Crafts to Make and Sell for a Profit!

scrapbooking craft materialsThere is a reason to bring out the crafty Cathy in all of us.  It can either serve as a fun hobby outlet, a great way to interact and bond with others, or it can become an actual job.  Surprised?  With the advent of such sites as Etsy, Ebay, and Artfire, the DIY-ers and Crafters of the world are learning to take the internet by storm in the most artful way possible.  Stick around Udemy to see how you can maximize your own creative side.  Who knew that the past times and hobbies you did as a kid or growing up could turn into such a profitable hobby?

Made At Home

When you think about something “made at home”, you might tend to downplay things a little bit.  Sure it may be nice, but is it nice enough to sell them for a profit online?  And if it were, how would you do this?  We have some tips here of things to make that can probably make you some cash if you know how to make them in creative, individual, and unique way.

Also, keep in mind that the internet is not the only place to sell your crafts.  Local art fairs, flea markets, boutiques, or by word of mouth are also good ways to get your products out there.

What Do I Make?

Obviously, you will make something that you know you are good at making.  And, if you are not good at it yet, all you need to do is practice.  Here are some suggestions of profitable crafts you can make in the comfort of your own home:

  • Unique Candles:  If you thought fun candles were just for Bath and Body Works, think again.  You can create your own candles at home by buying some fancy ribbon or lace and wrap them individually.  You can even make your own candle holders by decorating a candle and sticking it in a jar (Mason jars are extremely popular these days), and holding it up with glass gems or pretty rocks.
  • Decorated Cups or Glasses:  People like things that are personalized.  With some simple spray paint, bubble paint, and glue-on sequins, you can create very fun and individualized cups, glasses, or mugs.
  • Knit:  If you like knitting, but run out of people to give your works of yarn to, this can be a great way to find a home for comfy creations.  You can make the scarfs even more creative and personalized by sewing on little animals or designs to each of them, or using a sewing machine to sew on names.
  • Friendship Bracelets:  We all have friends, family, or co-workers that we would not mind giving a little gift to now and then.  Friendship bracelets are a great item to sell that can be fun and easy to make.  You just need suede laces, lanyard clasps, and a charm or decorative beads to string in on the bracelet to make it stand out.
  • Tote Bags:  You probably see tote bags all the time now since plastic bags are being banned in many cities in the United States.  If you enjoy sewing and working with fabric, then this could be a great idea for you.  You can even take orders and have your customers tell you what they want on their bags; this will definitely make both parties happy!
  • Food:  If you love cooking, making specialty food is a great idea because most everyone loves to eat!  Before you start, however, make sure that you have the space and resources to make large batches of food.  Also, if you are going to be shipping the food out, be sure you are making something that has a long shelf life.  Some ideas are: fudge, cookies, dried fruit, or jerky.

How to Sell

Now that you have some great crafting ideas, here are some selling tips to think about before you launch your products online or in-person.

  1. Know your competition:  Do some research on people who are selling similar products as you.  See how much they are selling their items for and try to price yours lower.  Remember to do this before you spend a bundle on supplies so you can carefully choose the best supply prices for you products.
  2. Keep Track of your Spending:  This will also help you in determining what to charge your customers.  If you are spending too much and selling for too little, of course you will not make a profit.
  3. Offer Discounts:  It is likely that you are going to have some competition when selling your items.  It is time to put your marketing hat on and think of techniques to get buyers coming to you.  Offer your customers discounts or throw in a few free sample every now and then.
  4. Customer Service:  If this is an individual operation and you are your only customer service representative, make sure that you create relationships with your clients.  This will be helpful in getting them to come back for more, as well as spreading the word for you about what you offer.
  5. Social Media:  Use it!  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media outlets are great ways to reach a large audience online.  Even if you do not sell online, this is a great way to get people in your area aware.
  6. Get out there!  Show up to community functions or fundraisers and offer your products for a cause.  This is a great way to get yourself out there in a positive and fun way.

What Not to Do:

No matter what you are selling, whether you are a business, a company, or an individual, there are always things to look out for that can hinder your business model.  Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Do not join too many sites:  If you want an online presence, try not to over-do it.  When you are just starting out, make sure that you spend your time maximizing your products on one or two sites.  Keep things fresh and professional.
  • Take good pictures:  Spend time taking professional and quality pictures of your crafts.  After all, if people are buying online, this is all they will have to reference.
  • Choose a good shop name:  Do not get tacky or too silly with your name, and choose one that helps shoppers identify your name with what you sell.  For example:  “Jerky Justine” if you are selling Turkey Jerky.

Get out Some Glue and Scissors!

We know you have it in you, so check out some of our online tips and ideas for crafts to make and sell, and start crafting!