Crafting For Profit
for profit sound good to you?
Turn your hobby into cash?
Do what you love and make money at it? Maybe
enough to quit your day job? If you are good at crafts, this is 100%
There are plenty of crafting for profit opportunities,
perfect for a part-time business, a stay-at-home mom, or anyone that
wants to be in business for themselves. Below I discuss a few of the
different ways to get you started. Maybe just one will be right for
you, or maybe all of them. You can combine any of the options below for
even more money making opportunities.
Crafting for profit
can be possible by selling your
crafts at local craft fairs and bazaars.
Just check out your local newspaper to find some in the area. Craft
bazaars usually take place over a weekend, and the sellers usually pay
a fee for the table or rental space to display their items. Craft fairs
are very popular in the Spring for the Easter holiday, in the Fall, and
at Christmastime. Many people work all year on Christmas items, and
sell all their work at the end of the year. If you have never sold at a
bazaar before, start by going to some of the local craft fairs and look
around. Find the ones that have a good turn out and good traffic. Ask
the sellers about their day, how busy they have been, etc. Most craft
fairs repeat every year so you will have an idea of which ones you like
and which to participate in for the next year. Also take a look at how
the sellers are pricing their work, the types of items they are
selling, and how they have set up their booth. These are all things you
will need to think about if you participate! How much money can you get
for your crafts? The typical rule of thumb is to double the amount that
the materials cost. However, if you are very talented (for instance,
you do very intricate painting), or have a very unique item, you can
ask more. People pay big bucks for unique handmade items, especially
things that can be given away as gifts.
don't like sitting at a table for an entire weekend at a craft bazaar.
They may want to reach out to a larger audience. And you know what?
That's very smart. With Ebay, your crafts can literally be seen around
the world. Ebay has made crafting for profit easier. Ebay has
a category for “handcrafted
items” under their
larger category “Crafts”. Ebay makes their money by
charging you a
small fee to list an item for auction, and it also takes a percentage
of your final auction ending price. What you get in exchange is
exposure to millions of people at the same time. If you continue to
sell items on Ebay, people who like your work even get to know you and
remember you as a seller. Your fans may do Ebay searches to find your
items, or sign up to get emailed every time you add a new
people I know have bought things on Ebay but have never sold anything.
They say “I don't know how.” It is not hard! Please
do not be
intimidated. You will never learn how to do it unless you sit down and
teach yourself. Begin on Ebay and hit the tab at the top of the page
that says “SELL”. Ebay has an excellent tutorial
that walks you through
all the steps. Take your time, and your listing will be up soon. Once
you know how to do it, you can list other items very quickly because
Ebay remembers all your information. Sign up for PayPal too, (there's a
link for it on Ebay) because most people are using this service now. It
is a wonderful service because it handles all the transactions and you
know the money will be in your checking account immediately before you
send out your item. I have found Ebay to be very fun, and addicting, as
a seller. It is very fun to check often while your auction is going on
to see how high the price has gotten!
In addition to selling on Ebay, another way to begin
crafting for profit is to start your own website. Once you start
getting traffic and sales,
you can quit selling on Ebay and keep the entire profit for yourself.
All you need to get started on a home business is a computer and the
Internet. If you think this is way beyond you, you are wrong. Even if
you know nothing about building a website there are many ways you can
learn. I designed Crafts For All Seasons, and this website is making
money. To learn more about how I am making money with this
and how you can do it too, please
read my story.
Crafting for profit can also be done by having home parties
to promote your crafts.
An excellent website that describes how to have home parties
check out the site for some