Photo Courtesy Reason4Smile
The quote above is right on: "If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it".
In reading these articles this morning, I learned there are MANY things I can do to improve the integrity of my business:
Like, being on time. Answering phone calls and e-mails promptly. UNDER-promising and OVER-delivering. I think it all goes back to showing respect for others (and their time and talents) and being honest with your customers, vendors, suppliers, readers, friends, family, etc.
This weekend I was reading some new-to-me blogs. I stumbled upon a free tutorial for one of my custom bag designs. It was the bag that I designed especially for the Cora Paige playground benefit. The blog owner is a craft business owner too. She posted something like , "I saw this on Etsy selling for a high price and knew I could make it myself for less than $5!" Wow.
Did she happen to give credit to the original designer of this idea? No.
Did she let her readers know that 100% of the purchase price (all of it) was donated to the Cora Paige benefit? No.
The ironic part? Her business is participaing in a benefit sale for charity this week. So I asked her how she would feel if someone stole her for-charity product idea, made it at home, took step-by-step photos, then posted it on their blog as a free tutorial.
By stealing my design and posting a free tutorial, I will sell fewer bags for charity. Less money will be donated because of her lack of integrity.
This is the first time I have ever contacted a person for copying my designs. It is not the first time this has happened, I think this was just the final straw!
We must all strive to have integrity in our businesses. Speak up for yourself too. It is so important.
P.S. - I will never look at a free tutorial in the same way. Where did this idea come from? How would the original designer feel about this? Make sure that the idea was freely given.
(Note: Her copy was NOT lovingly sewn with our signature applique stitch, just ironed on.)