Recently, it came up in conversation by an artisan who was contemplating selling her product, “How long should I wait before I begin selling?”
It’s a good question. Which factors demonstrate proficiency? Although opinions vary, I am sure most of us agree on several points you should consider before selling your creations:
You are seriously considering offering your creations for sale. Do you fit the quality criteria? As for business, are you willing to operate a business? Are you committed to the time it takes to take care of business and the money required to get it set up and running properly?
A shoestring budget is understandable, but endangering your future by neglecting the basics is short-sighted. Business requires an investment of time and resources.
This barely scratches the surface, but should give you something to think about and aspire to before you set up your first table at the craft fair or farmers market.
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne, for Making Soap, Cosmetics & Candles