How to Come Up with Craft Ideas to Sell

SCrafts to Make and SellCredit: morguefile.comtarting a Craft Business, can be a great way to channel your creativity and make money from a home based business. But where do you start?

The best way is to make a list of your hobbies. Things that you are passionate about. If you love to knit, put it at the top of your list. If drawing or painting is more your style, then put it on the list.

Once you have your list created. Take your top passion and try to brainstorm ideas of things to create. One way to do this, is research. Go to a local craft show, see what others are making. Don't go home and make the same thing, try to come up with something a bit different.

Try and create something that is nice to look at and useful. In this economy, if you are going to convince anyone to buy your creations, then it has to do something more than just look nice or sit on a shelf.   I always liked the idea of "useable art". 

This is the hardest part when it comes to starting a craft business, is what to make that will sell.  Coming up with craft business ideas can sometimes be hard.  The research can take some time. In addition to craft shows, check online, many people are selling their crafts online at sites such as Ebay or Etsy etc. Get a good idea of what other crafters are charging for their creations.


Etsy 101: Sell Your Crafts on Etsy, the DIY Marketplace for Handmade, Vintage and Crafting Supplies
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Etsy has become one of the most popular places to sell crafts. I have done quite well with Etsy so this book would be worth checking out.

Crafts to Make and Sell

Try and come up with a "need".  Is there something you have made for yourself to help with day to day life? Something you can expand on to sell in a craft show?

Now you need to research the cost of the supplies you need to create your craft and the time involved. If you have come up with something unique, and you will enjoy making it, then you will succeed with your craft business.

Remember, this is a business, and you need to treat it the same as any other home based business.  You need to keep track of the costs and the time involved.  If it is a great product, but will cost too much compared to what you think the market will sell it for, then brainstorm new suppliers.  Sometimes you can get good deals from suppliers if you buy in bulk, or check online for good deals.


Test out Your Craft Ideas

Once you have done a trial run with your creations, then why not test the market before jumping in? Make your products and donate some to family and friends, and let them show them off at work etc. Word of mouth takes a bit longer, but is one of your best forms of advertising. If you sew clothes, make something for a friend, make it your best work, and have her wear it to work. Make sure she is armed with business cards for your craft business, that she can hand out when others admire your work. If it is a smaller craft like jewelry, make her a beautiful necklace that she can show off.

Friends and family will be your best supporters in the beginning, and if you give them your best work to show off, then you will get known and orders will come in. Not everyone gets the chance or time to get out to arts and crafts shows, so by seeing a beautiful craft at work or at family gatherings, you are going to the customer rather than trying to get the customer to come to you.

You can build your customers by word of mouth.  If you don't like the idea of craft shows, then consider getting a photographer to take good pictures of your work and then try selling crafts online.  Stick to smaller pieces for online sales, as shipping costs can add up, and it can be hard to convince a customer to pay more for the shipping than the product!

A craft business is a great way to show off those creations, just make sure and keep track of the numbers and start making profits while doing something you love.

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The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line
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Books such as this one have a wealth of ideas on how to sell or what crafts to make and sell for your business.