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Dream Plan Do giveaway – get your handmade business off to a brilliant start in 2018!

by Camilla

Win our VIP Dream Plan Do giveaway!

Do you want to get more serious about your handmade business in 2018? Do you want to set some big juicy goals, face your finances, and make your marketing and social media much more productive so you will get more clients – online, but also stockists and commissions?

Dream Plan Do is what you need! Patricia van den Akker, the director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers and makers, has created a special business book for creative product businesses like yours. This isn’t a boring business book! Patricia has compiled 20 years of experience working with designers and makers into this 300-page book, which is full of creative exercises, thought-provoking questions, quarterly and monthly planners, and visual planning tools for your finances, marketing and social media too. Each month there is another topic so that you are working on the right thing at the right time in your business.

Patricia is giving away three softback planner journals + annual wall planners to 3 lucky winners (each worth £34) PLUS one lucky winner will get a VIP Dream Plan Do club membership (worth £150) – where you will get two monthly online group training sessions with Patricia plus access to an international group of like-minded creative professionals. If you want more accountability to turn your ideas into reality then the club is for you!

For more details of Dream Plan Do, the planner journals and the Dream Plan Do VIP Club see www.dream-plan-do.com/shop/

Dream Plan Do planner

Here’s what you can win!

The winner will receive:

A VIP Dream Plan Do club membership (worth £150!) including…

  • Two hours of online training with creative business expert Patricia van den Akker every month
  • Access to an international network of professional creatives through the private online Dream Plan Do VIP community
  • The A5 hardback Dream Plan Do planner journal
  • The A2 annual wall planner with the dates of all the UK design and craft events
  • Access to the Dream Plan Do Facebook group
  • Online presentations, webinars, printable resources and more

Three runners-up will each get:

  • 1 x softback Dream Plan Do planner journal (worth £29)
  • 1 x annual wall planner (worth £5)

Dream Plan Do financial planner,

How to enter:

To be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to answer this question “What is your number one juicy business goal for 2018?” using the entry form below. Be as specific as possible (in less than 80 words). If the form doesn’t work for you, you can also enter here >

Dream Plan Do giveaway

Patricia will read through all the entries and choose the winners she feels could benefit most from the Dream Plan Do club membership and planners. 

If you can’t wait, you can get also get 10% off any Dream Plan Do product (including the Dream Plan Do VIP club for monthly online group training with Patricia). Go to www.dream-plan-do.com/shop/ by 19 December 2017 and use promo code: FOLKSYFRIEND

You don’t need a Folksy shop to enter this competition, but you do need to be based in the UK.  You can open a shop on Folksy for free and you’ll get 3 listings for free too – so you can get your products online for the busy Christmas shopping period!

Free listings, Free listings folksy,

Open your own Folksy shop today!


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Terms and conditions

The competition closes at midnight on 19th December 2017. The winners will be contacted on 20th December 2017. This competition is only open to UK residents. Prizes cannot be exchanged for their monetary value or other goods. If the winning entrants cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, we reserve the right to stand that entrant down and select another winner. Folksy’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Folksy reserves the right to alter and/or cancel the competition without any prior warning. All personal data submitted with consent will be kept by Folksy for the purpose of sending out the prize. By entering this competition, you consent to receiving further marketing information from Folksy. You can opt out at any time by clicking the Unsubscribe link in any of the emails you receive.


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Amanda Lincoln December 5, 2017 - 7:24 pm

Oh fingers crossed I could do with more careful planning.

Ewa December 5, 2017 - 7:41 pm

Experiencing tough Christmas sales season this year I decided to expand to other websites (also starting my own) so not all of my eggs are in one basket like they used to be. This would need lots of planning, time and knowledge. I need to improve in SEO as well!

Sianuska December 5, 2017 - 9:57 pm

Fingers crossed for the win! X

Dimpled Thimble December 5, 2017 - 11:29 pm

I plan to branch out from a pretty successful Facebook page and have my own website and possible other selling platforms…. I’ve built up a very supportive 1k+ customer base (no like for likes etc. All my followers are my own customers or word by mouth) over four years and I’m excited to plan my time in 2018 and extend this.

Helen smith December 6, 2017 - 6:16 am

Such a useful resource – I love wading through the design trust blog posts so a planner would be super helpful!

Scott Robinson December 6, 2017 - 7:59 am

I would love the wall planner with names of all craft events in the uk, that would be so helpful! Fingers crossed :)

Liora December 6, 2017 - 10:49 am

I have so many plans that I need to consolidate in 2018! Apart from creating a new product collection, my main goal is to get a website built and a content plan together. To avoid the many distractions of a new business, planning tools would really help!!

