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How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business 

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business
How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business
by Kenn Oberrecht
Globe Pequot, 2007


So what will I need to get started? Firstly, ask yourself, do I know anything about sewing, marketing and am I creative. If you answered no to any of these questions then you should obtain some books from the library that will help you get started.

Secondly, if you answered yes, then get started. Start by drawing up a short business plan. Who will I market to? I would try the Girl Scout Troops, soccer, softball and baseball teams. Your pitch will be, hey bring me your old and treasured t-shirts and let me make a customized quilt that will be a keepsake for years to come.

You will also want to try to make some mockups of what you can do and take them to trade and craft shows to display and answer questions. Have some business cards and brochures to hand out. Also, see if any one who owns a craft shop will allow you to display any of your quilts or they may even buy some from you. Try donating one or two to a charity to raffle off so that they can raise money. Everyone will know your name.

As an additional side business, many of the pieces of material people will bring to you for their quilt may be wasted, as the actual pieces used in the quilt probably will only be small. So, take those discarded pieces and make little stuffed teddy bears for the girls, they will absolutely love them. Later you can then offer to make stuffed toys for an additional fee.

Dawn Baumann Brunke, the author, specializes in writing about healing, metaphysics and spirituality. A massage therapist by trade and editor of the bimonthly Alaska Wellness magazine, she has also published a book on telepath communication titled Animal Voices.

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Engage Your Imagination

     If you are having difficulty with the idea of "sending" or "receiving," then consider putting your imagination on double duty. Try visualizing your message as a small package of images, thoughts, and feelings. Wrap it up neatly in your mind and let it float through the air, special delivery, to your animal. You might imagine a little door that opens in your forehead or heart to send the present on its way. Your tiny packet sails across the distance between the two of you, entering the "door of perception" in your animal's forehead or "the door of feeling" in your animal's heart. To receive, imagine the process in reverse. Another method is to "beam" your message to your animal friend like a laser beam or gentle ray of light. Get creative; allow your imagination to devise the perfect method for you.


Also by
Dawn Baumann Brunke

Animal Voices: Telepathic Communication in the Web of Life
The New Menticulture or the A-B-C of True Living
Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1909



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