How to Start a Craft Business If you have decided to take the leap from hobby to business, then this site can help you try and get the best for your hard earned time and effort.
As a seasoned crafter who has been in many craft shows as well as selling online it can take a little bit of trial and error before finding that niche known as the "best selling crafts"
As I add more pages to this site of crafts to make and sell there are a few simple rules to follow that will help to make your small craft business successful. These are pretty obvious rules, but many don't follow them and fail before they even get started. Keep these rules in mind as you begin to create your stock of crafts.
Rule 1 - NEVER copy someone else's work. You can go to craft shows and fairs and get some ideas or be inspired to take a style of art or a craft to a different level, but never simply look at a craft and think "I can make that" and basically duplicate it. This is not right on any level for any type of business. Having something unique will set you apart. You are best to spend your time looking for some new ideas rather than trying to copy ones already out there.
Rule 2 - QUALITY does matter. You have to love doing arts and crafts for this to work. I have met many people over the years who figured they could make a craft quickly and from cheap materials only to not get any repeat customers or many times returns and then simply no sales. I saw one customer pick up a product and it quickly fell apart. Many people love to go to craft shows because they want unique and quality handmade products, not cheap put together knock offs.
Rule 3 - KEEP RECORDS - I know this may seem boring, but I am also a bookkeeper by day, and I can't tell you how many people are working night and day to create a stock of products for upcoming shows and not really paying attention to how much they are paying for supplies, their time involved and the cost of the shows. Many wonder why they don't seem to have any money. You have to keep track of supplies and time or this is not a business but a hobby.
If you follow the 3 rules above you stand a better chance of creating your own brand and having a good reputation as a quality crafter. We all want to make money but your work represents you, so do it well. You have to love what you do, because there will be times when it seems like sales are in the toilet. You need to have faith and keep creating and finding that market or changing your niche if you have to.
Good Luck and I wish you well in your new craft business!
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