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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.
First, you'll learn how to make gift baskets that stand out from everyone else's. You'll discover where to find foods, products, and supplies to make your baskets, and you'll find out how to set up your own design studio. In addition, you'll explore the requirements and guidelines for running a home-based business. You'll also get the inside story on finding customers and marketing your gift baskets online and offline.
Next, you'll learn how to maximize your profits by pricing your gift baskets correctly. You'll also see how to collect payments involving cash, checks, and credit cards. After that, you'll investigate cost-effective ways to ship and deliver the gorgeous gift baskets you create.
And of course, you'll want a Web site—so this course will teach you how to create an attractive, professional-looking site that entices customers to buy your baskets. In addition, you'll find out the sales secrets that most long-time designers won't reveal, such as standalone gift sales and drop shipping. Finally, and best of all, you'll follow step-by-step instructions to make your very first professionally-styled gift basket!
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.
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.
Keep in mind that 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.
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.
Baskets full of goodies are a popular gift choice, so you expect a little competition, right? The good news is that your competitor list may be smaller than you imagine. Now you’ll discover how to separate the real competition from every business in your area that sells gift baskets. We'll reveal who isn’t your competitor, and some of them will surprise you. Then we’ll take a look at your actual competitors and assess their strengths and weaknesses. You’ll learn how you can use this information to build your own business. Believe it or not, your competitors may lead you to your next customer!
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I really enjoyed this course. It offered me a lot of information about going into business and the many things a person should do and consider. The course was fun, and a great learning experience. I liked making a basket and having feed back on the project. The marketing and advertising were interesting as well as making your own web page. I think the course covered a lot of ground for a person who wants to go into this type of business. I hope to do this when I retire.
It was a great course. I truly appreciated the examples for pricing, marketing and the sample lists. They were so helpful.
The information provided by the instructor was timely, clear and plentiful. Resources were some of the best in achieving the tools for a successful business from legal documents, tax filings, purchasing supplies and materials, advertising, shipping and securing payments for the product sold. The instructor has a light hearted but direct manner of teaching. I truly enjoyed this course. The combination of my talent and the course material is a winner.
I enjoyed this course very much and have gained important information that will help me set-up my business to be a success.
This was an excellent and informative course. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her business. She passed along her wealth of information to her students while going the extra mile to encourage her students.
I really enjoyed the course! I was supplied with beneficial material to learn from and the professor was great.
I found this course to be very interesting, informative and enjoyable. It was easy to follow along and I was surprised as to how well I did creating gift baskets! I am blind and I understood all the instructions to make a gift basket and I am excited to continue with this as a hobby for now. Thanks so much for offering this course.
Was very glad to take this course. It is invaluable for a newcomer as well as others who have been in business before. Thanks.
I would like to thank Ms. Frazier for teaching this course via ed2go. I have wanted to take one of her classes for several years but I was never able to get to the physical location because of the distance from my home. This course was all I hoped for and more. I feel extremely prepared to begin my own gift basket business. The lessons, resources, discussions and quizzes will serve as a manual for me to refer to for years to come. Thank you again!
Shirley was an excellent instructor. She was very supportive, asked questions, and provided the information and mentoring necessary to start a gift basket business. I hope you will sponsor more classes with her as the instructor. She is a great asset!
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