Along the same lines as Blogging Tools, I found myself getting into tools/sites that I use for sales so I broke that off into this post:
consignment??) I still like to have Etsy as a landing page & sample of work available by me.
previous work, especially when it comes to one-of-a-kind pieces to be referenced by customers or used as inspiration for future work. This has also been handy in knowing what needs to be duplicated for popularity's sake. I also use Pinterest to brainstorm my craft show set up, new patterns to try, and any marketing or advice I might come across that I find worth referencing.
Square UpSquare has been a great tool for accepting credit payments in person plus generating a neat, digital sales receipt for anyone requesting one.
*Edit: Now that I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, the Square card reader works like a charm!*
Maybe not so surprisingly, I have noticed that some have even used my Facebook page as a way to contact me via message instead of my email. This is how I was invited to join the Merchant's Landing Arts & Craft Show!
|Free "scrap" bracelets|
FreebiesSpeaking of physical shows, I've also found that a little freebie is a great draw to your table. I like to crochet long leftover scraps of cotton yarn into bracelets which I offer for free to whomever. I find it is a great way to strike up a conversation with anyone "brave enough" to pick out a free bracelet. :)
Chrome's free PDF compressor + was instantly impressed with not only it's ability to crunch the size of my recent pattern from 38mb to 1.35! But it even preserved the quality of the crisp images! Sold!
WholesaleSo far I haven't branched out into wholesaling (purchasing or selling) but it has crossed my mind several times. Does anyone have any wholesale experience?
Spread the WordAnd as always, word of mouth through supportive friends and family members has helped generate a fair handful of sales this past holiday season. Plus a few times when asked what do I do for a living (a question that always makes me cringe), I mention that I am a knit/crochet instructor as well as an Etsy shop owner. I like to show pictures of what I make via my smartphone (images taken directly with my phone as well as pulling up my Etsy shop on my phone) and hand them a business card, encouraging them to explore my shop more when they are home. I don't know how well it works, but I figure it can't hurt, right?
I'd love to hear what tools you use for "pedaling your wares" :) If you already have a post about it, would you mind pasting a link to it in the comments section? I'd love to read it!
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