Copyright © 2010 Kate Harper
"Manufacturability" is a word I use to describe the method of analyzing your card designs to see how they can be mass produced in an efficient and cost effective manner.
While you probably don't need to worry about this when you first start designing your cards, you might want to think about it early, so you don't create a series of cards that are too difficult to make on a larger scale.
Some people are easily put off by the idea of mass producing handmade cards. It sounds like a contradiction. Shouldn't handmade items be a labor of love that has special meaning? This is exactly the line that divides a hobbyist from a business person. Both people are skilled artists, but the business person is the one that intends to use their artistic skills to create an income.
There is nothing wrong with spending an hour making a card for Aunt Betty, but if you seriously want transform this "craft" into a business, you have to consider that your time is worth something.
You shouldn't be setting up your entire business just so that you can become the world's best card slave.
If I had to choose anything I felt should be taken seriously in the hand-crafted card business, it is the process of manufacturing. The key questions about how to chose materials, the way the work area is going to be set up, how these things can affect production time, and the quality of the work all need to be addressed.
Handmade Card Business Articles by Kate Harper
Backcopy:What to print on the back of your cards
The Handmade Card Business: Card Codes
The Handmade Card Business: All About Envelopes
Starting a Handmade Card Business: Manufacturing
How to Make a Living in the Handmade Card Business
Making Cards: Questions to Ask
Simplify Card Making for a Profit
How to Set Up a Handmade Card Factory
Paying People to Make Your Cards