Lynsey MacGregor December 6, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Would be great to win so I can be more organised & focused at increasing my sales online

SUSAN ARBLASTER December 6, 2017 - 5:05 pm

September 2017 has seen the return of my business, different products and new ideas I have been trying my best without much success, I’ve been to the Google Digital Garage for help using their services as a group and 1 to 1, I feel I have more underestanding but still only a handful of sales, I have started my own web site and feel that I’m on the computer more than actually making anything. I need help to plan and grow my business.

Louise December 6, 2017 - 6:09 pm

I’ve just been looking into planners to help me get my jewellery business more organised for next year, and so far the Dream, Plan, Do journal is at the top of my list! I need something to keep me on track and not just flitting about randomly between jobs I need to do, and I think a journal is a good place to start with that.

Bryony December 6, 2017 - 6:36 pm

I’d love to put the ideas that I’ve been brewing while looking after my daughters into practice and finally get a great new product line of illustrated gifts and cards created.

Jenny December 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Brilliant competition… keeping my fingers crossed!

Urban Eye December 7, 2017 - 11:41 am

My sales have declined over last couple of years and this post has really made me think about getting organised and doing something about it

Antonia December 8, 2017 - 8:36 am

Looking forward to seeing who wins!

Laura December 11, 2017 - 2:31 pm

I could really do with some guidance, so this would help massively! In particular, I’d like to understand all the available selling platforms more fully, including the costs and incentives for each.

Ellen-Arwen December 11, 2017 - 7:56 pm

This is such an amazing prize, something that would mean so much to me. I’e come back to crafting after being in hospital and would love for someone to take me seriously and bring my stuff to the next level, but I don’t know how or have the confidence.
Whoever wins – I wish them the very best.

Eleanor December 11, 2017 - 10:48 pm

I’m currently designing and making a diverse range of products in glass, porcelain, anodised aluminum and silver jewellery, each of which could be individual businesses. I’m needing to decide on either one direction into a more coherent collection under a single banner or several separate directions for my businesses. And there is only one of me, so I also need to be realistic with my time and efforts. Needing help to steer me forwards!

Bex December 12, 2017 - 10:20 am

What an amazing competition! Keeping everything crossed for this and 2018, I have such high hopes!

Anna Grunduls December 15, 2017 - 8:20 am

Oh, I need one of these! :)

Leanne Warren December 16, 2017 - 3:22 pm

Oooh keeping everything crossed, this sounds like a fantastic resource to help me with my business planning :)

Lisa Berkshire December 17, 2017 - 11:35 pm

I have done a short Design Trust exercise earlier this year, from a link I was alerted to via Facebook. It was really helpful to make to really sit down and work out what my vision and story was, and to make me think who I was directing my efforts at (in fact, I think I will read it through again now it’s at the end of the year, very useful again). It would be great to have a structured plan to use for 2018 as I have many plans and ideas to put into action!

Allistair Burt December 18, 2017 - 10:49 am

A great competition to win valuable info from someone that really knows what they are doing when it comes to small creative businesses.

Annie McGee December 18, 2017 - 6:20 pm

What a brilliant prize! Definitely a great resource for small businesses.
It’s with great excitement that in 2018 I’ll open my online shop Northern Bird Designs and pursue licensing deals for pattern design. I’ve always been drawn to a creative career, feeling unfulfilled without that daily dose of art. I’m keen to establish my style and pursue design as a career whilst awaiting diagnosis for chronic illness. Creating art has provided relief from daily pain but it also thrills me to see others enjoying my work and brightening their days too.

Charlotte Hupfield December 18, 2017 - 8:33 pm

I will be exhibiting at my first trade fair in 2018, this planner will be so useful for helping me plan & organise myself before and after the fair!

Liz Pearson December 18, 2017 - 9:02 pm

What a valuable competition prize. As I have only been selling my turnings since October I am experiencing a very steep learning curve at the moment. It’s easy to get pushed off course and distracted. This kind of focus is just what I need.

Zu December 19, 2017 - 10:03 am

An attractive offer, no doubt very competitive but we would benefit from your advice, and look forward to being given that chance.

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics December 19, 2017 - 10:55 am

I am exhibiting at my first trade fair in 2018 so this would really help me plan and organise myself before and after the show.
Such an exciting giveaway, and will make a fabulous Christmas pressie too!

Anna December 19, 2017 - 11:24 am

Excellent prize. I have come across the advice and support of Patricia and the Design Trust a number of times over the last year and have always found it extremely beneficial. I think this prize would give amazing structured support for 2018 and the winner will be very lucky.

Camilla December 25, 2017 - 10:19 am

Wow! Thank you to everyone who entered this competition and a huge thanks to Patricia at The Design Trust for offering such an incredible prize. We had LOADS of entries so it was tricky to choose, but the winning entry came from Charlotte Hupfield from Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics. The three runner-ups were Eleanor from Jewellery Boat, Anne Donovan and Bryony Crane. Congratulations to you all – we hope you enjoy your prizes and that your creative businesses thrive in 2018!

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