The Maker's Yearbook

A 2022 Goal Setting Workbook and Planner for Artists, Makers and Handmade Business Owners

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The Maker’s Yearbook

The Maker’s Yearbook

A 2022 Goal Setting Workbook and Planner

For Artists, Makers + Handmade Business Owners

Get the system that has helped thousands of makers to focus, prioritise and get things done.

I’m guessing you’ve tried a lot of diaries and planners before.

And you used them for a week or two in January … until life got in the way.

They were nice. Maybe they were pretty.

They worked when things were quiet. But they couldn’t adapt when one of the kids got a cold, or the heating broke, or work got busy.

So you put them away and never looked at them again.

And for another year you put on a brave face and told your friends your maker business was going “pretty well” while you secretly felt ashamed that you weren’t further along by now.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You just need a system that fits your life, rather than a system that requires your life to be different.

Maker businesses are a messy mixture of constant interruptions and fluctuating momentum that doesn’t fit into a normal workday.

That’s why the Maker’s Yearbook isn’t like other planners.

You’ve got “challenges” (to put it mildly) when it comes to managing your time.

Maybe you’ve got a 9 to 5 job that occasionally ramps up and pushes out the time you have to spend on your maker business.

Maybe you need to take that one accident prone kid to the emergency room again, or the dog gets sick, or you suddenly have to become a full time teacher too.

Maybe you have a recurring health condition that can suddenly and unexpectedly limit the amount of time you can work in a day.

Maybe you’re stretched too thin and overwhelmed but you’re not even paying yourself yet, so how will you ever be able to pay anyone else to help?

It feels like a frustrating and hopeless circle. You’re trying so hard, but somehow your business never seems to get off the ground.

There are far more things to do each and every day than you thought there would be, it all feels like an uphill battle and there’s a nagging voice in the back of your head telling you that you’re not really sure you’re up to it.

It can all feel very lonely.

The constant loss of momentum can be difficult to manage and it’s something no one is really talking about.

But the interruptions aren’t going away any time soon, and if we want successful businesses we have to find a way to accept the mess and do the work in a less perfect way. 

If you’re using a system for planning your business that can’t flex up and down to adapt to what else is going on in your life, it will quickly become pretty useless.

I created The Maker’s Yearbook for myself, because I had an idea that measuring myself against an impossible target and trying to do so much was actually the reason I never got anywhere.

And I wondered what would happen if I actually tried to do less.

We get so much more done when we feel good. So why are we still planning in a way that makes us feel bad?

So what is the Maker’s Yearbook?

The Maker’s Yearbook is a planner and goal setting workbook designed especially for artists, makers and handmade business owners.

Instead of managing your time, which fluctuates so much, it encourages you to cultivate a collection of quick and easy “good habits” that help you to better manage your focus and your priorities.

This makes you more resilient to interruptions and more able to make progress even when they happen.

It’s simple. Deceptively so. It seems repetitive. A bit boring.

Building business routines and flexible working habits is not as sexy as all of those courses on Pinterest and SEO that you bought and never watched

But it works. And it’s achievable in just a few minutes a day.

Join the thousands of makers who have used this planner system to go from unfocused, chaotic & frustrated to intentional, consistent & productive.

What’s inside the book?

Click or tap on the images to enlarge them

full 2021 review section

Get clear on everything you learned and everything that challenged you, so that you can use that knowledge in 2022.

2022 Goal Setting Worksheets

We’ll look at what these goals add to your business and what you need to make them a reality.

your two strategies to grow your biz in 2022

Stick to these two strategies in 2022 and you’ll see consistent growth in your maker business.

Guidance on planning out your year

Starting to think annually can help you to manage the busy times and to rest and prepare in the quiet times.

social media and sales tracker

Track your sales, expenses, profit, and  customer growth and you’ll see if you’re working on the right things.

social media + email marketing plans

Plan out the themes for your social media posts and customer emails.

monthly action plans

Set yourself one main focus for the month and break it down into manageable chunks of time.

month end reviews

Reflect back on what happened, what you did, what you learned and what you earned.

blog post prompts

Blog posts don’t have to be so difficult. Stick to a few themes and spend less time writing.

