Hello all, I am hoping you can help me figure out the basics for selling my images locally.
I live in a small town surrounded by beautiful scenery and history. I have accumulated quite a collection of local landmarks, birds, and other scenic images. I'd like to make up some greeting cards, photographs, and perhaps a calendar for resale.
Currently, there is no one in town that sells local images even though we are surrounded by beautiful scenery. I am well regarded for my bird and scenery photography and a few people have expressed an interest in purchasing certain photographs.
I'd like to start small to see if there is a market by making up a small batch of greeting cards, postcards, or 8x10's to try and sell at local retailers. I'm hesitant to invest a lot of money before I know what kind of market there is.
My biggest question is who would/do you use to order cards for resale? I can find plenty of online businesses that do custom printing, but I am having trouble finding one that makes prints or cards for the purpose of re-sales?
I'm also thinking I need a website for my pictures and sales, but I lack experience in that area. Suggestions for easy to use web-hosting sites?
Any other tips are appreciated.
Thanks from a newbie that doesn't want to get in over my head.