Tips for starting a craft business

For many people, it is the ultimate dream – turning a hobby into a business. If you excel in a craft and enjoy doing it and have considered starting a part-time or full-time business, then here is some excellent advice to get you started. From knitting and sewing to pottery, whatever it is, there is some advice you should follow to be successful.

Before we get into all of that, if you are starting, you are selling your goods to people you need to be aware of the laws around it. Your state may have different laws around tax, licenses, and insurance, and penal codes vary.


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Research the market

Before you quit your job in the hopes of selling your craft, consider if the market for your product is big enough. Perhaps start trying to sell them before you commit to anything to see how successful you are.

You can research what’s out there already by going to craft shows or looking at Etsy. If your product fits into a category, then there is probably demand for it. Can you offer something different? Or is there already a lot of what you do on the market?

 Know your customers

It is essential to know who your customers are so you can display your products well and decide what events to attend. For example, if you are selling children’s clothing made out of sustainable materials, then your audience will be environmentally conscious parents. Therefore, you may want to attend family festivals and vegan markets.

Consider your name

Pick a business name that is memorable and appeals to your customers. Think about your brand potential and what you can do with a name. You should also check that no one else has your name and secure it. A good place to start is checking that no one else has the same domain name; you can do this at name cheap. An attorney can also help you to secure your business name.

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Online presence

You should have a website; it will add credibility to your business. You should also consider utilizing social media platforms to promote your business. Look at your competitor’s online activity as a good way of coming up with a plan for how you will present yourself online.


Make a cost analysis

Making products to sell will mean that you will need a lot more supplies. Many places offer a discount for bulk. Find your suppliers and figure out exactly how much each item is costing you. This can be difficult with craft items, but you must have a clear idea of your overheads. Also include your shipping costs, packaging, and workspace if it is separate from home.


Practice photography

Having good pictures of your products when selling them online can make a big difference. You may want to consider where you will take photos and keep it consistent so that it looks professional. You can also consider lighting equipment.


Arrange shipping

Compare prices of shipping providers and invest in good packaging materials. Good shipping will encourage people to leave you good reviews!


How to handle the aftermath of a slip and fall accident

Every year, thousands of people injure themselves in slip and fall accidents. They are the most common type of workplace accidents. But, they also happen with surprising frequency in people’s homes or in public places.

If you have this type of accident, it is possible to end up with quite serious injuries. Especially if you break a big bone like your hip. Injuries sustained in a fall can lead to permanent disabilities. The fact that the consequences can be serious means that it is important to handle things in the right way in the days, weeks and months after your accident.


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Speak to a lawyer

In many cases, it makes sense to hire a team of people with experience, such as this company. They will look into what happened and work out whether you will be able to claim for compensation.

Provided they believe that you have a strong enough case, they will advise you about how to gather evidence. For example, they may ask you to write down what happened, take photos of the scene and keep a symptom diary. Doing this and other things in the right way can greatly improve your chances of being paid.

It is a good idea to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. This will help to ensure that evidence that can strengthen your case is not lost.

Report the accident

You should always report a trip or fall accident if they occur in a workplace or public space. Doing so will help to ensure that someone else does not have a similar accident.

This is particularly important if you do something like trip over a cracked paving slab. If you don’t report it, potentially dozens of other people could be hurt.

The fact that you have properly reported the issue could even help your claim. It provides a record of the incident that helps to prove that it happened.

But, be careful about what you say in the accident report. Your lawyer will help you to write it in a way that does not make it look like you are to blame for the accident.

Follow your doctor’s advice

It is very important to follow the advice that your doctor and other medical professionals give you. Doing so will help you to heal faster. But that is not the only reason to do so.

If you do not follow the medical advice you are given, the party you are suing may be able to argue that you are partly to blame for any permanent disability. They could say that if you had done what you were supposed to you would have healed better.

Take steps to avoid a similar accident happening again

The vast majority of people who suffer trip and fall accidents are elderly or infirm. If you fall into this category, it is a good idea to think about using some form of walking aid to reduce the risk of falling again. This article tells you about some of them. It also covers the subject of adaptations that can be made to the home to make falls less likely.



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