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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Be Careful What You Link To on: March 25, 2009 01:57:21 PM
I think blogs are great for posting your personal feeling-whatever they may be. But agree that if you have a business you should not link a very personally driven blog to it. I have 2 blogs, the one linked to my site is business related topics(crafts,previews,etc)- nothing too personal. My more personal(place to vent) blog is in no way attached to my business. If you want to have a successful shop, you can't go around offending potential customers. That is just bad for business.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Question about taking custom orders on: March 25, 2009 01:51:15 PM
Custom orders are great for business. I just opened my web store 2 months ago(I make quilted ornaments) and at first wasn't going to do customs. I recvd so many requests that i quickly added the option. I let customers select 1 of 2 ways I can do them: 1. they send me the fabrics to be used(I return any unused portion) or 2.they describe what they want and I purchase fabrics.this of course is more expensive.  Since I use small amounts of fabric per order I only buy what I need and include cost in price. If they want something that I can only buy large amount of(and it is something I do not need/want) then I let them know and include cost in price and send remaining fabric to them.If it's something I can use in future I keep remnants and only chg for portion used in their order. This has so far worked for me and customers are happy with options. I hope I explained all that in a way that made sense Smiley.
It is great that you are planning ahead & getting all details worked out. I spent 6 months planning" my site.
best of luck
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Still waitin for a sale...am I stale? on: February 24, 2009 12:23:33 PM
hi from Christiansburg, VA. Your pictures and products look great. I don't know how long you've had your shop up but be patient, and advertise yourself like crazy. I just started my own website a few weeks ago and am still waiting for my first legit sale( family and friends buying stuff don't count quite the same to me).
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: New website to sell handmade goods - Shophandmade.com on: February 22, 2009 07:09:36 PM
I tried this site, just set up a store and put a couple of things in it to see what would happen. Store was easy enough to set up and is in fact free. They allow you to make "bids" to be a featured store or product in different categories. It seems that if you don't bid you don't get any ad time. I did not bid and could not even find my products when doing a very specific search. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of a help section set up yet, I looked for one because their category set up was a bit confusing. I have not made up my mind on this one yet.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What to charge for shipping? on: February 17, 2009 06:22:35 PM
I use flat rate shipping. My ornies are very light weight so more than one in box doesn't really change shipping. I have mals-e shopping cart(thats what my host provided) and shipping was a breeze to set up with them. I also (since I know the weight) use the usps click & ship to print postage, it is slightly cheaper that way & every little bit counts. If your items will vary in weight I would suggest to not do flat rate or you will probably end up undercharging.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: honest opinoins on my new website on: February 17, 2009 01:26:56 PM
Just an added note- I would also appreciate any feedback you may have on my ornaments. thanks
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Matching bag accessories - good idea, bad idea? on: February 17, 2009 12:33:30 PM
I also like the matching items. Have you thought about doing a sort of mix and match if you had coordinating fabric/patterns- like a wallet that coordinated with more than one bag? Very nice product!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: honest opinoins on my new website on: February 16, 2009 07:29:30 AM
Thanks for pointing out the text at bottom of pages, I had not even noticed that! Problem fixed. I have been debating about aligning categories to left. My template is a premade so I'm not sure if designer will change and I am clueless when it comes to code. Undecided Thanks for the feedback
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / honest opinoins on my new website on: February 15, 2009 06:19:21 PM
Hello everyone, I'm new to web business and these boards. I need real feedback on my website -setup and ease of navigation, etc. - from non relatives Cheesy. I know they mean well but I don't think they would tell me if it was just awful or something. thanks for taking the time to look & I appreciate honesty, no need to sugar coat. I'm trying to ease my nerves about jumping into all of this.http://www.ornamentboutique.com
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