The Maker’s Yearbook is a goal setting workbook & 2018 planner for Artists, Makers and Handmade Business Owners.

But it’s A LOT more too!

It’s an online support community, a business and productivity skills classroom, an accountability system, and a box of tricks to prepare you for the ups and downs of running a one-person creative business.

When you purchase the printed book or the digital download you also get:

One year’s access to The Maker’s Yearbook online classroom, with mini courses and challenges to help you with marketing, social media, business skills and a lot more. New content is added every couple of months.

A Facebook community of lovely makers, just like you. to bounce ideas off and ask for help.
I’m also there to encourage you (gently) to plan your days, weeks and months.

Monthly live Q&A sessions in the Facebook Group where I’ll answer your questions on business and marketing for your art or handmade business.

I have found the Maker’s Yearbook to be an absolute godsend. I have really enjoyed using it so far- I have even found that I look forward to completing tasks that I thought would be tedious.

My favourite saying is “schedule it in” and that saying has transformed the way that I organise my business.

In fact, there are some principles that I have picked up from the MY that I use in other aspects of my life now and everything seems to run much more smoothly. I recommend the Maker’s Yearbook to practically everyone I meet.

Zoe Akroyd Parker

I absolutely LOVE my yearbook!

I’ve purchased other online marketing courses, but the Yearbook is hands down the most comprehensive organisational tool I’ve found. A year long support and encouragement tool that keeps giving.

Sadie Cuming - Green Tea Yarns

Nicola, this has been great. My life can often descend into chaos through illness and family commitments, and it’s so easy just to walk away from the business. But this year I have been able to keep some perspective, stay creative and organised, and feel on top of things. I’m finally feeling like I am able to run a business. Thank you. Becky Moore - Guitar Geekery

As creatives we often have the tendency to go off track this excellent tool will help you stay on plan.

The Maker’s Yearbook encouraged me to think of my work as a business, to look at aspects of marketing and selling that I hadn’t considered before, I can honestly say my income has increased because of it.

Sarah Duffield

About the planner

The planner is pretty enough to be fun to fill in, but not so pretty that you can’t bear to write in it.

(I see you stationery hoarders!).

What’s Included:

  • A comprehensive review of 2017 so you can get clear on everything you learned and everything that challenged you.
  • Goal setting worksheets for 2018.
  • A monthly review that focuses on your sales, your customers & your wellbeing.
  • A monthly action plan that keeps you focused on the most important things.
  • A full 2018 planner with monthly and weekly spreads.
  • Choice of digital download or printed hardback book.

— A4 Size (Roughly 210 x 297mm)
— Hardback, Spiral Bound, Printed Book or Digital Download
— 236 pages
— Designed & printed in the UK

SEE INSIDE THE BOOK

The Maker’s Yearbook has transformed my business. I have now become a full time artist as a result.

It helps you to become focused and have a direction for your business. There is even a wonderful community online of makers and artists.

It feels that with Nicola you have your own dedicated business mentor. My Maker’s Yearbook is my business bible.

Julie Weir

This is the best business tool I’ve used so far especially with all the facebook activities. You are the best Nicola! Morena Fiore-Kirby - Kodes Accessories

This toolkit, journal, aide memoir was so much more than I expected.

I love the way each month I commit to a goal and work out the smaller steps to achieve it, it is so amazing to see in black and white my achievements, they spur you on to the next and before you know it you have made such huge progress towards a bigger goal.

I love the inclusion of ‘what am I going to do just for me’ and the health and wellbeing prompts. It reminds me to look after and value myself as without me my business would not be. I will definitely be buying the 2018 yearbook!

Karen Fern - Buttons and Clay

The Maker’s Yearbook was just what I was looking for at the right moment. I really needed something to keep me in check, help me stay goal focussed and realistic and to banish overwhelm!

Also it is the right level and so very specific and relevant to what I do, unlike general business/life planning tools.

Judith Brown - Judith Brown Jewellery

About the Facebook Community

One of the most challenging things about running your own business as an artist or maker is that you’re mostly doing it on your own.

Quite often, the only help and support you’re getting is from friends and family. They might be supportive and they might not but, in either case, they probably don’t know a lot about running a handmade or art business.

Really it’s just you, figuring it out by yourself and let’s face it, when it’s just you, sometimes the mind monkeys get the better of you. You worry if you’re doing things the right way. You stress about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. This wastes a LOT of time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just ask another maker what they think?

