Ever seen a message come through on Etsy or email or wherever and gotten so excited - because, YAY a customer is reaching out to ask about your items!
But then felt your stomach hit the floor when you open the message, and it turns out to be some other maker asking you to share your materials or suppliers?
Ugh… not so awesome. Because you’re now in a weird position where you feel like you have to tell them (even if you don’t want to), or else come across as a total Selfish So and So.
😎Only, it’s actually not a bad thing to keep trade secrets!
🤷🏻♀️You don’t see Coca Cola out here giving away the recipe...
Yes, there are other (very similar) colas on the market, but none are an exact replica of Coke’s formula. They’ll never tell! Which is them doing what many businesses do - protecting proprietary info.
🧐I’m wondering - has anyone ever asked you to share some of your handmade biz secrets? Like where you source certain materials or what suppliers you use for your top seller? (If it hasn’t happened to you yet - just wait! It’s inevitable.)
It’s one of the most controversial topics in the handmade industry. Should you be like Coke and keep it to yourself, or should you share?
🥤You might not be as massive as Coca-Cola, but you’ve likely spent a lot of time and money finding the perfect supplies and methods for creating your products. •
If this is a situation you’ve found yourself struggling with (or want to know what to do when it happens), you’ve got to check out this post on the Merriweather Council Blog, where I dig into the topic:
//What to Do When People Ask You to Share Your Sources, Secrets, and Suppliers// merriweathercouncilblog.com/2015/08/share-sources-secrets-and-suppliers/
🦊Hint: you get to decide what to share and what not to. - 8 hours ago