Just this week my friends asked me how they could make some money in our town. It got me thinking since I’ve moved back home, I should figure out how to get my name out in the community.
The most important part of this would be to find your market. That means you need to figure out where you want to focus on selling, and who you’re selling to. The best way to do this in a hometown is word of mouth. Tell your friends, tell their parents, have them spread the word for you. Make sure you show them samples or pictures of your work so they know how awesome you are!
The next piece of advice I’m going to give you is to get out there! You know the best places in town, and you know where to go. It’s summer time so try and get outdoors, that’s probably where the most traffic would be. Go ahead and ask some local business owners if you could set up a little table of some of your items with them. You’ll probably know some of these people, if not, I bet you know somebody who does. Don’t be shy!!
You can ask help from a larger businesses as well but, they usually have rules and protocol and blah, blah, blah. Most small business owners started off right where you are now, so they will probably be more likely to help you out.
Most towns have craft fairs, especially in the summer. This is a GREAT way to sell your inventory. Many of them do require a table fee, but they are usually minimal. Before jumping in, I suggest you do some research first. Go to other fairs and see what sells, look around and scope out your competition! Before signing up, make sure you have enough to sell. You don’t want to be the table with two ladies fighting over a scarf! (well, that’d be pretty awesome…). Make a list of what you want to make, give yourself some time to prepare before your first fair.
I hope this helps you guys!