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Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

From Art To Cash

The Internet has opened up a whole new realm of opportunities for selling your art and crafts, but you are not the only one trying to sell the fruits of your labor and in case you have turned your hobby into your job, then you may have a hard time earning enough to pay the bills.

Your creations would have to be real cheap in order to compete with mass-produced items that may have an equivalent look, but lack the finesse of the artist's hand. That often doesn't cut the mustard where covering the costs of materials and labor are concerned.

It is okay to set your own price to make a profit, but if you want to sell it then it may be wise keeping the following hints and tips in mind:

- Have a wide selection available so that people can choose between larger and smaller works of art. Different sized products mean different prices and smaller items will become more within range and appeal to customers with a smaller budget.

- Set up a site to sell your items and post on lot of pictures on a regular basis. Make sure to offer customers the several payment options such as credit cards, mobile payment, and PayPal. You can also join one of the marketplaces that allow you to have your own store such as Etsy, Artfire, Zazzle, Threadless or Cafe Press.

- Promote your business and try to reach as many people as you can. This can easily be done by spreading the word and posting pictures of your art on social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, or Design Milk for instance, but you can also advertise in local press and design magazines.

- Retailers who sell products similar to your handiwork are often interested in selling your art. You may not get as much for your work as you would when selling it yourself, but it will get you established and result in sales for a long time to come.

- Last, but not least, don't overlook the power of craft and Holiday fairs. Renting a boot will bring you in close contact with a broad audience and can be a very good start for an e-mail database and hence offers the potential for returning clients.

The Holidays are not that far away anymore. You better get ready and make someone's and your own Christmas very special!

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