Not someone who secretly wishes you’d get a real job. Not someone who says “soooooo, how’s life as a starving artist?” every time you meet for coffee. Not someone who implies that the fact you don’t have it all worked out just yet means you are doomed to fail and have to rejoin the ranks of the “real world.”

Join us and you can. We have makers of all levels of experience and, although we are mostly UK based, we do have members from many different countries.

I also post weekly accountability check-ins and host monthly Q&A sessions inside the Facebook Group, so you can stay on track and get your burning questions answered.

I love the Maker’s Yearbook. It is a great tool for planning your business and helps you to focus your mind on the tasks that are most important.

The facebook group and monthly challenges are really positive and help you to move forward and also appreciate how far you have come. I would definitely purchase the book next year.

Amanda Hall

This yearbook has changed the way I run my business. It has allowed me to plan each day so that I have a clear stucture and focus.

By spending time planning my working month I have clear goals and daily tasks. It has helped me to see what works for my business and what needs to change.

I would be lost without it!

Rachelle Chelmis - Love Rachelle

ABOUT THE ONLINE CLASSROOM

You’ll get access to mini marketing and business courses, and other resources in our members-only online classroom.

Content Includes:

— Overcoming Overwhelm
— Approaching Shops & Galleries with your work.
— Creating Collections & Getting Ready for Christmas
— Non-Scary Facebook Ads
— Mailing List Basics
— Pitching Your Work to the Press

— Pitching your products to Retailers for Christmas
— Cleaning up your Online Marketplaces
— Running a Timed Sale on Facebook
— Your Festive Self Care Plan
— Revisit your Terms & Conditions
— Your Brand Map

Content Includes:

— Overcoming Overwhelm
— Approaching Shops & Galleries with your work.
— Creating Collections & Getting Ready for Christmas
— Non-Scary Facebook Ads
— Mailing List Basics
— Pitching Your Work to the Press
— Pitching your products to Retailers for Christmas
— Cleaning up your Online Marketplaces
— Running a Timed Sale on Facebook
— Your Festive Self Care Plan
— Revisit your Terms & Conditions
— Your Brand Map

We’ll be adding another SIX mini courses in 2018, on topics such as Product Photography, Your Target Audience, and Business Emergency Turnaround, as well as hosting handmade business missions and mini challenges in the Facebook Group.

This is an amazing tool that has really helped me to get to grip with how to manage a business.

It has made me more accountable, being able to plan revenue and work load, with the added bonus of a supportive on line network to keep me focused, happy and moving in the right direction.

Thank you.

Jazz Dixon - Jazz the Alchemist

Purchased the Makers Yearbook, even though I already had a number of organisers.

So glad I did!

The monthly action plans & reviews really help you to focus on how you are doing each month & the fact that it encourages you to remember that you can take time out for yourself without feeling guilty is a godsend.

Will definitely be buying again this year!

Clare Chanter - Thread-bare

I ordered The Makers Yearbook as a way to help me organise my time better and focus on daily tasks for my new business.

It’s been a little gem!

Apart from the Yearbook, which has seriously helped me to organise and plan my business days, we also have access to a private Facebook Group too. Each month we are given different Challenges, Nicola posts podcasts for us to listen to, these are a gold mine of information. I have learnt so much from these podcasts and they are great to listen to as I work.

There are also monthly Question and Answer sessions where you can receive help and support from Nicola and other group members.

I would not hesitate in buying another Makers Yearbook, it has been well worth the money and can’t recommend it enough!

Nicola has been fantastic throughout, she’s so knowledgeable and helpful and it’s obvious how much hard work she’s put into The Makers Yearbook and the Facebook Group. I look forward to my next purchase!

Alison Westwood

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is the Maker's Yearbook For?

The Maker’s Yearbook is designed for tiny businesses who sell physical products.

You might be an Artist, a Crafter or a Designer Maker.

You might be a Candle Maker, a Muffin Baker or a Creator of Fabulous Condiments.

You might be a Knitter, a Jeweller or an Illustrator.

You might be a Photographer who sells physical products … like me!

You might do a few (or a lot) of these things. Or you might make something else. You might even sell things you don’t make yourself.

If you want to run your tiny business in a more streamlined way so that you can get your business tasks done and have the freedom to spend the rest of your time doing whatever you want, then The Maker’s Yearbook is for you!

