7 Clever Ways to Improve Your Craft Work
As makers and sellers, we all want to provide a beautiful, well-made and memorable product for our customers, but what can we do to ensure that this happens?
Here are the 7 tips on how to make sure your products are of the highest standard in quality and workmanship so that you can produce something you're so proud of, every time.
1. Sharpen Your Skills
Let's just say you were knitting beanies for sale online. Don't stop at just learning how to knit that beanie, learn some different knitting techniques so you can make all sorts of weird and wonderful beanie styles, not just the ones you were originally making.
Become a pro at your chosen area of expertise. Invest time and energy into learning how to be the best you can be in that area. Educate yourself to learn new techniques and skills and then apply them to your projects.
2. Don't Over Commit
Don't try techniques and skills that you are not 100 percent confident using just for the sake of saying you used them. Customers will notice the different levels of quality in your work, so until everything is up to the same high level, just stick with what you know.
3. High-Quality Materials = High-Quality Product
The higher the quality of your materials, the better your finished product is going to be. It will be more durable, last longer, and be something that a customer will be able to use again and again for many years. Do your research and find out where to get beautiful and amazing supplies and invest money in buying them. Your brand will thank you! And your customers will be super impressed by how amazing your products are.
4. Pick The Right Materials
Tying in with Tip Number 2 is this: use the correct materials for the job at hand. Let's just say you were creating jewelry using fine beads. Rather than normal wire (which may be cheaper and more readily available), you might want to use specialist beading wire that's created specifically what you're making. Using the right materials for the job will ensure your finished product is produced in the best possible way.
Take the time to experiment with your designs until you have found the most efficient way to make something well. Try out different techniques and making methods and see which ones are the most viable for creating your finished product in the fastest and simplest way possible. You never know, new ideas might come out of this experimenting time! Also, the experimental phase is always the most fun!
6. Take The Time
Devote more time to each project. The more time you have, the more carefully you can make things. When you rush a project error can occur and the finished work can look sloppy. If you take your time during the making process, you can ensure that each step is completed properly and to the best of your ability.
7. Do Your Research
Look at other people making similar things to you, note down what is great about their work and what you think needs improvement, then compare it to your own work. Setting yourself benchmarks like this from which to work is good because it means you always have something to measure yourself against. While you can learn a lot from the best parts of an amazing designer or maker that you emulate, you can also learn a lot from their mistakes, much like you can learn a lot from your own!