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Clipart For Stickers – Cricut Craft Tutorial

How to Make Stickers Using Clipart?

A few days back I was clearing up some space in my computer. I came across various graphic sets that I have collected over the years including clip arts and whatnot. They have been resting there for years because I could never figure out a way to use clipart for stickers. I couldn’t turn them into stickers as not all of them have clear outlines and it would have been a mess even if I tried cutting them. They seemed pretty useless to me all this time.

So I thought and thought of a way I could make use of them and finally came up with the perfect solution to use my saved clipart for stickers. To convert my graphic sets into digital stickers, I use Canva.com which is a completely free graphic design software. I use it to define the outline of my stickers so they can be printed and cut by using design space and my Cricut machine.

This method is so easy and fun, quick even once you get a hold of it. I will walk you through the process step by step. Don’t go anywhere, read this post till the end to discover the trick of converting clip arts into adorable digital stickers!

Want Free SVG's For Halloween?

We’ll get into the main part later on but first of all, you obviously need a set of clip arts to start. As I have mentioned a million times before, I download mine from designbundles.net. I love the designs there and the best part is, most of them are absolutely free! So I chose this free Halloween SVG for Cricut and downloaded it to my computer.

This free Halloween SVG for Cricut that I just downloaded contains some of the most amazing and of course spooky designs. You can wander around and download something else or download this one because Halloween is right around the corner and you’re going to need this if you are planning to throw a Halloween party this year!

Once it’s downloaded, open up the folder and you will see a zipped file. Extract its contents and when it’s done, open it up and you will find your designs there!

Now if you open up this directly on design space, it’s going to turn into a mess. The outline is all going to be smudged and there’s no way you can cut it without having it turn into a disaster. Cricut will try and cut it and you will end up with something unrecognizable – AND a headache!

Instead, just head over to Canva and follow these steps to use clipart for stickers. Here comes the interesting part:

How to Make Digital Stickers on CANVA?

Setting Up Canva

Go over to Canva’s website or install its app. On the top right corner, you will see a CREATE DESIGN button. Click on that.

Adjust the size to 6.25*9.25 because that is what design space supports and opens up the canvas.

Change the background color. I changed it to grey because it’s the perfect setting for me. You can change it to what you prefer.

Uploading Your Clipart Files

Now, on your left, there’s a tab with multiple tools. Click on the upload media one and upload your design on the canvas.

Select your design and click on the edit image option that’s gonna pop on the top of the screen.

Type in shadow in the search bar and select the glow option. Once you select it, click on the same button again to open the adjustments.

Increase the transparency to 100%, decrease the blur to 0% as it’s going to remove all the fuzziness, and change the color from black to white. You can adjust the size accordingly too.

Now keep adding the rest of the designs from the free Halloween SVG for Cricut bundle that you downloaded and repeat the process until you’re done.

Moving the File onto CDS

Once the sheet is completed, save the file as a png on your computer. Now open it up in Cricut Design Space. Remove the grey background. Use tools to ensure you got all of it or otherwise you will be left with small grey marks around your stickers.

Again, download the file to your computer. Save it with a name such as Halloween stickers and then add similar tags like spooky stickers so you can easily find them.

Then again, start a new project on Cricut and upload this image.  Adjust the size and click on the make button!

Send it to the printer and start printing. Move on to the next step, select the material. I usually select paper plus.

Load your design onto the mat and put it into the machine, hit the arrow, and follow the instructions given on the screen!

That’s it! It might seem a lot to take in right now, but once you start doing it, it will hardly take 5 minutes. Exploring this method is by far one of the most wonderful things I have done and I hope it helps you too!

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How to Sell on ETSY Successfully

10 Things You Should Never Do When Selling on ETSY

I know how overwhelming it is to start an online business. It takes a while to know your way around stuff. You are always wondering if you are doing things the right way. Well, don’t worry, like always I got your back. Let’s talk about how to sell on etsy successfully. I’m guessing that you would have already started your shop on etsy. But if you haven’t go check out my other post on Setting an ETSY Shop to get started.

Opening up a shop on platforms like ETSY seems like a piece of cake but what many of us don’t know is that there is a whole lot of process going behind the scenes that play its part in ranking your shop, selling your products, and directing potential customers towards your products.

Let’s start with a few things that you might be doing wrong if you aim to be successful on ETSY. Many of you might be doing a lot of these things but that’s okay! We all do it wrong in the beginning.

