you like to make money selling your handmade greetings cards?
name is Kirsty Long, over five years ago I gave up my career as an account manager
to sell my handmade greetings cards full time, it took me two years to go from
zero sales to selling thousands of handmade cards per month through over seven
hundred and fifty retail outlets.
The gift and greeting card industry is a billion pound
market (£1.2 Billion of card sales in the UK alone), whatever it is you
make, be it cards, pottery, framed pictures etc. there is a massive world wide
market for it, look around at your own town or village, how many gift shops, card
shops or art shops have you noticed, not to mention many other shops that now
also sell gifts and cards (Petrol stations, The post office, Newsagents) we're
talking big business with shop owners crying out for something new and exciting
that will give them more sales, more profits and more customers, that something
could be yours!
card retailers are waiting to buy your product!
Imagine thousands of people
all over the country, sitting, waiting to buy your product, BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE
THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT. When you join An artist in business you'll discover
how to find these people and how to get your product in front of them, imagine
how many sales you could get from just three of these people a week.
don't have time to source new products
If you've attended a craft fair,
market or boot sale selling your products, chances are that a shop owner has already
checked out your goods, they may have even asked you about trade prices and terms,
this is how some retailers find new products, but most retailers haven't time
to source products they have to open and run their shop! They rely on people like
you and me coming to see them.
You'll discover how to:
Approach Buyers and get your greeting cards in front of them.
What to say and what to do when meeting Buyers.
Get and make appointments with Buyers.
I'll also tell you how to find someone else to sell your products for you!
Perhaps you don't have time to sell your own products or simply don't like the
idea, I'll tell you how to find someone that wants to sell it for you, they're
also crying out for new products (they depend on them to get appointments), Imagine
having your product shown to several buyers each and every day of the week, how
many sales do you think they could get for you?
learn how to:
Find a good greetings card sales agent.
When to pay them.
How much to pay them
if I don't want to sell to shops!
If you sell at Craft fairs, local markets,
Party plan or even a Boot sale, with my information you'll find out how you can
increase profits selling your cards at such venues.
How to choose the best place to sell
Simple tricks to increase sales
How to recognise buying signals
also find out what not to do
mugging, happens all the time, late payers, non payers, the cheque's in the post,
I'll tell you how to avoid the traps and pitfalls, how to spot the people
that are ready to take advantage of you, and your products, and how to protect
your greetings cards sell
see, I've found out the hard way, though trial and practice how to create a profitable
craft business, by becoming a member of An artist in business you don't have to
do it the hard way, the web site is packed with the information you need to turn
your crafting into a profitable business in a fraction of the time that it took
you're in business
Creating a title, business banking, Stationary,
Introducing yourself, Looking the part, Power.
Getting trade prices, setting up accounts,
Getting credit, buying power, Buying clubs, References.
to work out prices, what the market dictates, why you should avoid underpricing,
believing in your prices.
craft workers tale
Learn what mistakes to avoid, How not to get
ripped off by customers, promoters and buyers.
Agents to sell your products
Finding agents, using agents to sell
your product, when and how to pay, How they work, Drawbacks of agents, double
pitch covert sales.
or return option/Concessions
How it works, What percentage to pay,
How to protect yourself.
ways to sell
How to sell at Markets, Boot fairs, Craft fairs,
Seasons when retailers/vendors buy in products.
How to get paid on time, How to chase for payments, methods
used, What not to do.
got an order
How to invoice, when to expect payment
to find retail customers
Where to look, How to get appointments,
Making appointments, What to say and do, How to get a sale, What to look out for.
& Dangling the Carrot
How not to get ripped off, Making agreements.
Are they worth doing, how to attend a fair, what you'll need
and the costs involved.
to get Free promotion
Getting free promotion in major press magazines,
How to format and send press releases
Useful resources for the gift trade
Self employment and VAT
All three are explained in plain English,
How they affect you and your business, useful links to free tax calculation software,
plus how to get a free video about starting your business.
Retailers, what can you expect, what they'll expect,
how to present your work, etc. Handling rejection, avoiding copying, the only
person you need ever ask to find out if your product is any good, SOR is it really
Artist in Business is now closed, however
most of my original writings about selling your handmade cards can be found here
Sell your Handmade Cards