You’ve probably heard of billion dollar businesses that originated out of someone’s garage. Amazon.com began in Jeff Bezos garage. Amway, Apple, Disney, Google, Mattel, Microsoft, Dell and Nike all started from their founder’s homes. But how often do you hear about successful handmade businesses and how they scaled their small start up into global success? I[…]
Selling your products on Etsy (or anywhere else online) depends heavily on getting found in searches. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is about making sure your product pages have tags or keywords relevant to the problems that your product solves or its features that are popularly searched for. For example, if you make leather cases for[…]
Selling things you make at local craft fairs is a good way to start your business. You can test your products to learn how they sell. You’ll get feedback from customers to help you improve your items. I personally like to sell at craft fairs because I enjoy the interactions with customers. If I do[…]
Do you sell at craft fairs? I updated my list of craft shows, festivals and events listing services at http://craftmarketer.com/find-craft-shows/ If you are looking for shows and events to sell to, some of these services include reviews by artists who have attended. Very helpful if you visit a show yourself before signing up for a[…]
Pinterest DIY examples of things to make and sell on this Pinterest board show some great pics of money making ideas. Visual images are more engaging than words alone. Checking out the pics of Pinterest DIY gave me tons of product ideas – from household products to simple fashion accessories. Did you know that[…]
A fun way to supplement your income and utilize your crafts experience is to teach classes and workshops. People who do crafts love learning all the how-tos. Many large metro areas have adult education programs you can teach through. Another venue is art / craft supply stores. They many already sponsor arts and crafts classes.[…]
Facebook gets tons of views and searches daily. If you are an Etsy seller, you can list your craft items and link to your Etsy store for free on Facebook. Join us at the “Buy & Sell Handmade” Facebook Group.
I hate to admit it now but my first craft show display was pretty lame. I didn’t have much money at the time so I didn’t even have an art tent (pop up tent). For my display, I pieced together some lightweight walls out of wood and wood fencing. I figured wood looked more natural[…]