Finally, I was able to share with you my passion – a hobby that has long been waiting to be known. I believe that each of us has our own hidden talent that just needed some “boost” to show off. I am so grateful for myself for having years and years of corporate training as this is absolutely the best way to train and be disciplined in the business world. Being organized, systematic, keen to detail, skills and of course, time management has contributed a lot in starting up a business.
A lot of my friends have asked me how do I price my item. Well, that’s a good question to ask about, based on experience and after doing a lot of research here and there, I found out that Crafters like me have the same passion on what we do, actually, have the same idea on this part. HANDMADE items means attention to detail, high quality craftsmanship and a significant amount of TIME, EFFORT, RESOURCES and SKILLs, all of which mean HIGHER PRICE tag. This is what we use to price our item. Crafters are NOT a garage sale or yardsale!
Let me give you an idea:
As an example, a huge and famous shopping store nationwide buy materials in large amount of quantities and definitely, cost them cheaper labor for tons of items being manufactured or ordered at once, thus, pricing is cheaper than the rest.
Crafters do handmade with so much attention to details and it’s quality is comparable but way more of than cheaply made items that you can find out there. Given the amount of time spent in doing a project, Crafters, like me, should not feel guilty for marking their handcrafted items at a very reasonable price.
When I was starting my business few years ago making tutu dresses and hair accessories, a lot of people are throwing nasty and mean comments – here, there, everywhere! If you are a social network savvy, you’ll find them there right on your social page and even on your friends list too! Whether you do your business online or in store. These kind of people will discourage you and make nasty rude comments be it in your face or behind your back:
“I could make that for $5″ or
“I could get that at Walmart for less.” (most popular comment)
“There’s a lot online that are cheaper, I can get it there instead”
“Wow! that’s too expensive!”
Trust me, these kind of people are everywhere. I have been crafting and selling my stuff for years and years now and promise, you will encounter these types of people everywhere you go or offer your products.
So, you ask, how do I handle it? Honestly, it’s irritating of course, very discouraging but don’t take it seriously, coz if you do, you will be discourage and feel more depress. My suggestion is to simply, IGNORE THEM and their nasty rude comments! They aren’t doing anything good for you and aren’t contributing to your work so, who cares if they don’t like your work, that’s fine! Move on and carry one… go the other way and don’t ever go their way!
These people, obviously …
– have no experience selling a handmade item, therefore, they have no idea how much cost you put into your hard work – materials, time, effort and skills.
– definitely have no respect for quality craftsmanship. All they care about is getting the cheapest piece of crap they can find or haggling to the lowest possible price they could get.
– resent that your awesome piece of hardwork is out of their price range.
– are jealous and/or bitter that you have your own business up and running.
– or on my own set of words, “cheap price for cheap people!”
So, the next time you thought about buying a handmade products, please think about the hardwork we put into our own handcrafted item, as it was not done using high tech machine. All handmade were done by our own barehand using all but hardwork, passion, care and dedication to give you the best satisfaction you can get on the item you purchased from us. Take note that cheaper price means cheaper value, you get what you paid for!
“Learn to see the difference between the constructive and destructive criticism; Appreciate the constructive, Ignore the destructive.” – MJ