How to start an arts and crafts business

How To Start An Arts And Crafts Business

Summary: Arts and Crafts shows are an excellent way to earn extra money. If you have a talent for making arts or crafts, then you can begin a handmade business. This type of opportunity offers individuals a way to supplement their income on the weekends.

Do you have a talent for working with your hands in an artistic fashion? If so, you could earn extra income by displaying your creations at arts and crafts shows. These shows are hosted all across the nation with customers in line to spend their dollars.

Step One – Plan

The first step you should take in preparing for a show is to plan. Decide how many days you have until the date of the show and then mark these days with tasks. By doing this, you will be able to accomplish everything you need to do and still find you have time to relax before the big day.

Step Two – Create

Decide what type of handmade goodies you want to peddle. Consider what type of show this is and what customers will be visiting. It is a good idea when pricing your products to have a line priced low and a line priced high. Having a price range allows people to have a choice.

Another great idea is to demonstrate how to make your craft before your customers. It is in human nature to want to know how something is created. Bring products made in advance at different stages, such as the beginning, middle, and end stages. You can show visitors how each step is made.

Step Three What to bring?

Think about your product and how much of it will fit in your vehicle. Do you have enough storage capacity to carry it? Do you need to ask a friend to assist you in carting your wares and helping you mind the table?

When you arrive at the show dont fall into the temptation of cluttering your table with every piece you brought. Too much product on the table is not easy on the eyes and wont draw customers. Instead, strive for a balance with your products, aiming for the right mix of products on your table.

You will want to make a list of everything you will need for the show. Dont forget a few items which will make your life a little easier such as, bags for purchases, an apron with pockets, a calculator, plenty of change, tape, tools, and an invoice book.

Step Four Chatter

Like a street merchant, you want to chatter or have an opening line to say when customers come near your table. Remember to smile and have a pleasant demeanor. Talk about how your product will enhance your customers lives.

Another idea is offer a promotion at your table. Talk to customers, inviting them to put their name in the drawing for a prize. Make your giveaway item something fun.


Preparing for an arts and crafts show may be tedious, however if you plan your business venture than you will see rewards. Handmade businesses can earn extra money for crafty individuals.

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