I get lots of lovely emails from you telling me that your new found hobby (that being bag making, of course!) has begun to get a bit out of control and that your partners are beginning to moan about all of those pretty bags that are filling up various cupboards... Lots of you have begun to sell your handiwork through bag parties, Etsy, your own website, Ebay, craft fairs and/or amongst friends and family.
I really enjoy these emails because I really am all for women (and men too, but especially women) going into some sort of business for themselves if they can. I think back to a couple of years ago when my working life was in a rut and I was feeling pretty crap because of it. I would sew in the evenings and weekends to relax until I had made way too many things to store in the house. I then began to sell in Greenwich Craft Market which eventually led to U-Handbag being born. The buzz I got from selling my first bag was addictive, and I'd love for other people to experience that too (if that's their thing!). These days, besides being able to help put food on the table, running a business has given me some sort inner pride, and this gives me a confidence that I have never experienced in any of my other jobs (which are too numerous (and some too embarrassing) to mention!)
I haven't written a Bag Selling Advice & Tips post for quite a while, so I thought why not ask you if you have any Bag/Craft selling questions that I could try and answer. I'm no business guru, but I'm not hiding out from my bank manager, and I don't owe either of my kidneys to loan sharks :)
Ask the (ditzy) bag expert your business related question! I found this image (isn't it great?) and loads of kitschy Americana pin up prints here.
So if you sell your handmade crafts, or you are planning to and you have a Bag/craft selling question that you think I might be able to help with comment on this post with your question. It could be website related, craft stall related, photography related, what-things-to-sell related, or marketing related etc. etc.
I'll draw a winner in a weeks time 7th August. Good Luck!
PS. Sorry, I can't reply to contest/draw comments, but I do love reading every single one :)