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Selling Your Crafts Online for the Holiday Season

Selling Your Crafts Online for the Holiday Season

If you are an ace at different hobbies and crafts, such as making stuffed animals, toys, or bright and colorful jewelry, now is the perfect time to sell your crafts and make extra money. During the holiday season, you can sell larger quantities of products online at a discount while still managing to make a substantial profit. Don’t waste any more time and get selling online whilst you still have the chance.

This article will focus on selling your crafts online and the prerequisites for setting up a website for the new year to promote your brand of products/crafts. There are 2 prerequisites : Website Design and Website Marketing, and these will be discussed below.

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Make your website inviting

Many online shoppers are tired of buying the same, typical things they normally purchase every holiday season. Many shoppers look for unique and hand-crafted gifts to give to their loved ones, and you can use that demand to make a lot of money for yourself.

If you already have a website that’s dedicated to selling your crafts, you may want to consider redesigning it so that it can bring in even more customers. If your craft specialty is geared toward toys and children, try searching for toys website templates that will make your website bright and colorful. Try to find the perfect template that goes with the theme of the things that you are selling. Make sure the font and color of your text works well with the template. You want your website to look fun and inviting, but you also want it to look professional. Too many colors or wacky fonts may make some shoppers think that you are an amateur or have very little experience.

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Let people know your website exists

If you aren’t focusing on it already, now is the time to market your website and skills to as many people as you can. Mention your website to friends and family, and ask them to spread the world. Take advantage of free social media websites by advertising your business there, as well. It’s also very important to come up with popular keywords and tag them to your website in as many search engines as possible.

Ask local businesses, such as the public library or grocery store, if it is okay for you to post flyers that promote your business on a general community board. Be sure to include on the poster how to reach your website and what type of crafts you are capable of making. Don’t be above offering potential customers something you’ve previously made, as an incentive.

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With so many people wanting to get their holiday shopping underway, make sure that you have a decent amount of crafts already made and available to ship out. If you’re worried about not being able to make enough, you can even sell the instructions, patterns, and guides for people to make their own. You may not make as much money, but there is a possibility that these may sell more than your actual crafts.

Regardless, of how you choose to get your name out there, make sure that you plan ahead. You may end up overwhelmed if you don’t have some sort of game plan.

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To sum everything up: create a website to sell your crafts online, optimize your design for shoppers, keep your materials well stocked so that you don’t miss out on any potential sells. Also, make sure that proper contact with your customers is a top priority. Offer great customer support so that when the next holiday season approaches, you are the top of their online shopping list.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

Featured photo credit: Artem Bali via unsplash.com

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