Festivals and other markets

Other ways of making money include making crafts or other things and selling them at festivals, craft fairs, or other markets around. First, you want to start in local areas. Then spread out to other places.

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So how do you begin, you ask? You think up an idea that you want to do. Are you talented in making crafts? Music? Art? Food? Trinkets? how-to-be-a-craft-fair-successWhat type of crafts do you want or like to do? Do you crochet? Knit? Bead? Make clothing?

craft-fair-tips-and-ideas-imageThis can be a part of your niche, or it does not have to be. It is something that you want to do for extra money or just for fun.

Take your talent or preferred artistic ability and bring them  to life.

Ask the questions first. If for example, you are good at art, what kind of art do you do? Do you have a talent in clay? Do you have a design ability with clothes? Do you make clothes? Do you make stills? Do you like drama? Are you an organizer? Do you have the talent to draw or paint? What do you enjoy about what you do? What kinds of things do you want to do? What is your passion? What is your desire? Will it help you in your studies? Can this help you with your studies? Can you build models? Are you talented in multiple areas?questionable face

Then you decide what you are going to make. For example, let’s say you are good with clay. You like to make clay pots. You come up with a clay pot that will help people keep things organized, oh and if you have this talent let me know because I am the least organized person I know, anyway, back to the pot. You make this wonderful pot. Now you want to market it. You do this by making a few of them.

Decide what it cost you to make the pots. How much was the material? How long did it take you to make them? How many can you make in an hour, day, or week? What is your time worth? Can you do it between class?christmas-craft-booth

Next, check out the internet or local newspapers and find a local festival or selling market. Find out how much it costs to set up at the market. This is important because you want to make money not loose it. Prices usually range from $20.00 up to several hundred dollars for each event. So you want to have this price in your head before the festival or market date that you will be showing off your talent.

Now you say you don’t have the money to set up at the market, right? Well, that is why you want to build a website. Go to Wealthy Affiliate, or any other site, and learn how to build a website. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate if you have never built a website before because the information on that site will help you to build a successful website. The training is great and you also can talk to people and get their ideas on your site or ask questions about anything. You can build a free website around your talent.Go make money

You then want to check out Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, and other sites to see what similar items are selling for. You will also want to go to the festival or market where you plan on selling your items and seeing what they have similar things sell for.

Another thing is if you are going to provide or prepare food items, you must have a health inspection done in your area. There is a lot of things that have to be done for food items. I don’t recommend this, but if you want to do food, which is always a big seller at festivals, make sure you check your state’s health regulations before doing this.

If you are going to be doing anything with music, make sure your music is unique. You don’t want to be shut down for infringement rights on music. I have had friends that were totally devastated because they thought they had the permissions from various artists and found out later that it was not their place to give the okay to perform or play the music.

Now you are ready for the festival or market. You have prepared yourself and you have checked out prices and availability of items.  You have gotten all the permissions you need or inspections done, you will be ready for the festival.

If you are going to provide a service for people.