This is actually the first in what will be a few blog posts as we start getting excited for this year’s Etsy Made Local Melbourne market. I plan on covering a few different topics, like Stalls and Displays, Picking the right market, Cash handling systems, and more, but I thought we would start off with some good old fashioned general advice!
For those of you who have only ever sold your creations online, the thought of a market can be both exciting and daunting. The chance to reach all new people is one you don’t want to pass up, but selling in person comes with a whole different set of challenges, skills and equipment needed. I spoke to our members who have done not only the Made Local Melbourne market before, but other markets about what advice they would give to first time stall holders.
Engage with your customers, both current and potential!
Anyone who has done any sort of marketing, or run any sort of business will tell you that engaging with your customers is important. There are things you can do both on the day, and before hand to help sales, all of which cost you nothing, but can make all the difference.
Plan Your Stall Ahead of Time
I am a hyper organised person, but not everyone is like me. There are a range of things you can do ahead of time that will make your setup a much smoother process on the day. And feeling like you are organised is going to help alleviate some of those pre-market jitters.
Cash Handling Tips
Cash handling (and eftpos) is a huge part of stall organisation.
Take care of yourself!
One of the biggest struggles of the self employed is making sure that we have time for ourselves. This is especially true at busy markets!
I could write pages and pages on holding a stall for the first time, which is why I will be doing a series of posts. But for now, this is a good starting list. What is something you would tell first stall holders? Or what is something that you are nervous about as a first stallholder?