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How to make money selling art and crafts through the internet?

Discussion in 'Entrepreneurship' started by vandanarajesh, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. vandanarajesh

    vandanarajesh Bronze IL'ite

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    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 11"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 11"><link rel="File-List" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5Cuser%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> If you are good at any of the arts and crafts and wish to go commercial then the internet is definitely a tool that you must explore. The internet is a means to starting a successful business and reaching out to the target audience without incurring a huge expenditure. The key to success in the online world is to make your presence known and reach out far and wide.

    The internet makes it possible to set up a store of your own without a huge investment and you are no longer limited by physical boundaries in the online world. The internet offers you a number of tools to climb the ladder of success. Selling online either through your own site or through an already established site would mean that the world is your market place and thus, you can reach out to new and larger markets without much effort and expense. The internet can be the most cost effective tool to getting started and also expanding your business. There are friends who run a successful business ventures by selling handmade jewelry, apparels and paintings through their personal websites. Once the production, shipping and delivery issues are taken care of, you are on your way to being the owner of a successful business venture. The internet offers the advantage of bridging distances and making the world a much smaller place.

    Owning a website
    When it comes to selling through the internet you have two options namely, having your own website or selling through an already existing website. Owning a website is not an expensive proposition unlike what it may seem to be. For a website of your own you would first have to purchase your own domain name. Make sure to choose a name that makes clear your area of business. This would be of great help. Having a domain name of your own adds more credibility to your business. Purchasing a website would cost you approximately $10 per year and the lowest cost for hosting the website would work out to $6 a month. Now that is really not much considering the profit you would make through the site. There are professionals in the field of design or else you could design your own website with some basic knowledge of designing and coding. Once you tie up with a shipping company and the issues of shipping and delivery are addressed you are all set to get started. The right kind of marketing and good use of tools can result in huge traffic and exposure to a large number of potential customers.

    Selling through an already established website
    There are a number of sites online that allow you to display your products and make a sale online. For instance, the Indusladies forum is a good way to display all your works and make the world aware of your talents and skills. It is absolutely free and with the site receiving a huge number of hits you are sure to receive a wide exposure. If you are lucky, this could be the beginning to a profitable business venture. The key to achieving success at forums like this is to be active and make your presence known to as many people as possible.

    Website like ebay, etsy are other established websites through which you can sell your art and craft works. The site is already established and enjoys huge traffic thus, you stand to benefit in more ways than one. The reputation of the site would only benefit your business venture.

    Like the real world, being successful online means being active and letting more and more people know about your works. The efforts are sure to pay off. You may not see instant results however, do not be disheartened every link that you create is going to be beneficial to you some way or the other in the days to come.
     
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  2. Custard

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    Thanks for another useful post!!!
     

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