What? Where? When? How? Why?
There are a lot of what’s when it comes to selling online; what is your product? What is your niche? What is your price range? Etc…
You need to decide what you are going to sell? Have you found something unique that isn’t already on the market? Or have you found a gap in the market for something? You need to find something that is exciting, and something that will make you money. Once you have found what you are going to sell you will need to decide what your price range is.
Some people know exactly what their niche is. For others it’s a little bit more work to discover exactly what space you’re trying to fill (what value you’re providing) with your product or service, and who your target audience is. Finding your niche is an important step in building and growing a successful business.
So you’ve decided what you’re going to sell, and what your niche is, and what your price ranges are. Now you need to decide where are you going to sell your products.? Are you going to sell them online at craft fairs in shops at markets?
To try and market your products, you will need to come up with a solution of how your products can solve problems. I know this may seem a bit strange but it does work. A solution for one of my products is, the Button Art and Butterfly Canvases I sell, solve the problem of a bare wall – it transforms plain wall into A beautiful feature wall!
How are you going to market your product? Are you going to produce leaflets, Newspaper article produce a newsletter or use social media? When using social media you will need to be consistent with your posts. I newsletter would help to build a customer base.
When are you going to market your product? If you’re thinking social media, there are ways to find out what time of day will give you the most optimal results for your posts.
Why have you decided to start selling what is the reason behind it because if you don’t know why there will be no passion and no reason for you to keep on going with your new venture.
This is just a bit of a random blog so you can get to know me a bit better 🙂
1- I am the youngest of 3 children.
2- I was born in 1987.
3- My middle name is Margaret Anne- named after my Nans on both sides.
4- I am 5ft 4″.
5- I have lived in Northern Ireland.
6- I spent most of my childhood in Blackpool.
7- I was born in York.
8- I had my tonsils out when I was 3- and I remember it well!!!
9- I’m easy to please- I don’t need much to be happy.
10- When I was younger I used to have a hamster, rabbit, 2 chinchillas and 2 goldfish in my bedroom.
11- I am very independant and very stubborn!!
12- I eat chocolate everyday!!!
13- I like to think I am a very creative person
14- As a child I wanted to be a vet when I grew up.
15- I am very self conscious.
16- My favourite cartoon as a child was Popeye.
17- I drink quite a lot of tea.
18- I always laugh when people fall over- can’t help it!
19- All my crafting skills are self taught.
20- My family mean the world to me.
I’ve decided to make a comeback to blogging- not that I really got going to begin with!!
I took a break to work on my craft business, and now I understand what I’m doing with my online shops (I think!) – I’m able to make some time for blogging. I’ve now researched blogging more, and have a better understanding of what is involved.
I’ve also got my little notebook with my blogging ideas, product review ideas and blogs already jotted down; so this time it won’t be a case of writing 1 blog and not writing another one for months! This time I will hopefully be more organised!!
Oh and I think I may have caught the blogging bug 😉
I had been thinking about opening an Etsy shop for a while and after going to a few craft fairs and selling next to nothing!!! I decided to go for it. It was hard work I’m not going to lie but hopefully it will pay off. I’ve managed to list 50 items with an average of 3 photos on each- WOW thats a lot of photos!!! I’ve tried to describe as accuretely as possible including measurements, colours, how the item is used etc. In my opinion, I think the key to Etsy is clear photo’s and lots of them and NETWORKING!! I don’t think any craft business would work without networking!! I try and use all the social networking platforms, but I’m still getting used to most of them!!!
This morning when I woke up; I checked my phone (as you do) and it said 1 new order- I thought I was seeing things!!! I thought it would be about 6 weeks or maybe more before I would get an order, it just shows the bar work really does pay off. To top it off the lady who ordered from me only lives 5 minutes away and because I was happy to refund the postage, she ordered something else!!!
So to say today has been a good crafting day is an understatement!!!!
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