What You Do In Public

Being a market vendor is more visible than having a typical job. What you do in public reflects not only on you but also on the market itself.


“You Vendor People”

Once you get established as a reliable vendor, there will be opportunities for you to set up in all kinds of different places. We were recently invited to set up in a lobby in a very large oil and gas company for a week. If this happens to you, you must read their rules, understand…

Love is Not an Ingredient

According to the FDA, including “love” as an ingredient in your regulated product is not okay. In an article published by the New Haven Register on October 4, 2017, the FDA intervened in a local granola maker and told them to take “love” off of their ingredients list.

Are you an Impostor?

Sometimes when I’m at a market, I feel like the products that I sell just aren’t good enough to sell. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking money because I’m not a big name company and someone is going to realize that and call me a fraud.

Learning From Our Mistakes

There is a saying in the military that the best thought out plans don’t survive contact with the enemy. Even though we don’t see our customers and markets as “the enemy”, our plans often don’t work out as expected.

Your Worst Enemy at a Market

There can me lots of conflicting personalities at the various markets that you sell at. You might not get along with everyone there. This is easy to address if you keep your wits about you and focus on your business instead of theirs. However, there is a bigger enemy that you may have to battle…

How To Price Your Products

Most vendors struggle with pricing their products. Their biggest error is asking too little for the work that they do. Pricing your products is a very difficult task. You want to get a fair price for your work but you also don’t want to undersell your work. Fortunately there is a formula to use as…

How to Be a Good Neighbor at a Market

When you are at a market, at times it will be bustling with activity and at other times, may be very slow. The days can be long and tiresome. This is even more true if you are dealing with a difficult neighbor in the booth next to you. A good neighbor can be a great…