Sep 23, 2010

Links of Interest to Professional Crafters

I am a craft show-aholic although I haven't been to any since I moved to Florida. Through my friendships made on community forums like pcCrafter - I have found several gals that are the actual creators of beautiful hand made crafted items that I covet and enjoy buying or just wishing I could buy it all. These talented ladies (and some men too) often share their craft booth photos, tell of their successes and misses in what they craft and sell and it gives me and others the feelings of what goes on "inside" and "behind" the booth at a craft show.

And though I may not be a "crafter" myself - I do like researching and finding information about the business of crafting.
So I am copying and pasting all the links and info I had posted in a thread over at's messageboard to share here on my blog. (**just in case should ever cease to be online with their community forums, I have begun saving a few of my threads that I have posted over the years over there)

Some links are "archived" the original webpages have either been moved or "re"moved from the websites they originally were on:
in no particular order to any of these - Happy Linking Around

I wish all of my crafty friends, many sales ahead during this Fall and Christmas season of Craft Shows's Arts and Crafts Business resources

Getting Started

Crafty Business Goal Setting

Tips For A Successful Craft Show

Laura Bray’s Blog

Arts and Crafts – Business or Hobby

other articles of interest
From Crafting an MBA
excerpt quoted from website
crafting an MBA asks, what would business school look like if it was geared towards crafters, designers, and makers?

copyright, trademarks, and patents

Etsy and the culture of cheap

Visit too

Excerpt quoted from website
MyMommyBiz Craft Business Central contains useful advice and resources for professional crafters as well as hobbyists looking to expand. Whether you are selling in crafts fairs, consignment shops, auctions, or online, you will find great information to help grow and expand your business.
excerpt quoted from website
Learn from the experts how to run your craft or sewing business or
SOHO in the most efficient and profitable manner possible!

Starting a Craft Business
Excerpts quoted from individual archived web pages:
Starting a Craft Business 101
Part 1: First Steps
Having a plan is important! Decide exactly what you want to do and how you are going to do it before starting. Here are some basic things crafters should know when planning a strategy
Read complete details/article
Starting a Craft Business 101
Part 2: Marketing a Craft Business
Marketing is the key ingredient to any successful business! You must have ways to get the word out about your products. Whether you will be attending craft shows, placing mail order ads, or selling your crafts online.
Read complete article:
Starting a Craft Business 101
Part 3: Finding Craft Suppliers
Running a craft business requires finding reliable suppliers with reasonable prices.
Read complete article:
Getting Started Selling your Crafts

Pricing your crafts
How to Price your Crafts
Deciding how much to charge for your crafts is an important decision. While ultimately you must decide what your products are worth, there are a few steps to follow that can help.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: 30 minutes to several hours

Here's How: *excerpt quoted from website

From William T Lasley,
Your Guide to Arts / Crafts Business

"Decide how much you (or your employee) will be paid per hour to produce products. Multiply this hourly rate by the number of hours a week that will be spent producing crafts. Write down this figure, this is your weekly cost of labor. (If you need to make $10 per hour, working 40 hours per week the weekly cost of labor would be $400.) Calculate the total cost-of-supplies needed to make one finished product. Determine how many products one person can produce in a week. Multiply the cost of supplies-per-piece by the number of products produced in a week. (If your cost of materials per piece is $1 and you can produce 100 products a week, the figure would be $100.) Add this figure to your weekly labor costs. (In our example here that would be $400 + $100 = $500) Divide this figure by the number of products produced in a week. (So $500 labor/materials divided by 100 finished products a week would be $5.00 per piece.) If you will be wholesaling your products, multiply this number by two. (Which would give you a retail price of $10 per product.) Compare this cost to similar products on the market. If your price is more than similar products, you may need to reduce it by cutting hourly price, finding less expensive supplies or by increasing your production time. If your price is significantly less than similar products, you may want to consider raising your price. Tips:
Usually one piece will not use an entire supply unit. For instance an 8-ounce bottle of glue may make a hundred pieces. In this case, calculate how many pieces can be produced from a supply and divide by the cost of the supply. This equation does not take into account any expenses other than labor and materials. You can figure in weekly costs of any other business expenses that you may have and add it to the weekly labor and material cost. "

From William T Lasley,
Your Guide to Arts / Crafts Business.

Related Articles
Price Your Crafts
and read this article
Adjusting Prices of your products
The Crafts Report
Industry FAQs
Overcome Doubts and Fears about running your own craft business

More articles

6 Important Things To Know About Setting Up Your Craft Business


Home Based Craft Business Survival Tips

Selling your crafts

How to Sell at Craft Fairs and Shows
Interested in turning your artistic hobby into a business? Find out how you can make money by selling your handicrafts at art shows and craft fairs.

Do You Want to Make Money or Create

Creativity Counts
Discover how to take your crafting hobby from downtime to big time.

Making it yourself *PDF file 19 pages
In this book, craft refers to any handmade item that can be given as a gift or sold

Barbara Brabek’s Homemade for Profit

See too:
Creative Printing and Computer Crafts

Computer Craft Project links

How to Blog

Updating with more sites of interest to the professional crafter
**may include sites mentioned in first thread
Websites for Professional Crafters

*note some websites may be out of date or not updated recently but information is still useful.

Buying and Selling Crafts Online

Craft Marketer (sells books but has lots of Free Information too)
example of Article online:
Hand Made Crafts that sell best

The Crafts Report
Read articles online for free
Article Categories

Profile in SuccessBeginning Business

Business Wise

Crafts Marketing

Crafts Photography

Crafts Law

Show Basics

Show Business

Craft Scene

Just Ask

Insight Gained

Regional Profile

Regional Vignette

Craft Matters

Article Examples

License Requirements for Art and Craft Show Businesses

Patent Protection for Your Craft

Art and Craft Show Display/Booth pictures

Booth Etiquette

Indoor vs Outdoor shows

Booth Layout at Craft Fair
How to Get Customers 4x More Likely to Buy

Psychology of Sales at a Craft Show

Think Crafts
**see winners of the Craft Room makeover contest

Craft Professionals

Tips for Successful Craft show
**written by Laura Bray – Laura Bray is a mixed media artist, painter and paper crafter. As an artist with an MBA, she strives to help other artists achieve their dream of making a living doing what they love.
visit her blog
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Check out her tutorials

more articles online
Do You Have A Niche To Scratch?

Quick and Simple Pricing for Handmade Items

Lets Throw a Home Crafts Party

another article re:
Selling your crafts Online
Making the Internet and Ecommerce Work for Your Craft Business
article example
Trends and Classics
21 Crafty Insights

7 Ways For Your Art or Craft Business to Outsell the Retailers Part 1

7 Ways for Your Art or Craft Business to Outsell the Retailers

7 Ways For Your Art or Craft Business to Outsell the Retailers Part 2

7 Ways For Your Art or Craft Business to Outsell the Retailers Part 3

7 Ways for Your Art or Craft Business To Outsell the Retailers Part 4

7 Ways for Your Art or Craft Business To Outsell the Retailers Part 5

7 Ways for Your Art or Craft Business To Outsell the Retailers Part 6

7 Ways for Your Art or Craft Business to Outsell the Retailers Part 7

Make Your Craft Show Display Stand Out From The Crowd

Grow Your Business During Tough Economic Times

Other sites to check out

Artful Crafter

Craft Gossip - sign up for free newsletter

Card Making Tips

Paper Crafts

Wedding Invitation Ideas

Free Stuff for crafters

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