Advantages of a Handmade Card Business Part 6: Homebased

Another advantage of a handmade card business is: It can be a home-based business.

Most of the people I've met who have a handmade card businesses, run the the business out of their home. The dream of working at home is a major advantage of doing this business.

Personally, I have been able to design, manufacture, order supplies, store supplies and sell cards out of my home. But I also had to convert an entire room to the business. Be prepared to talk on the phone over the family TV, to drag your 12 foot phone cord into the kitchen while you are cooking, and eat dinner at your desk.

While it's not unusual for crafts people to work out of their homes, the greeting card business may require unique concerns independent of other crafts. It's essential to set up a good workspace for what is basically a mail order business. When I first started out, I found it helpful to organize my work space into separate, distinct areas: one area for card making, one for shipping, one for manufacturing, one for record keeping, and one for finished card stock.

If you only have one desk pretend you have five desks and before you transition from one task to the next, completely clean off the desk before you set up the next task. Avoid mixing tasks at all costs. Otherwise you will end up with orders mixed into card supplies and finished card stock with glue smeared on it. And then you will spill your coffee all over the desk!!

One of the biggest advantages of this business is that you avoid overhead costs of office rental. Renting space is what usually weighs heavy on many businesses when they first start out. Of course, if your business grows very large, you might have to consider growing more space!

See Other Advantages of a Handmade Card Business:

Handmade Card Business Part 1: Financial Investment

Handmade Card Business Part 2: You Change Designs Quickly

Handmade Card Business Part 3: Financial Investment

Handmade Card Business Part 4: More Designs & High Quality

Handmade Card Business Part 5: Higher Retail Price

Handmade Card Business Part 6: Homebased

Handmade Card Business Part 7: Easier for Beginners

Handmade Card Business Part 8: Card & Gift in one

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