Interview Questionaire:

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Tell the world how and why you got started in your business.

~We promote Creativity~

           Questionaire: 

1. As a child was crafting something you did often?

2. What types of crafts did you like most?

3. What was it like when you were growing up?     Did your parents play a major role in your creative abilities?

4. When you are creating what is your main focus? Do you need a quiet space or do your need an active enviroment to get your creative juices flowing?

5. Tell us about yourself and why you want the world to know about your crafting treasures.

6. Do you want to give special thanks to those who embrased your creative side, do it here.

{We love real life inspiration}

We could ask the same questions most ezines ask but we want to know the person behind the business. Crafting is not just money making way of life. Crafting is a gift from the heart. Creativity is the way to embrace the grand vision of~Self~

~Preserving the past..Promoting the future~

7. How can you preserve the past with your creative abilities?

8. In the next 10 years to be, how do you vision your creative lifestyle to be?

9. Last but not least, what is one treasure of advise you can pass on to the younger generation for creating a life full of passion?

Partnership Market Ezine would like to thank  “You”  for allowing us to help others come to a place of inspiration by getting to know the crafter behind the business.  We look forward to featuring a full page article dedicated to your creative business!

Craft Barter Exchange Benefits & Ideas

A craft barter exchange can be used in some creative ways to the benefit of all parties involved, but is often overlooked – here are some ideas for you, and ways in which you, your customers and your suppliers can benefit from these trades.
Craft Barter Exchange To Pay For Services Or Products

When I started my business I didn’t have a big budget for advertising, but it was obviously necessary, so I would seek out other small businesses where I could make contact directly with the owner to discuss the option of paying for advertising not in cash or on credit, but with products of mine to the value of the service.

For example, we have a local A5 booklet dropped in our mail boxes once monthly which is purely advertising – the first half is devoted to home improvement services, and the second half to other local products and services, which I noticed also included advertising for craft and handmade items. I picked up the phone and contacted the company who prints and distributes the booklet, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was all run by one woman, so we started chatting… I ended up with a full color half page ad which was very successful, and which ended up costing me less than half the full price!

You see, the beauty of barter exchanging your products for services is that you’re trading them at their retail value, but that’s not what they’re costing you to make them!

Craft barter exchanges can be used to pay for many different services which can either help boost your business, such as advertising, or services/products which are just necessary, such as getting business cards printed.

Whether you have the budget for these things or not, always try to negotiate a barter exchange wherever you possibly can – you will save a lot in the long run, which can then be put towards more advertising or promotional activities.

Craft Barter Exchange To Boost Sales

Upselling is a term you should be familiar with (if not, go research it now!) and is usually limited to your own products, but let’s do some thinking outside the box…

If you find someone who sells products that are complimentary to yours, they can work well as good incentives for upsells – here’s an example:

You have a booth at a craft fair or market, and a customer is admiring your handmade jewelry. She’d really love to go home with your beautiful (most expensive) jeweled necklace, which she knows is going to match her evening gown just perfectly, but she’s hesitating because of the price.

You, however, have barter traded with a crafter who makes handmade purses – for just this reason! You approach your prospective customer and suggest that if she’d like to purchase that necklace, you’ll also let her have this lovely evening purse which matches the colors of the necklace fabulously… sold!

There are many other examples – offering free fancy gift packaging or handmade greeting cards if the item is being bought as a gift; a free dining table candle if someone is buying handmade napkin rings, or vice versa; even seasonal promotions such as free Christmas tree decorations with something purchased at that time of year.

Use your imagination to find items that are complimentary to yours, and when you introduce the idea of doing a barter exchange with another crafter s/he will probably thank you for sharing the idea too!

If you’d like to participate in and benefit from craft barter exchanges, browse our Craft Barter Directory and get listed free!
 http://www.craftbusinesshome.com/craftbarterdirectory.html

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Want to improve your craft sales results?

You have to change the process to change the results.
It’s estimated (and I can well believe it) that of every ten sales people, only three will actually ask for the business. Of those three, only one will be successful in closing the deal. Are you the one who makes the sale, or are you part of the nine who don’t?

If you’re in business for yourself, it’s because you have something to sell. Are your results what you expect or would like them to be? Do you think (or know) that you could do better?
Improve Your Craft Sales Results – Can You Sell?
It’s a common scenario – for example: You make something that everybody loves, so you decide to start selling your products in the hopes that you’ll build your little business into something big enough to sustain a full time income, but you’re just not selling enough to be able to quit your job and work for yourself.

It may be that you’ve never been trained in sales – this is not unusual, you’re an artist or crafter for a reason, if sales is what you were born to do, that’s what you would be doing. It may be that you’re not very comfortable with or confident at selling – also not unusual if you’ve never been taught sales skills and techniques, because it takes time to develop the confidence to sell when you first start out.
Improve Your Craft Sales Results – Develop Your Skills
Whatever the reason, the good news is that it’s really easy to turn the situation around so that you start closing one deal after the next, resulting in a much improved cash flow!

Yes, it does take confidence, and you will build that confidence up sale by sale, because it also takes skill and technique – once you’ve learned how to sell, and you apply your new skills, you’ll be so thrilled with the results that your confidence will grow in leaps and bounds, and so will your sales!

I’d like to share a personal anecdote on this topic, because what I’m writing about here is what I’ve experienced myself.
Improve Your Craft Sales Results – A True Story
At one of my previous jobs where I worked in a customer service role, my employer thought I showed promise to do more, and offered me a position in sales. I accepted, wanting to improve my earnings and climb up a notch. However, I didn’t do very well at all. My employer hadn’t offered me any sales training, and all the other sales consultants came from experienced sales backgrounds, so they didn’t need to be trained (or so he thought).

I didn’t want to lose this opportunity or fail at it, so I made some enquiries and I found a one day seminar that offered sales training for beginners. I asked my employer if he would pay for it and allow me to go – he wasn’t very keen at first, but he could see how enthusiastic I was, and he was impressed that I’d been proactive instead of just giving up.

Well, that one day practically changed my life! I didn’t realize it at first, of course, because the techniques seemed like such a “hard sell”, and I didn’t think I was confident enough to go through with it all. But little by little I started trying a few things out – a different rebuttal if a customer was giving me a reason s/he didn’t want to buy; or a different introduction to the beginning of my sales pitch – and I could see that these things were having an effect on my customers, an effect that was positive for me.
Improve Your Craft Sales Results – Take Action!
A lot of people think you have to be a “born salesperson”, but I can testify that isn’t true. When you learn the right sales skills and techniques, and you apply them, you can become a successful salesperson. And if you want to run your own successful craft business, you have to become a successful salesperson – your business depends on it.

There are a number of ways you can go about learning the sales skills and techniques you need:

* Search the internet * Find out what courses are offered in your area * Browse your local library or book store, etc.

Generally speaking, not everything of value that you find is going to necessarily be free or inexpensive, but very often “you get what you pay for”.
For more free craft business info and resources, visit Craft Business Home.com – the free guide on how to turn your craft into a profitable home business!