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Selling Crafts; can it be profitable for you?
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - By Admin

There are several reasons why making and selling crafts online is a great business idea. We’ll take a look at the top three reasons why this can be a great, and profitable home business for you to take on.

1.) Great Profit Margin – Most of the crafts people are going to sell online are created for a relatively small price. Many will be under $2 or $3 each for materials and the amount of time you put into them. The wonderful thing is these are the same crafts that you can likely sell for over $10 – if you do it right. Figuring out what the costs are, and then pricing your craft right is going to help you boost your sales figures and ultimately your profit when you display it online.

2.) Low start up costs – All you really need are the supplies for crafts, and then some time to make and sell the crafts, and you have yourself a great business venture. This isn’t a business that you have to sink hundreds or even thousand of dollars into in order to start seeing a decent profit.

3.) Doing something you enjoy – If you are even thinking about starting a home business involving crafts, there is a strong chance that you probably already like doing crafts to begin with. That puts you in pretty select company! Not everyone gets to make income doing something they love to do! Many people are putting time in at a job they don’t necessarily enjoy – but you don’t have to do it.

That’s just three reasons – and I am sure you can think of many more! Online marketplaces are a popular place for many to find items that fill their home with character and charm. It is something you can make a great business out of. With the right plan and the right craft, you can turn a hobby into a profitable venture, and enjoy it along the way.

 
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Online Marketing of Crafts
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - By Admin

If you're the creative type, you may want to try making extra cash in the art and crafts field. This hobby can quickly turn into a very profitable business. With today's technology, you're able to reach a wider audience to sell your arts and crafts. Believe it or not, there are people still out there willing to buy handmade crafty items. You just have to be creative in finding where these people are and placing your craft items in front of them.

So, what crafty item should you make and sell? Well, that depends on your creative passions. The crafting field is vast and there is always something for everyone. Some suggestions are; crocheting, knitting, polymer clay, sewing, handmade toys, handmade home decoration, the list can go on and on. Think about what craft items people might want to buy. How would your craft item benefit the buyer? Can your craft item be of use as decoration? Is it a functional craft item? These are the questions you should ask yourself when coming up with ideas on what craft item you want to make and/or currently making.

Now that you have decided on what craft item you want to make, how do you know if there is a market for it? You don't, unless you do some research. Research, research is the key. You discover there may be a possible market for your craft item. How do you make money? Where do you sell it? This is where you need to get extra creative of getting people to buy your craft item. There are many online internet sites like Etsy, eBay and ArtFire where you can setup an online store to sell your craft item. Just make sure you read all the fine print about listing fees and final sale fees but are a good way to sell online. Make sure you take good pictures of your craft item and remember, the potential buyer can't hold your creation. Describe in detail everything about what you are selling.

Along with selling your craft items on online stores, you can also turn your knowledge of making your craft item into a tutorial or eBook. The quick and simple way is to create the tutorial in word doc and then convert it to PDF file. List your tutorial on your online store. When people purchase your tutorial, you would email them the PDF of your tutorial. These are just a few ideas of how one can start his own business. Keep your head up and happy crafting.

 
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Start a Handmade Jewelry Business
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - By Admin

Handmade jewelry can be a great way to express your unique style and it can even turn into a career. You have been experimenting making your own handmade jewelry since you were young, but you are never quite sure what to do with all of the handmade earrings and bracelets that are piling up. Aside from being a personal gift to give your family and friends, your handcrafted jewelry designs could be the source of a nice extra income for you.

It is not much difficult to learn how to make unique jewelry pieces like handmade earrings and handmade bracelets. It is a good idea start thinking about the style of the jewelry that you would like to make. Planning is the most important part. If it is creating jewelry with using gemstones and beads then it would be easier. All you have to do is to find a jewelry parts and findings supplier and buy the stones, wires and ear wires and tools.

One of the most important parts is bringing your own creative style to the handcrafted jewelry pieces that you make. It is very important that you choose jewelry designs customers want to buy. When coming up with handmade jewelry ideas keep in mind what people would like, not what you would like.

The biggest challenge for many handmade jewelry designers is to find inspirations for new designs and techniques that will give you an edge in the market place. You should find out what other people think about your jewelry. Try to set up a small exhibition in your own home and invite some people to come and have a look.

For me, customers have always been a great source of inspiration. If you listen to them you can also mix these ideas with your creative ideas and style. There are many jewelry making kits, magazines and websites that can help to quicken your learning process. For those who find creating handmade jewelry difficult, there are many wholesale jewelry suppliers who specialize in unique handcrafted jewelry. Search online to find many jewelry wholesalers who supply unique and unusual jewelry that you can sell to your customers from your handmade jewelry website or at local arts and craft shows.

 
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Soap Making: a Hobby that can sell
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - By Admin

You can start a soap business just about as fast as any business you can pick. But, how is the best way to get started and would you even want to? A hobby that turns into a business can go from fun to work, especially if sales really pick up. Here's why a soap business is easy to start and how to get going.

It costs nearly nothing to get started making soap. You probably already know that. All you need are some molds, pans, and supplies. You can operate out of the kitchen. It's cheap to get started, plus learning to make good soap is fairly easy. You need some pointers, but it's easy to get going.

Did you know that lots of people make and sell soap? It's true. Selling soap is not a new idea. Here's the trick though. You should make products that are unique. How? Soap is soap... Not hardly. You can make a product that is like no customer has seen. Maybe it's a milk-based soap. Maybe you use regional scents. Possibly you can use unique color schemes. There are ways you can deliberately set your products apart.

How can you find those people? Many ways... One popular way is to get in local arts and crafts fair. There you can talk to people and tell them what you have. Here's the trick. If you can make some sales, you can get follow-up sales. How? You just need the simplest little brochure to generate thousands of dollars in repeat sales. Displaying your products online is a nice idea too. There are lots of other ways to get started.
 
You can start a soap business fast. It won't cost much to get going either. Build a unique product and get in front of some potential customers and get ready to go to work...

 
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