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« on: February 25, 2011 05:18:59 PM »

I'm sure that I'm not the first person to ask this one.
I was a stay-at-home-dad for the last ten years and the 3rd child in now in Kindergarten. I had a small business with my Dad years ago in the NY/NJ fashion industry manufacturing ladies suits and dresses. So, I have had some business experience, but, I want to work from home doing something with fabric and/or paper crafts.
My thoughts were to make up something with graphics and/or text with sayings or quotations and print it onto paper or t-shirts and other substrates.
I wanted to do some marketing research on which products would sell well, but, I'm not sure how to do it.
I can use dye sublimation on some products, because it allows you to print onto almost any surface.
Is it all just trial and error?
I was thinking of starting out with photojewelry, shirts, pillow cases, mugs etc.
Perhaps, print onto nice paper and sell it matted and ready for framing.
These would make great gifts and stuff to put up in your cube at work or kid's bedrooms.
That sort of thing.
I'm just not sure where to begin or how to avoid too many goofy mistakes.
I know that you're supposed to do what you LOVE, but, I need to also think of my bottom line. I have to strike a balance between passion and cash flow!!!!!!
The wife is all for this, so long as I don't lose money or spend years just breaking even!
I'm sure that most of you can relate to this.
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011 03:18:06 PM »

All of your ideas are great.  Can I ask where you are planning to sell and how?  Keeping it local or selling online?  That will make a difference in what you should sell.  Need to think of your prospective customers and find your niche.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011 07:21:58 AM »

Sounds to me that you're a prime candidate for Zazzle or other print-on-demand services out there. They have t-shirts, posters, mugs, and Zazzle also has stuff like necklaces and ipod cases you can slap your graphics on, and it doesn't cost you anything to open up a store. Save the money you'd spend on printing supplies and inventory and apply them to the kids' college funds instead.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011 09:08:53 AM »

All of your ideas are great.  Can I ask where you are planning to sell and how?  Keeping it local or selling online?  That will make a difference in what you should sell.  Need to think of your prospective customers and find your niche.

I would like to do this online.
I like craft shows, but, mostly, as a customer!
I'm one of the few guys that I know that actually like arts, crafts, antiques fairs and shows. I like making things. The show circuit seems to be too much work for me. Making applications, getting accepted, shlepping the stuff, setting up, getting a good spot, relying on the weather.....................too many variables for me.
I would rather work from home in a spare room, and make whatever I can from there between cooking, shopping, working on the house (1830) etc.
The wife works full time as an accountant, so i have the finance side covered.
I'm home anyway, so I may as well make some change while I'm here.
I also have to spend this Summer working on a business plan.
Any software or templates or advice in that direction?
Thanks again.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2011 06:43:19 AM »

I would start building a library of artwork and then pick a few common mediums to begin with. With the right art you can start putting it into prints, t-shirts and mugs, for example. Once you make a few sales and have some more money to put towards materials, branch out into other mediums like pillow cases, notebooks and cards.

I find family and friends are great focus groups, as long as they will be honest.

Check out Zazzle and Red Bubble but if you want to control the manufacture I would go with Etsy. Also, use these places to view the competition and price accordingly.

Software depends on your style. Adobe Illustrator (vector graphics) In Design (layouts and text) and Adobe Photoshop (photo manipulation and layering) are all great but can be pricey and time consuming to learn from scratch.

One last thing. Like you I have approached art from a business point of view. I want to be successful and make a good living, that's fair right? But there comes a point where you spend so much time on the business side that you forget to make the art. You must do what feels right, not just what will sell. You know why? The things that feel right will turn out better, attract more people and have more oomph than the stuff that just want to be sold. Build the art library and you will discover your true 'style' even if it's as varied and weird as mine, lol. You will be amazed at how things start to flow and go together and from there you can create sets of things that compliment each other's design.

Imagine your big picture with all the products you want your work emblazoned on, then pick a few more common mediums and start with them. If your work is interesting you will have all the time in the world to go from paper prints to a whole department store of products.

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012 05:06:37 AM »

You sound like a really talented person!! I was just wondering what you finally decided to to as I would like to try something similiar!!
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