Making your own greeting cards may be the perfect home business opportunity.
Creating and selling homemade greeting cards is a rewarding and fun way to make money at home as the greeting cards business is a growth industry, and this is a great time to jump in and start making your own greeting cards.
What skills do I need
Some creative skills are needed to design and create your own greeting cards but you don't have to be an artist. You should have good ideas and some crafting skills. To sell your cards requires good interpersonal skills and enthusiasm!
What are the start up costs for a homemade greeting card business
Very little equipment is needed, just different types of paper, pens, pencils, glue, cutting tools, envelopes and some design embellishments. Rubber stamps and decorative punches are always useful. Your start up costs are minimal.
How do I sell my homemade greeting cards
First develop promotional material such as a flyer. You can create your own document on your computer using photographs of your handmade greeting cards and print it using a high end color printer.
Local gift stores are a good starting point to sell your cards. Visit the store with samples and your promotional material.
Craft fairs are another good sales opportunity. Simply rent a booth at a local craft show and create an attractive display of your cards.
Approach local businesses who send out greeting cards to their customers. Leave samples of your work and contact details.
eBay is another way to sell your cards and earn good income.
You could hold a home party to sell your greeting cards. Partner with other home businesses such as candle makers or jewelry makers.
Word of mouth is a great marketing tool. Discuss your cards with people you come into contact with. Show your hairdresser, your vet, your friends samples of your work. Everyone loves a beautiful greeting card!
How do I make my homemade greeting cards special
There are many ideas for making your own greeting cards unique. Include a special token that can be removed and used such as a bookmark, fridge magnet or key chain.
Use pressed flowers and the greeting card can be framed as a small picture by the receiver.
Scented greeting cards fully engage the memory and emotion of the recipient. Put a couple of drops of essential oil onto a cotton wool ball and place it in a sealed bag with the card for about 48 hours to delicately scent the greeting card.
Environmentally friendly greeting cards use recycled paper and natural embellishments like leaves and feathers.
Create beautiful envelopes with embellishments and decorative scissors.
Start making your own greeting cards and earn some extra money from home today.
You can find out more about starting a greeting card home business at About a Homemade Greeting Card Business. Julia Derby has many years experience working in small business development. Visit her free website www.my-home-business-ideas.com