The Crafts Industry is a 14 Billion Dollar Business and growing, According to ASU Study.. The majority of crafters start out in their homes… It is estimated that more than 126,000 people in the United States make their living from products they create. Many of the craft households fair better economically than the average American family, earning $50,000 annually versus $39,000 in terms of median income. There are different ways to enter into the crafts industry even if don’t actually make crafts.
1. Sell Handmade Products Online
Selling in an online marketplace such as Etsy or eBay is a low-cost way to begin selling your handmade products from the comfort of your home. It is also the quickest and easiest way to make money online. And once you get your feet wet you can open your own online store and cut out the middle man.
2. Sell Your Crafts at Craft Shows
Check with your local chamber of commerce or search your State’s website for listings of upcoming shows and fairs. Many local colleges hold annual craft fairs, some independent craft show promoters hold shows at local churches. Some churches host their own craft fair as a fundraiser.
3. Sell Your Crafts On Consignment
Selling on consignment is a practice frequently used by artists and craftspeople. It literally means that you are giving over your work to someone in the business of selling handmade products such as a craft shop, for display and sale. The retailer keeps a percentage of the sale price as a commission once the sale is made.
4. Sell Your Handmade Products To Tourist
The travel and tourism industry is the third-largest employer in the United States, supporting over 5.85 million travel-related jobs. Selling your crafts to tourists is a great way to earn an extra income. Check out local shops selling to tourists and see if they are willing to sell your handicrafts on consignment.
5. Sell Crafts For Others
Become a sales rep for Independent craft artists’. Sell their products on consignment online or offline. Work out a deal where you can take 10 to 50 percent of the retail price as commission.
6. Sell Craft Supplies.
Craft supplies are in high demand! Craftsmen, both amateurs and professionals, need craft supplies to produce their products. Craft supplies are hard to find in rural towns, making selling craft supplies a high-profit potential online business idea !.
7. Teach Craft Classes
There are craft shops that offer free classroom space to promote their products in your craft projects. Check with your local craft shop for teaching opportunities. Earn extra money teaching craft classes at a college or university through their community-based adult enrichment program. There are many retired people, who want to make good use of their leisure time and would enjoy learning new crafts.
Teach crafts as a freelance craft teacher or recreation aide in a retirement home. There are some churches that will allow you to teach a craft class to their members as a fundraiser. You would share a small percentage of the money charged, such as 10 to 20 % of the fee charged per student. Last but not least teach crafts online!
8. Start a Niche Craft Blog
With a niche craft blog, you can add affiliate programs and earn money. It is a great way to earn extra money which can lead to a full-time career!
9. Sell e-books on the subject of Crafts
Publish and sell downloadable craft e-books on your topic of expertise. How-to books have always been popular even before e-books hit the market. People are naturally hunger for information.
10. Sell Craft Patterns / or How to Instructions
If you have a popular craft product, then selling how-to patterns online or instructions could be a good money maker for you. You could also develop patterns for publication in magazines and books.