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I hestitate to answer this, lest someone think it's "advertising," but hopefully it will instead be seen for what it is . . . a reply to your question, with an answer that let's you see that there is already something out there that may serve your purpose to increase the visibility of home-based woodcrafters. It's an online "association" for those who have opened small home-based businesses, where we can share information, ideas, and ask for advice if needed. The older members help the newer members, and somehow we all get through the tough times together.
The Creative Enterprises Network, http://www.creativethought.com was started back 1998 as a means of bringing all of us who work from home (whether that be crafting, woodworking, or home-based retail sales of those kinds of items) together online to create a larger presence for ourselves (safety in numbers, I guess you'd say) . . . many of the people who are members of the group are people like you and the others who've posted here -- making handcrafted items for sale.
I started the group with 4 other people back then, when we realized that the Internet was just HUGE, and we could very like never be found by ourselves. There was nothing in '98 to help people like us -- the Internet was still a place for techie types to show off their prowess -- they weren't giving out free advice, or seeing a future for anyone online but other tech types. So our group became a kind of lifeline for those of us trying to break through the technical stuff and just build our little business web sites that could help us reach out for sales beyond our own local neighborhood. The group has really blossomed over the years, and many of us have developed friendships that we'll have forever -- whether we stop working online tomorrow or 10 years from now.
We keep our member directory on a separate web site these days, as it makes it easier for search engines to find the directory and the individual home-based business owners that way. That directory is at http://www.asmallbusinessdirectory.com . . . you'll see how many listed there are people who are artistic and creative . . . and just need somebody else to help them be found.
We have in the past done some creative advertising together, pooling our funds to buy a single ad in a print magazine (which is SO expensive that none of us could ever afford it alone) . . . so it's kind of what you describe wanting to do really . . . we're just not all woodcrafters.
I'm also trying now to buy a crafing domain name that's quite well known, and hook that into our network as well. If this is the kind of thing you're thinking of doing, you are welcome to join us . . . or if you'd still rather do a woodworking only kind of thing, I may be able to help you set that up, too. I can tell you that it takes a lot of work to reach out to people to bring them into the fold . . . people are skeptical (and rightfully so sometimes), but some of our members have been with us now for 10 years, and still very active in the group. We think of it as a kind of online Chamber of Commerce (without the high dues! :o)
The information that I had posted previously about the new CPSIA regulations is the kind of thing that we often discuss . . . along with other issues of working on a web site instead of in a local store. That law was very important to many of us, and members of our group worked very hard to spread the word, write letters to Congress and the CPSC . . . and right now, we're mostly "delighted" with the way the new revisions and amendments are taking shape. We did make a difference for the home-based crafter, and I'm pretty proud of the group for their efforts.
Let me know if there's anything we can do to help you . . . .
Sounds good , let me maul it over a few days. I'll take a look and try to put my brain in gear.hanks again, you'll be hearing from me.
Bob the old grouch.