To learn more about how to sell on etsy successfully, let’s have a look at these 10 things you should NEVER do when selling on ETSY:

1. Dont' Join Like for Like Ladders

At some point or the other, we all have fallen into this scheme of like for like. This does sound fruitful apparently, but SPOILER ALERT: it doesn’t work.

If people visit your profile just for the sake of giving it a like, ETSY is going to view them as buyers who visited your shop but didn’t find anything good enough to purchase so they left! Doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

ETSY wants to earn money and these tactics are not giving it that.  As a result, your shop may end up getting tanked!

2. Don't Compare Yourself with Your Competitors

Looking at your competitors’ shops and wondering how come they got it all? If you do this, you are completely normal because everyone does it. But stop immediately! It’s not helping, it’s never gonna help, and it’s only going to lower your morale.

Your competitors might be selling the same products as you but what you don’t know is the time it took for them to get there, the strategies they follow, and their marketing budget! If you want to be selling on ETSY successfully, comparing your business with others’ will do you no good.

3. Don't Underprice Yourself

Even if you are selling your products for $1, there’s always gonna be someone who’s going to say ‘oh, that’s too expensive!’ So you can’t keep lowering your prices every time someone tells you that you overcharge. Price your items in accordance with the market trends and your product costs!

4. Always Stick to Your Policies

When you are making your place in the market, people often show leniency towards their policies which is a NO. You need to stick to your store policies if you want to sell on ETSY. For instance, if you have a no refund policy, you simply don’t ever entertain refunds!

5. Don't React to Negative Comments Right Away

I know how my blood boils when I come across a negative comment. Ashley after a complaint and Ashley two hours later are two different people. But remember, the way you respond to criticism is VERY important! NEVER act on your impulse and always wait till the sting goes away and then reply as calmly as you can!

6. Don't Participate in Buy in Groups

Participating in these groups is never a good idea. The probability of receiving anything at all is very low. And even if you do receive something, the quality might not be up to your expectations.

So instead of being disappointed in the end, it’s better to divert your attention towards the customers that are actually interested and know the value of your products!

7. Don't Act on the Demand of a Few Customers

If you restock your shop with items demanded by a few of your customers, you might end up not being able to sell them. You have to entertain the mass, not the few, so always conduct a poll or survey before launching a new edition to your collection!

8. Don't Write Impersonal Description

I cannot emphasize this enough, ALWAYS write a great and well-detailed description of your products. This is the first thing a customer sees when they click on your product. If the description is not good enough, they may not be intrigued to buy it. Describing all of your products in detail is one of the most successful tips on selling on ETSY.

9. Don't Use the Same Keywords for Every Item

It’s important to use keywords in the title of your items. If the keyword is good, the chances of your product being ranked at the top will be drastically increased. However, if you use the same keywords for every item, you will be competing with yourself only!

Instead, use different keywords for every item so you have an equal chance of ranking in every category!

10. And Lastly, Don't Give Up!

If you really wish to be successful on ETSY, don’t even think about giving up. There is a lot to learn and know before you can master ETSY so don’t be disappointed if you are not able to make a sale in even months after launching your shop!

It’s a long shot and you can’t become a millionaire overnight. Give things time, keep learning new tips and tricks and you will eventually become a top seller on ETSY!

If you had been doing any of this stuff, stop it immediately. And might I suggest, don’t act on everyone’s advice. Everyone has their own experiences and is entitled to their own opinion. What worked for them might not work for everyone so before you try and follow their steps, carry out your research. Find out if what they told you is actually effective or not.

I understand it’s a lot to deal with. Been there, done that! But take my word for it, once you master these tips on selling on etsy, it’s going to be so much fun and you will soon realize that all this struggle was totally worth it!

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Tips Selling on ETSY for success in 2021

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Selling On ETSY

When I first got to know about ETSY, I was impressed as ETSY is among one of the very few platforms that promotes the hard work of artisans. If you too are looking to sell your handmade crafts, you should definitely consider ETSY. However, selling your products in the ever-so-competitive market is no piece of cake. So today here, I’m going to share some tips selling on etsy that you should know before starting! Let’s start with going over how to start selling on ETSY by setting up a shop:

 

How To Start Selling on ETSY

To start selling on ETSY, you will need to set up your shop by getting registered on the site. Good news: you can set up your shop on ETSY without paying a single penny! Although there’s a cost of selling on ETSY. You have to pay a small amount of $0.20 per listing to get started!

