“Do what you love”, the saying says, there are so many crafts to do, Knitting, Quilting, Painting, and I could go on and on. If you are like me, I would love to stay at home all day, and do some of my crafts.
When I show my crafts to my family and Friends, and they ask me if they can buy them from me, feels like heavens!, can you imagen, I can sell my crafts, they love my crafts!.
And I say Yes, it is my first sale, it feels so good, it’s great when I find out other love what I am making, they think my crafts worth to be bought!
Then, a phone call, can you make another crafts for me?, a friend of my friend just saw what she bought from me, and she wants one for herself, isn’t this wonderful?
This is the way how many crafts business begin to grow, one day, people gets to know you can make beautiful crafts and they are interested on buying them. And one day, you can even have a waiting list!
Now it is time to sit down, and think about running a small business, I came up with 6 tips.
– Start small.
This is a good idea, don’t quite your job, work on your crafts on your free time. Get to know the business, start small, take one step at the time, and grow it, be sure to understand and know how to run a business when it is still small, this way it will ge easier to run it when it gets big.
– Make connections.
Talk about your crafts with some business owners, ask them if they will be interested to buy from you, and sell your ítems in their stores, I think it is always a good idea to have more than one client.
– Know your product.
Know and study your product, every product has it own product life, is your product what people loves or needs?, is it right for this moment?, is the Price correct for your product?, can you sell your product all year round, or just on the season?
– Make a business plan
I know, it is not easy, and every time someone says “Make a business plan”, I feel like I get frozen, it sounds so difficult, when I only wanted to sell my crafts. But it is always a good idea to know what kind of business you want to build up, who your clients will be, how does the business will grow, what steps do you need to do to make your business grow.
– Talk about money.
If your business is growing because everyone is asking to buy your crafts, it will be a good idea to take a moment to think from where will you get the money you need to buy all the material you need to make your crafts.
– Tell the world about your crafts.
Now, it is time to do some talk about your crafts to everybody to get more sales. These days with social media is easy to do it, make a good marketing plan of your product.
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