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Selling Your Crafts Online:
A Complete Guide to the E-Commerce of Crafts and Starting a Business from Scratch
Text Copyright © 2016 Madison Booker
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Table of Contents
Figuring Out What to Sell
What are you best at?
Made to Order vs. Pre-Made
Where Should You Sell?
Your Own Site
Shipping Costs and Concerns
The Look of Your Shop
How to get paid
Tags and Subsections
Coupons and Sales
Dealing With Customers
Are you tired of the 9-to-5 grind? Are you more of a creative person than a pencil pusher? Are you looking for a way to break out of the tedium of the office, actually enjoy your job, and bring joy to your life? It’s not just a pipe dream! Turning your creative hobby into a profitable small business is within your reach. This book will walk you through the ins-and-outs of setting up an online crafting business from scratch. You will find out where to sell your crafts, learn useful shipping and pricing strategies, as well as some advertising ideas, and ways to deal with customers. Don’t waste any more time behind a desk; read on and learn how to make a career out of your creativity, and build the life you’ve always wanted.
It might be hard to figure out what craft you want to sell online. You probably have a lot of projects on the go; after all, creative people are always creating. Narrowing down your list of crafts to just one type can be hard. But remember, you’re trying to create quality items that other people will want to buy. You want your finished products to be as close to perfect as possible so you can feel confident when sending them to a buyer. You don’t want someone’s new scarf unravelling on them because you haven’t quite figured out how to finish a knitting project. Consider focusing on the craft that you have more or less mastered. Maybe you can knit really well! Maybe you’re a painter, or a woodworker; maybe you make dolls, or bags, or are really skilled at leathercraft. You know your own skills and passions, so your final product is up to you. Just make sure you can make a high quality item you feel comfortable mailing out to buyers. If you wouldn’t give it to a friend, don’t send it to a customer.
Don’t worry if you aren’t already a crafter. Online selling isn’t just for seasoned artists. A lot of crafts are actually pretty easy to pick up. Check out YouTube or Pinterest tutorials for basic ideas. Then you just have to make a few practice crafts with some cheap materials from a dollar store, and you’ll be ready to start selling in no time. If you have some innate design talent, finding something you can turn into a profitable craft won’t be hard at all.
Cross-stitch is a great example of a craft that is easy to pick up, really simple to customize, and popular among buyers. Embroidery is the same; if you have an eye for design, and the patience to stitch a beautiful piece, you could potentially make a lot of money per item. There are so many possibilities for crafts you can learn well, and learn fast.
A short list of popular crafts:
Cross-stitched pieces or patterns
Embroidered pieces or patterns
Custom painted wine glasses or coffee mugs
Screen printed clothing and accessories
Buttons and pins
Knitted clothing and accessories
Soap and other bath products
All these crafts are fairly easy to do (especially if you’re already the crafty type) and the materials are pretty cheap, too! All you need is a few tutorials and some practice and you’ll be ready to set up your own online craft shop.