Spread smiles—and earn $$$—as a gift-bas­ket pro!

Woman's World - - Start your week with a smile! -

Peo­ple com­pli­ment you on your gift giv­ing? Love mak­ing peo­ple smile with the per­fect present? Turn it into ex­tra cash as a gift-bas­ket pro! Bonus: Now’s a good time to start so you’ll be up and run­ning in the busier hol­i­day sea­son! ● 1 Build your bas­ket skills!

The av­er­age gift bas­ket goes for $ 70— and that means there’s great op­por­tu­nity for you to cash in! To get started, search Youtube. com for “gift bas­ket tu­to­rial” to watch free how-to’s, then prac­tice by gift­ing bas­kets to friends and fam­ily. And to drum up busi­ness, in­clude a card with your info so folks can con­tact you when they need a bas­ket.

● 2 Cor­ner your mar­ket!

The key to mak­ing your­self in de­mand: hav­ing a niche con­cept, says Dawna Boone, owner of the sub­scrip­tion gift-box com­pany Sugar Smart Box. You can go niche with your cus­tomer base—for in­stance, fo­cus on cor­po­rate clients. Or spe­cial­ize in bas­ket types, like spa prod­ucts.

● 3 Save on sup­plies!

Nab­bing the best price on sup­plies can up prof­its. Dol­lar stores and the sale sec­tion of crafts stores are great re­sources. Also smart? “Con­tact ven­dors di­rectly, zero­ing in on smaller com­pa­nies, which will be more will­ing to work with you on pric­ing,” Boone says. Ex­plain that you’ll be us­ing their goods and it’s a great mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity— after all, if the re­cip­i­ent loves an item, she’ll likely go back to the ven­dor for more!

● 4 Hop on trends!

Of­fer­ing what’s most in de­mand can draw in cus­tomers. Some of the hottest trends? Spe­cialty food bas­kets and “lo­ca­tion” bas­kets, which have a place, like Texas, as a theme and are pop­u­lar house­warm­ing gifts.

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