Selling Your Craft
 
 
Craft Business Basics

Starting a Craft Business

Craft a Small Business That Works For You

Pricing Handcrafted Work

Promote Your Handmade Craft

Display Your Craft to Sell

What are your policies for repairs and returns?

A Record Keeping System for Your Craft Business

Great Books...
 

Starting Your Craft Business: The Basics

What makes you decide to start a craft business?

  • Coworkers and friends start buying the pieces you make
  • A class or workshop introduces a wonderful craft.
  • A lifetime of crafting starts taking over your life.

However this happens, chances are the craft itself is the dominant force in this decision. But the word "Business" (in Your Craft Business) is equally important and will make the difference between success and failure.

Before you get started in your craft business, do some reflecting. Get a clear idea of the types of products you want to sell, and what you think people will be willing to pay for them.

Then research craft show opportunities. Start small, and start locally. Check out crafts fairs sponsored by local Arts and Park Commissions, churches and synagogues, non-profit organizations and schools. Your local craft and bead stores may know of craft shows, as well. Search Festival Network Online, a complete database of craft shows and festivals by state. Read books on the craft business like The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line or Secrets Of The Craft Show Business

Set some business goals. How much are you willing to spend for a table or booth? How much money do you want to make? Is it important that you make a profit or just break even at your first craft show(s)?

Your first show can help you set strategies for getting repeat business, building your mailing list, or just learning the ropes!

 

 
TIP: CASH OR CREDIT?
Most craft shows attendees haven't stuffed their wallets with large bills. Getting a merchant account so you can accept credit cards encourages buyers to go for higher ticket items.

A Merchants Guide to Credit Card Processing Practices gives general information for merchants on the various tactics used.

BIZ CARDS: DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM!

Start your business off the right way with a set of 250 Free Business Cards. Thre are hundreds of templates to choose from and these cards come in some unique styles:

Standard Card (2" x 3.5)
Slim business card (1.5" x 3.5")
Square Business Card (2.0" x 2.0")
Free Calling Cards
Free Visit Cards
Get your Free Cards today!

 
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