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Compare selling on consignment vs. wholesale for craft artists. Determine whether craft consignment is a smart way to achieve your business goals, or if you should stick to wholesaling if you want your handmade products in retail shops.
Discover what is a fair consignment percentage for craft artists. If you want to sell your crafts on consignment, you'll need to be ready to negotiate a fair agreement with the retailer, including a reasonable split of the retail sales price.
Here's what's typical in consignment agreements, and how consignment differs from wholesale and retailing yourself.
How does consignment work? Here's how craft business owners can partner with retail shop owners to sell handmade products. Pros and cons of selling crafts this way and what to include in a consignment agreement contract.
Here's how to display paintings, art prints, and cards at an art show. Smart strategies for displaying larger original art as well as smaller canvases and prints at craft shows.
9 photos of jewelry booths that feature effective portable lighting options. If you're not a jewelry designer, don't skip this article. These jewelry display lighting ideas can be applied to plenty of different types of craft show booths.
Do you have an irregular outdoor booth space to deal with at an upcoming craft show? Here are some solutions for providing shade in a booth space that won't fit your standard 10x10 portable canopy.
Brand new printable craft show packing checklist PDF you can download to stay organized as you prepare for craft fairs. Plus, a list of craft show essentials to keep you happy and well-prepared for craft shows.
It's time to get ready for craft show season! Summer craft show season will be ramping up soon, and you'll be busy preparing your booth, creating inventory, and trying to stay organized. This week's series of featured articles will help you prepare for the upcoming busy craft show season.
Good craft show lights are an essential part of an indoor display. The 7 booths featured here make great use of effective portable lighting solutions and will help you decide how to design lighting for your own booth.
Juried art shows can provide important opportunities for craft business owners, but if you're new to selling at craft shows, the application process can be a bit overwhelming. Here's how to get organized and make the best impression with your craft show applications.
Want to sell your crafts, but you have no idea where to start? Here are 6 of the most popular craft business articles on this site to help you start selling your handmade products and turn your hobby into a business.
How to use proven visual merchandising techniques including strategic color, clever display design, and smart signs to create an effective craft booth that draws attention to your most profitable products.
Three visual merchandising display strategies retailers use to boost sales that you can use in your portable booth at craft shows. How to use eye level product placement, pyramid-shaped displays, and repetition and alternation to entice shoppers to buy more.
8 photos full of art booth ideas. Here's how to display paintings and art prints in a portable display, create a booth that draws in customers, and make sure your booth design matches the aesthetic of your art.
7 art booth display photos show you how to create a display that showcases your style and draws attention from a distance.
6 tested visual merchandising tip you can use to boost sales at craft shows. Big retailers use these tested strategies to entice customers to shop more, and you can use them in your own craft booth, too.
Habits have an immense impact on your life. Those little tasks you do (or don't do) every day may not seem very consequential on any given day. But when you add up those small, consistent actions over time, they can turn into huge achievements.
Here's the first resource I found that really helped me to actively cultivate better habits that help to accomplish more and reach my goals.
That number shocked me, but it's backed up by scientific studies. And if 45% of our day is habit, that means, if we consciously develop helpful, productive habits, we can get almost half of our day right automatically.
Here's how to make your habits work for you, so you can achieve your goals this year.
Believe me, I've read them all. Too many of them depend on strategies that are only doable if you have total control of your time.
If I had total control of my time, I wouldn't need a time management book in the first place!
There are a few great books out there, though, that have really helped me to accomplish more and thrive.
These books meet you where you are rather than forcing inflexible schedules on you. They present strategies that can work with almost any type of lifestyle and work schedule, and in one way or another, they have all changed my life.
Learn how the most productive people work, and apply these five completely do-able strategies to your own work routines to get more done in 2019.
I have the trend reports, interpreted for craft business owners, so you can create products that are in demand and on trend.
Don't get stuck with a booth full of yesterday's foxes and unicorns when all of your customers are looking for llamas and sloths!
The smart way to achieve your goals is through better habit management.
Actively cultivate a set of habits that truly support your goals, and you'll be on your way to big accomplishments in 2019.
This week on the Craft Business Challenge, I'll share my favorite strategies for cultivating better work habits to accomplish more.
We'll look at a three part series that shows you how to research and develop a product that has a better chancellor success. Learn how to find and fix flaws, develop a prototype, test your product, and use information from your competition to create a better product.
You've been approached by another business owner who wants to collaborate with you on a project. Is this partnership a big opportunity to grow your business, or might it end up being a colossal waste of your time?
Will you say yes?
Here's how I assess partnership proposals to decide if I want to commit my time to a project.
Starting a new business project can mean you're taking on risk. Even if you're not risking a lot of money, you may be risking your time, which is also extremely valuable.
Before you dive into a new business project, ask these 5 questions to determine if a new business project is worth the commitment of your time and money.
Time management gurus like to tell us how to cram more into our day. But, what if the answer isn't cramming in more? What if the real answer to feeling like you're thriving is to accomplish more by doing less?
Here's how your business can thrive while you do less and save time for other priorities.
Too many ideas, not enough time. That's how I often feel. I'll admit, it's one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to running a business. Taming my tendency to jump from one project to another is my goal for the coming year. Here's how I plan to tackle this big challenge.
It's crucial that you spend your resources wisely. As a solopreneur, there's no resource more precious than your time. Yet, many of us waste that precious time to save a few dollars, or because we decide to work on projects that don't have a lot of potential return on the time spent.
This week on the Craft Business Challenge I have 4 articles that will challenge you to rethink how you use and value your precious time.
The retail jewelry displays in this indie shop are some of my all-time favorite displays - and I have looked at a lot of jewelry displays! These ideas are perfect for showing your jewelry in a retail shop, but they are also portable enough to use in your craft booth.
This week on the Craft Business Challenge: I have oodles of photos of gorgeous displays in indie retail shops. For those who sell at craft shows, these display ideas are portable enough to use in a craft display booth. Plus, I'm also sharing photos of 6 craft booths that do a spectacular job of using color to make an impact. Color is a low-cost, high-impact way to make your displays more effective. Read on to see how to use color to make an impact with your own craft display.
Discover how to price crafts for profit. Learn how to thoroughly assess your costs, consider how the competition's prices impact your business, discover how to raise the perceived value and decreasing costs to increase profits.
Price your crafts logically and profitable, not emotionally. Discover how to use a craft pricing strategy that is objective and based on business goals and eliminates emotion when you set your prices.
Discover how to price your crafts to meet your business goals. Your product pricing has a bigger impact on the direction of your business than you might think. Here's how to price your crafts to grow the type of business you really want.
How to price your products intelligently for a profitable craft business. Learn popular theories on product pricing, and calculate retail and wholesale prices for your handmade items with a free, downloadable craft pricing calculator.
Instagram marketing is a natural fit for many craft businesses. The platform is highly visual, providing excellent opportunities to show off your handmade products.
But, is Instagram marketing right for your business? And how do you get started building a presence on Instagram? That's what we'll explore this week on the Craft Business Challenge.
A study of retail market trends shows you when shoppers plan to start their holiday shopping. Discover the biggest in-store and online retail days, so you can plan your promotions in time to sell more crafts this Christmas season.
This week, I've spent hours working through holiday retail sales statistics so you don't have to. Want to know what Christmas shoppers are looking for in 2018, so you can market your products more effectively? It's all right here...