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How to Sell Your Homemade Crafts on Your Facebook page

 

Millions of users are marketing homemade crafts on Facebook and it may appear easy. But thousands of businesses are vying for consumer attention so you will need a strategic Facebook marketing strategy or your homemade crafts business can go unnoticed. If you are marketing to potential consumers of homemade crafts, you need to grab their attention quickly, with high-resolution images and engaging videos of your craft products and your business. You need to inspire them to return to your page on a daily basis and click through your website to buy.

 

1. Launch a standalone, e-commerce website or an E-store on the website of a retailer that specializes in homemade crafts. You can use Easy or Artfire. Facebook provides a range of tools that helps you market products. New customers will be able to browse your homemade craft image gallery and make comments and share images of your products but they can’t buy anything without clicking through to an e-commerce website.

 

2. Open a Facebook account and set up a personal profile. Opening an account on the social network platform only requires an email address, username and password. He will need to set up a personal profile to access Facebook’s Page features, advertising and marketing tools. Launch a Facebook page, also known as a fan page. Follow steps in your profile’s drop-down menu to set up the page. It allows you to name it, add a logo, and add business location and contact information.

 

3. Upload as many images of your homemade crafts as possible in your pages Photo Album. This makes your page look like it is a hive of activity and encourages users to stick around. In the pages Status field, post images of new crops, videos of craft demonstrations or happenings at your business location. Update things such as upcoming craft shows, sales and coupon codes to entice your fans to click through to your homemade craft e-commerce site.

 

4. Build your Facebook Pages following a potential homemade craft customers by sharing it with your friends and asking for “Likes”. If you don’t have a large following you can pay Facebook for targeted marketing. Facebook allows you to set up affordable advertising budgets all within your means.

 

5. Keep your Facebook pages fans engaged by communing with them regularly. Regular communication engages Facebook users. Ask your fans about their favorite crafts, and the products they enjoy buying or making, and offer tips. Offer a daily craft special, to encourage fans to visit your page and your e-commerce site every day.

How to Make a Folding Workbench

Folding WorkbenchThis solid workbench that folds up is a real must have for a handyman as he can easily fit a big work area into a small place. Plus it can be made in a day using simple hardware and just two sheets of plywood.

Any handyman needs a working table to spread things out while making repairs, working on a hobby or just to store tools. If you don’t have enough room to put a full-size permanent workbench but really need workspace this workbench is what you need. It provides large working area and is accessible from all sides. When opened it turns into a solid 4 x 7-ft. surface, when closed it fits into a small 4-ft. x 18-in. spot. Such compact folding workbench is ideal for the garage or basement.

Cut The PiecesStep1. Cut the Pieces

Take two sheets of 3/4-in.-thick birch plywood and cut all the pieces using a 40-tooth carbide blade or a 150- tooth plywood blade. After plywood pieces are cut, rip the 1/4-in. wide edge banding from 3/4-in. thick boards. Or consider purchasing it precut at a home center or lumberyard if you don’t have a table saw.

Assemble The PiecesStep 2. Assemble the Pieces

Apply carpenter’s glue and then nail the anti-rack shelf supports to the sides first, then align, glue and nail the top and bottom pieces to the sides. Use 6d finish nails. Make sure you let the assembly rest for an hour to let the glue dry before proceeding to the next step.

Attach The CastersStep 3. Attach the Casters

Turn the assembly upside down and align the caster bases with the outer edges of the bottom. Use 1-1/4 in. long lag screws on the outer edge and 1-1/4 in. carriage bolts with nuts and washers for the inner fasteners.

Nail the EdgingStep 4. Nail the Edging

Flip the bench onto the casters and begin gluing and nailing the 3/4-in. by 1/4- in. hardwood edging to the exposed plywood edges. Use 1-in. brads to attach the hardwood edging.

Step 5. Attach the Pipe Flanges

Attach the Pipe FlangesScrew the 3/4-in. pipe flanges onto 5-in. square reinforcing blocks that had been previously cut from scrap plywood. Apply glue and then screw the blocks to the underside of the front panels.

Step 6. Fasten the Piano Hinges

Fasten the Piano HingesFirst tip the bench onto its side and align each tip-up panel with the bench frame to make your 1-1/2 in. piano hinge fit. Align your screw holes perfectly with a center punch or a Vix bit.

Step 7. Close up of Center Punch

Step 8. Add the Cam Locks

Drill the holes for the cam locks into each panel for exact placement. The larger 1-1/8 in. dia. recess is only 1/4 in. deep and allows the lock to be hidden below the surface. The second 3/4-in. dia. hole goes through to the other side and supports the lock shaft.

Step 9. Open the Bench and Thread on the Legs

Twist the 3/4-in. threaded pipe onto the pipe flanges for a rock-solid kbench. Lock the casters in place when using the bench.

Step 10. Apply a Finish

Coat the wood with 3 coats of urethane varnish for more color and protection. To ensure a tough, attractive work surface you should first sand the whole bench with 150-grit sandpaper and use a power sander to knock down any high spots on the hardwood edging. Vacuum the dust, wipe the bench with a cloth and apply a finish. Wait a few days after the last coat of finish is applied before you start using the workbench.

For More Information: familyhandyman.com