How you can make sure you avoid debt when starting up your own gift business

Starting up your own gift business is a time of excitement but also tinged with a little bit of healthy apprehension. You want to be turning a profit as soon as possible, but you need to be realistic. It takes time for a business to mature. A lot of careful, considerate planning plays an important role in the setting up of any business. You need to carefully control your expenditure and avoid debt at all costs.

There are a few simple steps and precautions that you can take before setting up your gift business.

avoid debtDon’t start your business on borrowed money. Realise your spending limitations, stick with them and be patient. There is a better chance of your gift business surviving if you avoid debt from the very beginning. Repaying credit will only eat into your profits.

Steer clear of tempting credit cards and loan offers. We all know how convenient these easily available sources of funds can be. But be strong and avoid falling into temptation. Their interest rates are usually very high and if you fall behind on repayments there is always a nasty sting in the tail.

Planning is key. Make a detailed list of everything required to start up your business such as equipment, stock items, premises, staff etc. Think about what is immediately important and things that can wait. How about starting your business online? There will be fewer overheads and it will give you the chance to test the waters.

Research the market and any competition. It is a good idea to check out other businesses offering the same service as you. Ask around family and friends to gauge their opinions.

Market your business. Nowadays it is all about marketing. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Social media and Google+ are free marketing tools that don’t require a degree in computer science to take advantage of.

The important thing to remember when starting your gift business is to start small. Avoid debt and you will be half way there. Plan and be patient. All good things come to those who wait. If you do find yourself in the red, you may benefit from a debt management plan, which could save you the hassle of worrying about your debt problems so you can concentrate on running your business.

Are you good at creating glass obects? Start your own glass gifts business!

The crafts market has grown considerably in recent years, and there are many craft fairs up and down the country, along with a number of dedicated craft websites allowing designers and retailers to sell their wares.

If you have the skills to create glass gifts, they could well be a popular line to sell in these ways. First of all, though, should come the business plan. Assuming you wish to make at least some profit on the endeavour, it’s helpful to map out start-up expenses, running costs, material costs, and other expenses against expected income. Naturally, this will involve some degree of guesswork about the level of business that you will generate, but, armed with the projected profit level from the business plan, you can use this as a short-term goal to drive the business.start your own business

As with many ventures these days, the internet can be your friend with regard to finding sales outlets. A search online for ‘craft fair’, ‘glass gifts’, ‘glass crafts’, or variations on these terms, will no doubt return lots of avenues to be explored. Whilst a dedicated website may look desirable, a ‘soft start’ to internet selling may be more economical in the beginning, and it may be best to start selling through the established craft retail hubs, rather than trying to generate traffic to your own site.

Selling online, rather than in person at a craft fair, introduces the issue of delivery to the customer. By their nature, glass gifts are fragile, and will need secure packaging and lots of padding if being sent by mail. The postage rates now hinge on both size and weight for parcel posting, and in the early stages, it may be good policy to determine not only where the most economical boxes and packaging can be found, but to tailor the size of the gifts to the size of the boxes and to the more economical size and weight options for postage.