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How To Start a Craft Business

By: Maria Nerius, Resident Craft Expert

Favecrafts' Resident Craft Expert Maria Nerius gets a lot of questions about how to start a craft business. In this article, she details the basics of how to begin a craft business, selling your crafts, and creating your own craft business that is original and engaging.


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I always imagined how successful craft gurus like Martha Stewart started out. It's the little tips like these that go a long way in making a business.

I guess the best place to start then is with the plan on paper and work from there. I find myself talking myself out of starting a business because I ask myself too many questions and then I get stuck with all the crafts I made I like reading these advice ideas It does help. Is it okay to only sell what you have on hand and tell them you can make one in that color and give them a time frame and treat as custom orders or does that send people away? Is there such thing as too many different items in your booth at craft fairs?

Momskii, Don't be afraid of success. When you list an item, there is usually room for a description or explanation. Surely you have seen other advertisers say "4 to 6-week delivery???" Well, you can say something like that, explain that you do not mass produce, but only do custom orders, something like that. DON'T APOLOGIZE. It will be obvious that you are a self-employed artist, working on commission, and many will pay more for that. Be honest about your turn-around time, and require half of the money UP FRONT, and don't ship out until the rest is paid.

I have been making cards for a couple of years now, and I have been sending them to local charities, Hugs and Hope, and Operation Write Home. I am having difficulty in going on-line or creating a webpage, because I have this fear that I if I get a large order, I won't be able to deliver. I have a full-time job and my hubby is ill so I spend a lot of time traveling to see him. Should I be worried about this or is there something I can do, like specify that I can only make (20?).

Thanks for the info but this is my question what should I calculate for labor? My thinking is at least minimum wage. Am I using to much for this? I am doing this 30+ hours a week.

This article was full of good stuff, and I've done some of the things that are suggested. My area has several craft fairs throughout the year, and I attend those with reasonable fees. Also there's a consignment shop nearby that displays items for sale and I try to go by once a week or so. If something sold, I get some money! And I'll always take a few new items to fill the gap or just to make some changes so customers will know to come back. That makes the shop owner happy too. I'm still having trouble pricing my items. I do crochet things and some of them take quite a while to complete. My hourly rate is somewhere in the $.50 - $2.00 range. But I would be crocheting in my spare time anyway, so as long as it covers the cost of yarn, who cares!!


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