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It might happen when shopping at the craft store, while you are at your crafting space getting your projects done, or as you are driving down the road: a new business idea hits you, and it doesn’t let you go!

However, when will you get started?

A lot of handmade artists sit on their ideas for months or years before taking action. Some people can’t find the time to start a business because they work 40 hours a week and have a family. Some are scared to take the plunge, while others don’t know how to set their business idea in motion.

Whatever is holding you back, we’ve put together a to-do list for all the hopeful handmade artists out there. When you’re ready, this list will guide you through the planning stage.

1. Business Planning

Business planning should not be underestimated when it comes to developing a handmade business. A business plan gives your business direction and helps you prepare for a lot of what you may need to overcome in the future.

Here are some mind map templates carefully designed for crafters to help you organize your time, business and personal affairs.

  1. Managing An Online Craft Store Mind Map
  2. Handmade Business Blog Content Mind Map
  3. A Crafter’s Timeline Mind Map

2. Market Research

Market research is necessary to discover what your customers want, need, or love. Once that research is completed, you can use it in marketing your handicrafts.

Read Market Research Guide For Crafters for more info.

3. Product Testing

Whether you’re selling handcrafts or offering personalized services, you should give your business a test run. Have the product made and let some family members and friends to try it out.

Once you’ve completed everything on this to do list, evaluate your findings and decide if you’re ready to turn your idea into a reality.

Check this video by Marie Forleo for motivation:

That’s it. If you are still holding back, what are your reasons? Do have any fear? Please let us know in the comments.

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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