Can I give the Maker's Yearbook as a Gift?
Absolutely. Just let us know who you’ll be giving it to and we will transfer everything into their name so that they can access the Facebook Group and the Online Classroom.
WILL I RECEIVE MY ORDER OF THE PRINTED BOOK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS?

If you would like your book to arrive by Christmas, these are the dates by which we would recommend you place your order.

  • UK orders: December 18th.
  • EU orders: December 11th.
  • All other orders: December 1st.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS JUST A GUIDELINE AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR ORDER WILL ARRIVE BY CHRISTMAS. 

We will be dispatching books every weekday throughout the Christmas period but we would strongly recommend that you place your order as soon as possible as it is common for significant delays in delivery times to occur at this time of year, especially for international orders.

WHEN WILL I GET ACCESS TO THE FACEBOOK GROUP & THE ONLINE CLASSROOM?

We’ll be opening the 2018 Facebook Group and the Online Classroom in December.

You will receive an email with login information for the classroom and an invitation to join the Facebook Group. 

HOW DOES A4 paper size compare to US paper sizes?

A4 size paper is roughly 8.3 inches x 11.7 inches. US Letter size paper is 8.5 inches x 11 inches.

So A4 paper is a little taller and a littler thinner.

If you are printing the digital version of the yearbook you can set your printer to print the file for Letter Size paper. This is normally a setting called “Fit to Paper Size” or “Shrink Oversize Pages.”

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

You can but every printer is different. so we can’t offer any support for this.

A good place to start is to check your printer settings and look for a setting that allows you to set the scale to 50%. You can then trim off the excess paper.

What do I need in order to be able to access the bonus materials?

The mini classes and the Monthly Q&A are delivered over video, so you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone connected to high speed internet.

For the Facebook Group you will need to have a Facebook account and a means of accessing Facebook, either on your phone or a computer.

Can I complete the digital book on my computer or do i need to print it out?

The digital book is designed for you to print the book and complete it by hand.

You could get the book printed and bound at a local copy shop or print it out at home and just get it bound. Or you can put it in a ring binder yourself.

Of course, you can always print it in sections so that you don’t need to print out the whole book in one go!

The pdf is not interactive so you will not be able to complete the sections on your computer or tablet.

WHAT HAS CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR'S BOOK?

We got lots of great feedback from last year’s Yearbook so we’ve made some changes to make the 2018 book even more useful to you.

  • The book is now hardback, so it’s much more robust. We’ve managed this while still being able to get the book printed in UK which is very exciting.
  • The book has a completely new design this year.
  • There are a lot more blank pages and we’ve changed a lot of sections from lines to blank spaces so if you’re a sketcher, rather than a writer, there’s space for your doodles.
  • There are added instructions for the Monthly Action Plans so that they are easier to complete, and we’ve broken the months in the planner into sections that are easier to identify.
HOW MUCH OF THE COURSE CONTENT IN THE CLASSROOM WILL BE NEW FOR 2018?

The 2018 Online Classroom will contain all of the 2017 challenges so you can catch up if you missed them and if you’re new you’ll have lots to get started with immediately.

We’ll also be adding SIX new courses in 2018 on new topics such as Product Photography, Ideal Customers and Emergency Business Turnaround. We’ll also be hosting some smaller challenges inside the Facebook Group.

WHO AM I?

My name is Nicola Taylor. I’m a fine art photographer, a maker, the founder of The Maker’s Business Toolkit blog, and the creator of The Maker’s Yearbook.

I run my business mostly on my own, just like many of you, and I’ve got a lot on my plate, just like many of you.

I made The Maker’s Yearbook initially for myself, because I found that the more busy my business became, the less time I spent on the small things that are easily forgotten, but that keep my sales (and my income) consistent.

Things like email marketing, spending time designing new products, creating new collections of work and updating my online store.

My name is Nicola Taylor. I’m a fine art photographer, a maker, the founder of The Maker’s Business Toolkit blog, and the creator of The Maker’s Yearbook.

I run my business mostly on my own, just like many of you, and I’ve got a lot on my plate, just like many of you.

I made The Maker’s Yearbook initially for myself, because I found that the more busy my business became, the less time I spent on the small things that are easily forgotten, but that keep my sales (and my income) consistent.

Things like email marketing, spending time designing new products, creating new collections of work and updating my online store.

So I needed a system to make sure I remembered to work on achieving my goals, whether I was feeling stressed out in a busy month or discouraged in a slow month.

The Maker’s Yearbook grew out of that system.

