How to Start a Craft Business & Sell Crafts 1-2-3
Why not take your unique crafting talent and make money with your own craft business? Watch Video from craft expert Meg Mateo Ilasco.
Handmade items (especially one-of-a-kind) can offer a higher value than the
manufactured competition, and thus ask a higher price. If you can produce items that are both pleasing to
look at and useful to others - you may have an income-producing "hobby" on your hands...
Putting Together a Plan:
No matter what type of craft you want to sell, you want to treat your business as a business. Meaning - put
the time and energy into your business that it needs to grow, be organized and make a plan. A business is more
than just a hobby.
So how do you do that?
Research your market before you start your craft business. Find out who your competitors are and what
your target market wants. How can you be different and better than other craftspeople in the marketplace? Can
you create a product that is needed but doesn't yet exist?
Use the Craft, Inc. Business Planner along with the Ultimate Craft Business Start-up Guide for step-by-step
instructions, checklists and worksheets. It makes start-up much simpler, so you have less to worry about.
Examples of Craft Businesses You Can Start:
Wholesale Craft Supplies
You want to find low-cost
high-quality craft supplies so that you can keep your expenses minimal. What you don't spend on supplies
can be added to your profit margin. Buying in bulk will save you some money, and sometimes you can
negotiate with the vendor - especially if you are a repeat buyer.
Here are some resources:
1. Sell On the
Selling online is becoming easier and easier for artisans. There are marketplace-style websites that now let
you sell your items and even create your own store. This means that you don't have to go through the work of
building your own website. See: Etsy.com, Artfire.com, HandmadeCatalog.com, Artsefest.com and
You can also try selling on eBay. Although eBay is not as popular as the other sites mentioned above
for selling craft items, Some artisans have been successful doing it - it really depends on the particular
things you are selling.
Learn how to use online auctions, Web sites, email, discussion groups, search engines, link strategies and
hundreds of other techniques for selling craftwork on the internet.
See: Selling Crafts Online
2. Sell on
When you are just starting out, it can be difficult to get retailers to buy your crafts outright to resell in
their shops. A more effective route is to sell on consignment. This gives your business exposure to the market
but the retailers take no monetary risk in displaying your items.
Contact shops, boutiques and even museums with a professional consignment agreement already prepared.
Respect the retailer's time and demonstrate that you are ready to do business, and they will be more likely to
work with you.
3. Sell at Craft Fairs or
Many craft items make perfect gifts, especially for the person who is hard to shop for. Advertising your crafts
at fairs or farmer's markets can be the ideal place to find gift-shopping customers. If you want to set up a
booth, contact the fair organizer to get information on procedures and requirements.
Meg Mateo Ilasco is a craftsperson herself. In fact, her creative talent for designing wedding invitations
turned into a full-time business
. Due to customer demand, she expanded her product line to
include stationary and accessories, and the rest is history.
Having turned her own hobby into a business, Meg has lots of ideas that have helped many others start
their own craft businesses.
She offers an "instruction-type" guide, which also includes success stories and
mistakes made by other craft entrepreneurs so you can be one step ahead before you ever start your
- Find out how to get your business license and other work-related requirements
- Advice on developing a successful income-producing product
- How to sell your product and get publicity (free advertising!)
Start Your Own Craft Business
Craft Business Resources
Soap-Making for Fun & Profit
Work at home in your own comfortable artist studio making soaps for almost any
occasion. This craft business has really taken off since you can make money consistently selling soaps all
year round. Unique soaps are a popular gift item, and since soaps get used up, you can easily build a
stable source of residual income from satisfied customers.
These two guides give you the perfect mix of information on both the business of soap-making and
aromatherapy recipe instructions. Recommended by both beginners and experts as easy-to-understand and full of
business-building ideas that can help your business grow.
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- Ways to sell your creations at craft shows, shops, and other outlets
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