2022 year-at-a-glance calendar

For a high level view, fill in the yearly planner with your 2022 events.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker’s Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker’s Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

About Nicola

I’m Nicola Taylor and when I left my job as a stockbroker to start a business as a fine art photographer, I had no idea what I was getting into.

I was so frustrated and embarrassed that I couldn’t make it work and it was mostly because I couldn’t get myself to work.

Procrastination, freezing up, fear of failure, fear of success, imposter syndrome. I’ve been through them all.

It took a while, but I realised that to be successful as a small business owner, I needed to work in a very different way than I had when I worked for someone else.

And so the Maker’s Yearbook was born. It was the system I used to get myself together and it took me from struggling and confused with my fine art photography business, to solidly profitable.

What people are saying about The Maker’s Yearbook

The first year I used the Maker’s Yearbook I boldly wrote that I wanted to double my income.

I was shocked when I actually did.

I can’t believe how the Maker’s Yearbook has helped me grow my Etsy business.

The first year I used the Maker’s Yearbook was in 2020. I boldly wrote that I wanted to double my income. I was shocked when I actually did.

I don’t fill in every box faithfully, but the little that I do spend time on each week helps me generate ideas and solutions on how I can help my business grow.

I definitely recommend this planner for any creative small business owner.

Terressa Bishop

AncesTree

It’s helped me to plan my cashflow better, look out for weaknesses within my business, and even consider the skill gaps I need to bridge

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using my Maker’s yearbook, having taken the plunge to try it for the first time this year, and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering purchasing it.

I have struggled in the past with overwhelm and, having been made redundant in October 2020, this Yearbook has proved invaluable in keeping me on track with my targets, my monthly, weekly and daily tasks and also (very importantly) reviewing my progress as I go. Something surprisingly I’d failed to do previous years until the end of the year.

It’s helped me to plan my cashflow better, look out for weaknesses within my business and even consider the skill gaps I need to bridge to achieve what I need to do. A real investment and my absolute daily companion where I can get everything out of my head and on to paper. 

Mel Langton

Mel Langton Art

I had been hesitant to purchase, although I do now wonder where my business could have gone in previous years if I had bitten the bullet!

Last year my life changed a whole heap! From a health scare, to having to give up my day job. The leap into my art full time was a necessity, but it was made easier with the help of the Maker’s Yearbook.

I was able to ease the overwhelm by planning what was important not just for that week, but for the whole year. Setting goals with small achievable steps, thinking up ways to boost followers and get my art out there in front of people.

And it’s also a great tool to reflect on what I can do differently or what needs more focus at the end of each month.

The Maker’s Yearbook has been invaluable for me and my business this last year. I had seen it for sale previously but had been hesitant to purchase, although I do now wonder where my business could have gone in previous years if I had bitten the bullet! I see it as an invaluable tool to help me on my artistic journey and would highly recommend others invest in this life and business organiser!

Anj Jamieson

Anj Art

The Maker’s Yearbook is available as either a printed book or a pdf download.

Please make sure you are purchasing the correct version.

THE PRINTED BOOK

Spiral bound, hard cover, printed book

What's inside the book?

What's inside the book?

Click or tap on the images to enlarge them

full 2021 review section

Get clear on everything you learned and everything that challenged you, so that you can use that knowledge in 2022.

2022 Goal Setting Worksheets

We'll look at what these goals add to your business and what you need to make them a reality.

your two strategies to grow your biz in 2022

Stick to these two strategies in 2022 and you'll see consistent growth in your maker business.

Guidance on planning out your year

Starting to think annually can help you to manage the busy times and to rest and prepare in the quiet times.

social media and sales tracker

Track your sales, expenses, profit, and  customer growth and you'll see if you're working on the right things.

social media + email marketing plans

Plan out the themes for your social media posts and customer emails.

monthly action plans

Set yourself one main focus for the month and break it down into manageable chunks of time.

month end reviews

Reflect back on what happened, what you did, what you learned and what you earned.

blog post prompts

Blog posts don't have to be so difficult. Stick to a few themes and spend less time writing.

