Pretty much everyone has a hobby of some sort. Crafting happens to be mine. It doesn’t matter what type of crafts you enjoy, you can easily turn that into an income. More and more people are looking to support local shops. There are several ways you can earn a profit with your crafts without having a store front.
Facebook Resale Pages
Any local Facebook resale pages would be the first place I would suggest listing your items. Type in the search bar “(your city) Garage Sales” and join all the groups. By doing this you are keeping your items close to home. This means there is no worrying about paying shipping. Without worrying about shipping you can focus on just getting your items out to people and getting your prices set.
Starting here will also give you the ability to easily adjust your prices if necessary.
Once you have your costs figured out your prices, Facebook Marketplace is the next place I would suggest listing your items. By listing your items in the Marketplace, you will expand your outreach area. When listing in Marketplace you will also have to include a shipping rate as not everyone that sees it will be close enough for pick up.
Farmers are expanding beyond the typical produce and flowers these days. In many Farmers Markets you will also see craft booths too.
Some Farmers Markets charge a fee to have a booth there but, if you keep it to smaller Farmers Markets the fee should be reasonable.
Having a booth in craft fairs is probably the fastest way to introduce people to your products. Keep in mind that you want to have a decent stock built up before you have a table at a craft fair. If you don’t have a decent stock (or if you sell out of something), have an organized way to take orders for people.
Opening an Etsy store is another fantastic way to get your products out to people. Having an Etsy account is free. There are fees associated with listed and selling items but, they are reasonable.
When setting your prices you need to factor in the cost of materials it takes to make your items. Sounds like a no brainer right? That’s true but, it isn’t the only thing you need to factor in! You also need to factor in your time. Your time is worth money too. Don’t forget that.
When it comes to shipping, your best bet would be do a flat rate shipping box if possible. If this isn’t possible with your product, mention that the shipping cost is based on where you are shipping to.
Getting business cards to include in any and all sales will make it easier for people to contact you later or spread the word. I even suggest that you send an extra card or two so they can share your name and product with people.
You can easily turn your craft projects in a profit. It may not take off really fast but keep in mind that word of mouth does a lot for a business. Don’t get discouraged and be keep pushing forward, it will all pay off in the end.Make sure to follow Crafty Morning on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram or subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter! :)
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