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« Reply #190 on: December 29, 2007 08:37:10 PM »

Lol yea this post is really old!
But i agree with advertising on lj communitites too! It works really well!

I also recommend this book ' The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business' By Steve Mariotti . I'm reading it right now, and I like how its really simple so its easy to understand!!

~Kelly
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« Reply #191 on: December 29, 2007 09:09:35 PM »

^^ sounds like you have a plan!  Shocked Roll Eyes

don't worry... I have something up my sleeve... dun dun dunnnn  Cheesy
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« Reply #192 on: September 03, 2009 12:05:15 PM »

I owned a clothing retail business until recently- and I generally supported local artists whenever possible, especially to jumpstart a junior designer, or help a work-from-home parent earn money. I encourage craftsters with product to sell to go into stores, and sell a limited batch to the proprietor!!

The best sales tactics you can use:
-have samples with you, more than you think you need! The shop owner might want to be choosy and select her favorites from your samples. Don't pull them all out at once- this is overwhelming. Mention you have others if she'd like to see variations.

-have an "about the designer" card, business card, or  table sign to be displayed with your merchandise in the store. It looks professional, and shoppers like the idea of supporting a youth or local designer.

-have your sales pitch ready- even just a coherent 30 second introduction as to who you are and what you have in mind

-don't be afraid to hit the pavement and think of all retail businesses! I've met many interesting designers who I never would have known about unless she promoted herself to me. Even health food stores and hardware stores these days sell crafts, music, and clothing.

-If the proprietor cannot take a risk on buying merchandise up front (I never could)- go with consignment! Consignment means you are payed a percentage by the owner once your designs have sold. It's less risky for them financially, and they can try new variety. Both of you get paid, but the risk to you is that it takes more time.

-If consigning your wares, make sure you get a receipt for the goods you've left with the business. Also, be very clear about what your bottom cost is for recouping your time and materials. The owner may need time to think about what she can sell your item for according to her customer base.
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iShallCallYouSquishy
« Reply #193 on: July 19, 2010 02:33:23 AM »

Oh wow, this post is super old! But I found all the replies helpful. I'm thirteen, and my friend and I want to start a business making cellphone charms, keychains, etc. Etsy charges 20 cents per listing, and they're is so much competition there. A lot of people renew their listing everyday for potential buyers to see their products. 20 cents can really add up.

The idea about the collective site is really great. I have to ask, did anyone start it?
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