So, I’ve decided I’ve got to make my paper crafting obsession pay for itself. To that end I’ve done some things, and am planning on doing a few more to try to drum up some business.
Signed up as an Angel Company demonstrator. They have beautiful stamps and papers, and a very generous attitude towards crafters using their images in handmade items. I’ll eventually sign up to use their online store as well, so people can order from me directly online. For now though, if any one needs any stamps or papers, you can email me. 🙂
Started teaching at the local JoAnn’s etc. I’ve only taught a few classes, but I’m starting to get into the swing of things, and my class sizes are increasing! (From one to four, but hey, any increase is a good increase at this stage of the game.)
In the Pipeline:
Putting out flyers and handing out catalogs to anyone who will take one. I’m almost done with making a small pile, then I have to figure out where to put them. I’ve also been handing out business cards any time I can think of an excuse to give one out.
Make samples/ put together a sample file of cards, scrapbooks, and classes. I’ll have hard copies, photos, and then I’ll put them online as well. I’ve got some together now, but this really needs to be much more organized.
Keep entering contests. I really want to get published. (I know, so do half the other papercrafters out there.)
Publish instructions for projects with pictures, so if any of you are feeling the need to play with paper, maybe I can help you with some ideas and how-tos.
A little further out:
Check out etsy. Selling cards and scrapbooking stuff online. Why not?
Look into craft fairs and shows in the area. I’ve got to try to sell myself. I’ve never been really good about that, but I’m working on it.
So, that’s what I’m working on. Wish me luck!