By: Traci Armbrust
Since it's back to school time, I thought this topic would perfect. Not familiar with AccuCut's Smart Business Easy Money tips? If you are a retailer you should definitely check out the Smart Business Ideas for Craft Retailers page on our website. This is just one of many valuable tips to make the most of your die cutting center.
Appeal to Teachers with Fundraisers and Classroom Activities
Educators in all learning environments need shapes for hands-on activities and room décor. Colorful die-cut shapes catch students’ attention and make it easier to learn.
Begin building relationships with teachers in your area by providing die-cut versions of school mascots. While they are in the store, they’re also likely to find other supplies they need: stickers, paper, markers and more. Below are some ways you can engage them.
- Show teachers and PTA/PTO members how to produce mascot shapes as a fundraiser. Cut mascot shapes and names from cardstock, magnet, static-cling vinyl or adhesive-backed paper. Students can sell them for a dollar each at football games and school events.
- Use dies to create beautiful bags and boxes to sell at the school carnival. Make die-cut items for pennies and reap a big profit.
- Some teachers incorporate scrapbooking and journaling into their lessons. Help them determine which shapes are best for the grade levels they teach. They can create sample layouts to use for different classes. For scrapbooking and other projects, teachers will purchase more school-themed shapes so stock your die cutting center with appropriate dies—graduate cap, crayon, pencil, apples and more.
- Make a list of all local schools and their team names—elementary schools through colleges. If AccuCut doesn’t carry your school mascot/team name, you can create a special die with the Custom Shape Pros custom die service.