|Your Handmade Business?|
|Kimberly Schimmel | January, 23 2018 03:20 PM | Comments (2)|
|Think carefully about selling handmade items as a business.
Too many people undervalue their time. Think about the hourly wage you want to make--after expenses for supplies, equipment, and advertising. The general public will want to buy your items for almost nothing--but you can't sell them for nothing! Here are some tips for beginners:
1. Find a few items--or just one--you can make easily and quickly. This item is your introduction to new customers. They are more likely to buy a knitted hat or cat toy from your online shop than a masterpiece sweater for which you must charge enough to justify the 50 hours you spent knitting it!
2. Educate your customers through a blog. Post pictures of your sheep if you use handspun yarn. Offer video tutorials or review helpful books for others in your craft. Sell patterns as well as finished items.
3. Network with others. Other crafters are not just competition--they are potential collaborators. Designers need pros to knit samples. Writers need proofreaders and pattern testers. Give help and accept help.
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