Despite the fact that we’ve only just had Hallowe’en, Christmas cards have been in the shops since August, and people seem to have been counting down to the big day for weeks. Anyone who crafts professionally will know that Christmas is the busiest time of year, and the one that it’s easiest to fall down with if you’re not super organised – so today we’ve whipped up a checklist for anyone who might be planning on selling either online or at those famous Christmas markets this year. And breathe!
1. Start by writing down important dates in your diary or on your wallplanner; any craft fairs or markets, last posting dates and your last available date for any commissions – if you know your deadlines, there shouldn’t be any cause for chaos!
2. Double check and confirm any market bookings you’ve made, and make a note of any sellers fees that need to be paid and when.
3. Amend your website with the relevant details; the date for last orders, the latest day people can request specialist commissions and which markets you’ll be attending.
4. Keep your social media channels updated with Christmassy snaps, sneak previews of any orders and general festivities.
5. Check your materials and make any necessary orders – make sure you order extra for those last minute commissions!
6. Choose and order any special wrapping, packaging or business cards that you might be using – if you’re printing your own bags or paper, ensure you have enough ink or ink pads.
7. If you’re exhibiting at a craft fair or Christmas market, plan your display, and have a trial run at home. For more tips on craft displays, check out our blog post on fairs and markets here.
8. Make a realistic plan of how much work you’re going to complete every day – there’s no point in over estimating, the Christmas elves won’t be coming to help you!
9. Don’t panic! Drink some mulled wine. This is possibly the most important step of all ;-)
10. Think about popping a little treat in with your orders – a festive teabag or something similar. Something that will make your customers remember you with a smile!