Friday, May 25, 2007

*New* Online Craft Classes Available

There are some new classes available at and more being added soon. Simply click the more info buttons below to see more information on each of the classes below.

If your a pattern designer and interested in offering your own online classes you can learn more about ECC by visiting: As a teacher you will find it so easy to offer your online craft classes and you can also use a special class code to create the thumbnail image and class info you see like the ones below. These are so handy because you can then place these on your site, your newsletter or your own blog like we have done here.

Pumpkin Goblin
Pumpkin Goblin
Class Code: #10048
Create this pumpkin goblin as a make do or ornament!
Price: US$7.99
Buy this class! Click for details

Drawing and Coloring faces
Drawing and Coloring faces
Class Code: #10051
Learn to Draw and Color faces with Watercolor Pencils
Price: US$6.99
Buy this class! Click for details

Fabric Covered Boxes
Fabric Covered Boxes
Class Code: #10054
Make fabric covered boxes quickly and easily!!
Price: US$2.99
Buy this class! Click for details

Monday, May 21, 2007

Newest Designers

Pattern Mart has over 2,000 patterns for you to choose from. I wanted to share with you the newest designers and a sampling of the patterns they offer. Simply click on their name or the more info button.

Southern Prim



Price: US$8.00

Click for details


Sew Primitive Pattern Originals

LIBBY ANN Americana Primitive Raggedy Ann Doll

LIBBY ANN Americana
Primitive Raggedy Ann Doll

Price: US $14.00

Click for details


Stacy Nash Primitive Designs

~Birds of a Feather~ Framed Early Style Sampler Pattern

Birds of a Feather~ Framed Early
Style Sampler Pattern

Price: US $12.00

Click for details

Monday, May 14, 2007

Looking for Craft Articles to add to your site, blog or newsletter?

I just added some new articles to the article directory on Pattern Mart. If your looking for content for your website, blog or newsletter, articles are great for this purpose!

The two newest articles are titled:

Creating Your Own Crafting Space - Covers some unique ideas for those interested in having their own space to do their crafts.

How to Avoid Business Burn Out - If burn out is lurking, you'll want to read this one.

You can check out all the articles here:

Any of the articles you may publish on your website, blog or newsletter. Just remember to include the authors byline with their info and links.

If you write articles you can submit your own for inclusion in the directory as well and who knows, someone may use your article and in turn give your business more exposure.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

5 Reasons To Offer Online Classes

If you have a online business there may be plenty of opportunities for you to teach others what you know. Online classes can create a huge wave of free marketing for you as well. Take a good look at your business and the niche your in to see if you could benefit from offering classes to others. If your business deals strictly with retail items that you purchase wholesale there likely isn't much need to teach a specific type of class unless it's teaching others how to break into the wholesale business. Explore the idea of offering online classes. You may be suprised to find an abundance of things you can teach others, others that are hungry to learn!

Let me share several reasons why you should consider offering classes.

1. The Demand and Need.
There are many reasons why you should offer classes. The main one would be because there need which you can fill and profit from at the same time. As the Internet continues to grow and more people seek resources, online classes become a natural learning option. Many individuals may find it more difficult to attend a live, in person type of class locally, so taking a class online in the comfort of their own home is a very appealing option.

2. Benefits the Visual Learner.
There are many people in the world that are better visual learners. This means they learn easier by “seeing” than reading instructions alone. Those that struggle with written instructions such as tutorials or eBooks, will benefit greatly from being able to see the steps and read the instructions. This doesn’t mean you have to do away with creating tutorials or eBooks, it just means you could reach a even wider audience by also offering online classes.

3. The Ease of Creating a Class.
Let's say for example your a crafter. You are already creating your finished pieces so creating a class would be one additional step. Creating a class is very easy and simply involves using your digital camera to take step by step photos as you create the item. Since you will be creating a finished item anyway, it makes sense to take the small extra step to take photos as you go along. The other thing you will need to do is type out corresponding instructions that go with each step photograph. Finally, if you plan on offering a pattern template to go with the class, you’ll want to create the PDF for that. Or you can offer the full version of the pattern along with the class. Once your class is ready you would simply upload it to a craft class site. Regardless if you are a crafter or your business niche is something completely different, you likely can create a class for what you specialize in.

4. An Ongoing Revenue Source. The work involved in creating an online class involves setting it up. Once you take step by step photos, typing out the step by step instructions and make a PDF template (optional), and upload it, your work is done. The class can now produce ongoing revenue for you from new customers purchasing it. If your classes cost $10 for example and over the course of 3 months you sell 60 classes. That is an extra $200 per month in revenue with no additional work involved on your part. Of course this example can vary tremendously based on the number of classes you have available and the actual number of classes you sell each month. It’s very possible to do much better than the example!

5. Additional Business Marketing.
Offering classes can create a great stream of hidden marketing for your business. When people take your class and enjoy it, they are likely to tell other people about it, either directly or indirectly. Directly would be that they seek to tell others. Perhaps they may post about your class on their blog or rave about it on their newsletter. Telling people about it indirectly would be if someone on a forum inquired about learning something and they tell them about your class. Offering free classes from time to time is also a great way to gain some additional marketing for your business. Customers will enjoy the class and be more likely to share the free resource of your class with others. The additional traffic of customers taking your free class can result in those customers also purchasing one of your other classes.

© 2007 Kelle Arvay. Kelle Arvay is the owner of Pattern Mart with offers customers access to thousands of craft patterns that they can purchase and download instantly. In addition, she is also the owner of eCraft Classes which is a site dedicated to all types of online craft classes. In addition she is the co-founder and co-publisher of Creative Times, a downloadable bi-monthly craft magazine.

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