The Business of Selling Crafts
Prepare for "seasonal rushes": Be ready
for the good selling seasons, like the months before Christmas,
with plenty of inventory. Once the season is past, it’s
several months before sales pick up. Use a production quota
to insure you have the goods. Order your materials far enough
ahead of the production time so that you aren’t ruined
by out-of-stock problems with suppliers. Budget so that you’ll
have the money to buy what is needed.
Get email and phone service in your own/business name:
People looking for your crafts will more likely remember your
Save on travel, food and transport expenses: Sharing van
rentals, helpers and rooms with other crafters keep your budget
in line. Do shows in cities where you have friends and relatives. And most importantly, pack your own food
for each day. Since eating at a booth can get messy, pack trail mix, granola bars, fruit, small items. Don't forget
plenty of water!
Do your own building and maintenance: Build, or find
a friend to help you construct your display booths, inventory
shelves or tables for your studio.