Every day, new crafts businesses are born. From handmade soap collections to hair bows for children, someone is making money selling a product that they create on their own. In order to make the most out of your talent and hard work, it’s important to explore the different ways you can sell your crafts. To get started, below are a handful of craft-selling suggestions:
1. The Internet
The Internet provides a convenience for shoppers who don’t like leaving the comforts of their own home to obtain products, crafts, and gifts. Online craft businesses also save money because they don’t have to worry about maintaining a costlier bricks-and-mortar shop. Selling your crafts on the Internet is a low-risk approach towards making money. An online crafts business is relatively easy to establish and offers a wide range of selling options, including Artfire, Etsy, and establishing “shopping carts” on personal websites.
2. At-Home Business
Depending on the type of business you plan on running, a simple home office or large basement can become an ideal place to sell your crafts. Some people have taken advantage of a walkout basement and have transformed the lower level of their home into a crafts business. In addition to making crafts, the large space is also perfect for storing equipment, organizing supplies, and greeting customers looking for custom pieces. Things to think about include the need for a permit or license, signage options, parking space, and the practicality of using your home space.
3. Home Parties
If you don’t want to commit to using you’re a large part of your house as a place to physically sell your crafts, consider hosting events at home. Similar to Tupperware parties, you can invite family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other interested faces you meet along to way. To alert potential consumers when you’re hosting the next party, an inexpensive method is to create an email list to send virtual invitations.
4. Craft Shows and Local Fairs
A large number of crafters are selling their creations at local fairs, festivals and other events about town. When selecting a venue to sell your crafts, keep in mind fees, advertising costs, and how many visitors you expect to come in contact with. Print up business cards to make the most out of your craft show encounters.
5. Family and Friends
One of the best ways to sell your crafts is to let your family and friends pass along your information. Word of mouth is a powerful method of advertising. For example, a jewelry maker should float a few eye-catching pieces to loved ones, as well as arm them with business cards. When someone asks where they got their fabulous necklace from, they can talk up your business and hand out your contact details.