10 Reasons Why you Should Attend Craftcation 2016

10 Reasons to attend CraftcationYou may be thinking to yourself, reasons to attend a conference a year from now?! I know, crazy. But after my experience this year, I feel like you should go ahead and mark this conference down in your calendars because there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll want to attend.  And although this list could be double in length, here are my top ten reasons why I think we should meet at Craftcation next year:

1. The people. The people that attend are the best. Everyone is kind, open, and just willing to help you out with your business. There are no cliques and no feelings of superiority that you might find at other events. To follow with that…

2. The environment. There’s such an energetic buzz that surrounds Craftcation unlike any other. People just want to kick ass at owning their own business and seem to be happy to be connecting with others who feel the same.

3. You get to actually make stuff. Like stuff you’d actually want to make. A lot of times, conferences can be an overdose of information. To balance that out, there are TONS of hands-on craft and food workshops for those moments when you want to switch gears.

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4. It’s on the beach. Had to, because it’s amazing.

5. It’s laid back.  You can wear jeans and sneakers, you can wear lipstick, you can wear dresses. It doesn’t matter. There’s less pressure on changing outfits multiple times a day and more focus on what you’re going to takeaway.

6. Bernina. I first learned to sew at this conference on a Bernina machine and haven’t looked back. Their reps are also just the sweetest.

7. It’s affordable. Tickets are only around $400 (less I think?) for about 4 full days of panels and workshops; the hotel around $160 a night.

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8. The Information. The panels/classes are jam packed with key things you absolutely need to know for your business, ie: bookkeeping, how to build your newsletter and brand, how to take better photographs.

9. City of Ventura. You can wonder downtown (a 2 minute walk away) to wonder in and out of the great thrift shops, restaurants, and of course Superbuzzy. You also get to each lunch at city hall, dinner at the fairgrounds, and some of the workshops are even off site. You aren’t stuck in the hotel the entire time. LA is also only an hour away, great for squeezing in a quick trip.

10. Nicole and Delilah. If you haven’t connected with these women yet, you absolutely need to. Not only do they plan and execute the entire event, but they are present and engaging throughout. They sit on panels. They take the photos. They meet and great you at registration. They genuinely want to connect with the people that come and that energy is felt.

 

Have you ever been to Craftcation before? What are some of your favorite conferences?

 

 

  • Jennie Meredith Moraitis

    Oh, now I want to go to Craftcation even more! I’m kicking myself for not going before (I lived in L.A. for YEARS before moving up to Oregon)…the good thing is it is we have family in Ventura and we’re overdue for a vacation. ;) I love that little town. It is so unassuming and what a beach town should be. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh man you would have been so close! I guess one of my favorite things is seeing California sun again, so maybe it’s good that you waited :)

      Hopefully see you there next year!

  • Nicole S.

    Rachel!!! Thank you so much for this sweet post about Craftcation! It was an honor to have you join us again :) -Nicole

    • This post could have been DOUBLE in length. Thanks again for all you do <3

  • Craftcation was fantastic! Worth the money just for those “office hours”! Thanks Rachel for the words of encouragement and inspiration about my direction. The people…#1 on my list too!

    • You are so sweet Christine, thank you so much! Looking forward to next year :)

  • Yeeeahh…I’m gonna have to go next year!

  • This was our third year at Craftcation and each year we go home feeling inspired, motivated and most of all, feeling like we are not alone in our desire to build a successful handmade business. The presenters are inspiring and knowledgeable, as well as encouraging and approachable. It is so great to be in a community of supportive, creative, and generous people. Of course the fact that it is on the beach in Ventura doesn’t hurt either, but the people there are the thing that makes this conference worth every penny!

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, beautifully said! Is it March 2016 already :)?

  • Amy Johnson

    I went the very first year and hope to make it again next year. Ventura is gorgeous, the people are awesome, and Delilah and Nicole are amazingly friendly and down-to-earth. This is my favorite conference by far!

  • I’d love to go but it’s a long (expensive) way from Montréal :(

    • Oh such a bummer Caroline! Hopefully one day you can make it out!

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