As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home. As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs. It also means I get to do what I love. I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. This week’s guest post comes from Michelle at timeandpence.com where she writes about money making, money saving, family life and health.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING YOUR CRAFTS FROM HOME
Have you ever wondered if you could make money selling your crafts from home?
Lots of people have crafting hobbies that they enjoy so wouldn’t it be great if you could earn some money doing the thing you love.
I have spent the last 15 years making money from home and now include various money making ideas on my blog. One such idea that I’m qualified to talk about is crafting. This is something that I’ve been making money from for quite a few years now and I’m here to tell you that you can certainly make extra money, or with some commitment, a full-time income from your handmade creations.
Making crafts at home to sell has become more and more popular and now with the internet you can make money selling your crafts all over the world!
How to Get Started
As I always say with any kind of selling, do your research first. You may think your crafted item is beautiful, but unless everybody else does, then you won’t make much money from it.
Join some Facebook Groups for crafters and see what other people are selling. Ask for honest opinions about your ideas. Ask your friends and family if it’s something they would buy.
Look at what your competitors are doing. What quantity are they selling? Could you improve on quality? Could you put a unique spin on something?
Decide What to Sell
When it comes to making money from your crafts there are hundreds of things you could sell. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Beauty products
- Wooden crafts
- Personalised Gifts
- Knitted Products
- Fabric Products
- Flower Arranging
If you don't already do crafting and fancy trying something new, head to You Tube where there are hundreds of videos of people showing you exactly how to make money selling your crafts.
Where to Find Supplies
Supplies are easier to find than you think. Here are some tips:
- eBay is always my first port of call and my favourite place to buy craft supplies. There are a huge amount of craft suppliers and if you are willing to wait for delivery, ordering from overseas can also reduce your outgoing costs.
- Thewholesaler.co.uk is a great wholesale directory. Many of the companies sell ready products but there are a few craft and packaging suppliers on there too.
- Aromantic.co.uk is a great website for anybody thinking of making and selling skin care and beauty products. (This is something else I personally make money from).
- Local market stalls and craft shops.
You can also find suppliers by looking at the back of labels on craft supplies in shops. Usually the suppliers name will be on there so you can then search for them on the internet!
Wherever you decide to buy your supplies from, remember you want to get the best possible price. This will create more profit for your business.
Where to Sell Your Crafts
Deciding where to sell your crafts will depend very much on how much time you have. If you want to get out of the house you can sell at local crafts fairs and markets. Stallfinder.com is a good site to see what stalls are available with a list of events should you wish to go down that route. For information on how to set up a market stall, I have a post on my blog about how to go about doing this.
If you want to make money selling your crafts from home then start with Etsy or e-Bay. You can then expand and even set up your own website to sell your products directly. Setting up a Facebook Page is also a good idea. You can then share photographs of your creations to local pages and on your own personal page if you wish (do check the rules of local pages before you do this).
You could also ask at local shops if they would be happy to stock your products. I do this with a local shop on a sale or return basis which works really well. I make a few products, pop them into the shop, and then all I need to do is collect the money once they have sold.
Some local independent gifts shops will also offer shelf space for rent. Always worth the question when you are passing!
How Much Money Can You Make?
This depends very much on how many you can sell and how much time it takes to make each item. After years of getting my outgoing costs down and perfecting my crafting, I can make £30-£40 per hour from my crafting. Not a bad income from home!
Making money selling your crafts from home is the perfect way to create an income, working flexible hours around family commitments and I love it. I hope this has inspired you to get creative too!
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