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When I was a kid, I would hear the expression, “Eat your words”. Usually, I’d hear this when someone said something about someone that the person didn’t like.
As a grown up, I’ve found a words slipping out, that later I wish I had eaten. Haven’t you?
Words have a profound effect on our society. Whether the words are spoken out loud, or put into writing, they carry a lot of weight. Sometimes, they can be sweet. Sometimes, they’re down right bitter.
How do you want the words about you tasting on someone else’s tongue?
That my friends, leads us into today’s discussion.
The best kind of promotion you can achieve for your shop or yourself is word of mouth. Yep, we’ve all heard about it. We’ve all done it.
I just bought this really cool pink blouse and I can’t wait to tell my friends about it. Been there. Done that. Haven’t you?
So have your customers. They too, will be spreading the word about what cool findings they saw in your shop or what great service they received from you. You’re latest masterpiece might have brought them to tears. They’ll tell someone. Anyone.
you want those words from their mouths to be the sweetest words anyone has ever heard and tasted when they repeat them to someone else. The last thing any small business owner wants is their brand or product becoming bitter in someone’s mouth.
We all have to face it. Many of us have been taught not to gossip, but when you come across something really great, you’ve just got to share it with a friend.
the words spread amongst friends about your handmade talent and items flow sweetly onto the next customer in line, or will the foul smell of a bitter customer plague you with it bad review?
, it is not necessarily words that stir the flavor of review amongst others when it comes to promoting ourselves and our craft. It is, almost always, our actions that come across loudest that attract others to share good and bad experiences with their friends.
In the words of Lance Morrow:
“As they marched, the crowds lining the route broke into applause, a sweet and deeply felt spontaneous pattering that was a sort of communal embrace. Welcome home.”
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If you’re already selling on another venue, Art Fire has this great article on comparing it’s service to others: If You’re From Etsy.
If I’ve left anything out or you’d like to leave a comment of your own experience on Art Fire, please do so!
You have keep in mind that every product is not going to appeal to every person.
I’ve been working on some revisions lately for FORGOTTEN REINS, and with it being tax season, I’m elbow deep in taxes and financial statements. Bell’s been getting frustrated with the whole book publishing process. I can understand her feelings. From a child’s point of view things need to run on a short time span, where as us adults understand and can wait the necessary time. She’s been waiting for almost a year now for our middle grade series to get the first book published. And she’s informed me that if I won’t publish it, she’ll just make her own book.
That’s my Bell.
In order to distract her, she’s been using my scrapbook papers and my Cricut to make her own story book pages. Although, I picked out the background paper, the bathtub and bunny are all hers. Who would have thought that a bunny needed to take a bath?
I can’t help wondering if the next page will involve tooth paste or a hair brush, what do you think?
Sell Your Craft Online
Week # 6
While you all are pausing and taking a break from writing those love notes in appreciation of Valentine’s day, I thought we’d move forward and talk about the next step of selling your craft online. Need to back up, you’ll find last week’s post here.
If you’re just starting to sell your craft online then there are a few forms you’re going to want to fill out in order to get started.
Already got your shop set-up? No problem, it never hurts to go back and make sure you’ve dotted all your I’s and crossed your T’s.
Selling your craft online give you a broader customer base than just putting a sign up in front of your lawn, for sure. However, just like putting up the sign on a new store front, you’ve got to register and file papers like everyone else.
Whether your writing articles for a magazine in Austria or sending post cards to Japan, the IRS doesn’t really care, just as long as you’ve filed the proper paperwork.
The IRS assumes that if an activity is carried on for profit and makes a profit 3 out of 5 years, that it is indeed a business vs a hobby.
So, basically. These are the forms you need to have filled out to keep yourself legit with the IRS.
Fictitious Name This differs by state so the following link will lead you to business.gov where you can choose your state. You only need to do this if you’re going to do business as a name other than your own. 411 – a bank won’t let you open a business bank account without this registration to prove the name change.
EIN An EIN is your business’s identification number. As a sole proprietor you have the option of using your social security number, but with the high rate of identity thief, it’s highly recommended that you get yourself an EIN for you business. Your EIN will establish who you are, type of business (single, partnership, or corp), and set you apart from other businesses. As a sole proprietor, having an EIN is not only more professional, but smart.
Sales and Use Tax. If you’re selling a product that requires the collection of sales tax, you’ll need to register for a sales tax number. Many craft fairs require this if you plan to take your craft to the streets. The quickest way to find this is to do a search for Your State Sales Tax. For example in Pennsylvania, you’d go to the PA DEPT OF REVENUE to apply for a sales and use tax licenses.
Employment Tax Think of this as your social security. When you quit your day job and sell your craft online full time, you’re no longer paying in social security and medicare taxes. This is where Self employment taxes come into play. Pay them and your safe for social security, don’t pay them and when you’re over 65 you’ll wish you had. Simply put.
On a side note, looking into a retirement plan whether you sell your craft full time or work for a company is still a smart idea.
You may also want to stop by the IRS Small Business and Self Employment Site and read Publication 1518 and Publication 4591 for tax calendar and responsibilities.
Then you’ll want to check with your state and city to make sure there are not any additional licenses and taxes that you need to handle. Even though you may not be selling directly out of your home or studio, you still want to tag all your bases. Your local chamber of commence should be able to give you the information you need.
It’s easy to turn your passion and talents into a tangible craft to sell, but first protect yourself by making sure you’ve got all those I’s dotted and T’s crossed.