Turn Your Craft Into A Money Making Home Business
We all love to create. We make things because we love to do it, and sometimes if we are lucky enough (not to mention crafty enough) we can make money from doing what we love. You have most likely landed on this page because you are trying to find more information about turning your craft hobby into a money making home business. You are in the right place. Here you will find the truth about crafting as a home business and how to make some cash from it.
Craft Business/Home Job Description:
Crafting comes in all shapes and sizes. You can make and sell the following items among many other things:
doll houses & furniture
photography backdrop making
various holiday items
quilt and blanket making
gift basket making
custom kids clothing
tee shirt making
portrait photography (click on the link for an in depth discussion)
The trick to successful home crafting is to make a product that people want, and be seriously good at it. If you try to sell something that looks like it was made by a preschooler that YOU like then you are going about it all wrong. Crafting becomes a home job when you start to make money from it not when you sit around all day making crafts.
Tip! You will need to keep up with current trends and colors so that you can make what people want.
How much does it cost to get started?
I cannot give a definitive answer on this because it really depends on what you are making. Crafting supplies can average a couple hundred dollars or more per month. This does not include the cost of tools, set up, fair fees, listing fees, and advertising.
What equipment do I need to get started as a crafter from home?
Generally crafters already have tools to craft with because they’ve been making things as a hobby for many years. Some tools you may need to get started are:
Sewing machine, sewing kit
How do I make money?
You can make money by selling your items at craft fairs, flea markets, schools, and to family & friends. You can use an extra room out of your home as a storefront, sell on Etsy, sell on Ebay, or open up an online store. You can also share your craft items on facebook and myspace. When pricing your items you need to factor in your supply costs, your time, and what other people are charging. It is important to not undersell nor oversell.
Bottom line on crafting as a home business:
Starting a home business is never easy and it is especially true when it comes to a crafting home business because crafts in all forms are a luxury item. In essence, your crafts need to stand out, be unique, and be near perfect in order to sell enough to profit. To be a successful crafter you need to have a strong and professional business mindset. Above all be persistent and work hard at doing what you love. In the end that hard work should pay off. Please also remember that this page is just the beginning of turning your craft into a home business. There are many more aspects to creating a successful home-based business.