So You Found Your Show…. Now What?

What is the first thing you need to do??

Fill out the forms and send in exactly what the promoters want.  If they want pics, get some pics.  If they want licenses, get them!  By doing this professionally, you will become a professional and be seen as such.

Is this a juried Show, meaning are the jurors going to judge your products?  Send in the product needed.  99% of juried shows will not accept pre made items, so be aware of that if you are appling for juried shows.  If you make your own items, go for it.  Make sure your photos are Clear and Professional.

Check the fees  Can you afford them?  How much will you need to sell to make back the fee and then make a profit?  To find out, take an average price of your products and go from there.  Remember, if this is a first show, you are not going to move a lot of product unless you have an awesome, special and unique things, so take that into account before you sign up for a big $$ show.  You do not want to ruin your first experience on a big $$ show and have a small return.

Until next time!!
Chris
Direct Sales Talk
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More ways to find Shows

My friends checked out the site and admonished me for forgetting some of the obvious ways of finding shows.  I said, hey, I’m getting to it… so getting to it, I am!

**The Classifieds and the Upcoming Event Section in the paper. 

**Cable stations have the Whats Coming Calendars that a lot of folks use.  Or the Television websites may have listings as well

**And don’t forget Signage.  A lot of folks may post a sign advertising their upcoming show.

Check them all out

Chris
DirectSalesTalk

Getting Started

The most difficult thing sometimes is getting started!  After making the decision to include craft shows in your business plan, you need to get busy planning!

First finding a show in your area! 

The best place to check is your local newpapers and chamber of commerces.  Ask your friends that do shows.  Check out the calendars on websites like Event Lister and Craft Lister. You can google the words Craft Shows and the name of your state for even more information locally and not so locally. You will even find some magazines and newsletters that rate a particular event and give you tons of information on it such as pricing, what products are allowed and set up information.

Enjoy!

Chris
Direct Sales Talk