If you enjoy crocheting, you may be able to turn your hobby into a business. Make a variety of crocheted items and sell your creations on eBay. Set up a seller's account, set your prices and selling options, and market your products. You don't have to be a business genius in order to sell your crochet crafts on eBay.
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
- Crocheted items
- Digital camera
Establish a seller's account on eBay. You will need to sign in to eBay and provide information including address, e-mail and a credit card or bank account. You will also set up the system for paying your seller's fees and for accepting payments from customers. You will probably want a PayPal account so you can accept credit card payments from customers; signing up for a PayPal account is free.
Add items to your eBay shop. In order to do this, click on eBay's "Start Selling" button. eBay will guide you through the process of listing your item, choosing a price, adding a description and uploading photos. You will need to take digital photos of your items and add them to your computer in order to do this. Try to take photos that are clear, show the colour of your item accurately and do not have distractions in the background.
Price your items. To determine how much to sell a crocheted craft item for, do an Internet search to find out how other sellers are pricing similar items. Then consider the amount you spend on your supplies to make the item and how much profit you would like to earn. Some crafters will take time into account when pricing, while others do not worry about time because they simply enjoy their craft. Pricing your items at three times the cost of supplies is a good average for sales online. Don't forget to add in extra costs such as packaging and shipping supplies when you price an item.
Market your shop. Put up flyers on community notice boards in your town, print business cards and pass them out to friends and family members, and start a blog or use social networking sites to promote your new listings. Add items regularly so you will be on top of the most recent listings when people search eBay. Consider offering custom products for buyers who want something similar to what you have made.
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