If you are handy when it comes to arts and crafts, you have a creative spirit that longs to be set free at times, and you are the type that wants to spread your love of beautiful things from home to home, person to person – then you should truly look into making your artwork and crafts available to the public through an online and physical business endeavor.
Deciding to market your crafts can be a difficult decision when it comes to determining what you will sell, how you will sell it, how you will run your business, and what you should charge for each individual handmade piece. All of these questions can be answered easiest once you have narrowed down what crafts you are going to make by hand and then sell for a profit.
So, what are the most profitable crafts to sell and what are the most profitable crafts you can confidently make to the standards you deem fit for selling? Let’s check it out!
The Most Profitable Crafts and Why
Regardless of what you are selling in regard to crafts or anything else you can think of on the marketplace; there are always particular items that make a higher profit. Here are some of the most profitable crafts you can cash in on:
There is a reason that generations long past chose to wear woolen, knitted goods during the colder months. It is breathable, it is moisture-wicking but it also retains that body heat of the wearer, so you are able to stay toasty warm all winter long. Items such as woolen, hand-knitted mittens, scarves, hats, and socks are a major seller.
These items will fly off your table and off the shelves during Christmas as they make the perfect stocking stuffer when you purchase one item, such as a pair of wool socks, or the perfect gift for your friend during your private gift exchange when you are able to purchase a full set of matching gloves/mittens, hat, and a scarf.
Handmade Clothing and Tailoring Services
Want to design your own clothes? Do you wish to share your designs with the masses? Then you want to look into sewing your own clothing for profit. People are turning to handmade and sustainable articles of clothing. Most would prefer to purchase a single pair of handmade linen pants from a local vendor than a pair that has been mass-purchased in a factory somewhere.
If you can sew clothes, you can also tailor clothes and there is a serious shortage of tailors in the fashion industry. Offering both handmade clothing and tailoring services ensures a profit; just make sure you have the right sewing scissors to make that perfect cut every time!
Handmade Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap
Harkening back to the sustainable lifestyle also includes handmade greeting cards and gift wrap. Channel your creative side into producing hand painted greeting cards with matching gift wrap made from reusable materials, such as cotton.
How to Ensure Your Craft Business Runs Smoothly
Once you’ve decided what you are going to make and sell for a profit when it comes to your crafts, it is time to narrow down a few business decisions ahead of time to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
For example, you want to make a decision about the following things before opening your craft store:
- How do you plan to sell your crafts? Will you bring them to a local art fair(s) during school and holiday season? Will you combine art fairs and flea markets with online selling through means such as eBay, Etsy, and Amazon?
- How will you market your crafts? Will you print flyers, take out ads in local papers, or will you use a combination of social media and print media to get the word out about your unique crafts?
- What prices will you charge for your crafts? Are you going to offer customers the chance to custom order an object for an increased amount? Will you offer discounts for bulk items or have holiday sales such as Black Friday?
- Will this become a full-time or part-time job for you? Will you have time to fill your orders if you intend to continue working at your full-time career?
- What about shipping? Will you offer shipping, or will that cost extra to ship your crafts to another locale?
The above are just some guidelines and tips to ensure a smooth transition from making crafts for yourself and your friends/family as presents to offering your creative outputs to strangers in the marketplace. You don’t want a wrong business decision souring or diminishing your creative spirit.
Deciding to market your own crafts that are handmade and sold by yourself can be a part-time endeavor or a full-time one, depending on what you are comfortable with. The important thing to remember is to treat this as a fun project and allow yourself the time needed to get things right for your business. Use the tools that are available today to market your wares to the appropriate sector and watch as your bank account grows a little more with each order filled.
In a society where a greater emphasis and focus on sustainable items, living a greener lifestyle, and reducing the amount of waste in the world; people are flocking to homemade, handmade, and unique crafts to fill their home with beauty while also gifting pieces to their family and friends to fill their homes as well with beautiful and practical objects.