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« on: April 20, 2004 07:14:20 AM »

Pardon me if this is an inappropriate question, but, I too am a *Crafty Queen* and would love to start selling my purses, magnets, scarves, homemade fortune cookies, handmade cards, etc.... and I was really wondering, since I haven't started up a website yet, how profitable is it?  Is it worth me taking the *time/effort/energy/resources* to set up a website?  Do you find that it's profitable enough to make it worth it?  I know it's all about the love of what we do, but, in a practical sense, we need to think - is it worth it?  Can someone give me an idea of how competitive the market is and how you feel about this?

Thank you so much, I'm starting to get serious about what I do, and would love to get my world rolling.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2004 12:39:18 PM »

I don't sell a ton off of my website directly, however, I like having it because it a place anyone can take a look at what I do. It is so much easier to send a prospective store or client a link to website filled with images than trying to e-mail large jpgs.

For me it is worth the time and effort. I also have a day job, so promoting my site isn't something I have a ton of time to do, but considering my part-time involvement with it, I think it is doing pretty well.

If you are concerned about the cost factor go to this thread and see what people have suggested as far as hosts/website registration.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2004 02:36:14 AM »

Well I have only been going for a couple of months so as you can imagine its kinda hard to get up and started.

I am still finding that I get most of my business through eBay.

Like sewing stars mentioned, its good if you need to show a prospective customer your work and in that regard is worth putting a bit of time, effort and $$ into it.

I think that Craftyboy has a particularly "different" product that he is selling and there is obviously a market for it and less competitors than the average handmade clothing/accessories/whatever online shop.

Hope this answers a few questions.

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2004 04:06:39 PM »

You know, I plan on making my money at craft shows, but I figured that since me building a website would be free, why not set one up?  If I get any orders from it, they're orders that I wouldn't have gotten if I hadn't done the site, and existing customers can use it to see what my current inventory is and to order from me without having to meet me at a craft show.

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