding & Rebranding

Branding & Rebranding

Now that there are many corsetmakers in business, creating a strong visual identity is increasingly important for your brand.

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Home or Workshop Photography 2

Home or Workshop Photography 2

Laurie shares some tips on editing the beautiful new photography we've created, along with ideas on the best placement of those images.

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Home or Workshop Photography 1

Home or Workshop Photography 1

Documenting the creation process, the final corset, and the corset on your client are all opportunities to obtain images for your portfolio.

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Negotiating the Photography Minefield

Negotiating the Photography Minefield

Alison helps steer us through the complicated area of photoshoot types and photography usage rights, as well as some associated legal issues such as permissions.

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Social Media for Corsetmakers

Social Media for Corsetmakers

Alison de-mystifies the world of social media, and how you can best use these tools to help grow your business, customer base and the corsetry community.

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Design for Print

Design for Print

Alison explores the stationery, business cards and print advertising that you need to run a successful business, and how to prepare artwork for these.

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