Have you been introduced to our Creative Business Toolbox here on the blog? Since most of us start crafting for the pure enjoyment it’s hard to shift focus to thinking of our craft as a business. If we want to be taken seriously and make a success of it, and we do, it’s time to put in the hard yards. I’m slowly building a Creative Business Toolbox that full of tasks, tips and trick to help you build success:
- Choose an online (shop/business) name
- Find a good workspace – at home or somewhere you can spread out and get your tools and supplies organised.
- Boost Production – how much stock are you going to need when you started to sell your crafts?
- Set up a business email and mailing address.
- Decide on the scope of your business - write down your thoughts on the what, how and the who.
- Set Pricing (not as simple as you might think)
- 10 Ways to Show Your Customers You are Serious
- Decide how you’ll get paid – set up a Paypal account or other online payment portal.
- Keep Records - set up your bookkeeping templates – they don’t have to be super formal at first but it’s good to know what’s going on from the start.
- Consider legality – are you going to make your business official
- Developing Your Product Line with Market Research
- Choose your online venues to sell your crafts: Etsy, Ebay, your own site, HandMade?
- Take good quality images of your crafts
- Draft some descriptions of your items. Browse similar items on sites like Etsy to get an idea of what your should write.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be, but don’t be fooled either, there is more to selling your crafts online then you might think and this is just the beginning. We’ll tackle each step together. What else would you like to see in your creative business toolbox? Do you or would you like to sell your crafts? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.