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Hi! I’m Lucy. Chardonnay and vintage finds lover, founder of the handmade jewelry brand bel monili *and* your new guide to making your handmade business WORK online.
” ‘Twas the week of Thanksgiving
And all through your craft space
Not a supply was missing
Not a thing out of place
Your website is stocked
With your handmade delights
And visions of sales
Keep you up through the nights…”
I could go on, but you get the idea! We’re all a little crazed right now, but I thought I could pass along a few last minute holiday selling tips to give you a boost!
Supplies – have you ordered what you needed, and has it arrived yet? Remember shipping is going to take time, make sure you keep track of outstanding items that have yet to arrive.
Inventory – Make sure you have a plan on how to track your inventory. It can be tricky when you’re selling in multiple places! As the holiday selling season begins, keep track of your sales. Also, make sure your inventory numbers are updated on your websites.
Photos – Are all your holiday photos done and uploaded to your product pages? Check and update all your new products and special holiday offerings so they’re ready for customers.
Packing supplies – Do you have enough boxes, packing materials, labels, tape?
Marketing – Are your social media posts scheduled and ready to post? Did you write your emails that are going to your list and schedule them to go out? Double check your scheduling tools to make sure you didn’t forget to click “schedule”.
Organizing – Have you set up stations for yourself to make, pack and ship your items? Do you have folders set up for paperwork that you may need to keep track of, or digital folders for files on your computer?
Self-care – Have you scheduled some time each day for a break?
This is the one thing that most of us forget, but it’s so important! Be aware of how you’re feeling; the last thing you need is to burn out; most days, try to find 15 to 30 minutes where you can walk away and refresh. I know it can be difficult to find the time, but once a week, try to give yourself a few hours!
Check out my posts on Instagram for self-care tips for handmade sellers, I share my favorites every Saturday.
I hope you have a fantastic handmade holiday selling season! And if you’re feeling stuck, be sure to check in to my Facebook group when you need help or have a question. It’s a group exclusively for craft business owners like you.
After running bel monili (my handmade jewelry business) for 10 years, I launched Bloom in 2019 to create a community where handmade business owners could learn, grow, and support each other in this wild venture of small business ownership. Welcome to Bloom!