Have you considered scrapbooking for money? Wonder if you have what it takes when it comes to starting a scrapbooking business? Read on to learn the basics on creating a profitable scrapbook business.
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Ok, so some of you may not know exactly what scrapbooking is. So I’ll spend a few minutes talking about the basics of scrapbooking.
If you are like many families, you likely have a box of old pictures sitting somewhere in a box with no clue what to do with them. Scrapbooking provides you with the opportunity to display these pictures in a beautiful and meaningful way. It is a way for you to preserve your family’s history in a way that is a bit more interesting than your traditional photo album.
Scrapbooks often include journaling, memorabilia (such as tickets, letters, etc.), printed media (such as newspaper articles), artwork, and any other meaningful artifact that the creator cherishes. Many people create themed albums to capture different aspects of their lives. Some examples include weddings, anniversaries, pregnancy, each year of their child’s life, vacations, etc.
Ok, so now that you have a better idea of what scrapbooking is, let’s talk about how you can start scrapbooking for money.
How to Get Started
So how, exactly, does one go about starting a scrapbooking business? First, you need to ask yourself if you have what it takes to run a successful scrapbooking business. Here are a series of questions that you should answer before you attempt scrapbooking for money:
- Do I enjoy scrapbooking enough to spend a lot of time doing it? If your answer is no, you might as well stop reading now. Scrapbooking will take up a good portion of your time. If you don’t enjoy it, you will not want to stick with your scrapbooking business during the inevitable slow periods. If you are going to go into any kind of business, it should be something that you enjoy and could see yourself doing a lot.
- Are you familiar with the ins and outs of scrapbooking (the different techniques, the various layouts, the necessary tools)? If not, are you willing to learn. If you launch a scrapbooking business, your clients are going to expect for you to be professional and knowledgeable about your craft. Otherwise, they would go to someone else. If you are lacking the skills and tools, you should be willing to invest the time and money needed to gain what you need to succeed with your scrapbooking business.
- Are you a people person? If the answer is no, this is probably not the best route for you. If you are going to be successful at scrapbooking for money you will have to spend time getting to know your clients and what they want you to do for them. You will have to work with them to make sure that your vision and their vision are aligned. If you do not know how to communicate effectively with people, you are not likely to be able to give your clients a finished product that fits what they have in mind.
- Do you have good time management skills? Running a successful business requires for you to be organized and for you to make good use of your time. If you have time management issues (such as procrastination), it will be difficult for you to operate a successful business. Especially if you are unable to meet deadlines.
- Are you willing to do what it takes to run a successful business – including learning new skills. When you go into business for yourself, it is down to you to make sure that everything gets done. If you are lucky you will be able to outsource some tasks eventually. However, most people are not able to do that until they have already achieved some success and made significant profit with their business. When it comes to marketing, accounting, and customer service – it is your responsibility to do what needs to be done.
Ok, so if you are still reading, I assume that you feel that this is a good opportunity for you. So let’s go ahead and discuss the basics of scrapbooking for money.
What You’ll Need
If you want to start a scrapbook business, the first thing you will need are the tools of the trade. Fortunately, you can get started without a huge investment. You will need an album, sheet protectors, plain and/or patterned paper (make sure it is acid-free and lignin free in order to best preserve the photos), some type of adhesive, scissors, stickers, stamps, and specialty pens. Don’t stress too much about stocking up on everything. Just get the basics and add to your collection as you go along. Until you get going you will likely be purchasing items for each specific project any way.
You can get these tools from online stores such as eBay as well as stores like Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, and crafting stores. One tip is to buy in bulk – it is ultimately a better deal. Also don’t focus on brand. The quality should be good, of course, but the brand is not what is going to make the scrapbook special. The memories and your vision will.
You will also want to have office supplies such as a desk, a computer with an internet connection, a printer and ink, some kind of filing system to stay organized, and an accounting system to keep track of your profit. I would be remiss if I did not mention that having an online presence is essential for promoting your business and gaining the attention of your clients.
Establish Your Client Base
Once you have the tools, you will need clients. Some ways to attract your target audience would be:
- An effective marketing campaign. This includes your website, social media marketing, video marketing, etc.
- Word of mouth. If you have ever created scrapbooks for friends and family ask them to give you referrals and to help you spread the word about your business. If they were pleased with the final product, they will likely be happy to help you out.
- Expos/Events. If you can find a craft show or some other kind of expo event, that is a great opportunity to get out in front of the public and show people what you have to offer. Come prepared with samples of your work, your price list, and ideas for themes that people can adapt for their own needs. These types of events are great for gaining quality leads.
Once you have your clients, it is necessary to work with them to find out exactly what it is that they want. Spend some time with them talking about their vision and going through the items that they want to include in their scrapbook. This is going to be a joint effort if you want for them to be satisfied with the end product.
What Kind of Profits Can be Made
Right now you are probably wondering how profitable scrapbooking for money can be. Since scrapbooking is a marketable skill, you have some leeway as far as what you can charge. There are three types of ways that you can charge your clients: by the finished product, by the page, and by the hour. A good range for the finished product is typically $35-$50 per album plus a separate fee for your time. Particularly large projects (such as wedding albums) can bring you $1,000-$5,000 in income. Some people charge $25-$40 per page depending on how complex the project is.
If you charge per hour, make sure that you are taking into account the materials. $50 per hour is pretty standard. If your client questions the price, be prepared to break down the costs and the time for them so that they will understand why you charge what you do. Don’t be afraid to stand by the quality of your work. Once you grow in your business, you will get better and be able to charge more.
Here are some great websites to check out to get you started with your scrapbooking venture:
www.learn2scrapbook.com- great resource for beginners
www.scrapbooking.com- the ultimate scrapbooking website
www.scrapbookingenthusiast.com- great place to learn new techniques as well as gain inspiration
www.scrapbookingresumes.com- website where you can find professional scrapbooking jobs
www.scrapbookinginsights.com- the go-to place for scrapbookers looking to develop a relevant website
www.startingfromscraps.com- resource for all sorts of scrapbooking products
Do you feel as though scrapbooking is a good route for you? If you were to start your scrapbooking business today what would be the top three themes that you would promote (e.g. weddings, baby showers, vacations, etc.)? Comment below!