Making and selling your own arts and crafts is an excellent way to both express yourself creatively and make some extra money at the same time. The nice thing about making and selling your own craft items is that there are many different kinds of crafts that people can enjoy making and other enjoy buying. It is fairly easy to create and sell your own craft items, depending on the craft you decide to make.
Decide what kind of craft you want to make. Remember, its a buyers market out there so try to think of something you will both enjoy making and you can visualise people wanting to purchase. Sewing your own clothing, printing T-shirts and unique jewelery are all easy craft items to start making with low start up cost and they can also be easily sold to people who enjoy them. Don't be afraid to check out hobbyist shops and craft stores when looking for the perfect item to create and sell, because the best craft is the kind you enjoy creating.
Start selling your items. Once you have decided on what to make its time to find a market. At first consider selling to your friends and family. Not only will they be more likely to enjoy something you created, but they will be able to tell their friends about what you have created, helping you create word of mouth advertising.
Open a PayPal account and an eBay account. Although selling in your community can be fun and lucrative, another great way to sell your creations is through eBay. To do this you will need to sign up for a free account on PayPal because you will need to accept payments. You can do this through www.paypal.com quickly and easily. Once your PayPal account has been created go to www.eBay.com and sign up for a free account. They will give you all the tools you need to list your products for purchase on their website, and give you pointers on how to get more people to look at your goods as well. Remember, eBay charges a percentage of the profits for every sale you make, so consider that when you are setting your prices.
Create a web page. If you really want to get your product out into the world you may want to consider creating a webpage. Although creating a webpage can be time consuming and labour intensive it can also be very valuable to you when selling goods. Not only can you hand out flyers and business cards within your community directing people to your website, you can also advertise online with products like Google add words, participate in forums and post links that will direct potential buyers to your website, and even process payments and ship packages online with your new PayPal account and www.usps.com.
Take orders and ship out goods. Once you have made a sale, its time to ship your crafts to buyers. No matter if you are selling through your website or through eBay you will probably want to charge a shipping and handling fee to cover the expense of sending your customer a craft. www.usps.com the United States Postal Service has shipping and tracking information prepared for business people looking to ship goods. Just let them know how and what you want to ship and they will tell you how much it costs. You can even have them come pick up shipments to customers if you are doing enough business.
Besides the online market there are a lot of great ways to sell your products locally, many communities have local craft markets open on the weekends. Also many smaller businesses in your community may be happy to purchase or display your items for sale, although the will probably take a cut of the profits. Don't be afraid to advertise on online and local forums and billboards, and have cards with your product and contact information on it. You never know when you will run into someone who wants to own a great handmade craft.