What You Need To Get Started
If you’re new in business, paper crafting can be a good option for you as it requires the least expensive tools that are easy to find. However, to make it right, you just need to maintain the following rules.
Choose Your Target Audience
When you’re about to start a business, you need to know to whom you’re going to sell your crafts. It’s quite important to determine which product you need to make. For example, if your target audience is young people or couples, you can easily make some thoughtful greeting cards or a holiday gift such as our Share the Love: A Simple Valentine’s Day Craft. You’d be amazed at the beautiful paper crafts you can make as home decor.
Basic Startup Tools
Although it doesn’t require a great fortune to start a papercraft business, in fact you may already have much of what you need. Depending on the type of paper crafting you do will require the tools you use from various types of paper to, adhesives, cutting tools, printing tools, etc.
Research Different Cutting Tools
One of the major tools you need for paper crafting is a good cutter. You might have used only a knife or blade when it was your hobby, but for business purposes, you need something more advanced. To create paper crafted cards and decors professionally, you may require tools like a razor knife, guillotine paper cutters, an electronic craft cutting machine, cutting shears, etc. However, it all depends on the types of papers you’re using.
Name Your Business
This is the fun part! You’ve gathered all the necessary tools for your business. Now, you have to find a good name for it as it’s the first thing your customer is going to see. Finding a good, catchy name is crucial for any business. It will put light on your personality as a businessman and tell your customers what this business is all about. Instead of using some random words, find a simple yet creative name that will catch the customers’ attention.
Explore Different Paper Types
Finding the right raw materials is the key to start a successful craft business. And, for this business, no doubt your raw material is paper. Different crafts require different papers. That’s why it’s crucial to know which paper type is suitable for which craft. For example, if you’re planning to make greeting cards, cardstock, a thin, stiff, yet smooth type of paper can be your best bet. However, a high-quality art paper can do fine as well. On the other hand, kinwashi, a hemp paper material, is perfect for the lampshade and letterpress designs. Much of what we use here is simple colored paper or cardstock.
Learn Advanced Paper Crafting
You might be good at making paper crafted things, but that’s not enough to run a business. For business, you need to create a product, which will be attractive enough for sales. If you have been doing papercraft as a hobby, you may want to hone your skills and learn new methods. You can take advanced paper crafting training from an expert or join a class or simple purchase books on new techniques. You will learn about some advanced techniques to create more creative decors. Also, there are some advanced crafting tools that you might not know about. From these courses, you will learn how to use these tools.
Make Something That You Can Actually Sell
As a crafter, you have always made things for your friends and family in small numbers. But, when you are in a business, you will have to make things in bulk. So make sure you can actually sell them. It’s because not every customer needs the same thing. You cannot be successful by making thousands of paper-crafted dolls if there’s a demand for lampshades. While you’ve been making things for years only for satisfaction, you need to change your mindset when it comes to selling. So, do thorough research on your customers’ requirements and proceed accordingly.
Find a Nice & Comfortable Workplace
All these years, you have been creating amazing crafted tools sitting on your table or on your bed. But, when you do it for business purposes, you need a better and bigger space. You don’t need a big office to start a papercraft business. You can still do it at your home. All you need is a nice and quiet place where you can work peacefully. Do you have a spare room at your home? Simply do some renovation and turn it into a studio to show your creativity. If you don’t have any extra room, you can fix a corner of your room to start things professionally. Even if you rent there is always a way to find a spot for your crafting.
Think About Marketing
So, you’ve gathered everything, learned advanced crafting, and are completely ready to start your business. Now what? How are you going to find your potential customers? Sometimes it’s difficult to get a good number of customers if you’re not doing any commercial business. When you’re doing business from your home, the best way for marketing your products is social media. Nowadays, most people are doing a successful business using social media platforms like Facebook. You can simply create a page and start promoting your crafts to your target audience. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways for the marketing of your business.
Most people have a negative point of view when it comes to doing business. Some people think it’s risky, while others consider it a waste of time. However, doing business is fun, and it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Just believe in yourself and work hard. And most of all, have fun!