So you want to sell your products?
You’ve heard it said: love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Everyone wants to have the perfect job and the idea of being in control of your own work schedule and perhaps working from home appeals to many people. With that in mind, running your own business should not be taken lightly.
Turning your hobby into a job
Often creative people love what they do, they’re inspired and energised by it. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to make them any money. This is where it is important to draw the line between a hobby and a job. A hobby is something you take seriously but ultimately you’re doing it for fun. A job is what’s providing your monthly income in order to survive. Transforming your hobby into a job comes down to:
- Some serious planning
- Sometimes working hard when you don’t feel like it (not fun)
- Crunching numbers
What will I get out of it?
Yes, selling your creations at a craft market is hard work, but it is rewarding in it’s own right. You’ll come away with:
- New friends
- A good bit of business experience
- Lessons learnt along the way.
And if you’re version of success is a growing business, you’ll also come away with all of your costs covered and some profit.
How can I start planning?
When you make the commitment to set up a stall, you need to be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with a pen and notebook. Outline what you want to achieve when you sell your products:
- Do you want to see if there is a need for your product through field research?
- Do you have a sales goal in mind?
- What will make this experience worth the time, money and all of that effort?
Are you ready to start planning? We’ll be taking a closer look at what you’ll need to plan for and consider as you embark on this exciting journey over the next few months! Read about how to choose the right market for your products.