We’re coming to the end of January. Do you know what craft shows you’re doing this year?
You may be thinking, “Wait a minute. It’s January. Isn’t it a little early to start planning?”
We just got through the holidays and spring seems a long way off, but yes, it is time to start figuring out what craft shows you want to apply to.
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Planning for Craft Shows Now:
1. It’s great to know what shows you’ll be doing for the year so you can have an idea of the amount of products you’re going to need to produce to get ready for the shows.
Each show you’ll do you’ll sell your products and you’ll need more. You’ll need to have an idea of how many things you’ll need to make per week to get ready for each show.
2. Some craft shows have early deadlines to get in. If you check now you can probably still get in (except for some that may have yearlong waiting lists or very early application deadlines.) Make sure you’re sending in your application on time to make sure you get into the shows you want to do.
3. The new Art and Craft Show Directories just came out for the year. You can go through and pick out what shows you want to go for, see prices, what they require and find out how to apply. I usually find mine at a craft supply store.
4. If it’s a really popular show, you might need to get on a waiting list. Better to take care of that now. I know for the big craft show in my hometown if you apply in January or later they’ll look at your application for the following year. (The show is in August.) But if you keep waiting you’ll never get on that list.
5. You can plan your schedule and then print it up to give out or post it on your website. The sooner you know what shows you’re doing, the sooner you can tell people.
6. Now is a great time to work on your booth design and work out any kinks and design what components you’d like to add. Then you can start gathering/building those components now to get ready for Craft Show season.
7. You can buy my Craft Show Tips eBook and read and study it so you’re prepared when craft show season hits.
I hope you’ll start thinking about getting ready for craft show season now.
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