If you are trying to create a business from crafts, and want to make crafts for cash and put some money in your pocket, then you need to look around at craft shows and fairs and really look where the customers are mingling.
It can be hard to figure out that "next thing" but there are two categories that have made me money. I have always like to draw and paint, but discovered quite quickly that when it came to selling arts and crafts many people were coming away from "decorative" crafts. They wanted something else and that is:
If you are just starting out, try and stick to these two categories. Customers love unique things that they can use such as: denim crafts home accessories knitting machine items (just to name a few) Check out the pages on this site for tons of ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Start looking around for crafts to make and sell in these two categories and you are likely to find customers. But you also have to watch your bottom line, after all you do want to make money selling crafts right? So, find a craft that can incorporate something you love to do into something useable or wearable and not take too long to make.
You need to watch how much time is spent on these crafts as you have to reflect it in the price. I once knew a lady that knitted gorgeous sweaters but they took her hours and hours to knit, and after a while no one was willing to pay the high price she needed to make money at the craft.
Keep Track of Your Time Producing Your Products and Avoid Burnout!
Always be looking for ways to create your products quicker and cheaper but without losing quality. This is the biggest mistake crafters make. If it costs you more to make than to sell it is a hobby and not a business.
If you simply cannot make a product quicker and cannot charge the price for your time, then ditch that product from your craft lineup. It may sound harsh but this is a business! You can burn out quickly and lose interest trying to creating lots of stock making something to fussy and intricate that will not result in good sales.
personally love to draw and paint. But I had to get creative with my craft as simply framed prints were not flying off the shelf. I had many of my drawings made into greeting cards, notebooks and tote bags for example. Then they started to sell. Useable or wearable seems to be the right direction for many crafts.
In the index of this site, you will find many pages of crafts ideas to make and sell that include videos on how to make them and more. Hopefully this will simply inspire you to find your way of making a unique craft that customers are willing to pay you money for.
Keep track of your costs and watch your bottom line and enjoy the process.
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