Have you been thinking about hosting a workshop?
You can have fun, meet new people, share your skills, gain additional income, promote your work & items!
If you are a stockist you can promote your items well during workshops!
(Use many different supplies & offer discounts during class.)
If you have a shop you can promote sales during workshops!
(I host workshops during my closed business hours & host private shopping for the participants as well as offer 10% off.)
Things to think about;
What will it cost you per person & what profit would you like to make?
-Remember to Think about; your time, your utilities, your market area, supplies
-I offer 2 payment options; 50% down & 50% day of class or pay in full by certain date to save x amount of $.
(For my workshops, generally the 1st payment covers costs so I'm not out of pocket for anything.)
Get organized & Be Prepared!
-Make a list of what you need.
-Print off the workshop directions for each participant.
-Have everything set up & ready before participants arrive.
Don't get over crowded!
-Know your space limits for the amount of ppl you can have.
-Remember cramped space is not creative space.
I post at least 4-6wks in advance on my business page with a registration cut off date.
Flyers at churches & craft fairs.
There's a variety of Workshops you can host;
Fun & Creative
I've named mine 'Creative Painting Workshops' and currently host 3 different ones.
I also offer private Creative Painting Workshops for Bridal Parties, Birthday Parties, Ladies Night, Fundraisers, etc.
Here are my samples with descriptions;
-Creative Painting Workshops - Basics (Chalk Style Paint, Distress & Seal)
Hands on is the best way to learn & your sure to have a good time at our Creative Painting Workshop! Each person will learn the do's/don'ts with: chalked style paint, distressing & waxing. You'll apply techniques, keep your creations along with the detail sheet(s) that are provided. (So you can try it at home! Watch for our next scheduled small furniture painting workshop & bring a piece in to refinish at a discounted rate for taking this workshop!)
-Bottled Water will be provided to each person. (You're welcome to bring another beverage of choice.) -A brief break will be given part way through the workshop, feel free to browse the store. - Private shopping before & after workshop with 10% off regular priced items. *Must be 18+
-Creative Painting Workshops - Small Furniture (Bring your own piece to refinish.)
Bring your own piece of Furniture to Paint, everything else is provided! However you may want to bring an old blanket or tarp to transport your item back home.
* X$ DISCOUNT if you've taken the "Creative Painting Workshop - Basics" RULES: -You must be able to carry item by yourself in 1 trip. -Item must be clean. (Wash with a mild detergent the day of class, prior to coming.) -Item is to be in fair/good condition; unpainted/smooth wood & no need of repairs. -Send pictures of item to be approved by mm/dd/yy. -Choose Paint Color with registration. (See color choices in post comments.) Bottled Water will be provided to each person. (You're welcome to bring another beverage of choice.) Brief breaks will be given. Feel free to browse the store. -Private shopping before & after with 10% discount on all regular priced items. *Must be 18+
-Creative Painting Workshops - Wine Glasses (Paint a set of 4 themed wine glasses.)
Hands on is the best way to learn & your sure to have a Fantastic time at our Creative Paint Workshop with Guest Artist XX Each person will paint 4 wine glasses in a XX theme. Everything you need will be provided for you.
You'll apply techniques & keep your creations.
Bottled Water will be provided. (You're welcome to bring another beverage of choice.) A brief break will be given part way through the workshop, feel free to browse the store.
Private shopping before & after with 10% discount on all regular priced items. *Must be 18+ to attend
Let's look at Pros vs Cons...
-Person(s) may now want to paint their own furniture.
-Person(s) may now understand that what we do is a true art/profession.
-Person(s) may be more apt to pay for our service.= & become a client.
-Person(s) may tell their family & friends about our service(s).
-Person(s) may have their family & friends register.
-It is fun!