The following steps will walk you through the process of getting registered:

  • Visit ETSY’s homepage and click on the button that says ‘Sell on Etsy’. Once you are directed to the new page, click ‘Open your Etsy Shop’.
  • Choose your preferences. Such as, your location, the language in which you will describe your products, and the currency in which you’d like to trade.
  • Choose the name of your shop. It can be anything that comes into your mind but I say, go creative! Come up with something unique, short, eye-catching, and easy to pronounce. You should also ensure that the name of your shop resonates with your products!
  • Start listing your products. This is the step that matters the most so make sure you are doing it right! You need to be a lot patient with it because trust me, I know sometimes you would feel like smashing the screen of your computer!
  • In the next section, i’ll explain how to list your products on ETSY. But hold on! if you don’t find this information enough. Check out this post on setting an etsy shop!

Listing Products on ETSY

  • Upload several photos of each product from different angles.
  • Write a product description that is on point! Research relevant keywords and include them in the description as well as the available tags. Make sure to include common questions asked about your product and any allergy concerns. 
  • Include shipping fees. Don’t, I repeat, don’t just randomly enter any number. Write down a fully calculated amount so you don’t end up paying the shipping from your pocket. This is a mistake almost every newbie makes (myself included on several occasions)!
  • Select your payment method. I personally use either PayPal or ETSY Payments as I believe these methods are the easiest. This is the most preferred ones from sellers. Check out more on setting payments in my other post by clicking here.
  • Add your billing information and you’re all set!

 

5 Must Know Tips Selling on ETSY

  1. Well, for starters, you need to ensure that your product’s photographs are exceptional! People need to be attracted to your products when they view your shop. Make sure it’s clear what you are selling. Don’t make people guess. 
  2. I cannot emphasize this enough, LEARN SEO. Following the correct SEO technique and using the right keywords is the key to organically bring your products to the top and get more sales. Use tools to find keywords related to your business. ERANK is an incredible tool with a free plan!
  3. Don’t go blindly setting prices. Calculate your costs, include the shipping charges and the listing fee, and keep in mind that you will have to pay a 5% transaction fee upon each sale. Make sure you are earning a profit, but keep your profit margin low! [If you need help on pricing, check out our Cost Calculator too]
  4. Give your products a unique edge over your competitors. People need to see a reason to choose YOUR shop over the shop of your competitors.
  5. Market your products through digital media! Link your shop to your socials, introduce coupon codes, offer discounts, etc. Or, you can use paid promotions offered by ETSY to bring your listings to the top. Remember people buy from people so YOU are the face of your company.

I can go on and on about tips selling on etsy but I think if you have come this far, you should now have a pretty great idea about it yourself. These small tips will help you get started. Set up your shop on ETSY now and start selling, your experience will make you learn better!      

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Spreadsheet for Inventory Management

How to Use a Spreadsheet to Organize Your Craft Files Inventory?

So, today we are back to talk about this super cool and life-saving spreadsheet for inventory. I use them to keep a track of all of my SVG craft files I purchase online. Even though filling out this spreadsheet every time I spend some bucks over the internet gets in the way of me and procrastination (HAHA) but oh- the way it has helped me out since I have started using it!

 

Before this wonder came into my life, I often used to forget about most of my purchases. I wouldn’t know about these SVG craft files until I cleared up my hard drive or browsing the web to find the same thing.

 

Loving to craft and being so disorganized is not a combination that comes in handy. So, this is what I use to keep a record of all my purchases in one place. I’m gonna attach the link here too for you to give it a look. Although it appears to be a little complex at first however, I am going to explain it to you thoroughly in the next few paragraphs.

Before we get started, I want you to Click Open this FREE SPREADSHEET so that you can have an idea of what I am going to talk about next!

We’ll go through each of the columns one by one and I’ll explain the use of it thoroughly.

 

Name of File

This is the first column that you will be seeing. No explanations are needed, all you have to do is type in the name of the file you are recording. Although I’d share a small tip that I follow. Make sure to name your file with the same name that it is saved on your computer. This way it will be a lot easier to find your SVG craft files whenever you need them!

Price

In this column you mention the price at which you bought your file. This means your cost of purchase will be mentioned here. This is going to help you in remembering how much you spent in purchases.

 

For calculating the costs and prices, I use this Pricing Spreadsheet. You can check that too. It definitely going to help you in pricing your products while calculating everything from your cost price to your profits!

Source Website

Okay, so the next three tabs mention the most common websites from where people usually purchase their SVG craft files from. If you bought yours from one of these, check the box in that column. If not, you can always add another column to the spreadsheet for the website you made your purchase from. It’s a great tip to have this information with you for future reference.

