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30-Day Scrapbooking Business Blueprint...

Scrapbooking is a big business. Not only can you get paid to create beautiful scrapbooks for clients - but you can make money:

- Teaching classes and hosting workshops
- Selling scrapbook supplies
- Writing how-to guides for other crafters

Scrapbooking expert Brett McFall knows the secrets to starting a successful scrapbook business, and that includes where to get low-cost supplies and how to find customers.

There is also an opportunity in helping others create scrapbooks in addition to selling your own scrapbooks. You can still use your creativity teaching others about scrapbooking because you are providing different ideas and techniques that the average person won't think of.

If you want to work from home, you can open an online scrapbook supply store or set up an instructional website that makes money from advertisers or occasional product sales. You can write and publish a book on scrapbooking from home as well.

If you prefer to work around people, you can hold hands-on workshops, instructional classes or open your own brick-and-mortar store selling supplies and even hosting special events for crafters.

scrapbook retailerTeaching others can also be a great way to let people know that you have a business making scrapbooks for others. By teaching, you have already demonstrated that you are a scrapbook expert. If people want a scrapbook made for a gift or for themselves but don't want to take the time to do it themselves, they know you are the go-to person for the job.

Scrapbooking Business Supplies

If you decide to work from home, it's a good idea to set up a separate work space where you can keep your projects organized. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get started. Most likely, you already know where to find scrapbook supplies. CreateforLess.com is also a good online resource with over 50,000 craft supplies at discount prices. See also: AllCraftSupplies.com and eBay

Depending on the type of business you decide to set up, you'll most likely want business cards, stationary and brochures or a catalog describing the products or services you offer. Design your own print materials online, and you can save yourself a lot of money. You want to make yourself known on the web, since this where you can find a significant number of customers. Shopify.com has an easy tool for making websites.

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Scrapbook Business Resources:

  • 10 Free Scrapbooking Layouts
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    Scrapbook Business Marketing:

    1. Set up an Online Store with Etsy.com
      High-traffic website for artisans who want to sell their crafts online - you can create your own storefront on their site. See also: ArtFire.com

    2. How to Advertise with Business Cards
      Network with other businesses related to scrapbooking, such as craft shops, gift stores or business centered around children. Let them see a portfolio of your work and offer them a referral fee for any customers they send you. Business cards can be a great advertising tool for your business - and they're cheap! You can design your own business cards online and save even more money. Get yours now >> 250 Free Business Cards for Your Scrapbook Business

    3. Teach a Scrapbooking Class in Your Community.
      You might at first think that teaching other people to make their own scrapbooks would not be in your best interest. However, you'd be surprised at how many do-it-yourselfers end up hiring a skilled professional for future jobs. In any case, this can be a "non-salesy" way to introduce yourself, demonstrate your skills and get customer referrals.

    4. Advertise Your Services at Local Fairs and Events
      If you enjoy the laid back, social atmosphere of art and craft fairs, you can meet customers face-to-face who are interested in creative and unique items like scrapbooks. You can find a list of event locations and dates in the USA at www.FestivalsAndEvents.com. Have a display of scrapbooks and have details on your services and rates. You can hold a drawing for a free custom-made scrapbook in exchange for visitors' contact information. This is a great way to follow up with them at a later time (with their permission) on sales that you are having or events you'll be holding.

    5. Set up a Website
      You can set up an online store and sell your scrapbooks on the internet. Alternatively, you can set up an informational website (like a brochure), displaying your scrapbooks and giving information on how they can buy your services.

    6. Get Listed in Local Search Directories
      Besides placing an ad in your local yellow page book, consider the online market. There are local search engines where more and more people are looking for local businesses instead of the yellow pages. See also: How to Find Local Customers Online

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