Thursday, 25 June 2009

Unique Women In Business #UWIB


You might have seen the occasional twit from me about UWIB, Unique Women In Business. I belong to quite a varied mixture of teams and groups and 'Unique Women In Business' is one of them. It is a great group of about +100 ladies. All the ladies are shop owners, many are on Etsy, but quite a few are not. It is a really nice mixture of shops. I first came across UWIB in the Etsy forum. I did a bit of research and was debating on and off for a while to join or not. One of the few group rules is, that to stay a member, you have to make a purchase from a group member each month. I'm not a huge shopper and didn't really like the thought of being tied down to having to buy something. But after a while I decided to 'take the plunge' and joined. When you join your initial purchase has to be with the one who referred you, after that you can choose any group member you like. To leave the group you just don't make your monthly purchase and you are out. Very simple :-)
But seriously, I'm so pleased that I joined. I have now been a member for about 6 months and I'm enjoying myself tremendiously. I have been building up a nice little collections of ACEOs made by fellow members. It is so much more than just 'spending money' group. Lots and lots of great info, links and support are being shared. If one has a question, you can be certain that somebody knows the answer or can give you a push in the right direction. Some group members are very active in making fantastic treasuries and spotlights, something I yet have to figure out how to do. Looking at my Google Analytic quite a bit of traffic to my shop comes from UWIB's blog and UWIB members blogs. It is such a lovely group of energetic ladies. Erin Keys who is the group moderator is doing a superb job keeping track of it all. You can find the link to UWIB blog and a selection of links to UWIB members shops in the right hand side column of my blog. On Etsy you can also do search on 'UWIB', as members will have tagged their listings. Feel free to contact me if you would like more info on the group. I'll be happy to answer your questions :-)

7 comments:

Tip-Tops said...

I love the group too. And really, the buy in isn't so terrible! I haven't had any trouble finding something that I HAD to have!! LOL Plus, there isn't a spending minimum-you can spend a buck each month and be fine.

Dirt. said...

What a great post on a fantastic group of ladies Birgitte! I love UWIB too. And I was a little leary at first about the monthly purchase... I didn't like the idea of being "forced" to buy something. But within a week of my initial purchase, I found 2 more things I couldn't live without! There's just so much to choose from... high quality items made by talented women and at great prices... what's not to love about that?!

Suzanne in TX said...

I agree! I love this group and making a purchase once a month is NEVER hard with the wide variety of items offered by all the members. It is well worth joining with all the knowledge that these ladies possess. Have a problem--just ask and they will answer.

Sara at Soap Rehab said...

Great post. :) I ♥ UWIB! A wonderful group of fun, supportive women!!

earthexpressions said...

UWIB is a very supportive group with so talented lovely ladies :)
Thanks for this great post!

SewDanish-Scandinavian Textile Art, Unique Handmade Supplies said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments endorsing my blogt post :-)
Birgitte

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I'm so glad you wrote this post. As a newbie to the group, I was having my own hesitancy about joining. But that has all gone away thanks to this post and all the wonderful welcomes I've received.

Cindy