The question of, ‘should I Etsy, or should I not’ is one that is often asked, and I see phases of sellers pondering what else is out there for varying reasons. Today on the podcast I wanted to continue our conversation about alternatives and introduce you to Zibbet.
The ultimate guide to finding a craft business model that works for you!
I’m really excited to bring you this guide today… I have had so many questions about what sort of craft businesses you should start that I thought I’d give you my top tips to finding something you will love doing!
Working in the Arts and Crafts industry can be everything you imagine, as a creative type… starting and ending each day doing something you love is an amazing feeling. The best news is that you don’t need a huge investment behind you to start out either; so we aren’t talking bank loans, or fancy premises, in fact most craft businesses can be started at home. I started mine in my spare room!
Having shown at many crafts shows with my previous business, I learnt very early on how to set up a stall that worked at marketing and selling my product and so it pains me to see others getting it wrong.
Crafts shows should be a wonderful addition to revenue streams for handmade artisans and are a really important way to engage with new and existing customers, as well as other opportunities. For example I have secured wholesale clients through shows and interviews in magazines and blogs. So it’s incredibly important to take the act of showing and selling our craft seriously.
Today's feature highlights the need to plan in more ways than one and is a testament to the hard work small businesses put into their business every day.
Most of us started our businesses whilst working another day-job and whilst it can be incredibly rewarding to work towards your dream, it can be tiring. Throw in real life stuff like a young family and things can feel a little out of control!
Here's the thing though, with careful planning and flexibility you can absolutely create something wonderful and today's example shows that.
Let Me Introduce You To Morena Who Owns Kodes Accessories.
It seemed clear early on that while my courses go down a storm that people occasionally prefer a 1 to 1 service, particularly if they have hit an obstacle in their business and aren't sure how to move past it.
So I asked… ‘Would you like a 1 to 1 service?’
The overwhelming response was, ‘Yes!’
I set about running some trials and am pleased to announce the opening of my 1 to 1 services.