Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Starting Up Your Craft Business & Keep It Going!

I see many people who started out in the crafting industry just to give up a few months down the road. The main problem is they either didn't love what they were doing or expected to get rich quick with selling the end product. Let me tell you now you must LOVE what you do and you should not expect to "get rich quick" selling your crafts. I'm sure there are few people who have been lucky enough to have fast success, but for most of us it will be a slower process. And that's perfectly fine, especially if you love what you do! Crafters shouldn't really expect full on profits until 6-12 months. This is including your start up fees and your materials. So how do you keep momentum going? Maybe these few pointers will help:

*Start your business out slow. Don't expect to much to fast. Just relax, do what you love, and go with the flow!
*Time management is also key. Do what you can, when you can. You don't want to burn yourself out! Save all of that valuable energy for when you build a good number of clientele.
*Get involved in your crafting community for new ideas and support. It's always great to know someone else is going thru the same thing you are!

So start out slow and then watch your business grow! Best wishes to you all and have fun doing what you do!

17 comments:

Alida said...

Great tips! Looking forward to learning more from you :-)

Just found you over at the blog hop.

Joy & blessings,
Alida from Blackpurl's Knitpickings

Declutter Your Life said...

Great tips! I know so many people who start blogging to make money but it takes time. I just got into an awesome company that is just starting up. Go check it out from my blog.

Merry Christmas!

AubrieAnne said...

This is great advice. When I first started my jewelry line, everything was so slow! (including making the jewelry!) I just wanted to have tons of stock and then sell a bunch right off the bat! Of course, I was disapointed. But now, I have not only improved my stock, but i'm more patient with it as well. It's a joy now.

AubrieAnne @ http://whosyoureditor.blogspot.com/

Go Ask Katie said...

Hopping over to your wonderful blog to say hello. I hope you'll join me too. Hugs!

Sandy @ The Mommy's Place said...

Great advice, look forward to reading more.

GabbyRM said...

Great posts. I know a lot of people can get discouraged when things are slow.

shah wharton said...

I don't make anything but these were significant tips for sellers. You are following me from the blog hop - following you back. ;) Happy Christmas !!

Shah. X

Louanne said...

Hello! Many thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following you, too!

curlie girlie said...

Thanks for the tips!
I'm your newest follower from the Mid Week Mingle...come follow me back! :)
Sara
http://curliegirlie03.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

Thank you so much for stopping by the Elephant's Trunk and for your nice comments! I appreciate them. I am following back :)

Felicia said...

Hello! Thanks for the advise! I started my Furniture Business in august and I am loveing it! I would love it if you popped over to my blog and had a look!

skittaskattfurniture.blogspot.com

Mommy B said...

Thanks for the follow!

Happy Holidays from The Adventures of Mommy B!!

Susan Evans said...

Your pointers apply to any home business, not just crafting. When you're trying to make money, you can easily go overboard and spend way too much time on it, spending less time with your own family. This counteracts the whole point of having a home business.

Ceci said...

I just started my Etsy shop today, but I've been a blogger for a few years now, and I imagine it's like blogging - if you stick with it long enough, you get a trickle of interest, and once you get that trickle it grows... and then grows faster... but Oh! The beginning is hard to get through!

Mommying On The Fly said...

Swinging by to follow back and thank you for the follow... Love the article... It CAN be soooo overwhelming.. I LOVE to craft, but since the gremlins came along, I barely have time to shower, let alone craft... lol

Beth@Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Thanks for the tips on crafting for profits. I will be moving from Florida to PA. in April & plan on doing the craft fares up there. I am so pleased you stopped by Wiccan Make Some Too & became a follower. I am following you back. Look forward to seeing more of your stuff!

Hand Crafter said...

Very good point Susan!! :)