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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Help with expanding sock empire. on: October 28, 2008 11:27:20 PM
I work for a small business that makes knee socks. It's me and the owner right now and we are trying to expand our market but we've been having a hard time getting out of our region. We manufacture our socks in Korea with original designs. It's definitely a niche market so it's been hard trying to search online for reps because I don't really feel like we fit what I've found and I don't think we are big enough yet to hire a rep that would only represent us.

We really want to find some sales reps in states not on the West Coast but so far haven't had much luck. We have one rep right now in Northern Cali.

So my question is, is there a site out there or anyone here who can recommend some good reps? Ideally we'd like to find one as far away from the West Coast. Smiley

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
2  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:Southern Oregon Crafty People on: March 02, 2004 10:38:20 AM
that's so crazy. i think you are talking about the maryanne that went to my highschool, in hawaii. she later moved to oregon.  the sca isn't really my thing but thank you for the advice  Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:at what point do you need to get a business license? on: February 18, 2004 01:03:42 AM
by law you are supposed to get a business license the minute you start doing business.... any form of it.... but the states not going to know if you are making a little extra money on the side so until you start making a significant sum you can take the risk of not getting a business license... that does mean though that you wont be paying taxes on what you make and can get into a lot of trouble if you get caught..

i put off getting a business license for a year.  nobody ever knew Smiley
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / how does one get press? on: February 11, 2004 02:09:02 PM
I have an online business and it's doing fairly well but there's one thing missing.  I'm completely clueless how to get press for my site.  How does one get featured or write ups in magazines?  Or other websites?  Do I contact said magazines or websites?  What is proper ettiquete when contacting press?  Should I make up a press packet to send out?  What should it include?  

And lastly,  is there anyone reading this who could recommend magazines or websites that are diy business friendly that would even be willing to review or plug my shop.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Paypal. yay or nay? on: February 10, 2004 11:09:37 AM
I've been using paypal as the primariy method for my online business now for a year but have had a paypal account now for nearly 3.  I've never had any problems.  and I use it A LOT!  There was one incident where I used billpay to pay a bill and the money dissapeared from my paypal account but never showed up on my bill but when I contacted them about it, it was fixed within the day and they were very helpful.  

I've read all the paypal sucks websites. There are a few and most of it applies to people to accept stolen credit cards from international buyers.  Your account could then be suspended due to this.  But this happens very rarely.  Some of the tips I've heard to protect yourself is to keep a low balance in your paypal account.  Do not verify your personal bank account.  If you verify it they technically have an all access pass to take money out of it if they see fit.  If you don't verify it legally they can't because they can't verify it's actually your account.    Also, just be aware of seedy transactions.  If someone in the UK contacts you wanting to use Paypal but their billing address is in the USA chances are its a stolen account.   Be smart about it and you shouldn't have any troubles.  Smiley
6  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Southern Oregon Crafty People on: February 09, 2004 02:16:00 PM
Am I the only girl in Southern Oregon who is crafty?  Is there anyone else out there?  I really want to start organizing craft parties and was wondering if anyone who posts here is from Southern Oregon. Currently I live in Talent and go to college in Ashland.  I'd really like to meet some crafty people around here.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:ok, so who's making money here? on: December 05, 2003 03:13:00 PM
it's www.phoophie.com  Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:ok, so who's making money here? on: December 03, 2003 02:47:30 PM
I started an online business a year ago selling asian stationery. It's not a craft site but my market is similiar.  This is my take on it.  

Don't go into it expecting it to replace your day job, or for you to get rich right away.  Go into it because it's something you love and are passionate about.  Starting a business takes a lot of hard work and time.  When I first started my business last Feb I was bringing in $300/month tops.  It's increased a lot since then. For me it's been a gradual thing.  It's my dream to one day have this support me but with any business it takes time to build up a reputation and build a customer base.  

I think it's definetely possible to make it work though.  I think most of the businesses that fail on the internet are the ones where the person starting them thinks that if they have a webpage, they (the customers) will just come and buy stuff.  It doesn't really work like that.  

Anyway, I hope this little post made sense.  Smiley
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:tax id #-- wholesale purchases! on: December 03, 2003 10:50:43 AM
In my state you only technically need to register a tax id number if you have employees.  Otherwise, your tax id number is your soc number.  You do need to get a business license though.
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