Take your first step toward a career as a gift basket designer! This course will tell you everything you need to know about starting a gift basket business and running it successfully.
You will learn how to make gift baskets that stand out from everyone else’s. You’ll also discover how to set up your own design studio and where to find foods, products, and supplies to make your baskets. In addition, you’ll explore the requirements and guidelines for running a home-based business. Maximize your profits by pricing your gift baskets correctly and investigate cost-effective ways to ship and deliver the gorgeous gift baskets you create. Along the way, you’ll find out the sales secrets that most long-time designers won’t reveal. By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to start your own business as a gift basket designer – and you’ll have the confidence you need to excel in this fun and profitable career!
Learn what it takes to be successful and how much money you’ll need to start your business. You will follow a ten-step tutorial using items around your home to make your first gift basket. Then, discover how to create a professionally styled gift basket. You will learn about the essential materials you’ll need.
Discover smart shopping tips that will help you save money and make the right decisions about what to purchase and where. You will learn about registering your business so that companies selling merchandise identify you as a bona fide retailer. Then, examine the advantages of a home-based workspace and provides tips to set it up.
Examine the top ten reasons why individuals buy gift baskets, look at five steps that convince corporations to become customers, and identify professional business owners you know right now who may become your top buyers. Then, discover how to separate the real competition from every business in your area that sells gift baskets. You will identify your actual competitors and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
Learn the formulas that keep your business profitable. You will be introduced to three distinct methods to calculate your prices, and you’ll see a sample chart that will help you easily apply that method to all your future designs. Then, learn to create a marketing plan and advertising strategy that works for you and your budget.
Discover the methods to collect payments by cash, check, and credit cards, plus how to process payments online. You will learn the importance of creating a business account and how to establish systems to handle different types of payment. Then, learn the equipment and supplies required for proper packaging and review a tutorial in packing a ship-shape basket.
Learn the steps to creating a website for your business. You will discover how to establish a site that’s attractive and user friendly – even if you don’t know a thing about web design. Finally, discover the tactics that top designers worldwide have mastered to keep their businesses going and growing. You’ll learn how to recognize growth potential and begin to plan for new opportunities, looking ahead six months to ten years.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.