How to Turn Your Handmade Crafts Hobby Into Cash

February 13th, 2023 by dayat No comments »

If you enjoy creating handmade crafts and you always hear people telling you that you should sell your creations, it may be time to journey into the world of selling your crafts for money.

Like starting any type of home-based business, entering the world of selling handmade crafts should be carefully planned out. There are many websites and venues where you can sell your crafts both online and off.

Before jumping right in to sell your crafts, whether locally through an online website, be sure to take some time and do research first. Ask yourself the following questions as you think about the idea of selling your crafts:

Will people even want to buy my items? This is the most important question you have to ask yourself. If there is no target market for your products, you will have a hard time trying to sell your crafts, not because your items aren’t nice, but they may not be in demand.

Who is my potential target market? This is a continuation of the question above because you need to know who to advertise to and how to successfully draw your target market to your items. It would be a waste of time trying to sell baby clothes, for example, to those who do not have children.

What will I charge for my craft items? Pricing is an important strategy. All too often, people underprice their crafts, forgetting to take into consideration the time and materials that go into a product. Make sure you account both the cost of the materials as well as the time and effort you put forth to create your goods. Also be sure not to overcharge. You may find that your items don’t sell because they are over priced.
Where will I sell my items?
Sell Your Crafts Online
Online websites are plentiful when it comes to selling handmade goods. There are websites such as Etsy and Artfire who only allow the sales of handmade crafts or the supplies needed to make them. eBay is also another popular venue to sell handmade goods. Be aware though, that you will be competing with the other goods that are not handmade and may be cheaper. A good description of the item and its benefits is always a good idea.
Sell Your Handmade Crafts at Craft Fairs
If you choose to sell locally, you can set up a local craft fairs. Craft shows are usually just a one or two-day local sale where you rent space or a table for the day. Other crafters will be there too so you can sell to the visitors and sell to other crafters.
Partner with a Local Store
Check with local stores that sell handmade crafts and see if they’d be interested in displaying some of your crafts on consignment. Be sure to get all of the sales terms in writing, especially if the store owner will be taking a type of commission.
It is very possible today to make some good money selling your crafts. With some work and planning, your handmade crafts hobby may even turn into a full time income source and you’ll be able to “quit your day job.”

Karen Musselman and her husband set up at a several craft fairs during the year displaying their lighted wine bottles and lighted mason jars, as well as selling their crafts on eBay and through their own websites. Karen i

Tips For Taking Your Crafting Hobby Public

January 13th, 2023 by dayat No comments »

If you are trying to decide whether or not to take your crafting hobby public, there are several things you can do to inform your decision. Firstly, attend some craft fairs, if possible. Think about how what you do compares to others, and think about the niche you wish to fill. Make a note of the things you like about the overall event. Is it well organized? Do you like the vendor displays? Does it really seem like a craft fair or more like a flea market? Would you want to have a display booth in the event?

What are the booth space rental fees? These are just a few of the questions you may want to ask yourself. Next, decide on a niche and try to come up with a unique way of approaching the image you want to create. For instance, if you are a bead artisan, you might wish to focus on statement necklaces, something that might set you apart from other necklace designers. Maybe you focus on western designs? What makes what you do unique?

When first starting out it is helpful to host a home show where you invite friends and family and listen to their comments about product quality, display, pricing and merchandising. They will help you generate lots of ideas. It is especially important to be sure that your chosen niche can be profitable from the outset so pricing can be one of your most important considerations. Be sure to factor in all of the costs of promoting and marketing your niche when setting your product pricing.

Next, you want to start researching local arts and craft opportunities. It is easy to find internet sites that list dates and places of local and statewide events. The deadlines for securing booth space usually happen well in advance of the event, so it is important to think ahead. Get a calendar and start planning now for next year’s events.

You will want to have a name for your business so that you can order business cards and perhaps even a banner or two. There are some internet sites that are very handy for the beginner where you can build your own business cards and banners from templates they provide. You can also build your own website. It’s that easy. Also, if you do any outside events, you will need to invest in a canvas gazebo, tables, and display supplies.

These are also easily sourced, usually at your local big box store.

So, if you are a bead artisan looking for ideas on how to market your products publicly, here’s a short summary of some of the things you may want to consider:

1. Attend local craft fairs or trade shows and basically any event that could relate to your chosen niche.
2. Take notes, what were your impressions
3. Decide on a niche and how you can make it unique
4. Determine your costs and profits
5. Host a home show
6. Research arts and crafts opportunities (trade shows, state fairs, etc)
7. Start planning
8. Decide on a name for your business (you may want to have it registered with your local secretary of state office)
9. Get some business cards (and banners, if applicable)
10. Consider building your own website
11. Get some basic supplies such as gazebo, folding tables, etc

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