2022 year-at-a-glance calendar

For a high level view, fill in the yearly planner with your 2022 events.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker's Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker's Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

£29

Plus VAT + Shipping

How much is this in my currency?
Q

The Printed Book (£29)

Please note that these calculations are approximate and you will be charged in GBP at the current exchange rate.

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$40.00
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Please note that this is a preorder

Please click the button below to confirm that you understand that you are preordering the book and that it will not be shipped to you until we receive them from our printer.

We are expecting the books to arrive to us AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER and will beging shipping orders immediately.

THE PDF DOWNLOAD

PDF download of the 256 page Planner

What's inside the book?

What's inside the book?

Click or tap on the images to enlarge them

full 2021 review section

Get clear on everything you learned and everything that challenged you, so that you can use that knowledge in 2022.

2022 Goal Setting Worksheets

We'll look at what these goals add to your business and what you need to make them a reality.

your two strategies to grow your biz in 2022

Stick to these two strategies in 2022 and you'll see consistent growth in your maker business.

Guidance on planning out your year

Starting to think annually can help you to manage the busy times and to rest and prepare in the quiet times.

social media and sales tracker

Track your sales, expenses, profit, and  customer growth and you'll see if you're working on the right things.

social media + email marketing plans

Plan out the themes for your social media posts and customer emails.

monthly action plans

Set yourself one main focus for the month and break it down into manageable chunks of time.

month end reviews

Reflect back on what happened, what you did, what you learned and what you earned.

blog post prompts

Blog posts don't have to be so difficult. Stick to a few themes and spend less time writing.

2022 year-at-a-glance calendar

For a high level view, fill in the yearly planner with your 2022 events.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker's Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

Monthly + Week to View Planner Spreads

The Maker's Yearbook contains both month to view and week to view planning spreads.

£19

Plus VAT

How much is this in my currency?
Q

The PDF version (£19)

Please note that these calculations are approximate and you will be charged in GBP at the current exchange rate.

USD
EUR
CAD
AUD
NZD
$26.50
€22.50 + VAT
$33.00
$36.00
$37.50
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You are purchasing a PDF download and no product will be shipped to you.

Please note that you are purchasing the PDF download of the Maker's Yearbook.

This is a digital product that will be emailed to you for you to either use electronically, or print out yourself.

THIS VERSION OF THE YEARBOOK IS NON REFUNDABLE, so please make sure that this is the version you intended to order.

If you wanted the printed book click here to go back to the order page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size is the Maker's Yearbook?

The cover size is 20cm x 27cm.
Including the spiral binding, the size is 23cm x 27cm.

The weight is just over 1 kilo.

Do I really need a £30 diary?

No.

But the Maker’s Yearbook isn’t really a diary. It’s a tool to help you work differently so that you can get your business off the ground and making you money. Writing down lists and to-do’s won’t get you there unless you figure out how to work each day.

If you’ve already got that under control, you’ve got a good time management and organisation system,  and you’re just looking for somewhere to write appointments and jot things down then there are definitely cheaper options out there.

But here’s what an ordinary diary can’t help you with:

  • Figuring out what to do first on the never ending to do list of the million different things that you could do, or should do, or but never seem to actually get done.
  • Managing the self doubt, anxiety and imposter syndrome that stops you from even starting the things you think would be the way out of this cycle.
  • Handling the constant interruptions – whether it’s from friends and family, or just your own thoughts.
  • Stopping the distraction circle of doom  – Facebook, Instagram, News, Email, Facebook, Instagram ….

Putting a stop to this requires you to battle your own self doubt, and to stay focused on tasks that will make you feel uncomfortable, in order to ultimately get what you want.

The yearbook has helped a lot of makers to do that and it does usually end up with you making more than £30 in extra sales.

How much is shipping?

Shipping charges for the printed version of The Maker’s Yearbook are as follows:

UK – £3.78

USA – £21.00

Canada – £22.50

Australia – £18.50

New Zealand – £29.50

Europe – At present we are only able to ship to a small number of EU countries, as well as Norway and Switzerland. To see rates and available countries, please click through to the check out. Please note that our shipping rates to countries in the EU include all import taxes and customs charges,

All charges are per book. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF OUR SHIPPING RATES ARE CHARGED AT COST AND AS SUCH MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME IF THE PRICE OF SHIPPING GOES UP OR DOWN.

