- Most often a shade of white or a neutral color will be your quickest sale. When people spend money on a piece they plan to keep for a long time, they want it to last longer than a color that's in style right now.
* See our related post, "Why White?" It will help you better understand why customers prefer whites & neutrals.
- Bright, bold & dark colors limit your customer base. You may want to hold off on these colors for custom orders unless you know your market area is seeking them.
Finding a buyer & getting the right person to see my piece
- Describe your item properly
- Stage your item professionaly
- Take multiple, clear pictures.
Where to Post/Advertise (There are several options)
You need a schedule keep in mind this isn't 24/7, but remember you have deadlines, and need a 'paycheck'.
Again, think of it as a job! Being organized with tools and supplies is a must! You do not want to waste time searching for something when Time is Money! You can utilize storage bins, shelving units, toolbox, file cabinet, rolling cart, etc. When you have a place for your supplies, you simply put your items back after you're finished using them.
2. OBSTACLES WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER;
- It can cause wood swelling.
- It can extend paint dry time or make it dry to fast.
- If your delivery vehicle doesn't have a cap and it's pouring rain or snowing you may have delays.
- When you try to stage outside & the sun isn't where you need it or it starts to rain or snow.
We need to plan ahead for these situations, remember we're professionals.
We can not change the world or how people are. Some people are mean or just plain rude, and there is nothing we can do about it. However, we can control how we respond & it should always be professional. (I try to pretend I'm responding to my Mom or Grandma, it helps!) Keep in mind that others will see this response, even if via private message. This person may show it to whomever they want, some have shared screenshots on their social media pages.
-Getting ppl to value the time & creativity put into the work/piece.
-Getting ppl to realize not everyone is trying to unload stuff quick & cheap.
We need to realize that we can not expect others to value our creativity & time if we ourselves do not. We need to build confidence in ourselves, our work & realize this is a profession!
-Letting go of pieces we love.
We as artisans fall in love with our work, however we want/need others to appreciate and love it as well. We also do not have space for all of our finished pieces & need to let go.
A good rule of thumb; if you keep an item, you must sell another item of equal size & value. (My husband and I made this rule before we opened our shop & it has worked well for us.)
-Understanding that not everyone will like/love our work & some people are down right rude.
Everyone has different opinions & styles. Just because we love what we do or the piece we've refinished doesn't mean the next person will. It's ok, there are millions of people who appreciate artisans all over the world. The right person will fall in love with your piece!
To be an artisan we have to overcome several obstacles. Some we have control over, some we don't, and of course we have our own personal obstacles. At the end of the day we have to believe in ourselves & know that we can overcome them as a Professional Artisan!