HOW I WENT FROM HOBBYIST TO SUCCESSFUL LEATHERGOODS BUSINESS OWNER

There is nothing wrong with picking up leatherwork as a hobby and being perfectly happy leaving it at that.

But for those of your that love your leatherworking hobby and often find yourself in a daydream thinking, "how cool would it be if I could turn this into a business?",

I've got a story for you.

And that is the story of how I went from hobbyist leatherworker to successful leathergoods business owner and how I did it.

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WHY YOU SHOULD BE CHARGING MONEY FOR YOUR LEATHERGOODS

Selling and making money from their leatherwork can make some people really uncomfortable for many reasons. Maybe they think their work isn't of any value or just not good enough. Or they just feel bad asking for money in exchange for their leathergoods. If you’ve ever felt this way, read on for 4 reasons why you shouldn’t feel bad about charging for your leatherwork.

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IS YOUR LOW PRICING HURTING YOUR LEATHERGOODS BUSINESS?

Pricing your leathergoods too low can have a big negative impact on the success of your business. You might feel like people won’t buy your products for a higher price or that you'll just keep them low for now and then raise them later. Or you might just not know how to create a sustainable business - one that can survive and produce a profit. These are all common reasons that I see people pricing their leathergoods for low prices but these are not the right strategies and its whats actually hurting your business.

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HOW TO PRICE YOUR LEATHERWORK FOR PROFIT

Whether you’re  currently selling your work or you have plans to start selling your work, the fear and frustration behind product pricing is real.

A lot of leatherworkers don’t know where to start when pricing their products so they guess or they ask people in a Facebook group what they would pay for a certain product.

These are BIG mistakes for a few reasons.

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Things to Know Before Buying Leather Hides

It can be really overwhelming for the beginner leather worker to know where they should purchase leather from for a number of reasons. Budget is usually the biggest concern.

I reached out to a few of my favorite leather suppliers and asked them all the same question...

What do you think is the most important thing that a beginner leatherworker should keep in mind when purchasing leather?

Check out their responses in no specific order in the post.

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5 Steps to Creating a Custom Zipper for LeatherWork

Have you ever wanted to create a custom sized zipper for a leatherworking project that you've been working on?
Maybe you were making your own leather zipper pouch or dopp kit or a leather purse or handbag with a zipper closure. 

Creating your own custom sized zipper can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent hunting for the right sized zipper. 

Using a custom zipper can also save you money because purchasing a roll of zipper tape instead of individual zippers is cheaper if you’re going to be using zippers in a lot of your leatherwork.

Using zippers in your leatherwork doesn’t have to be intimidating.

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HOW TO GET STARTED WITH TRADITIONAL LEATHERWORK

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and luckily the answer is pretty easy.

You need to know what type of leatherwork that you're interested in and then we can talk about tools and materials that you'll need.

So if you're not sure what tools you need, what the different types are of leatherwork are or how best to choose your leather as a beginner, then keep reading.

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