Hey everyone! I have been toying with so many ideas for 2010 that it seems hard to figure out what is best for me and my craft business when going ahead and making plans for next year - which shows to sign up for, what other things I would like to do next year (as in vacations and such, to plan around show dates) and then what to do new and creatively regarding what I sell for next year.
In addition it was about this time last year I decided to make some big changes for my business as I decided it would be worth changing the business name, create new labels and some new packaging, and added some new products. What can I say I do embrace chance and it has worked for me. I just feel "I have to top that for next year???" LOL I don't plan on topping it, but deciding on what the next step is in promoting all the new stuff seems to be a challenge. I have an idea of which path I wish to take, (not going to jinx it by stating it now) but still working out the kinks.
I am wondering if anyone here is having trouble, like me, in deciding how to approach 2010 when making business decisions for their well art/craft business when it comes to doing shows? Are others concerned about finances too - what might be going on economically next year and factoring that into their plans? - Michelle
I could see at shows this year that the economy was affecting us. I only lost money at one show, but I didn't really make that much at others. At the Ocean View Show a couple weeks ago I was very encouraged about the attitude of the people. Sales were OK, but the people that didn't buy looked more like the really wanted to buy than at previous shows. The attitude thing is kind of hard to explain, but it's a difference in people that were just looking, and people that really wanted to buy. I am encouraged that 2010 will be a better year.
I agree with Pauline about it being amazing what people will buy. At the Ocean View show I sold two framed prints that I didn't really think were that good! I just put them out there because I had the space.
Keep on trucking, as they say.
Sometimes we need to freshen up our look or appearance. It helps but be careful not to overdo it. Changing your business name might be fine once but if you are aiming for repeat customers the name needs to stick. Think of Prince changing his name to______ . lol I love adding new products when I create them. Sometimes I find it amazing what people will buy.
Right now, with the economy tanking, we are just looking to survive next year. We already have some shows lined up for 2010 in January and February, but these are the "standard" shows we do every year, like the flower and garden shows.