Thanks to everyone to had a look at Artfire and then went on set up their own shops. I wish you all lots of luck and I hope you have fun with your business. I'll keep you posted about my goings on in Etsy and in Artfire.
I am going to start sharing my craft business experiences on this blog - instead of on CraftBoom! I have now stopped blogging on Craftboom! I was very grateful to be invited to write on the Sparkplugging network in the first place, but eventually I found that I was too short on time to post regularly.
I might not have business degrees and such, but I do have a business background and I personally have gained much confidence and satisfaction from running my own business. I love it when other women feel empowered by something that they have created for themselves - it doesn't happen often enough. U-Handbag helped get me out of a low emotional point in my life and I want to share what I've learned in the hope that my experiences will perhaps be helpful to you and perhaps that is good Craft Business Karma for me.
So to kick off here are some of my fave craft business tenets to work by:
- The best business transactions are where the customer and trader feel that they have both benefited in equal measure.
- If you can; go beyond serving your customers; find ways to delight them. It will make you so happy when they let you know how happy they are.
- It's often scary putting yourself out there and as a crafter you will have invested emotional energy into creating your products (so you worry), but it's essential to believe in yourself. Even if this doesn't come at all naturally you have eyes don't you? If you think something you have made looks nice there's no reason (at all) why others won't come to the same conclusion.
- Have fun and love what you do (though at times it might be very tiring!), you will hear this time and time again and time and time again you will find that in most things that you do it's one of the great secrets to success.
- Don't be afraid; be a little nervous and have butterflies in your tummy, but don't be scared into submission or you'll never know how great you could've been. Take those first baby steps in order to learn how to run.
- Do what you know and have a good understanding of. I think (at least I hope I have) managed to combine my love of crafting with my craft business. A few my passions are teaching craft, forwarding the craft movement, doing craft and...um...paying my bills.
Tomorrow: The winner announcement for Craft Chica's new book and a cute crochet purse kit.