I created it to give me more focus and more clarity and to help me get more done.

It’s helped almost a thousand other artists and makers, and I hope that you’ll join us to make 2018 your best year in business so far.

www.nicolataylorphotographer.com
www.makersbusinesstoolkit.com

CHOOSE YOUR VERSION

The Digital Version

£17.50 GBP

(Approx $23 USD, 19 EUR, $29 AUD, $28.50 CAD)
Please note these figures are only a guide and you will be charged in GBP at the current exchange rate.

WHAT YOU GET:

— PDF document emailed to you upon purchase. (Please note that no physical product will be shipped to you and you will need a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat to open the document.)

— 236 pages, including a comprehensive 2017 review, 2018 goal setting worksheets, Monthly Action Plans, Monthly Reviews and a full 2018 planner with both Monthly and Weekly Spreads.

PLUS:

— One year’s access to the Facebook Community for accountability, support from your fellow makers and Monthly Q&A sessions

— One year’s access to the online classroom with 18 mini courses & challenges delivered over the course of 2018.

important information about the digital version

Once you have completed your payment, you will be emailed a link to download the workbook. The Yearbook is a large file so we recommend you download it when connected to Wifi to avoid using your data allowance.

AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, THIS PURCHASE IS FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THE MAKER’S YEARBOOK IS RIGHT FOR YOU BEFORE PURCHASING.

If you have further questions or need support, please click here to get in touch

The Printed Book

£32.50 GBP + SHIPPING

(Approx $42 USD, 35.50 EUR, $53 AUD, $52.50 CAD)
Please note these figures are only a guide and you will be charged in GBP at the current exchange rate.

WHAT YOU GET:

— Printed, Spiral Bound A4 sized hardback planner (roughly 215mm x 307mm)

— 236 pages, including a comprehensive 2017 review, 2018 goal setting worksheets, Monthly Action Plans, Monthly Reviews and a full 2018 planner with both Monthly and Weekly Spreads.

PLUS:

— One year’s access to the Facebook Community for accountability, support from your fellow makers and Monthly Q&A sessions

— One year’s access to the online classroom with 18 mini courses & challenges delivered over the course of 2018.

important information about the printed book

Shipping Charges for the Printed Book

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

For customers based in the UK: £2.50 per book.

For customers based in Europe: £9.00 for the first book and £6.00 for each additional book.

For customers based in the USA & Canada: £13.50 for the first book and £7.00 for each additional book.

For customers based in Australia, New Zealand & the Rest of the World: £14.50 for the first book and £8.00 for each additional book.

RETURNS INFORMATION

Under UK consumer law 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 in its unused, saleable condition at your own expense to:
Nicola Taylor, 33 Roseberry Road, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, TS9 6EH, UK

Once we receive the planner, we will issue a refund for the price paid and the original shipping costs. Please note that you are responsible for the planner until we receive it so please make sure it is packaged securely to avoid damage and obtain proof of postage as this will be required for a refund if your planner is lost while in transit to us.

If you return goods to us without including a note or your order number we may find it difficult to match the goods with your order and your refund may be delayed. Refunds will include the original postage cost but the customer will pay the cost of returning the planner to us.

The Digital version of The Maker’s Yearbook is non refundable. Your statutory rights are not affected.

For assistance or other questions, please contact us

LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY

If you would like your book to arrive by Christmas, these are the dates by which we would recommend you place your order.

  • UK orders: December 18th.
  • EU orders: December 11th.
  • All other orders: December 1st.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS JUST A GUIDELINE AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR ORDER WILL ARRIVE BY CHRISTMAS. 

We will be dispatching books every weekday throughout the Christmas period but we would strongly recommend that you place your order as soon as possible as it is common for significant delays in delivery times to occur at this time of year, especially for international orders.

The book really gave me a wider outlook about the different stages in business and it is very useful as it helps you out with being and staying organized in order to get done what you need to get done month by month.

I feel less overwhelm thanks to the planner and the FB group as well. I love it.

Marian Black

I wasn’t sure that I needed a Maker’s Yearbook, as my craft business is still very new and teeny, tiny. I have a full time ‘other’ job and so my craft business has to fit around that.

I found that using the yearbook has helped me make the most of the little time that I have and I have been able to focus on the important stuff rather than just quietly panicking!

Emma-Louise Grinsted

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LEGAL 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 clients and the results they personally achieved. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future clients 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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