Active

The tabs in the active column are for you to keep track of if you have that design listed to sell. It’s a cool reminder to know which of your designs are already utilized and actively selling and which still need to be used!

Advertising

The advertising column is going to help you remember the platforms where you marketed this design. It can be your Facebook page, Instagram account, or any other buying and selling group!

Design

This column is for you to organize your file according to their design type for instance if it is an SVG or graphic.

Commercial

This column is super important as it is gonna help you keep a record if your file has commercial use or not which means that you can make products out of those designs and sell them! 

 

So, what do you think? Isn’t it cool that a single sheet can help you remember everything that you need to know about your craft files? The part I love about this spreadsheet for inventory is that you can add further columns to it as well!

 

If you want to know how I do all this, click on the link below to allow me to give you a demo of the whole thing.

 

Organizing your SVG Craft Files

 

If you liked this blog and my video, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends too.

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Benefits of LLC vs Sole Proprietor

Benefits of Having an LLC vs Sole Proprietor as a Small Business!

As I’m always trying to find the topics that would help small business owners and flourish their businesses, I recently came across a social media debate on the benefits of LLC vs Sole Proprietor, which one of these is better for small business owners?  

Going through people’s opinions on this, I concluded it’s super important that someone finally addresses every aspect of this debate and pretty obviously, that someone is gonna be me! So, this is what we are gonna talk about today: the benefits of LLC vs Sole Proprietor!

 

First off, let’s just get to know about both of these terms separately:

What is LLC?

The acronym LLC stands for Limited Liability Company. It is a business structure designed for small business owners to offer them protection and prevent them from being held personally responsible for debts or liabilities.

Business owners choose LLC as it offers them several advantages, such as:

1. Limited Amount of Paperwork

For businesses that are running on small-scale, excessive paperwork and never-ending formalities are a nightmare! LLC offers less paperwork as well as fewer formalities. For instance, if you have started an LLC, you do not have to attend annual shareholder meetings.

2. Flexible Management

With LLC, owners are entitled to make all their decisions by themselves unlike in a corporate structure where a board of directors is needed to supervise all the important decisions and company policies.

3. Offers Owner Protection

One of the major advantages of LLC is that it offers the separation of business assets from the personal assets of the owner. In the case of debts and liabilities, the personal assets of the owners are always out of risk. If you own cars, houses, etc, this is important!

There are some more advantages of LLC, all concluding to the fact that LLC is one of the simplest business structures. Therefore, it is highly suitable for small businesses.

Coming onto the next one:

What is a Sole Proprietor?

One of the simplest structures followed for a business is the sole proprietorship. As it is the easiest business structure, it is the most common choice for small business owners. In a sole proprietorship, the business is owned by a single individual and there is no distinction between the personal and business debts and liabilities. People go for sole proprietorship because of certain advantages that it offers such as:

1. Low Cost

Setting up a business is expensive enough already. Sole proprietorship is preferred by small business owners as it is inexpensive and the easiest as well as the quickest method to get your business running.

2. More Freedom

Since you are the only owner of your business, you are free to make all of your decisions. You don’t need to consult anyone or take anyone else’s opinions, you may do whatever you believe is in the best interest of your business.

3. Reduced Formalities

As the owner and the business are not viewed as distinct from each other, the formalities of running the business are greatly reduced.

 

Looking at the advantages of both LLC and Sole Proprietor surely makes sole proprietorship look more appealing due to its informality. But let’s compare both of them in detail to know more!

Is LLC better than Sole Proprietorship?

Some of the major differences between LLC and Sole Proprietorship are as follows:

  1. LLC is a formal legal process whereas sole proprietorship does not require any formalities and is easier to form.
  2. In an LLC, the ownership of your business is shared with the members of the LLC whereas you are the only owner of your business in a sole proprietorship.
  3. In case of the business being sued, your personal assets are always safe with an LLC. However, if you are the sole proprietor, your personal assets are just as much at risk as your company.
  4. The taxation process in LLC is kind of flexible which is not the case in a sole proprietorship. If you go with an LLC, you may end up with some tax savings.

All things considered, I personally feel that if you compare the benefits of llc vs sole proprietor, LLC is a better option than sole proprietorship for small-scale businesses. Even though it involves comparatively more formalities, it also has greater advantages and fewer drawbacks. That is why I applied for my LLC when I first started my business back in 2018 (yes – AMCX Studio is an LLC!). All in all, it was a fairly easy process and the yearly fees are minimal when it comes to the protection that I am afforded each year. 

