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Congratulations on considering opening your own craft business! This course offers an introduction to business and guidelines that will help you create a successful and sustainable crafting business. In this course, you'll learn what to expect, how to create a business name that people will remember and determine what type of crafts you want to sell.

Targeting your market is essential for the success of any business, and we'll give you the basics on how to determine who will buy your crafts, how much to charge for them, and how to market your business to reach the widest audience range. You'll also learn some important marketing skills that will help you run your business. We'll discuss different ways to sell your crafts, including online venues and craft shows.

Creating a sustainable business means keeping your overhead low. Lessons in this course will offer tips on wholesale and retail purchasing of supplies, developing attractive packaging, and how to determine how much to charge for your crafts, as well as a number of pricing strategies that will help you set prices that generate profits.

No business, and that goes for home-based craft business, can succeed without customers. Good customer service is essential.  We'll explain some of the do's and don'ts when dealing with customers, as well as how to deal with difficult customers.

Finally, we'll discuss (briefly!) your financial obligations regarding income taxes and the importance of keeping good records. Balancing your craft business with family responsibilities will be discussed, as will reaching the masses to help you develop the best ways to reach audiences both locally, domestically and abroad.

This course will provide you with enough information to feel confident when starting your own business, and provide pointers that will help to ensure that your business endeavor is successful.

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Lesson 1: Developing Your Own Home-Based Craft Business

So, you have decided to open your own home-based craft business. Congratulations! This means that you obviously love your craft, and want to share it with others. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Is Crafts the Right Business for You?; Reasons to Start a Craft Business; Starting a Craft Business
  • Take Poll: Craft Business
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Developing Your Own Home-Based Craft Business

Lesson 2: Starting Your Home Craft Business

One of the most important aspects of starting your home-based craft business, is to create a name for your business that states who you are and what you offer. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 5 Rules for Choosing a Business Name; 8 Mistakes to Avoid with your Business Name; How to Start a Craft Business
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Starting Your Home Craft Business

Lesson 3: Targeting Your Market

When creating a home-based craft business, you need to determine who will buy your crafts, and why. Take the time to identify your proposed customers, and where you will find them. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Finding your Target Market; Defining the Target Market; Identifying a Target Market
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Targeting Your Market

Lesson 4: What About Marketing Basics?

Later on in this lesson, we are also going to discuss how you can determine your earning potential, both short-term and long-term. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Low Cost Marketing Ideas; Crafts Marketing
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: What About Marketing Basics?

Lesson 5: Selling Your Crafts

Fully explore your options when it comes to selling your crafts, and do not underestimate the power of the Internet to literally reach all ends of the globe. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Craft Business Guide; What if your crafts aren't selling?; Approaching Retail Stores
  • Take Poll: Selling your Crafts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Selling Your Crafts

Lesson 6: Saving on Supplies

A basic tenet of any business, and that includes a home-based craft business, is to keep your overhead down. Overhead is the term used to describe expenses incurred by a business. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Pricing Your Craft; Types of Inventory; Survival Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Saving on Supplies

Lesson 7: Costs and Sales

Pricing is an important aspect of a home-based craft business. Charge too much, and no one will buy. Charge too little, and you will end up losing money. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Craft Business Management; Tips on Prices; How to Price Your Crafts
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Costs and Sales

Lesson 8: Customer Service

Understanding customer behavior, earning customer loyalty, and learning how to deal with difficult customers, are all parts of owning and operating a home-based business. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: 8 Rules for Good Customer Service
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Customer Service

Lesson 9: Financial Obligations

When you start your own home-based craft business, you are going to have to know at least the basics about tax obligations, business expenses, and what you can claim as a business deduction. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Small Business Tax Center; Home Business Deductions; Tax Considerations
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Financial Obligations

Lesson 10: Reaching the Masses

Learning how to take advantage of websites, social networking, linking, and blogging can help grow your business, and enable you to extend your reach and client base. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Social Media; Social Marketing Ideas
  • Take Poll: Social Media
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Reaching The Masses

Lesson 11: Time Management

This lesson will offer a few tips on how to better manage your time for the ultimate success of your business. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Organizing Tasks; 11 Time Management Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Time Management

Lesson 12: Getting Paid

Your business will not get very far if you do not get paid for your crafts. Keeping track of sales and invoices may also take a chunk out of your day. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Credit Card Processing; Payment Terms; Making the Internet and Ecommerce Work for Your Craft Business
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Getting Paid

Lesson 13: Ten Tips for Home-Based Business Success

Learning how to manage your time, and getting paid, are important aspects of your business that will help you succeed. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Craft Show Tips; Craft Room Design; Craft Business Blog Talk
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Ten Tips for Home-Based Business Success
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Total Course Points

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Course Title: How to Start a Craft Business
Course Number: 7550456
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know developing your own home-based craft business.
  • Describe starting your home craft business.
  • Define targeting your market.
  • Know about marketing techniques.
  • Describe selling your crafts.
  • Describe saving on supplies.
  • Recognize costs and sales.
  • Describe customer service.
  • Identify financial obligations.
  • Know reaching the masses.
  • Identify time management.
  • Describe getting paid.
  • Know ten tips for home-based business success, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Student Testimonials

  • "There was a great overview of what would be required when starting a craft business. I especially felt like the marketing and pricing of items was very helpful. The instructor was very helpful and got back to me right away if I ever emailed her or turned in any assignments." -- Natalie C.
  • "Overall I was satisfied with this course, it was a lot of fun and the information I got from taking this course was useful and I feel a great starting point for gaining confidence to building my own craft business. I really liked how the course delved into creating a business name, finding your target market and the importance of being focused on providing great customer service." -- Jerrica L.
  • "The most important part was that I need to account for my sales for income taxes. I did not know this." -- Lisa L.
  • "This instructor was more hands on by letting you know when have done a good job. I enoyed that." -- Ellena H.
  • "Every lesson contained information I would need, but I guess what helped me most was the lesson about selling online and also the lesson about different forms of payment. I enjoyed the course, learned a lot, and my instructor had nothing but positive comments to add." -- Carol C.
  • "All of it was helpful -- the class went from the beginning point for a small craft business owner to think about the reasons he/she is thinking about undertaking the venture through all the steps including financial responsibilities and obligations, various marketing techniques to customer service. It was comprehensive; I've never seen anything like that before." -- Cynthia S.

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