Ceramic Industry

Sound Advice?

July 16, 2008

For the most part, people who give advice are legitimately trying to help. Certainly there are exceptions. I’m sure we all know people who tend to spout their opinions far and wide, regardless of merit or audience interest, with maddening regularity. Sometimes it seems like the world is positively riddled with people who think they know everything about everything. These folks (and they sadly don’t know who they are) generally end up in line with me at the grocery store. I suppose on some level they are trying to be helpful -- they’re just no good at it.

Luckily, those people are in the minority. Most people speak from experience with at least a pinch of wisdom when sharing their advice. More often than not, the tips I receive have at least a grain of truth, and can actually even be helpful.

To get down to business, as it were, I wanted to direct your attention to an article from PPP September 2007, which highlights a lot of useful advice for “Making Art Your Business.” Author Daniel Waldman details the various programs and workshops offered by The Rosen Group, which manages the Buyers Market of American Craft, for artists interested in entering the wholesale market.

“Unlike many retail craft fairs or art shows, entering the wholesale craft marketplace is not as simple as buying a booth and showing up,” he writes. “Artists wishing to wholesale their work face several challenges that artists who only sell retail do not face.”

A link to the full article, which includes the Top 10 Tips to Improve Sales at a Wholesale Show, is below.

I’m wondering, what’s the best or worst advice you ever got? Please share your advice experiences by entering comments below. There isn’t any prize for being on the receiving end of the worst advice ever, but you’ll be able to brag that you’ve survived (and hopefully prospered!) despite attempts to lead you astray.