Taking the steps!
by, 05-20-2009 at 03:03 PM (1363 Views)
I have a real hard time approaching people about selling. I do very well with selling things at times. I can sell my home daycare, I'm always full with a waiting list. I can sell any car that dh wants to get rid of or MIL and Fil, etc.
But when it comes to my passions, I have a really really hard time. One would never know it, but I can write fiction works like nothing, the few privileged enough to read it, say it's publishing worthy. But do you think I'll even try to send it in? Not a chance. It's like my precious baby, I can't bear the though of rejection!
SO, building my small business up, is very very difficult for me. I share with a few people that know me well, dh scratches his head.... "Will anyone buy THAT?"... great help. A few others rave about it, but never offer to buy. Yet if I can drag my butt to a craft sale I do very well. it's getting to the sale.
Now craft sales around here are once a year. Well, more like one season. So I have been online, on the phone. I'm waiting for 2 applications, another is submitted to be juried, and I'm waiting.
Today I actually, promoted myself while at a used book store, she has asked that I bring in some samples for her to see. This is a good thing. And in truth, it was VERY very easy, but yet so very hard to bring myself to say something. So next week, I'll bring in a 1/2 dozen varieties and see what she has to say. The worst she can say is no, but if I don't do it, it's a guaranteed no. So today was a good day.
I also called and contacted an out of town craft sale that I participated at before, and will get the information mailed to me in early July. I loved that sale. If I don't get in there, there's a one day sale the same weekend that I did well at as well.
I'm planning on 4 or 5 sales this holiday season, and then will forage to find a few spring ones if such a thing exists..lol.
And I am preparing business cards that will go with every sale to get people to my website so that I can have year round sales too!
It is a little scary, but I have to take the steps out of my comfort zone to make this grow.
Still planning for the sales, I need the logo complete, banner, wardrobe planning, tags need to look professional, not my usually slobby self, presentation and booth planning. Wonder if I'm missing anything there.
I have a lot of potential for this, and of course, it'll morph into new products too. But this is something that sells itself. This week I have sold 1 bookmark by showing someone, and it turned around and sold 5 more. So it's a good solid product, I just need to get it out there.