So you have gone and done it! You are booked in to your first event and you will have to set up your own 'pop-up shop'. What do I expect? What do I need to take? How much stock will I need? I have done many fairs and events over my 7 and a half years with teresa4cards.co.uk and I hope to be able to answer some of your questions here.
Here are some of the things you are likely to need:
Here is my most recent stall at a fair. I was set up in a barn at a fun day! My set up is very practical, to make best use of the space available. I have seen many beautiful and much more creative stall set ups! It will depend on your products, and quite often as much work will go into the display as the products themselves. Also bear in mind I have been doing my card business for some years so I have plenty of stock to display. A smaller amount of stock is perfectly acceptable and indeed may look much more attractive. I tend to take the kitchen sink with me!
So what to expect? The answer is anything! Some places will offer you more space than others. At school fairs expect the tables to be low. I have also on a couple of occasions been given circular tables or hexagonal tables! If I am going to a new place I quite often take my own table with me even if they are providing tables as if the table is not suitable you can sometimes switch it for your own. At the event pictured about I could have easily fitted in another small table which I didn't think to take with me!
In terms of how much you are going to sell, you can never tell. I have been to fairs where I have sold nothing. Sometimes due to poor footfall, other times people are just not spending money. Sometimes I think I have had a poor fair and then had regular orders come in afterwards from people I have met at that fair.
If you decide to do fairs regularly, over time you will find you get to know which ones work for you and your products. You will also meet other stallholders who will often be very happy to point you in the direction of a good fair or good organiser.
My final tip is to smile and speak to as many people as you can. A simple 'hello' may attract their attention as they are near your table. Some may not respond or reply, that's fine. Others may speak but not stop, also fine! You will get the attention of some that may have passed by otherwise.
Finally, give yourself plenty of time to get there and set up, be flexible in your set up to allow for smaller or larger spaces and see them as a good way to advertise your business. Hopefully you will also make lots of sales while you are there!
Love Teresa xx
I have been matched betting for two years now, I started in May 2016. Two years in I am still earning well with my monthly earning over £600 on average, all earned from home sat at my computer! See my blog post My Matched Betting Journey on how I got started.
I am surprised to still be earning so well, I did not expect to be doing it for more than two years when I first started. But as I am still earning well, I will be carrying on.
The extra money that Matched Betting has brought in has made a massive difference to me and my family. I can pay for all those extra things which come around without worrying, for example holidays, school trips, days out, birthdays and Christmas. It has really helped me out when emergencies happen such as car repairs!! And it has paid for treats like a new laptop. So a big THANK YOU to Profit Accumulator!
It has become more difficult now I am two years in, as some bookmakers no longer want to give me offers. But I find there are still plenty of offers to do. Actually there are many people who are earning much more than me and have been doing it longer!
So whilst it is not my passion, (I just do it for the money!!) I will be continuing. And I would recommend Matched Betting to anyone who is looking to earn money working from home. I work at it part time, 2-3 hours a day. I probably spent longer on it at the beginning as I was learning how to do the offers.
If you would like more information let me know, or if you want to get started click the link below!
Look out for my Blog post coming soon with my Matched Betting Top Tips.
If you follow my social media pages you will see I do lots of fairs/fetes/markets and other types of events with my Flamingo Paperie greetings card business. I do these in order to meet new people, to get my business out there and in short the cards are so beautiful they sell themselves, so just getting them in front of people sells them! I also use these events to attract people to my mailing list where hopefully they will then become regular customers. But MOST of all I do the events because I love doing them!! It gets me out of the house, doing something that is for me.
If the thought of doing fairs and market events horrifies you then don't worry, you do not need to do them!! For the business I am in there are many other ways to sell and grow your business, and the same is true for other businesses too. For example I am now starting to grow my business online through social media, which is possible for many businesses.
My card business is extremely flexible and people work the business in the way that suits them. Some people have a basket business where they drop baskets of cards off at places on a regular basis. This is very easy to do once you have some locations set up or people to drop them to. Some people focus on having home pop-up shops, a great way to sell a lot of cards. Others have a large door drop business and deliver and collect catalogues, much like you would with Avon. By the way, the thought of doing catalogue door drops horrifies ME and I just don't do them!!
In reality most Flamingo Paperie partners probably do a little bit of most things. So you absolutely can still grow your business without doing events. You really don't have to do them if the thought horrifies you! #dowhatyoulove!
If you think you would like to do events but don't know where to start then look out for my blog post on how I prepare for events!
If you are interested in becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner, there is more information on my blog post Your Chance to Shine and you can click the button below for more information too. You can also contact me.
Love Teresa xx
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Hi, I am Teresa. I am mum to two gorgeous children and I work from home. This blog is about my journey working from home. I hope to be able to help others who are looking for an additional income, or are looking for ways to save money.