If you’re looking to make money from selling crafts, one of the most obvious ways to do this is by setting up your own booth at a local craft fair. Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing so, you should know that selling your items at a craft fair isn’t the only way to turn your talent or favorite hobby into extra cash. Here are some other ways you can make money with crafting:
1) Sell your crafts online.
Selling your crafts on the World Wide Web is a great way to get your products out there for the world to see. Sure, you’ll have to deal with a lot more competition online, but the low overhead costs and the convenience of doing everything on the Internet may just make all the hard work worth it.
2) Sell craft kits or patterns.
If you don’t have the time or the energy to sell completed crafts online, then why not sell project kits or patterns? You can sell sewing, embroidery or quilting patterns that are downloadable on the Internet. You can even try selling pre-made scrapbooks that just require people to add their own photos and final touches.
3) Become a direct seller of craft supplies.
You don’t have to make your own supplies to sell them. There are a number of craft-related direct sales companies that are constantly on the lookout for consultants. Host a crafts party at home and introduce beginners to the world of crafting. Some of these companies you may want to look into are Touchstone Crystal, Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up.
4) Write about your craft.
If you’ve got a way with words, then why not earn some extra money by writing about your favorite hobby? You can start your own blog (and learn to monetize it) or create how-to articles to submit in various revenue sharing programs such as About.com, HubPages.com, and Squidoo.com. Of course, you could also take in some freelance writing work for magazines and other publications that specialize in crafts.
5) Teach craft classes.
Nowadays, a large number of people are able to learn a new craft through magazine articles, books, and even online tutorials. The good news, however, is that many people still prefer to be taught by an actual person—at least to learn the basics. If teaching seems to be something you are interested in, you may want to look into offering classes at your local community center or at a local crafts or specialty shop. You can even offer to teach classes or sessions for events such as children’s birthday parties, or offer private sessions to interested individuals.