Will the Maker's Yearbook help me if I'm not a maker?

It definitely can, although there may be some content in the 2022 planning section that doesn’t apply to you – things like art and craft fairs and approaching shops and galleries.

The focus on setting monthly goals, creating an action plan, scheduling it in and then reviewing your progress is something that will help any small business.

But the way we manage daily work is quite different from regular planners. Because makers tend to have unpredictable and inconsistent daily schedules, the yearbook is designed to allow them to flexibly manage their tasks.

If you run a business that has set hours and needs to schedule lots of appointments and meetings then the Maker’s Yearbook probably won’t be a good fit for that.

I'm an artist or maker but I don't have a business. Is this for me?

It really depends on whether you intend to start a business in the near future, or not.

The Maker’s Yearbook is a business planner so it focuses on business goals and business activities. If you haven’t set up your business yet but you intend to do it soon, then the Maker’s Yearbook can help you to work on some of those tasks.

If you’re just looking to get more organised with your studio practice or want to spend more time making, while the planner sections of the Maker’s Yearbook can help with that, a large part of the book will not be relevant to you so other planners may provide better value.

Should I buy the printed book or the PDF version? What's the difference?

The contents of the book are exactly the same.

The main reason we created the pdf version was to allow people outside the UK to get access to the book without having to pay expensive shipping fees and without having to wait a long time to receive it. But of course you can also buy it if you’re in the UK.

Many people also buy the pdf version to print out because they have a favourite binder they want to use it with. Or because they want to use it on their iPad with Goodnotes or Notability.

If you’re intending to print the pdf version yourself, please bear in mind that the book is almost 300 pages so if you intend to have it professionally printed and bound it may end up more expensive than the printed version.

What do I do if I want to buy both?

You would just need to place two separate orders. One for the printed book and one for the PDF version.

When will the preordered books be dispatched?

We usually receive the first shipment of the Maker’s Yearbook around the end of September and will begin shipping preorders out in the order they were received.

If you have questions or concerns about your order, please contact us at [email protected]

Can I print the digital book at a5 size to fit an existing planner?

We do not recommend this unless you are very confident with your ability to resize two sided documents.

We cannot offer any technical support for this.

What is VAT and how much will I pay?

VAT is a type of sales tax.
Whether you pay it, and how much you will pay depends on where you are located in the world.

UK customers

You will be charged VAT at the UK rate of 20% on both the printed book and the pdf download.

 

EU customers

If you buy the printed book:
You will not pay any VAT, on your purchase but the shipping rate you are charged will include all import taxes and customs fees. The courier company will pay these to the authority in your country so you should not be asked to pay any further VAT or customs charges.

If you buy the PDF version:
You will be charged the VAT rate in your local country, unless you enter a valid VAT number at checkout.

 

Customers from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway or Switzerland

You will not pay any VAT, but if you are buying the printed book your country may impose sales tax and/or duty on your purchase when it enters the country.

These charges are not included in your purchase and you are responsible for paying them. They may be collected by a government authority, or by the courier or postal service who deliver your parcel.

what is the return policy for the maker's yearbook?

THE PDF VERSION.
As the print-at-home version is delivered immediately, as a digital download, it is non-refundable.

THE PRINTED VERSION.
You have 14 days from receipt of the printed version of The Maker’s Yearbook to change your mind.

For a refund you must return the planner unused and undamaged. The original box must also be returned undamaged.

You can find our full refund policy for the printed book at https://makersbusinesstoolkit.com/my-returns

Can I still purchase the 2021 Maker's Yearbook?

The PDF version of the 2021 yearbook is still available and you can click here to purchase a copy.

The printed book is sold out and we do not have any additional copies available.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

Send your questions to [email protected] and we’ll sort you out.

For the first time ever, I have had steady sales every single month this year and become much more efficient.