For more information, I would highly recommend that you check with your state requirements for your business. You can oftentimes find state funded business resource centers in your area with a quick google search. I hope this was enough to clear any doubts in your minds and get you thinking about setting your business in stone! Let me know what you prefer, LLC or Sole Proprietorship? You can also check out my other post on Starting a Crafts Business!

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Where to sell your crafts online?

Have a Crafts Business? Find out Where to Sell Your Crafts Online?

In my opinion, nothing is cooler than owning a craft business! It’s definitely a skill not everyone possesses and your crafts are a product of your creativity and hard work. I have always been the one to encourage small businesses and appreciate the true art which is why I know there are many talented people out there who have literally zero ideas how valuable their crafts are. So today we’re gonna talk about where to sell your crafts online and make some good money out of it!

How to Sell Homemade Crafts Online?

The following are some authentic platforms where the chances of getting scammed are close to zero. Explore your options by going through this list below.

ETSY

My own experience with Etsy has me believing that Etsy is one of the best handmade craft websites. Why? Because the creators of this website have designed it especially for this purpose. It’s an e-commerce market place that exclusively deals with handmade and vintage. This means that the traffic on this website are people who know the value of your hard work so there are greater chances of you selling your crafts there!

 

In just the few years that I have sold on their platform, I have witnessed a lot of changes. While some of them seem to be a little weird, over all I genuinely believe that they have handmade sellers in mind. There is a lot of room for growth on their platform regardless of niche and it’s an excellent stepping stone if you plan on opening up your own website one day. The best part, it costs very little to start up and the Etsy community can be very helpful in understanding what to do next.

Amazon Handmade

Amazon handmade is a platform designed to support the work of local artists by giving them an opportunity to sell their handicrafts on the website. Like ETSY, you can only buy or sell handmade crafts from it but here’s what makes it a great option:

You know how we associate something with a brand name, we are quick to form our opinion about it like “Oh she’s carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag, it must be super expensive!” This is the type of credibility you need when you are selling handmade crafts online. 

 

As soon as someone sees your products on Amazon Handmade they will believe if it’s on Amazon, it must be as great as shown in the picture! Even though knowing your way around Amazon may take some time but it’s totally worth it keeping in mind the vast client base!

 

Facebook

Facebook is the ideal place if you are looking to sell your handmade crafts casually and gain local support. There are hundreds of buying and selling groups on the platform through which you can market your products easily, without paying a single penny! Always remember to meet up in a public place and have cash and business cards ready.

 

Mobile Applications

The key to maximize your sales is to ensure you are selling to the right audience! You may be selling diamonds at the cheapest rates but if your audience is unaware of its worth, you can do all you can and still end up with zero sales by the end of the month. If your focus on who to sell is clear, the answer to where to sell your crafts becomes pretty clear! 

 

Apart from ETSY and Amazon Handmade, one of your best shots at selling your crafts online is through mobile applications like Let Go, Offer Up, and PoshMark.

Local Markets

If online is not working out for you, you can always sell your art in the local markets. Flea and artisan markets might be one of your best options to sell your handmade crafts! You will often find your local markets hosting meet-ups every weekend or once a month.

 

So, today we have learned that the creativity you show in your free time is actually worth a lot of money. All you need is to showcase your product to the right audience and you will see the appreciation you get. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, isn’t that what they say?

 

Let me know your experiences if you have previously tried to sell on any of these platforms and what your favorite marketplace is for handmade items.

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STARTING A CRAFT BUSINESS

Ready to make money? Follow these tips if you are STARTING A CRAFT BUSINESS!

With a craft machine, it is so easy to go from crafter to boss babe (or dude!). There are a few things though that you will want to be aware of when starting a craft business. In this article, we are going to go over all of those to get you ready for the shift from weekend creator to full-time hustle!

1. Shift Your Mindset

Yep, that’s right, you need to SHIFT your mindset to start your business. You are no longer going to treat this as a hobby but as a business. You have to be ready to put in serious work to grow this into something that will create income for you. There will be late nights ahead, you will need to have money invested, and you might even need more Starbucks (is this a punishment though?) but the end results will be worth the time you have to put into creating your business. You need to consider your time VALUABLE. Set a plan – even a loose one – of what you want your business to be. You don’t have to realistic right now, just jot down where you picture yourself. You can no longer focus on things that do not serve you and your end goals.

