You might think of it as a hobby right now, but if you have the touch at turning a jumble of family photos and memories into a beautiful scrapbook, chances are someone else would love to take advantage of those skills. Many people have managed to turn a hobby into a full-time career. Often, the trick is to start out slow and tap into your network of family and friends to help spread the word about your services via word of mouth. However you go about it, it pays to set up a professional image before you start advertising.
Create a handful of scrapbook pages that showcase the type of work you can do. Create pages that cover popular themes such as "graduation," "family tree," "first day of school" or "wedding" that will show the range of work.
Take digital pictures of the pages you created. If you already have a large body of scrapbook pages to show off, take pictures of those too. Then upload the photos to your computer or a flash drive where you'll be able to access them and post them online.
Set up a website or online portfolio where you can show potential customers what you do. Hire a web developer to help you set up a professional site, or use a free online portfolio site such as Carbonmade or FolioHD. Upload the photos to your portfolio site, and also include your contact information, a biography and information about the process for creating a scrapbook with clients. Clients might also want to know how much you charge; at this point you can decide to post your prices on the site, or simply ask potential clients to call you for a quote. In any case, you'll have to decide now how much your time is worth.
Advertise your services among family, friends and through your online network. Send an email to your network with a link to your portfolio page, inviting others to check out the page and take advantage of your services. Post a link to your page on Facebook and ask people to spread the word about what you do. Another option: Put an advertisement of your services on Craigslist or another online classifieds page in your area. Also put up posters at local coffee shops or hobby and craft stores advertising your services.
File articles of incorporation to make your scrapbook service into a formal business. Another option is to find a scrapbooking business in your area that might be hiring another employee. Check your local business listings for craft stores, hobby stores or formal scrapbooking businesses in your area, and then call them to network or inquire about hiring you. Some scrapbook companies, such as Memory Works and Close to My Heart (see links in Resources) hire "independent consultants" who have access to the companies' scrapbook products and act as a salesperson for that particular brand. Those services often include website hosting as part of the consultant package.
- Another option is to offer scrapbook classes that teach others how to make their own scrapbooks. If this is something you're interested in doing, include information about it on your website or portfolio. Then schedule weekly, monthly or quarterly classes and advertise them through your social networks and through word of mouth.
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