Why not try scrapbooking for money? Everyone has seen the latest and greatest stickers, die cutters, rotary cutters, specialty papers from the scrap book suppliers. There are shelves and shelves of creative ways to display your precious photos and trinkets now. Stores are popping up, you can take classes, there are instruction books. There is no excuse for shoddy photo albums anymore!. It seems the days of just lining your pictures up in a photo album are gone!
It all sounds great, everyone jumps on to this latest craze, everyone has run out and got the latest kits, all the die cutters, punchers, shapes, and everything that is needed, only to have them start collecting dust in the corner of the dining room after a few weeks or months. You are working long hours, kids need to go here or there, and there is endless laundry, and guess what?. Our great scrapbooking albums do not happen. They become well meaning projects in the corner, that we just can't seem to get started. Really, many people got caught up in it, and love the idea of it, but just don't really want to do that when they have any spare time. It is just not their thing.
But, if this is something you love to do, and you have made the time scrapbooking, and you have all kinds of great albums, that you can show off, then why not consider helping others with theirs?.. scrapbooking for money. Yes, this can be a business.
The idea of a home based craft business that is successful, is to find that "niche" that no one else has. A talent that you have, and love to do, that others envy and enjoy, but just don't have the time or inclination to do. They may like the idea of a great scrapbook documenting their lives, but don't feel they have just the right talent to start one or finish one.
I know a few people in my neighborhood that got caught up in the scrapbooking craze, and bought everything, and now its sitting in a corner, because the idea of it sounded great. They pictured spending an afternoon scrapbooking. They stare at the blank pages, all the stickers, and the frames, and just don't know where to start. It looked easy in the store and on TV. It sounded easy, but in reality it takes some imagination, and many people just don't have the time or they are too stressed, or just like the end product, not doing it.
So, this is where you take action. You love scrapbooking, and what better business to start than to do something you love. I don't mean go out there and open a scrapbooking store, just try and find some people who are willing to pay you to finish their scrap books, or even display their photos in an album for them. My mother-in-law has boxes of photos, that she would love to have displayed in a simple album, without the scrapbooking parts. But would like a few phrases here and there. She just needs someone to do it for her. She loves to take photo's, but finds trying to display them a finicky chore. I know she would pay to have someone do it for her.
You can use their supplies, or you can purchase many supplies online cheaper now, than at any stores, and there are some great unique stickers and die cutters on the web, to make your customers happy campers. There are many people selling off their scrapbook supplies, simply because they are not as interested as they thought they would be, and you can pay much less for your supplies this way, so make sure to include the internet as one of your suppliers, and your local discount stores. Even the dollar store has scrapbooking supplies..
Start with a couple of friends, and see how it goes. Then spread the word around that you are one of those creative people who would LOVE to finish other peoples scrap books and treasured memories, and make money at the same time.
Scrapbooking for Business
Scrapbooking for money, can be a great way to may extra money at home. It would be best to invest the time in all your own albums first. Create your best pieces, and this way you have albums and displays to show off, when trying to get customers.
You can enter craft shows, or partner up with a crafter at a craft show in order to save money, but then have your albums there, to show off, and a sign up form, or list or anything to get your customer information. By displaying your best albums, your potential customers will be able to imagine their pictures being displayed.
Or you can set up a "one on one" scrapbooking course. A lesson at their home, on how best to display their own photos. When running a craft business, especially a specialty niche one like scrapbooking for money, you may need to be flexible for your customer. They may be the type to just hand you a big box of photos, trinkets and ask you to come up with something. Or they may have already started ones, that they want you to finish. Try to resist redoing them in this case, just work with what they have done. Or they may want you to come over for a few hours, and help them get started themselves. In which case you would charge per lesson.
Many people have unfinished crafts and projects out there, that are collecting dust in a corner, they sometimes just need a bit of help or a push in the right direction. This can be you. Scrapbooking for money, is a great craft business idea, because it was and still is, a popular craft that everyone wanted to learn. So, there must be a lot of households out there with unfinished scrapbooks.
It is just a matter of you getting connected with them. Word of mouth is still the best way, this way may take a bit longer, but through family, friends and co-workers, you are bound to get some customers.
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