Handcrafted Consulting™ is Caroline Colom Vasquez and Jose Vasquez-Corbalan... two creative entrepreneurs who are living the life they imagined. We are the duo behind Paloma's Nest, one of the most widely recognized brands and shops in the handmade world. What started as a tiny venture at our kitchen table, Paloma's Nest has grown to be one of the top selling Etsy stores, and a leader in the handmade movement. We love mentoring other artists and designers in creative business, and have been doing so through our customized programs since 2009.
As Creative Business Educators, Handcrafted Consulting™ is a place for us to connect with, and advise folks on this same entreprenurial journey: whether you're just thinking about starting to sell your art or craft, open an e-commerce storefront, or building a brand that will take you beyond the handmade community, Handcrafted Consulting can custom craft a mentoring session to take you over your next hurdle.
Our work, through our brand Paloma's Nest, has been featured in numerous design and lifestyle publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Elle Decor and Better Homes and Gardens Magazines. InStyle Magazine named Paloma's Nest one of the "Best Online Shops on the Web" and the Huffington Post named their shop one of the "Top Sites for Unique Gifts." Fast Company Magazine called them "Etsy Moguls" in their 2010 article titled "Next Decade Dream Jobs."
As business owners, we have been quoted in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, and in business books including The Solopreneur by Larry Keltto, 21st Century Careers by Scholastic, and Spark and Hustle by Tory Johnson. Caroline was personally trained by Etsy in a pilot program to teach the curriculum presented in their workshops, and served as an editor for the most recent edition of the book Starting an Etsy Business in the "For Dummies" series.
With backgrounds and experience in product design, interior design, retail and studio management, we are eager to teach you the beginning basics of selling online with Etsy or other platforms- either through one of their group workshops, or as personal mentors to you while you build your brand.We also offer advanced topics and shop critiques to established shop owners and artisans, and one-to-one mentoring for any seller on any e-commerce platform looking to take their business to the next level. Topics we consult or lecture on include: branding and marketing; wholesale and retail relationships; managing the growth of a handcraft business; the impact websites like Etsy have had on the art and craft world; family businesses; work/life balance for entrepreneurs.