It is very important for each craft business large or small to have a web presence. In todays world having your craft business online means having a shop open round the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For the crafter who works at home, it’s an ideal outlet for your crafts, you now have a location to send your regular clients to view your new products without them having to wait for the up-coming craft show.
Having an online store gives your craft business creditably, because now when your customer wants to purchase that special gift they don’t have to wait until your next craft show, your customer can now contact you directly to make a purchase, or to order a custom made product. Having an online presence also gives the crafter who would normally just sell their crafts locally the opportunity to sell their crafts globally.
There are crafters that have the ability to be able to develop their own e-commerce websites while some tend to be overcome at the idea of selecting a graphic designer, locating a web host, mastering how to manage as well as market their new website, not forgetting security problems and merchant services. All of the above can be time consuming and can end up being extremely expensive.
There is one more option the crafter can think about!
Online Craft Malls have been around for a long time and they might be your answer to having an online presence, but be careful and do some research before signing up. In the larger malls although they may look good you are going to have a lot of competition and your small craft shop may get lost in the mix. Some malls charge a flat monthly fee, no commissions, no product listing fee and in my opinion this is the best way to go, some charge commission plus a monthly fee, some charge a monthly fee plus a fee to list each product and some charge a product listing fee and a commission.
Many crafters would like to manage every aspect of their business, so when researching the internet malls make certain you are going to have your own personal control panel where it will be possible to add your own items, item descriptions and item pictures easily, you should also be able to setup your shipping and taxes. Make certain that all orders and payments are going directly to you, in some malls payments go to the mall owner and you will have to wait to get paid for the product you just sold.
In every business, craft or otherwise, it takes time to grow your business and even though opening a store in a craft mall brings you instant traffic this does not mean you will start selling right away. It takes time and hard work to build your business, so at first use your new craft shop to send your regular customers to view your new and existing crafts and in time you will start getting new customers from around the world.
Do you want to sell your handmade crafts online, then visit The GLC Arts and Crafts Mall where you will find everything you need to open your online craft shop and start selling your handmade Arts and Crafts.
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