Many creative women start crafting items from home as gifts or for sale to friends. Then, word-of-mouth travels, and this hobby expands to craft shows and vendor fairs. After awhile, she may want to turn this hobby into something more substantial. If so, she most likely will look into getting her business online. Sound familiar? Well, here are 8 ways to move your in-home hobby online:
- Set-up a Facebook business page. Click here for Facebook's instructions on how to create a business page. Please do not create another personal profile for your business. It must be a page. This allows people to "like" your page, instead of becoming your business's "friend." I've seen some small businesses make the mistake of creating a personal profile for their business. Customers or fans will not "friend" your business because then you will have access to their personal profile, personal pictures, etc. Profiles are for people, pages are for businesses.
- Set-up an Etsy shop. Click here to check out Etsy if you are unfamiliar. According to Wikipedia, Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. You are able to set-up your own shop to sell your items, without creating and maintaining your own website.
- Create a website...