membership drive


Membership Drive – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make beautiful items for kids?

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.

 

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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.

– Liz, Schooza
 
I have had so many wonderful opportunities come my way since joining the Handmade Cooperative 12 months ago.
– Emma, Squiggly Monkeys 

 

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Apply for membership today.

 

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.

 

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Membership Drive

Do you make beautiful items for kids?

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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. Our community has a two fold purpose: (1) to celebrate and promote the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts, and (2) top provide a safe and supportive network for like-minded businesses.

Numbers are limited to 70 members in order that Coop members can easily interact with one another. In September each year we run a membership drive to restore our numbers.

 

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Apply for membership today.

 

We are currently looking to recruit new members and 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 bellow to show us all.

 

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Membership Drive – Frequently Asked Questions

Handmade Cooperative

Handmade Cooperative brings together a select group of 70 businesses that create handmade items for children. Our Members work together to generate exposure for Cooperative Members, our Sponsors and the Blog itself.

During the course of the year, current Members may leave the Cooperative for various reasons and in September each year we run a membership drive to restore our numbers. We are currently accepting new Member applications to restore our Cooperative to 70 Members. We welcome any Australians who make products for children to apply for membership.

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Handmade Cooperative membership drive.

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How many new Members are you taking this year?

In 2014, we have 27 positions up for grabs.

What types of businesses are you looking for?

We accept applications from any Australian who handcrafts products for children. We try to maintain a variety of businesses and are especially looking for creators of the following:

  • Card and stationery
  • Graphic art and illustrations
  • Hats (summer and/or winter)
  • Hair accessories
  • Children’s toys
  • Children’s clothing – especially looking for unique makers for babies, boys and girls (classic, rockabilly, indi, shabby chic…)
  • Nursery/bedroom decor and homewares
  • Bath and beauty products
  • Edible products – cake toppers etc
  • Craft supplies and activities, including pdf patterns

When do applications close?

We are accepting applications for new Members until midnight 14 September 2014 (AEST). That’s this Sunday night.

What are the costs in being involved in Handmade Cooperative?

There is a $30 annual membership fee. The only additional costs associated with being in the Cooperative are if you elect to take part in optional events such as magazine ad-shares and major giveaways. Visit the Membership page to see how it all works and what your membership fee provides.

How are new Members selected?

The current Members are presented with the list of applicants and a vote is taken for new Members. The Editor collates the votes and will release the results in the first week of October.

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 Cooperative, your new business gains access to marketing to an established audience through our extensive social media network. You also have the opportunity to be involved in advertising 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 Cooperative, your business gains increased traffic and improved SEO generated by our collective social media network and Cooperative Blog backlinks. You can also benefit from our links with affiliate businesses and industry media, 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 Cooperative. 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.

I have a second store-front that does not sell children’s items. Can I still promote it through the Cooperative?

Although we require all of our Members to have a storefront that sells items for children, we understand that existing Members may have secondary businesses that do not fit this direct scope (such as an adult’s clothing line, or a material store). These Members may promote their second store through the Cooperative through the Big Sister scheme. Visit the Membership page to find out more about Big Sister membership.

How has the Cooperative helped other businesses?

“It’s been a fantastic avenue for networking, cross-promotion and group advertising. Highly recommend a membership for anyone who’s starting out.”

– Rebecca of Little Toot Creations

“By being a member I’ve seen increased sales and traffic to my online store, access to affordable advertising, and heads up on call outs for products from Blogs and magazines. My Facebook/Twitter following receives a steady increase in numbers. I am able to collaborate with other Members and receive feedback from others.”

– Tracey of Ben & Jess

“I feel it is a great springboard for new businesses to get their brand out there… I’m looking forward to a year of growing my brand and being involved in some exciting new initiatives with the Coop! I’d love to see more amazing creatives joining us for 2015.”

– Jo of One Busy Sloth

More questions?
Leave a comment below or email hc4kids@live.com.au to find out more.