I think the most important thing to recognise about this Yearbook is that it’s not just another planner or diary that you pick up in January and ignore for the rest of the year (which is my superpower).

I’ve had the yearbook a few years now and this is the first year I took the monthly planning and review pages seriously. And what a difference they have made.

At the start of each week, I check my main goal for the month and then make sure my “must do” items are aligned. Then at the end of the month I see how well I kept on track.

It really has been an eye opener and I have been able to see where my procrastination points are. I’ve even come to realise that the way I work best in my business is different to the way I work best in my 9-5, something I’ve been unaware of and struggling with for a long time.

For the first time ever, I have had steady sales every single month this year and become much more efficient. It is my favourite and the best tool I have in my business and I would recommend without hesitation. 

Dawn Jehle

Wonky Warriors

I was lost and floating as a business woman before I found the Maker’s Yearbook

I feel like I say this every year, but I was lost and floating as a business woman before I found the Maker’s Yearbook.

In art school we weren’t taught how to do the business side of things, just the creative side, so I didn’t have any systems or structures to help keep my maker business organised or growing.

The Maker’s Yearbook changed all that.

Its monthly goal setting and review sheets, the daily accountability and the new ‘brain dump’ at the start of the month have become staples in my business admin flow and have helped this maker become a much more organized and focused business woman

Avesha DeWolfe

Spiral Tide Pottery

Put together by someone who clearly understands makers and the challenges they face.

Wow! I have gone from aimlessly making my way in business to actually having a focus.

This book has made such a difference to me and the way I plan my time. In a difficult year I have seen increased sales, better marketing and an all round more professional approach.

This yearbook has helped me develop my business skills but also reminds me to make time for myself and to tackle things in bite sized chunks. Put together by someone who clearly understands makers and the challenges they face with juggling creativity, business, often a second job and a family. I can’t thank you enough!

Sally Kent

Sally Kent Glass

This book has been a real confidence booster for me and something I always  sit and read when I feel myself going off track or feeling unmotivated

This yearbook has been a very good investment for me. I was unsure about whetherto make the jump into taking my freelance career more seriously last year but this book has eased me into it and allowed me to track my progress and manage my new business in such an easy way.

There are some amazing little ‘summary’ pages that can be really thought provoking and help you to keep on track.

I really would recommend this if you’re feeling a bit lost, unorganised and on the edge of leaping into freelance. I can honestly say I’m better at splitting big tasks into more manageable parts, setting realistic goals for myself and becoming more active on social media.

This book has been a real confidence booster for me and something I always make sure I sit and read when I feel myself going off track or feeling unmotivated.

Emily Birch

em's illo

There might be other planners out there, but this is one is the best one I have used that is specifically made for makers!

This will be my third year using the Maker’s Yearbook. I am an organized person but could never manage to keep track of EVERYTHING each month.

Having one place to keep up with everything in one book is a must!

Plus, the monthly checklists in emails help me stay more focused and plan ahead rather than scrambling at the last minute! Plus, I save the prior yearbook to help identify what worked, what didn’t, and how far we have come with the business. 

The book is always well made with beautiful designs and quotes. I now do a better of job of goal setting and tracking profit every month. It definitely helps me focus on small wins to create overall growth for my business.

There might be other planners out there, but this is one is the best one I have used that is specifically made for makers!

Ellora Drinnen

Creatively Southern

I am on my third makers yearbook and have not needed or wanted to get any other planner.

This planner has helped me and my business immensely!

Everything is bite sized and makes things more manageable. The hints and coaching are amazing!

My kids used to tease me because of the amount of planners I went through in a year because none of them were what I needed.

I am on my third makers yearbook and have not needed or wanted to get any other planner. I’m home! Thanks Nicola!

Nicole Hamm

WhatKnots Boutique

DISCLAIMER: This page includes testimonials and real world examples of other people’s experiences with The Maker’s Yearbook. These are for the purpose of illustration only. The testimonials, examples and photos used are of actual customers and the results they personally achieved. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future customers will achieve the same or similar results; rather these testimonials represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only. Nothing on this page should be interpreted as a promise or guarantee that you will achieve any results at all.

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