My wife is trying creating custom signs/paintings on wood. i'll included two pictures below so you can understand what it is. It's hard to compete with other companies that have printers that can…Continue
Fantastic work, I love them a lot.
For starters Brandon, this item and it's sales are driven by one simple component: Economy. People will not care how pretty it is if a) economy stinks or b) it's priced too…"
"These are lovely! I always like word of mouth marketing best. Perhaps she could identify her most "chatty" friend (one who is active on Facebook, known to rave about ever product s/he tries, etc) and then send that friend a…"
"Looks like you have gotten some GREAT feedback ideas already!!!
I was going to list a few brainstorm thoughts out, but see Brandon already did a very insightful and wonderful list already. Sometimes getting to "see" an artist create is a…"
"Have you thought about the camper/RV market? We finally gave in to family pressure and bought a fifth -wheel last year and I have been completely surprised at the market. The RV/camping population is increasingly becoming an affluent group who want…"
"I agree with the above comments.
Create a list of topics you would have liked to cover and then visit the local avenues - Hallmark store, walmart, target, art fairs and such and strike off any category you feel you've already seen enough…"
"Totally agree with the advice above. Excellent suggestions! I would like to add the possibility of contacting photographers and/or wedding and event planners and venues in your area. I think this has the opportunity to get 'bulk' orders.…"
"These are really beautiful. Has she tried testing the waters on Etsy?
Items like this seem to sell well at arts and craft shows, fairs and festivals, home and decorating shows. Most malls have art/craft fairs throughout the year and they are…"
A few ways to test market the signs would be:
local arts and crafts shows
local farmers markets
Place advertisement for the signs at your local grocery store with pictures and a link to your website (assuming you have a website)
"These are truly beautiful. While your best market may be piggy-backing with art dealers, event planners,craft shows etc. I believe you have a great opportunity to grow your online market as well. ( yes, shipping costs are going to be a bit of an…"
My wife is trying creating custom signs/paintings on wood. i'll included two pictures below so you can understand what it is. It's hard to compete with other companies that have printers that can print whatever a customer wants on wood. Custom hand-painted signs take 3 hours to compete (because she is such a perfectionist). She is getting faster but still won't be able to compete with the printers.She could just sell local which can compete because customers would save on shipping because…See More
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"I bet you could do contract work on the side. I would recommend it if you think it is possible.
I take a different view on feeling misled by the lifestyle statement. First, I think it is possible to have the life I was by…"
Sorry for the delay, Brandon. I've been traveling and spending a lot of time in the car.
Wow, a hero I don't know that I am. I do get around and blog and record shows in a few places. http://needatopic.com is where I spend a big part of my time with members, but then at http://coachradio.tv as well.
That's great, Brandon. Your comment got cut off so I'm not sure if you were going somewhere else with it.
I think the problem you'll run in to is that companies don't know they need you. I see what you're saying and you're asking if I need it, but the answer is no. I'm doing just fine (as is every company) until you come in and tell us what our problems are and how you can help.
If you figure that out and tell/show me, I won't even hesitate bringing you in.
Ha! My ideas about how to make my dreams become goals changes. I'm diving into the Dan Miller thing, plus reading What Color is Your Parachute and Quitter. My hope is that in a year I'll have a much better idea on how to set a timeline to my dreams. I do enjoy writing and like you, would love to invent something and/or corner the market in some way. You would like to move to Florida as well? What other ways are our dreams similar?
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Looks like you've already got in interesting concept up and running with your accountabilityfinder.com site. Certainly a needed process if you can get the business model to work well.
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