Lauren Fairweather

Hi Lauren
I'm a new fan of yours and am so inspired by you! I've always been a crafter and loved being creative since I was little and I still love it. I love sculpting, and drawing, but mostly sewing things like plushies. I've even decided to take it to the next level and want to start selling my crafts! The only problem is I have no idea how to start. Do you have any tips on starting selling your products and finding the time and patience to produce so many crafts? Thanks so much!

Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/27/2014

To start, I'd say that you should think about concepts for your shop. What kinds of products do you want to sell? What ties them together? What will you call it? Once you have a name, you can sign up for a site like Etsy, get social media, etc so nobody takes it. It's definitely good to start your shop with at least a few finished products, so once you've thought out your concept, work on designs and make things until you're happy enough with them that you'd like to sell them. If you need help coming up with ideas for product photography, listing descriptions, policies, and your shop bio, look around at other stores you admire to see how they do it and apply your unique concept to those starting points.

As far as finding the time and patience to produce your crafts, that's totally up to you. You decide how much of a time commitment you are able and eager to put into it. If you just want to work occasionally when you feel like it, do that. If you want to set a schedule, go for it!

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