“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a way to make money from doing what you love.
Most artisans try this business venture because they love what they design and make. Profits must not be the main issue here but you need to make a profit if you want to keep the business going and enjoy the stuff you’re doing.
Here are just a few ways that you can make money from selling your handcrafts:
Sell Online – You don’t need to be Martha Stewart or Rosie O’Donnell to successfully sell your crafts online. Many craft makers are now making money online from the comfort of their own home, which is not only great for your time, but also perfect for keeping a low operating cost. There are wide array of free sites where you can be a member, create your own online store, and meet other craft makers.
These are some of the much larger and well know sites that allow people to setup their own online presence.
- Amazon. A huge online retailer of various products that includes a large range of arts and crafts products.
- Artfire. This is also a marketplace of artisan goods of all kinds. From handmade jewelry and crafts, to vintage clothing and supplies.
- Blogger. You can make your own blog through this free weblog publishing tool from Google for sharing text, photos and video of your creations.
- Ebay. I’m sure you are aware of eBay and have bought something from there at some point but have you considered selling your own craft work on there? With millions of willing buyers it can be a great place to start getting your goods online
- Etsy. This is the biggest handmade marketplace for craft makers. People there can buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies allowing you to meet other craft makers and sell your own products.
- Facebook. It is a social utility that connects people wherein you can also create a Business Page to build a closer relationship with your audience and customers.
Other marketplaces you can actually sell your work at includes:
- American Handmade Crafts
- Artulis (UK Site)
- CreativeStores (UK Site)
- Folksy (UK Site)
- iCraft (Canadian Site)
- MadeByHandOnline (UK Site)
- MISI (UK Site)
- TheCraftersBarn (UK Site)
- Uncommon Goods
Sell Your Craft Work At Local Trade Fairs
This works well with customer interaction as it will allow you to showcase your products in a one on one manner and your customers will be able to see your products up close. This is a good way to collect leads and develop your followers so don’t forget to have a sign-up list to get their email addresses so you can keep in touch.
There are a lot of art and craft fair opportunities all over the country, wherever you may be so check out local listings, groups and forums to find out which ones may be the best for you.
With all the opportunities that we have available to us today through online market places, the ability to research and find out anything we want online there is no better time to be able to start making money out of your hobby.
You can start small and grow your hobby into a real business from the comfort of your home, at your own pace around your family needs.
If you put love into your work, that will really show in what you do and you will find people that are just as passionate to buy your goods as you are to sell them. There is nothing more rewarding than having a satisfied customer willing to pay you for doing what you love.
If you are already selling online, where are your favourite places to sell?
Maybe you have already setup your own website and have a nice little fan base on Facebook waiting in anticipation for your next creation.
Are you living the home craft business dream or finding it an overwhelming struggle because there is to much information?
Give us your thoughts below.