So you are handy with your hands and you want to turn it into a business? Everyday crafters turn their handmade goodies into money, so the good news is that you can turn your craft into a fledgling business too. With a few steps, you can be up and running in no time flat, so that you can share your handmade creations with the world!
Sell to family and friends. When you first start turning your crafting hobby into a business, you may want to start out small by selling to family members and friends. Family members and friends are also a great source of new business because they will talk up your craft product to their friends, co-workers and other people that they come into contact with on a daily basis. You have probably heard this referred to as word-of-mouth advertising.
Start a website. There are many resources available online, which allow you to easily build a website so that you can sell your products. Some of these resources are free, while others are low cost options. You do not have to be a website designer to build a website for your craft business. And having a website allows you to start reaching beyond your local community to sell your products. Essentially, the Internet makes your craft products available to the world (or at least the parts of the world that you are willing to ship to).
Consignment. Another great way to sell crafts is on consignment. Many local stores (especially boutiques and small retail shops) are always looking for unique and one-of-a-kind items to sell in its store. Selling on consignment allows you to place your products in a store front, paying a commission to the shop owner only if your product sells. This arrangement provides you with exposure that you would not normally receive, unless you open your own store.
Attend craft shows. Craft shows and fairs are another cost effective way to sell your crafts. There are shows all across the country, so check your local newspaper for upcoming fairs, festivals and shows where your craft product may sell well. Be sure to research the shows that you are thinking about attending to find out about past attendance, how well the vendors of your type have done in past years, etc.