Working Out A Plan

English: Vendor selling handcrafted hats and m...
English: Vendor selling handcrafted hats and mini baskets in the crafts section of the Feria del Caballo in Texcoco, Mexico State, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big shout out to Jo Michaels!  Who requested this topic as my first video blog.  You can follow her on TWITTER, and don’t forget to check out all of her amazing work over on her BLOG!

I posted a while back about being inspired to write an ebook on this topic of selling handmade crafts.  That post was largely purposed to brainstorm and to mull around different ideas on what I could write about.  Since that post, I’ve done some more brainstorming and have managed to come up with an organized idea for my little ebook.  I’m starting to get real exited about it!  I’ve got a plan 😀

Exact titles are still up in the air, so I’m all for any ideas that any of you guys might have!

There is going to be a section on time management.  Whether you craft as a full-time job, or your hobby is attempting to supplement your income, there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything that you need to get done.  This section is dedicated to breaking down how much of your available time (in percentages) needs to be spent on different aspects that are involved with selling your crafts.  From the beginner who is just starting off, to the professional who might still be struggling trying to balance it all out.

Crafts for Fun and Profit 7
Crafts for Fun and Profit 7 (Photo credit: sallysetsforth)

Marketing and advertisement.  Selling your crafts has become super competitive due to the ease of listing products online and the abundance of craft shows/fairs as well as consingmnet shops.  This section focuses on different ideas that you can use to effectively get your name out there and fairly compete with everyone else.

Do you choose an online format over an actual store front?  In this section I am going to discuss pros and cons to using the internet versus face-to-face.  As a bonus, I will also list all of the online venues that are currently available.

I am going to be devoting an entire section to the social medias.  There are so many ways that you can use facebook, twitter, pinterest, and blogging formats to promote your business and several people use social medias as the *only* way to sell their product.  That is very possible, and I’m going to be giving you advice and tips on how to do that!

Then there is the part of having a small business run from your home that almost every person struggles with:  the legal issues.  Do you need a license?  A tax identification number?  I will cover a few different methods on how to price your products.  The little things that you need to be keeping a record of in order to remain legal.

This is just the basic outline for now.  I’m sure as I dive deeper into the planning of these books I will discover different things to write about.  If there is something that you would like to know about, or maybe you are struggling with something in particular with your own crafting business, let me know!  I would LOVE to have an entire section devoted to specific individual problems along with different ideas on how to get out of those “traps”.

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