2. Know Your Suppliers

In order to run your business, no matter how big or small, you need supplies! By doing a little bit of research ahead of time you can find out who has decent prices and how many of each unit you need to order to get those prices. While your local craft store may be convenient, oftentimes you are paying for that convenience. 😉 Take into consideration the costs of shipping and their shipping frames when picking your supplier. Have a few of them at the ready to give you the best prices. Check out some of my favorites and our besties lists here.

3. Understand Licensing

Not all designs are created equal – even if they are FREE. if you are selling your finished projects, you want to make sure you have the proper license. 😉 Most often you will see sites refer to their license as personal or commercial use. Personal use, as the name suggests, is personal. It’s just for you to make and use within your home. You’re not making money for your brand/business in any way. Commercial use allows you to make and sell end products. Most often those end products will be physical, however, you are also able to create digital files as well. If you are looking for sites with commercial use be sure to check the link here and also peep these FREE commercial use sites.

4. Research The Market

I am all for jumping in head first because I get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that you “should” plan, getting together the PERFECT plan, and ultimately I never finish. If you are like that – *hugs* I am so sorry! With that said, there is something in doing a bit of research before you open shop. (Even after opening up shop, you will want to keep an eye out for trends!) When you think of what you want to sell, take a minute to just consider your prices, what options you will offer to your customers, and if you will take on custom orders. By doing a quick Google search or even peeping at other Etsy shops, you can get an idea of the market prices for items similar to yours. Don’t undercut yourself!

5. Crunch The Numbers

A business won’t succeed if you don’t understand where your money is going. One big thing that you have to know is how much your materials cost!? If you haven’t taken a minute to find your suppliers, seriously, do this now! How much time does it take to create your designs? What do you want to make an hour? Are you spending money on marketing? What are your listing fees on your platform?

For help in understanding what your project costs, you can check out this cool spreadsheet I made to help you break it all down.

6. Making Products

It should go without saying that we need to create our products! I mean, we are here to make money. Creating products will allow you to gain basic vinyl skills that will help you grow your business and create your crafts like knowing how to weed designs, press shirts, and apply decals. These skills and processes will change over time as you find out what works best for you. 

 

Remember practice makes perfect! If you are wanting to make cool glitter tumblers, be sure to visit your local dollar tree and pick up some cheap cups to practice on before committing yourself to that order. By making some products, you can also get an idea of how much time and materials it takes to make your products is. (Now, as time goes on, you will get faster at your craft and supplies have the potential to go down in price – so this might change later.)  With that said, you DO NOT have to create a product for every design you plan to offer. You can, in fact, use mockups to stage products and get insight into a product line before you commit time and money (check out this video here). 

7. Set Up Shop

So you know your numbers, you have your products, and you are ready to get that money but where do you sell? There are so many amazing places that you can sell your handmade items on. When starting a craft business, the most affordable option is; social media! Facebook and Instagram have made it possible to grow as a craft business with the use of swip swap groups and FB pages. By posting finished products or mockups in groups, you can get orders through DMs. Be sure to use payment centers like Paypal for business purposes (it protects you and the buyer). Wanting to go a step further? Check out local craft fairs and flea markets. You can rent out booths for relatively cheap for a weekend. 

 

There are other platforms like Etsy (afl) and Amazon handmade.  I love my Etsy shop and it now makes up over half of my monthly income! I do have an Amazon handmade shop, however, it is NOT user-friendly (for me at least) so I haven’t been able to sell on there to give my opinion on their platform.  If you are interested in reading my take on Etsy, you can visit the link to learn more. If you are seeking to drive your traffic and do it “your way”, you can also set up your own website. I happen to run my own site(s) that I sell on through WordPress but you can use Shopify for an easier setup. Each platform has its own set of fees so when deciding where to sell, be aware of those numbers.T

8. Time To Shine!

You may have heard the saying if you build it they will come but don’t be silly! We are not sitting around waiting for success to come to us – we are goal getting besties and we are here to shine. You are your biggest advocate for your business. No one will hustle for you more than you. Don’t let a day go by without a post on social media. You don’t want to create SELL SELL SELL posts, but keep engaged with your audience is important. Social media can be one of the BIGGEST drivers of traffic. Think about where your target market hangs out and make sure you show up. The latest fun spot to be is TikTok and if you are not already following me, why not?! Don’t forget to share this with your people around. Maybe someone known out there might be looking for starting a craft business.