It’s time to talk about the setup and supplies you will need outside of the project materials to create a successful workshop that keeps them coming back for more!

Proper setup encourages customer interaction and repeat business. What we do before, during and after the workshop will plant the seeds for future workshop attendees and future business in general.

Let’s talk about a few things to have on hand so that we have a smooth process and happy customers!

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#1: Name Tags

Whether you have 4 people or 24 people, be sure have name tags filled out and ready to go. This will help you get the attention of the attendees when needed and create relationships with name recognition. It will also allow other attendees to feel comfortable in conversation and getting to know each other.

#2: Sample Boards & Supplies

If you are doing paint-driven workshops, be sure to have your sample boards prepped and ready. There are several options for finding the sample boards.

-Your local big box store – you can buy pre-cut pine boards or buy long lengths of trim/molding and have them cut into 6” sample boards.
– www.bcreativesamples.com – They offer a variety of sample board styles, pre-cut and free shipping.

#3: Aprons

While I’m sure you will instruct your attendees to wear paint clothes, it’s also a good practice to have aprons available.

I’’ve also seen a cute idea to purchase oversized men’s denim or flannel shirts at resale stores, launder them, and provide them as workshirts!

You can also add your logo to your aprons for branding purposes using a local print shop.

#4: Gloves

Even if you don’t have a messy project planned, some attendees will have allergies to products or fresh manicures that they don’t want to get messy.

Be sure to have gloves available for any who request it. You can find them at most big box stores like Wal-Mart or Target, or you can order online from Harbor Freight or U-line.

#5: Tip Sheet To Go

Provide attendees with a take-away that allows them to be successful at the technique or project on their own. This will encourage them to buy your products and/or attend more workshops.

-For paint-driven workshops, provide a 101 tips sheet on the basics of application and finish along with any tutorials you covered in the class.

-For project-driven workshops, provide a supply list so they know what to get to make more. You can also provide a step-by-step tutorial but it’s not necessary.

#6: Brushes

Provide attendees with a take-away that allows them to be successful at the technique or project on their own. This will encourage them to buy your products and/or attend more workshops.

-For paint-driven workshops, provide a 101 tips sheet on the basics of application and finish along with any tutorials you covered in the class.

-For project-driven workshops, provide a supply list so they know what to get to make more. You can also provide a step-by-step tutorial but it’s not necessary.

#7: Drying Area with Fans/Hair Dryers

Be sure to setup a drying area if your workshop requires some dedicated dry time. Flat tables work well for laying items down to dry, or you can provide support for propping items up to dry.

Purchase countertop portable fans that are adjustable or use hairdryer stands. Please note, hairdryers take a lot of wattage so you cannot plan to turn on 4 hairdryers at once without blowing a fuse. That’s why I like the fans – they take little wattage and work a larger area.

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