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What to Sell at Craft Shows to Make Money
March 24, 2017
Whether you're just starting a business and aren't sure what you're going to make or you're already running a business and are looking for ideas on what else to sell at craft shows to make money, this article will help.   No matter what you make, you can offer variety and increase sales without having to learn a new craft or break into a new industry.    If you want to know how to have a best selling product at craft shows, check out this article.   If you want ideas on what you can create and bring to craft shows to make more money, this article has got you covered. Keep reading below...       STEP 1: WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT?   I’m assuming you're already making an..
How to Prepare for a Craft Show & Preparation Checklist
March 15, 2017
This article is to help you get ready and prepare for a craft show you’ve been accepted to. It includes a craft show preperation checklist to download and print off.   If you haven’t been accepted to a craft show yet and are looking for ones to apply to or want to increase your chances of being accepted, check out these articles. Improve your chances of getting accepted 5 mistakes that will get your application tossed (not literally...just gently pushed aside maybe;) Do's & don'ts craft show organizers with every vendor knew 10 red flags to watch for when applying to a craft show 5 reasons you didn't get accepted to a craft show   And if you've been accepted and are stressing about getting pr..
What Sells Best at a Craft Show? Find out
March 1, 2017
If you’ve sold at a craft show before, you’ve probably noticed those “IT” booths.   They got it goin’ on. They scream, “cool” without having to say a word and have a steady stream of shoppers in their space all day. The handmade products they sell have their own vibe, their display is on-point and the vendor looks relaxed and confident.   You’ve likely also noticed that it’s not one category of product that’s consistently the most popular.   So if you were looking for the most popular product to sell at a craft show, as in jewelry, mittens or art, you won’t find an answer here.   I don’t think you’ll find an answer anywhere. And that’s because…   What se..
How to Know if your Handmade Product will Sell
February 2, 2017
You design your handmade products, build up tons of stock, set up at a craft show and wonder if your products will sell.   The hard part is; you'll never know 100% what people will and won’t buy until you put it out there.   But….you can increase your chances of creating a handmade product that sells and save costs along the way by doing research and working off facts, not guesses.     Let’s assume you’re in the dream up stage of your new product. You have an idea, have figured out several details but haven’t actually begun making any.   You’re in the safe zone right now; not a lot of money has been put into this new product idea and you have very little risk at this point...
What to Work on in Slow Times of a Handmade Business
January 14, 2017
It’s not uncommon, and so easy, to feel a little down and stuck after December. You’re tired from the holidays, have the back-from-vacation blues and are returning to your handmade business after one of your busiest months, filled with sales and craft fairs, and into a slow time full of crickets and empty inboxes.   When you’re running your own handmade business and you’ve gotten used to all the sales, emails and Facebook likes, it can be a frustrating seeing those numbers drop. Every task you think about starting gets questioned and inevitably pushed aside because it’s not a direct path to an immediate sale.     When I worked for a large retailer, it didn’t make going back to work in January any ..
How to Make a Best Selling Handmade Product
December 12, 2016
If you’re struggling to make sales in your small handmade business, one of my first suggestions is to take a look at your products. When you have a great product, people brag about it for you, write good reviews, become repeat customers and if they own a shop, they carry it in their store. Having a great product also helps take pressure off when it comes to marketing and selling.
How to Display Jewelry at a Craft Show
November 24, 2016
WANT TO STAND OUT AT A CRAFT SHOW? TRY THESE DISPLAY TRICKS is one of my more popular craft show display related articles with over 20,000 people reading it each month (and growing). Through that article I’ve received lots of emails and comments from craft show vendors asking for ideas on how they can create an impactful display for their products. "How do I display my handmade jewelry at a craft show?" is one of the most popular questions I get asked and so I put together this article!   If you haven't read that article yet, check it out here for explanations and visual examples of the 10 eye-catching display elements shared in this article covering a jewelry craft show display.     I wanted to take th..
50 Ways to Market your Handmade Business without Saying a Word
November 9, 2016
Many handmade business owners don't like to market. They don't spend enough time marketing, aren't sure what else to do besides post to Facebook, post to Instagram, pay for an ad, etc. And maybe aren't even sure what exactly marketing is.   I feel ya! Marketing, advertising, branding, social media strategies...there's a lot to learn and cover as a small handmade business owner.    But without marketing, people won't hear or learn about your business and products, which obviously affects your sales.   Let me help spark, some ideas to help you market your handmade business and do your best to let your products do all the talking.     I’ve launched a new ebook! Yaaaaay. My fir..
How Craft Fair Vendors can Increase your Sales
October 11, 2016
I have a fun idea for you to try at your next craft fair. I personally never tried it when I was selling handbags but thought it may be something you could give a go and let me know how it works! You owe me nothing if it’s your best craft fair yet and I take no responsibility if it’s a flop ;) Seriously though, as per our terms, this is just advice   And that idea is...   Cross-promote with another craft fair vendor!   No, not just share a table with a friend at a craft fair; they get one side to display their products and you get the other. I’m talkin’ bout finding a vendor whose products compliment yours and can be displayed together. Creating a one-stop shop for your ideal customer. Finding the ..
10 Times a Craft Show Vendor should say NO
October 3, 2016
Shoppers don’t head to a craft fair with the intention of insulting the vendor. They’re usually just asking a question they see no harm in asking. So this article is not to shame anyone who’s uttered the words below to a vendor or near them.   Rather it’s to point out to craft show vendors that just because someone asks doesn’t mean you have to cater.   Consider your business’ goals, values and message before agreeing to something. For example, if you want your work to be valued, viewed as high-end and raise awareness about the importance and costs of using ethically sourced materials, don’t hand out discounts anytime a shopper asks.   Being flexible is a perk people love in small businesses...

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