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BUILDING A MAKER BUSINESS: One Day Intensive

 

Join Ellie Lum, custom bag maker of 20 years and founder of Klum House & R.E. Load Bags for a day of demystifying the basics of a maker business model through the lens of bag making. Choose to attend only one workshop or both for a $10 savings.

 
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CREATIVE BUSINESS

The Big Picture

In this introductory three hour workshop we’ll breakdown the key elements of a creative business model through interactive activity, writing exercises and group discussion. How does your current operation fit into a successful business model? In short, we cover the basics of running a maker business so you can get your bearings and start off on your journey with more focus, intention, and confidence to build a successful business.

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CREATIVE BUSINESS

DIY Production & Pricing

Are you wondering what goes into producing your designs for market? In this three hour workshop Ellie Lum will demystify the ins & outs of turning your designs into finished products for market. We’ll cover the basics from the viewpoint of a DIY design/maker, whether you are producing in-hour or off-site.

 
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INFO

Price: $80
Take both workshops for $150 — A $10 savings!
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Time: 10am - 1pm

Level: Absolute Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed

Your host is maker Ellie Lum, who has had over twenty years experience running multiple creative businesses. She’s made mistakes and learned from them, received instruction from mentors to increase her knowledge and skill level, and experienced success and joy through her efforts. Ellie’s excited to share with you what she’s learned and facilitate helpful exercises in a humorous + informative way.

Be ready to laugh, learn, connect and feel more empowered and knowledgeable in the creative and laid back setting of Klum House. Snacks and drinks provided!

SKILL LEARNED

  • Learn how values, vision, and mission help you craft a solid Value Proposition (What value your product or service has in the marketplace)

  • Identify key descriptive words for your brand

  • Discover your key business values through a hands-on exercise

  • Identify your target market

  • Understand all the elements and factors that make up the daily tasks of running a creative business

  • Workshop real scenarios that you will deal with in your business

  • Connect with others and gain support from shared experiences

  • Take home further creative business management resources

MATERIALS

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A Maker Business Fundamentals workbook is included in the price of class ($25 value).

 
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INFO

Price: $80
Take both workshops for $150 — A $10 savings!
SIGN UP HERE —>

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Level: Absolute Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed

SKILLS LEARNED

We’ll dive into the production launch process including conception, sampling, and production. Using finished goods as examples, Ellie will share her patterns, sketches and mood boards with you. This information will be used as a jumping off point for you to work on your own designs, production plan, or pricing calculators for your products.

  • How to design for your target market

  • Gain an understanding of the sample making process

  • How to use a pricing calculator to find out retail & wholesale prices for your products

  • How design & pricing interact

  • Grasp the concepts of valuation in the market

  • Understand the relationship between COGS (cost of goods sold) & sale price

  • Learn how to use a pricing calculator

  • Understand considerations for designing for market

  • Gain insight into Revenue Streams AKA managing the money side of things

MATERIALS

Maker Business Pricing worksheets & resource guide is included in the price of class ($25 value).

 

I left feeling inspired and energized by the skills I learned as well as the energy, support and joy of making I felt from the group. I appreciate that Ellie was able to give all of us individual attention while keeping us all on track. I never felt rushed— just gently guided and supported. Thank you for meeting us where we were!


 

 
What To Expect
Meet The Teacher
 
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Hi! I’m Ellie Lum

I’m a maker and a teacher. I started Klum House because I love encouraging and inspiring people by teaching sewing tips & tricks through fun, hands-on workshops. With clear instructions and 20 years experience, I will teach you how to make wares that look like they came off the shelves of your favorite handcrafted goods shop!

Ellie’s Story

In 1998, Ellie co-founded  R.E. Load Bags, a custom messenger bag company, which set the standard for many other companies that make custom bags. Over the years, she fell in love with teaching industrial sewing through training folks to make bags for R.E. Load. Ellie saw how those skills opened up a trainee’s creative potential and formed a foundation that could be continually built on.

Ellie went onto start Klum House in 2015, born out of the desire to share professional bag making skills with everyone. Klum House now boasts an in-house bag pattern & kit line, as well as a collaborative making studio and creative education space where local artists & maker share their skills.

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Location

Klum House Workshop

The Hub Building
3808 N Williams Ave. #132
Portland, Oregon 97203

We are located inside the Hub Building hallway corridor (we do not have a sidewalk storefront). Enter through the Hub building door on N Williams with the Klum House sign above it. Walk down the hall & take a left. You'll see the Klum House sign hanging above our door.

*Please note: We have street parking, so please arrive a few minutes early to allow ample time to park.

Questions? Send us a note!

 
Policy

Review our cancellation & rebook policy:

  • We require at least 7 days notice prior to the start of class to cancel for a full refund.

  • We require at least 48 hours notice prior to the start of class to rebook for a later class.

  • Full payment for class is due at time of sign up in order to secure your spot in class.

  • No shows forfeit any refund or rebook.

  • If Klum House cancels a class that you registered for, you are entitled to either a cash refund or a rebook to a later class.

  • If you transfer your registration to another class with a higher price, you are subject to pay the difference.