Bringing together a select group of 70 businesses that create handmade clothes and gifts for kids, at Handmade Cooperative we work together to support our dynamic community and to help spread the word for Australia’s truly inspirational handcraft marketplace.
We are currently looking to recruit new members. You can get all the information about how Handmade Cooperative works and what membership gives you right here. In addition, below are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Handmade Cooperative membership drive.
How many new members are you taking this year?
In 2015, we have 28 positions up for grabs.
When do applications close?
We are accepting applications for new members until midnight 14 September 2015 (AEST).
I sell through Facebook, Instagram and/or real-world markets. Do I have to have an online storefront as well?
Yes, we do require an active online storefront with at least four listings for each of our members – this may be a standalone website, or through a third party. If you do not have an online storefront, we suggest setting up a store with on Hand-Made, Madeit, Etsy or a similar platform.
I am just starting out. Is it too early in my handmade career to join?
Not at all. We welcome businesses that are just starting up and can offer you advice and support as you turn your handmade hobby into a business. By being a member of the Coop, your new business gains exposure in a variety of online and print media. You also have the opportunity to be involved in marketing opportunities that may otherwise be inaccessible in this early stage.
I am an established business. What can the Cooperative offer me?
Handmade Cooperative has plenty to offer established businesses. By being a member of the Coop, your business gains increased traffic and improved SEO. You can also benefit from our partnerships with industry experts and have the opportunity to network and collaborate with a professional group of like-minded business women.
My application was unsuccessful previously. Is there any point in me applying again?
Of course. Each year we are looking to fill different gaps that open up as members leave the Coop. You may not have been selected in previous years because we did not have enough spaces in your particular field, but this year there may be the perfect spot for your products. As long as you make beautiful items for children and present them through lovely photography, there is a good chance that you can be selected in a subsequent membership drive.
How has the Coop helped other businesses?
Becoming a member of the Coop has been fantastic for increasing my brand awareness online, given me advertising opportunities I wouldn’t of otherwise had and it is a wonderful supportive and knowledgeable group to chat in too.
We welcome any Australians who make products for children to apply for membership. In addition, we would love for you to show off your talent, so link up your products below to show us all.