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How do I know if anyone wants what I make?

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NymanPerkins Sun 11-Feb-18 20:52:18

I make handmade “vintage” maps personalised for individuals and small businesses. I’ve been doing it on a very ad hoc basis up to now. My question is how do I know if there’s enough demand to make a proper business out of?

Notthesoap Sun 11-Feb-18 20:55:08

Survey? Who's your target audience? Set up a small stall somewhere and see what the interest is like?

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Sun 11-Feb-18 20:57:19

Have you tried selling on Etsy, Folksy or Notonthehighstreet?

NymanPerkins Sun 11-Feb-18 21:13:04

Not tried yet, still at the stage of nervously standing on the edge wishing I had the nerve to dive in with the cool kids!

NymanPerkins Sun 11-Feb-18 21:15:07

@notthesoap the problem is I live in a very out of the way place. I think I will need to be an online seller to reach a big enough customer base.

Phaslosttheplot Sun 11-Feb-18 21:20:40

I love Etsy and always search there first when buying anything for the house or looking for something unique. I am sure there are lots of people like me who are looking for something different that isn't super expensive as shops have costs to cover. It sounds as though your maps would would fit in nicely with what people like myself would look for. Good luck!

NymanPerkins Mon 12-Feb-18 11:06:52

Thanks for all the replies. I’ve begun reading up about Etsy and notonthehighstreet. I think I just need to take the plunge. It’s not like me to be so diffident!

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Mon 12-Feb-18 16:29:18

Yes, you do need to take the plunge. What could be the worst thing that happened? smile

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PlaymobilPirate Tue 13-Feb-18 18:12:08

Therefore a few facebook auction sites for crafts: submit an item to list and see if you get chosen / see what the interest is like. All 3 of these have listings open now.

Happy Mail Bazaar
Vintage bazaar
Roll Up Roll Up

PlaymobilPirate Tue 13-Feb-18 18:12:52

there are not therefore

NymanPerkins Tue 13-Feb-18 23:57:36

Thanks @playmobil and Alison, I’ll look into these.

delilahbucket Fri 23-Feb-18 22:12:50

Etsy is the best place to start as it is a very low cost to get started. Make sure you read up on the Consumer Contract Regulations as you need to comply with these. Also,make sure your maps are old enough to not be copyrighted anymore.

gillybeanz Fri 23-Feb-18 22:15:22

Find out everything you can about your competition .
Where do they advertise?
However small your business, do a plan.

NymanPerkins Sat 24-Feb-18 19:14:29

Thank you, these are great tips. The maps are my take - actual geographic areas, but with a “fantasy” spin.

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