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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #2: Marketing (the basics)

06-29-2013 11:24 AM by huff | 13 comments »

Marketing is nothing more than different ways of letting the buying public know that you exist and what you are selling and the reason they should buy your product. Marketing is also setting the image for you and your business. That’s such an important element of marketing and I’ll spend a lot of time talking about that throughout this series. Too many times we overlook the most obvious and easiest ways of marketing. So let’s start at the very beginning with the very basics and build ...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #3: How to price my woodworking (Knowing what it cost to build a project)

06-01-2013 11:31 AM by huff | 13 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 3 Knowing what it really cost to build your project to sell Again, like I said in my earlier series, if you’re a hobbyist and you really don’t sell your work, then no need to follow along, but for what ever reason you are building and wanting to sell some of your woodworking, then this series is real important to read and understand when it comes to pricing your work. One of the first things you have to realize when you decide you wou...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #748: A Word About Selling Your Finished Items

06-30-2012 12:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I had a good and busy day yesterday and it felt great to really be back working. Even though I was only ‘off’ for a couple of days, it was enough to feel refreshed and rest enough so that I looked forward to getting back to work. That is a great thing. Kieth and I worked on the site update yesterday and I was able to send out our monthly newsletter. It felt good to get a newsletter out and touch base with our customers. We only send out one or possibly two newsletters per m...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #3: Printed Material (more ways then you may think)

06-30-2013 11:23 AM by huff | 9 comments »

In the last series I talked about some of the basics when it comes to marketing. We talked about a business name, signage and one of my favorite marketing tools; Business Cards! Today I would like to talk about other forms of marketing using printed materials. We’ve already talked about business cards, but here are some other ways of marketing with printed material. Rack Cards; If you’re not familiar with rack cards, they are typically 4”x9” cards printed on heavy stock with a glossy ...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #4: Shows

07-01-2013 11:06 AM by huff | 9 comments »

Shows; It doesn’t matter if you’re selling country crafts or high end one of a kind, custom made furniture; whether you’re selling at an outdoor craft festival, a juried show or a large indoor home show, the same principles apply. The biggest mistake woodworkers (or any vendor for that matter) makes; is trying to sell their work at the wrong show. Too many times a show is picked simply because it’s local or the table/booth fee is cheap. Big, Big mistake! That’s like trying to teach a p...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #397: Unexpected Success

07-11-2011 12:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It is odd how some days can begin by being just ‘ordinary’ days, but by the time the sun sets, they turn into something special. I love when that happens. It fills us with promise and hope on the not so good days when things don’t seem to be going exactly as we planned, and a sense of adventure in knowing that any day could turn into something special. Yesterday was just like that. It began ordinary enough. I did my blog here and my emails and all the morning house ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #435: Lots of Good News1

08-18-2011 12:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

My goodness yesterday was a busy and productive day! (By the way – it feels really good to be able to start an entry like that!) I was really able to stay focused and I accomplished a LOT of things and got some loose ends tied up in the process. It always seems to go that way, doesn’t it? You accomplish one thing and it dominoes into getting several other things done. First of all, I really, REALLY cleaned out my mailbox. This has been something that was bothering me quite ...

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Trying out the Consignment Route #1: Getting Ready..........

05-29-2011 05:23 PM by KnotCurser | 7 comments »

So, My wife and I visited a “Kitschy Artsy” shop in Havre’ De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces. One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop? At first thought, the answer is “Of course I would – I would be GLAD to!”...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #6: Galleries, Consignment shops and more

07-03-2013 11:43 AM by huff | 6 comments »

Galleries; Art galleries, craft galleries, co-op galleries can be another way to get your woodworking in front of the buying public. There are thousands of Galleries available to a woodworker. They may not be in your town, but guaranteed there are some close enough for you to check out and possibly use for part of your marketing. You do need to understand how most galleries work though; most galleries don’t pay for your inventory up front, but takes a commission when the item is sold. ...

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Would anyone be interested in a blog on selling your work?

10-05-2011 02:08 AM by Michael1 | 6 comments »

Hello fellow lumber jocks. I was wondering how many would be interested in reading a blog series on selling your work? Mainly geared toward those working in the industry or thinking of opening their own woodworking business and would be interested in a tutorial series on finding their customer base, cold calling, giving presentations and closing the sale, etc. I have been self employed in some form of woodwork for over 20 years from residential cabinets, furniture, commercial casework, woo...

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