How to sell handmade baby items on the internet

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How to sell handmade baby items on the internet
Sell handmade baby items on the Internet. (precious little feet image by Sharon from Fotolia.com)

Making handmade baby items can be a labour of love. When you put your own special touch on baby products that you make yourself, you can be sure there is nothing else exactly like them in the world. If you are wondering whether other people might appreciate your talents, explore how to sell handmade baby items on the Internet. An active selling market exists on the Internet and you may be successful in selling your baby items.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a baby item you can make that is uniquely your own. The design and idea must be something you created yourself---you cannot profit from someone else's idea or design by making the items and selling them. Whether you create a bib with a special design or decoration, a crocheted baby afghan with a special pattern or even a baby hat and bootees, make sure the design is your own so there are no copyright issues or infringements.

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    Practice creating the item until your process is honed and perfected. Streamline the manufacturing process and work out all the bugs so you can make your item in as little time as possible, yet the quality is top-notch.

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    Make an inventory of items once you have your process perfected. Vary the colours or styles slightly so you have more to offer your customers. Try to create at least a small inventory to use once you start selling your items.

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    Determine how much it costs you to make one item. Be meticulous with your costs and write down how much you spent on every material you used to create your baby item. If you got materials at a discount, the amount it will cost you to make your item may fluctuate---keep accurate records so you can keep track of these variations in cost.

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    Research the price of similar items on the Internet to see what they cost. Compare your baby item to the comparable items you find to begin to formulate a price for your item. Make sure you consider your selling region and the time it takes you to make one item as you set your price so your price will be reasonable, yet will provide you with a fair profit.

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    Visit some of the more popular online marketplaces on the Internet to investigate which websites might help you sell your baby items. Two of the most popular online marketplaces for crafting items are etsy.com and artfire.com. While Etsy may be the most well-known marketplace, Artfire is worth considering because it does not charge any selling fees with a basic account. Both of these marketplaces require you to make an account before selling and Etsy requires you to supply a credit card number for selling fees.

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    Consider creating a blog to showcase your items. You can also take orders for items through your blog and develop a following if you put time and energy into promoting your blog and your baby items.

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