5 Tips for Sourcing Materials for Your Handmade Products

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As a handmade seller, you may find that your cost for materials is cutting into your profit margin. When we first start a craft business, we are usually making just a few items. But as your business grows, you may find the need to purchase your supplies and materials at higher quantities. This is when you’ll need to look into purchasing wholesale.

 

By sourcing your materials and purchasing wholesale, you can lower the total cost of your products, which means you’ll make more money on every sale! 

 

But buying wholesale takes some research. There are a lot of scams and low quality sellers out there. Knowing where to look and what to look out for will help you navigate this world.

 

Let’s get shopping!

 

First Things First - Get a Tax ID

 

Most states will require you...

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How to Research if Your Handmade Items Will Sell Online

 

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For most artists and craftspeople, there comes a time when a friend or family member will say to you, “you should sell this!” 

 

Maybe you decided to give a local art or craft show a shot, and got a few sales (or maybe a lot!).

 

Moving your handmade items into an online space opens the doors wide open to the world - literally! Which means two things:

 

  1. The potential of selling your items to a large audience is high.
  2. The potential that no one will want to buy your items is also high.

 

 

The truth is, just because you can sell something locally does not automatically mean that the Internet is just waiting to give your their money.

 

So before you hang your virtual shop sign, let’s do some research to see if your handmade items will sell online.

 

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6 Steps To Getting Your Craft Business Online

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So you’ve decided it’s time to get your beautiful, unique creations online so people around the world can purchase them? 

 

That is awesome and amazing! Congratulations!

 

 Awe, Baby Biebs!

 

I know it seems like a HUGE undertaking, but I’m here for you, and I’ve got what you need to get your online business started. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll soon be opening your virtual doors to new customers and, more importantly, new sales! 

 

Let’s get this party started!

 

 

1. Decide On What You Want to Sell Online

 

Before you get started, take a look at what you’re making (or what you want to make), and think about how it will sell online. Can you ship it easily / affordably? Is it something you think people will...

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Who Is Your Target Market? Finding Your Perfect Customer

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I’m just going to put this out there: if you say your products are for “everyone”, then you will never build a handmade business that will succeed.

 

I know - harsh! But this concept is true for EVERY business. Your products will never be for everyone. And finding your specific customer is a must if you want to create a successful business that pays the bills.

 

If you’re just starting your craft business, this is the perfect time to figure out who your target market is. And if you’ve been in business for a while and haven’t figured out who your ideal customers are - you can do it now, and just go forward from here,

 

Don’t get me wrong - this isn’t easy! It’s not a quick job, either. You will probably start with an idea of your perfect customer...

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6 Ways to Separate Your Handmade Business Finances

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It’s very important to separate your business finances from your personal finances.

 

Many craft and handmade business owners sort of "fell" into their businesses. Maybe you started out making things that people loved, and decided to try selling them. And yay! People started buying your creations.

 

 

So you started making more, and then thought about maybe attending a craft show or two. And as your business grew, so did your income and your expenses. Eventually, you realized you have money coming in and out, but it's hard to keep track! 

 

Sound familiar? I get it! Talking about money can make you feel “icky”.

 

 

But when it comes to running a business, you absolutely must have your finances in order. Not only is it important when *cringe* tax time comes...

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What Being Consistent Means to Your Handmade Business

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Have you ever heard the phrase “know, like, and trust”? 

There’s an unspoken rule of marketing and sales that says that people buy from who they know, like, and trust. 

Beyond just sales, though, the know, like, and trust factor stands true in pretty much every aspect of our lives. You build up your circle of trusted friends and advisors to learn from and lean on, whether it be for personal friendship or professional guidance.

 

As handmade sellers, we have a unique opportunity to build relationships with our customers due to the intimate nature of our product: a handcrafted item is a literal extension of the person who makes it. This opens up the door to really connect with someone on a more personal level, and in a relationship like that, the ONE thing you have to be is reliable...which...

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5 Tips for How to Fill up Your Event Schedule (For the Year!)

Well hey there friend, and welcome to the new year!

 

This is such an exciting time for everyone, but ESPECIALLY for handmade business owners like us.

 

January is the perfect time to sit down, set our goals, and lay out our plan for how we are going to achieve them.

 

A MAJOR part of that planning for us is having an event schedule.

 

Now, the new twist on the whole “event schedule” (notice I didn’t say “show schedule”, because it’s not all in-person shows anymore) is that we have to be ready and willing to shift over into an online space for selling if and when events are postponed or cancelled.

 

Looking at what’s going on in the art fair world as well as the rest of the world, it’s my opinion that in-person events aren’t going to make a meaningful comeback (meaning that they will be “on” and well-attended by buyers) until mid to late summer. 

 

That being said, January is still...

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Find More Time by Organizing

This is the eternal struggle of a handmade business owner:

  1. Make the stuff
  2. Photograph the stuff
  3. List the stuff
  4. Market the stuff
  5. Sell the stuff
  6. Make more stuff

Wash, rinse, and repeat.


Here’s the thing, though...there’s this little thing called “life” that tends to get in the way SOMEWHERE along that process, am I right?!

It may sound counter-intuitive, but hear me out:

This is the PERFECT time to take a step back and get organized.

 

Now you might be like, Lucy, NOOOOO...I have SO MUCH TO DO! I can’t stop making just to clean up!

 

Stay with me, though, because I’m going to show you WHY taking this step now will give you loads of time in the future. 

 

1. Organizing you space (and your materials) gives you an overview of what you have, and what you need

There are few things worse than getting into a making groove only to find out that you are missing an essential component or material. Taking a look at what you have on hand...

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Pivot to Profit Week 2 Day 3: Task Organization & Systems

You are halfway through Week 2: woot woot! Hopefully this challenge is getting you pumped and ready for whatever happens next in your business.

Since this is the week of organizing, today we are going to dive into getting your business tasks organized.

 

This is something that I personally struggle with: I am definitely a more creative brain, and getting tasks organized and mapped out is something that has always been difficult for me.

 


 

There are several different names for organizing the “business” part of your business: “systems”, “SOPs” (which stands for Standard Operating Procedures), “processes”, “process documents”, “workflows” or even a “playbook”. For the purposes of this post, I’m going to use the word “systems”.

 

Now if that just made you glaze over and stare off into space...come back to me! I know that feeling...just read through this and keep...

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It's Time: Get Your Workspace Organized for Maximum Crafty Capacity!

 

I am going to make a sweeping statement here: 

As a creative entrepreneur and artist, the thought of organizing your workspace makes you feel either

  1. Excited
  2. A little bit sick

Yes, it can be both.

 

You are a business owner, and with that comes the need for a dedicated workspace. If you are like most of us, you are working from some space within your home (and if you have an outside studio, kudos to you!). 


For many years, I lived in a very small one bedroom condo. Since it was just me, the area that would normally be my dining area (it wasn’t even a room, just a corner of the big main room I had) served as my workspace. 

You know what? That little corner worked just fine. It’s not about the amount of space, it’s about what you do with it.

Now I’m not suggesting that you go all “Marie Kondo” on your space, but I will say that it is imperative that you have a dedicated space that is organized and ready for work.


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