Wednesday, October 17, 2012

:: How to Sell Your Craft Online :: Session 1 Wrap!

:: How to Sell Your Craft Online ::
It was a stellar crowd of over 100 local hobbyists and creatives who descended on Brisbane Square Library to find out new tips on taking their hobby to the next level. 
Thank you to everyone who brought the first in this series of mini creative development sessions to life with your attentiveness, inspiring questions and engaging crafty conversation during the morning tea networking time.
The lovely Amy from Brisbane Libraries captured the session here so take the time to explore the Library facebook page to keep up with all their crafty pursuits. Many thanks to Sandra, Emma and all the Library team for making these sessions a reality!
Below is a snapshot of the session and details to book in for the next one...

:: Market Research - have you discovered your niche?
First up were some handy tips and questions to help develop your creative niche to stand out from the online selling crowd. These included
  • Finding your signature style 
  • Striving for the perfect presentation 
  • Developing a name for your business 
  • How to be your own market researcher

:: Kindred Spirits ::
Following this, we looked at the benefits of connecting with other like minded souls both online as well as throughout  Brisbane.

Benefits of Craft Groups 
 Improve your and share skills  
 Help alleviate any sense of isolation 
 Connect with like-minded souls
 Attend  group events 
 Learn from mentors 
 Discover your target audience 
 Attract more sales 

There were also hot tips on where to find the best Supplies in Brisbane too!

There are still two sessions left in this series before we start on some more intensive creative business focused sessions next year.
I doesn't matter if you have missed the first session as we will recap at the beginning of each one. Here are all the details to register:

::  Taking your crafting to the next level (PART TWO) ::
Learn how to market yourself, from branding to business cards, your business name, ABN, packaging and promotion. Learn a simple formula for pricing your work; know your basic rights with intellectual property and discover tips and tricks for photographing your wares.
DATE: Saturday 3 November
TIME: 10-11.30am
VENUEBrisbane Square Library, 266 George Street in central Brisbane
::  Taking your crafting to the next level (PART THREE) ::
In readiness for selling, this session will provide 10 tips for setting up your online shop, including the options of EtsyMade it and Blue Caravan. Also covered will be social networking and using the media for promotion, including easy ways to keep statistics. There will also be tips on basic bookkeeping to help you stay grounded. Finally, this session will explore simple steps to get you started selling at markets with ‘Markets 101’.
DATE:       Saturday 1 December
TIME:       10-11.30am
VENUE:     Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street in central Brisbane
Bookings Essential - Call 3403 4166

Brisbane Square Library - Easy Access

With King George Square Car Park, Roma St and South Brisbane Train Stations close by, it's super easy to get to Brisbane Square Library, no matter what your preferred mode of transport.
In particular the King George Square Car Park offers super cheap weekend rates of $12
:: Discover Your Local Library ::
Upcoming Crafty Events:
Brisbane Square Library
* Oct 27: Brisbane Brown Owls Oct 10:30am
Indooroopilly Library
* Nov 22: Meet Loani Prior - 6.30-7.30pm

We're really looking forward to kicking up our handmade heels with you all at these sessions. In the meantime, mark all the 2012 Creative Development Session and BrisStyle indie Market dates in your diaries and keep up with all the other BrisStyle action, via the BrisStyle BlogFacebook and Twitter!

Presented by BrisStyle Inc and supported by the Brisbane City Council


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