Craft Fair Display Tips & Ideas (to sell more)

Craft Fair Display Tips & Ideas (to sell more)

These craft fair display tips are based on some of the most common mistakes vendors make.   No matter how much time you have before your next craft show, there are small changes you can make that will have a big impact.   If you’re getting ready for your...

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3 Ways to Fix a Failing Craft Business

3 Ways to Fix a Failing Craft Business

Sadly, the majority of small businesses fail.   After 5 years, about half of small businesses have survived, and only a third are left standing after 10 years (source). (I'm sure many don't necessarily "fail" but no longer fit the needs/interests of the owner)....

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How to Determine if your Target Market is Big Enough

How to Determine if your Target Market is Big Enough

I write a lot about target markets and choosing a good one (the success of your business relies on it…IMO). And I recently wrote an article about the worst-selling Etsy shops, which discusses the downside of creating a product that is too original, which is, there...

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3 Questions that will Help you Sell More

3 Questions that will Help you Sell More

I was recently interviewed for a website that shares tips for entrepreneurs and business owners.   One of the questions I was asked was:   What’s the biggest mistake you made with your business and see other businesses commonly make?   I wanted to keep...

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The Worst-Selling Etsy Shops

The Worst-Selling Etsy Shops

Everybody wants to know which Etsy shops sell the most and what they're selling. And as I've mentioned in several articles, having a best-selling Etsy shop or craft show booth has less to do with what's being sold and more to do with how it's being sold.   Having...

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Checklist for Starting a Craft Business

Checklist for Starting a Craft Business

Starting a craft business requires more than making products and setting up at a craft show or on Etsy. But you likely know that since you’re checking out a startup checklist.   Success is more likely when you plan for it and take your business seriously.  ...

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What to Put in an Etsy Shop Announcement (Examples)

What to Put in an Etsy Shop Announcement (Examples)

Does the announcement section in your Etsy shop really matter?   Yes, it does.   It’s some of the first text Etsy shoppers will read when they get to your shop.   It comes before your listings, sections, about, and policies. So you don’t want to waste...

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How To Uncover Buyer Intent for Handmade Products

How To Uncover Buyer Intent for Handmade Products

When I started my handbag business, I chose material based on what stood out to me at the fabric store and created bag patterns based on what I liked or what I thought would be unique.   I did sell most of those handbags, but I wasn't making the kind of sales I...

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How To Make A Living Selling Crafts

How To Make A Living Selling Crafts

More people are starting craft businesses to have better control of their income. But before you invest a bunch of time and money, or take the leap and quit your job, you want to know if it’s actually possible to make a living at it.   To make a living selling...

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How To Turn Browsing Shoppers into Buyers

How To Turn Browsing Shoppers into Buyers

We’ve all been browsing before. We didn’t have anything in mind to buy but tagged along with friends to the mall, or popped into a store that looked interesting, or decided to check out a craft show.   Think about the last time you were in a shopping setting and...

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Every Craft Business Needs One Of These

Every Craft Business Needs One Of These

There’s an image on Pinterest that catches my eye every time I see it. I’ve probably seen it close to a hundred times.   It’s a picture of a craft show table displaying greeting cards. The photo only captures a corner of the table, but you can tell it's a clean,...

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Best Things To Sell At Festivals

Best Things To Sell At Festivals

Festivals are great places to sell products or services and make money. They're a unique shopping environment and each festival will attract a different type of shopper, so you need to put some thought into which products will sell best for each event.   This...

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Craft Trends for 2021 (To Make & Sell)

Craft Trends for 2021 (To Make & Sell)

Each year I write about the craft trends to help you brainstorm new product ideas for selling on Etsy or at craft shows.   I use a variety of tools to collect data on what people are searching for and/or buying online. I also research what industry leaders are...

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What to Put on a Craft Business Card

What to Put on a Craft Business Card

There’s so much we want people to know and understand about our businesses. But sharing all the information at once makes it overwhelming for potential customers. So how do you determine what to include when it comes to marketing material such as business cards?...

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Is Selling on Etsy Worth it in 2021?

Is Selling on Etsy Worth it in 2021?

Selling on Etsy is worth it in 2021 because it's one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your handmade products online and hooked up with a shopping cart function.   It's also a low-risk option financially, when compared to building a website. You can set up...

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The Most Profitable Crafts to Sell (in 2021)

The Most Profitable Crafts to Sell (in 2021)

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I'll receive a commission if you purchase through my link, at no extra cost to you. Please read the full disclosure here.    Although there isn't a magic product that's guaranteed to be profitable, there are...

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What Sells Best at a Craft Show? (2021)

What Sells Best at a Craft Show? (2021)

If you’ve sold at a craft show before, you’ve probably noticed those “IT” booths.   They seem to have high-demand products and a steady stream of shoppers in their space all day. The handmade crafts they sell have a unique vibe, their display is on-point, and the...

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Do I Need a Business License to Sell Handmade Items?

Do I Need a Business License to Sell Handmade Items?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer by profession and nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. Although I strive to provide accurate general information, the information presented here is not a substitute for any kind of professional advice or free from...

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