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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: outdoor fair set-up...HELP! please. :) on: September 22, 2005 07:13:18 PM
I didn't see your post in time to respond, but I'm happy your show went well! Congrats! Did you learn a lot? I learn a lot at each show I do.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: WORST CRAFT SHOW IN THE USA!!!! on: September 22, 2005 07:11:18 PM
Well, that blows! I had a couple of bad ones recently too. Luckily I also had a couple of decent ones, so it kept me from throwing in the towel. I hope your next show is better for you.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: My experiences (and pics) from a recent festival on: September 22, 2005 07:02:19 PM
Wow! That is so great! What a terrific first-time experience! My first time was much like yours. I hope it turns into a bright future!   Cheesy
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: bounced checks on: September 22, 2005 06:57:30 PM
Generally at craft fairs - from what I have heard - bounced checks are kind of rare. I wouldn't lose sleep over it. I guess it depends on the price of your items though. If you are selling $300 paintings then you might be worried. I sell dip mixes for $3.75 so I don't worry too much about it and so far I haven't had any bounced checks thankfully. Good luck!!!  Smiley
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: starting a store... on: September 22, 2005 06:38:59 PM
Hi! I think it might be hard to quit your day job, so to speak, but you never know! I make my own dip mixes. I started online first. I'm lucky because I have a design background and can do my own site. I also do my own packaging, as well as blend the mixes by hand and pack them. I would have a hard time making it if everything depended on my business income. I have 2 small children and my business supplements my husband's income - plus we save a bundle in day care and I get to see my boys grow up (one is 3 and the other is 4 months) so all in all it's worth it. As time goes on I get more and more orders plus I'm starting wholesale very soon. That will bring in more money. I also do craft shows and farmer's markets on weekends when my husband can watch the boys.

It's hard to say how much time I put into the business, but I put as much time in as I can get once the boys are taken care of. My web business is so self sufficient. I advertise on Google and Yahoo/MSN and get orders from that. Then when orders come in I use Click'n'Ship at USPS (charges shipping on my Visa) and just pop the Priority Mail boxes into my mailbox. It great!

Good luck! Hopefully you'll get more answers. I wish the business ventures part of this site were more active!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Taking credit cards at shows - suggestions needed on: June 01, 2005 11:21:39 AM
Thank you all for the great replies. It's definitely something to think about. I like the carbonless copy idea burnishing with the pen! LOL  Cheesy
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: would these earings sell? on: June 01, 2005 11:02:43 AM
Those are really cute! I don't know where you could sell them without your own site, aside from ebay maybe. I'm sure someone else has a good idea for you. As for price, take the cost of supplies, add in your time and double it if you can.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Taking credit cards at shows - suggestions needed on: May 07, 2005 11:28:39 AM
Thanks! Yeah, I may end up going with them. I have a card swiper, so I'll probably try to get a new plate for it and use that and call them in later. I think with the swiper at least I can get their signature and they can have an official receipt as well. I wonder if ProPay will sell me a new imprint plate?
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Booth Comments (image heavy) on: May 05, 2005 05:34:39 AM
I'd like to know too!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Taking credit cards at shows - suggestions needed on: May 05, 2005 05:34:00 AM
I recently did my first show (big one!) and I lost out on a few sales because I wasn't set up to take CCs. On my web site I use PayPal (via Mals-e), but I need a way to accept CCs at the shows. I have a card swiper that just needs a new plate with my company name. I also have a Tranz 330 unit that is brand new, but I don't have a land line to update it. My husband and I only use cell phones. I understand companies like ProPay will let me approve a card over a cell phone, but their rates seem kind of high. Also, I guess I'm okay with swiping the card at the show and running it through at home later online or something, but I think that can be kind of risky.

What do you do? I don't plan on doing a ton of CC business. It would just be every now and then - unless I ditch PayPal and go strictly with my merchant account on my site. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
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