A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 295,114
Currently Running With Scissors:
632 Guests and 18 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: New and need help!  (Read 606 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
Bek1992
« on: December 12, 2012 10:09:50 PM »

Hello, I'm new to selling my crafts. I make all kinds of hair accessories like bows and clips and flowers and some other clothing accessories. I usually only make and sell things by word of mouth.

I am interested in participating in craft shows and starting a website to sell items. I have a few questions for anyone willing to help me.

  • Do I NEED a merchant account to sell items and accept credit cards and checks at a show?
  • Where could I look for a merchant account with the smallest fees?
  • What kind of tax papers should I be prepared to fill out in Virginia? (the people i talked to on the phone were not helpful)
  • What is the best company to go with for accepting credit cards at craft shows?
  • On the company's with the card swipe, do I just swipe the card and take the customers information down to get paid? Or are there more steps than that?
THIS ROCKS   Logged
CraftyChef
Offline Offline

Posts: 2829
Joined: 26-Jun-2005

Am I retired yet?


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012 03:16:42 PM »

You don't have to have a credit card service, but may miss out on sales if you don't. Lots of crafters use Propay or Paypal, so you can check them out first. You don't have to have a machine, you can take cards over the phone or internet.

As far as tax people not being helpful, well, welcome to the govt. You probably need a sales tax number, then have to fill out a sales tax form once a year and pay your hard-earned money to the red tape society. http://www.tax.virginia.gov/Documents/How%20to%20File%20and%20Pay%20Sales%20Tax%20Online.pdf

THIS ROCKS   Logged

Chris in VT
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012 04:27:58 AM »

Hello, I'm new to selling my crafts. I make all kinds of hair accessories like bows and clips and flowers and some other clothing accessories. I usually only make and sell things by word of mouth.

I am interested in participating in craft shows and starting a website to sell items. I have a few questions for anyone willing to help me.

  • Do I NEED a merchant account to sell items and accept credit cards and checks at a show?
  • Where could I look for a merchant account with the smallest fees?
  • What kind of tax papers should I be prepared to fill out in Virginia? (the people i talked to on the phone were not helpful)
  • What is the best company to go with for accepting credit cards at craft shows?
  • On the company's with the card swipe, do I just swipe the card and take the customers information down to get paid? Or are there more steps than that?
I would strongly suggest you don't go the plastic route at shows until you find out if you even LIKE doing shows! Many processors demand you sign up to a 2 or 3 year contract and you're nowhere near ready for that. If you have a smartphone I would suggest looking into the "Square" instead. Otherwise stay away from processors until you're doing shows where you start getting about 1,000 customers a day at them. The last thing you need at this point is a multi year contract and monthly fees whether or not you make any credit card sales.

As far as your website, everybody I know uses PayPal. Their fee is 5% of the sale.

THIS ROCKS   Logged

There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
www.shadypinestudio s.com
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Paint with Color
How To Draw A Raven
How To Draw A Guitar
How To Draw The Earth
How To Draw A Wave
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Fairy Garden
CrafTATstic Crafty Tattoos: 30th Birthday Tattoo
April 17, 2014 Featured Projects

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.