had a good look through all the topics and have to say
a big thank you to you all who share your time and thoughts,
have picked up so much valuable advice, tips and knowledge.
It's good to know there are like minded people out there
I can go to to ask for help or even just have a moan!
I have just registered with the Forum and am overwhelmed
by the information available from all you very kind people.
It really is a minefield when you first start out on your
own (and very scary too!!)
I hope that in time I will be able to put back some of
the information I have drawn from all of you and in some
way return the favours. Emma
I also say how completely inspiration you all are and
I think this website is great. So helpful and full of
answers to all those daunting questions! Lolly
recently started selling in a couple of shops & have
agreed a sale or return arrangement (thanks to the genius
advice on this site, it has been fantastic for me, thank
you so much..) S.M
this site has been a godsend, thank you Jacque, card making
for me was just a cost saving exercise (albeit a very
enjoyable one) but now I have the motivation to make something
of it. Best time I've spent on the Internet yet! Julie
for such a great web site, I only ordered today and I
feel far more confident about my business already. L.B
joined the site a few months ago and it has helped me
loads and given me loads of confidence to get on and do
what I really want to do! Nina
Would you like
to make money selling your handmade greetings cards?
My name is Jacque
Barns, 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.
Artist in Business is now closed, however most of my
original writings about selling your handmade cards can be found here
to Sell your Handmade Cards
A billion pound
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!
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
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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
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?
Find a good greetings card sales agent.
When to pay them.
How much to pay them
What 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
You'll also find
out what not to do
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
Making your greetings
You 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 me.
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.
How 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, party plan.
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
to get Free promotion
Getting free promotion in major press magazines, How to format and send
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 any good?
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