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Mignonette Craftsulting
Inevitably, every crafter hits a point in their business life where they have to step back and decide what is going to happen next – expand?  Turn it into a hobby?  Put it down entirely?  Sell at stores?  Create a website? What about a business license?  And which craft fairs are worth it? Am I charging enough for my products?
 
For a lot of people, and certainly for me, this crossroads has always felt so large and scary that it is easier just to put down the knitting (or jewelry, or fabric, or soapmaking supplies), and go watch tv instead. The business will wait until tomorrow. Or next week.
The problem is that it won’t – and you owe it to yourself to make it work.
 
This is the point where you need someone to come in with clear eyes and take a long hard look at your business – is it viable?  Sustainable?  If not, what needs to happen to make it that way? 
 
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone else was writing product descriptions or looking over your business plan while you concentrated on making stuff?  Wouldn’t you love to know how much you can charge for your items? And how do you go about approaching buyers? 
 
Mignonette Consulting offers a thorough business workup for craft artists, including
*Business Plan consultation
*Product Development Advice
*Line Sheets
*Blogging
*Product Descriptions
*Event and Newsletter Copy
*Merchandising and booth setup
*Approaching buyers
*Sourcing
*Identifying your market
*Are craft fairs right for your business?
*Getting your product ready to sell in stores
*Standing out on Etsy
*Working with interns
*Outsourcing
*Time management
*And more!
 
I understand how tough it can be to find the right name, right product line, even the right business, and I can offer individual attention, either online or in person, for your business.
Who the Heck Is this Mignonette Girl?
My name is Kpoene’ Kofi-Bruce, and I’m the owner of Mignonette Designs and the co-Founder of GoGoCraft. You may have seen me running a project at Craft Bar or running around in circles at the Maker Faire or Renegade.
Since I opened my business in 2003 I’ve done craft fairs all over the country, sold in stores, signed numerous consignment contracts, debated wholesaling, had interns, taken custom orders, planned two Craft Congresses, and created logos, linesheets, Etsy pages, blogs, and websites until they were coming out of my ears.  In 2004 I started the Ladies Independent Design League to meet other women business owners and start sharing ideas, resources, and concerns. As the former Buyer and Store Manager for the Museum of Craft and Folk Art I’ve helped a lot of small crafters get their work into stores, pricing it competitively and making sure it is up to snuff for a retail environment. I can walk you start to finish through getting your product ready to put in stores, getting your booth or website properly merchandised, breaking into (or bypassing) the craft fair world, even getting publicity.
 
Running a small business is difficult, and it is often doubly so for artists trying to sell their work in a retail environment. If you are a crafter who is ready to take your business to the next level, or even if you just need help describing your products, Mignonette Consulting is here to help!

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