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« on: July 29, 2008 01:50:04 PM »

I'm currently an army wife/stay at home mom, taking care of my two young sons. I knit, crochet, sew, cook... all the typical wife/mom stuff. I would love to start selling some of the stuff I've made, but I don't really know where to start. I'm not sure on how to price my stuff or where to try and sell it. With my husband always gone at work I usually have both of my kids, 2 years and 4 months, with me constantly, which makes it hard to  get out. If anyone could give me any advice I would appreciate it!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008 06:36:21 AM »

First off, you can't cook at home and sell it online, no matter how "safe" you think your food is. There are state regs in your state, then if you cross state lines with your sales the regs come under federal.

For the rest, if you're looking to start your own biz and sell stuff online, just be aware that marketing your shop - bringing in sales - is a full time job for the first couple years. If you're not desperate for quick money (!) you can take your time over the next couple years to build an online following by setting up a shop (Etsy is easy, and a listing is only 20 cents), then blogging, joining social network sites and forums where you can plug your business, and also selling in the real world, by having family, friends, and associates refer customers to you and your site. If you go to craft fairs you might be able to hook up with someone who's a good match for your stuff and have them sell it for you. You can also check out some consignment shops to see if they'll sell for you.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008 01:00:21 PM »

I've seen people put homemade food for sale on ebay.  I've always wondered who bought it, lol.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008 11:14:24 AM »

Oh, yeah, there's plenty of food out on Etsy, too, but no one seems to be bothered by it. And in the profiles you can read all about their charming little children (and I'm thinking their noses and butts are getting wiped by mom when she's in the middle of preparing a fresh batch of cookies...).
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008 11:41:21 AM »

Craftychef, that totally reminds me of a story.  This was a few years ago, I was at a friend's house and she offered me cookies.. yum right?  So I said, ooh, these are really tasty.  She tells me her 4 year old daughter made them.  The very same 4 year old that I've personally seen pick her nose and wipe it on the couch like 5 minutes earlier.    Lips sealed
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