I made a post about this before, and while I don’t want to rant, complain, be whiny or anything else, I didn’t get a huge response last time, so I’m going to try again.
I follow several scrapbooking, mixed media, etc. blogs. I have no idea (for the most part) what any of these people do for money in the daytime. Some are on Design Teams, though I don’t think they earn any money from it, which is fine. Some people have been published, again, not sure if they get paid for it, but I doubt it. Being able to say you’ve been published in a well-known, successful magazine in your industry is awesome enough.
So yes, I’ll say it, I want to make money scrapbooking. I’m a consultant for a company that sells supplies. I’ve gotten many compliments on my work, so I figure, hey, I can do this for other people. However, I don’t know how to bring it up without sounding wishy-washy/uncertain or like a used car saleswoman. And I don’t want people to shut down in front of me. I’m even trying to teach classes, but that’s difficult as well.
So what can I do to encourage people to do business with me. To order products from the company I’m a consultant for. To ask me to scrap their photos for them. To want to know how to scrapbook, or even just what it is.
I tried at the local library, and was told that previous attempts bombed. I get excuses such as:
- “I just spent a lot of money on [insert item(s)], so I don’t think I should buy anything right now”
- “I’ve got so much stuff already, I shouldn’t buy anything new”
- “My schedule is [insert adjective or reason], I wouldn’t be able to take a class”
- “The classes are expensive”
- “I get my stuff from [insert store name]”
And there’s been a couple times when I would’ve loved to talk shop, but the timing was inappropriate (compliments on a birthday scrapbook I made for my hubby’s grandmother’s 100th birthday).
I know there are other scrapbooking/stamping companies that do the consultant model and are well-known on various levels. And the ones I’ve met do a fair amount of business, however, they also hold classes/crops.
So if anyone has advice, ideas, tips, or (yes I’ll say it) orders for supplies or my services as a scrapbooker, I’m all ears.
Thank you and happy scrapping!