Craft a Business That Works For You
Think back to your childhood and teens. What did you enjoy
making? If your passion is growing flowers, how can you turn
this into an income generating craft product? How do these
fit with a specific craft? Write down your interests and talents.
Take a look at popular trends. Magazines, specialty cable channels and local exhibits may inspire you to pursue something totally different!
Giving Heirlooms New Life
Since recycling and practical crafting have become popular, a whole new field of "repurposing" has opened up! There's a whole lot of room for creativity using the time honored principles of reuse and recycle. What do you do with broken earring bits, jewelry that is bent, missing stones or paint? NotJustPartz came out with an e-book Making Pins or Pendants from Broken Jewelry Don't toss away your mismatched earrings. Learn a variety of techniques to "finish off" broken bits, mask stained finishes, disguise missing stones with our Altering Broken Jewelry Guide will given them new life!
There's plenty of inspiration to help you choose your crafting career. Look through craft magazines, go online and use keywords
associated with your interest to search on and watch craft
shows on TV. Visit your local craft shop and take some classes.
What was it about flowers that you liked? The scents? Then
maybe something with potpourri, making soaps or lotions from
natural herbs. The colors? Maybe collaging photos of flowers
on to trays and boxes is a good idea. The natural beauty of
flowers? Maybe making wreaths is your goal. Figure out what
it is about that particular interest that makes it special
and you’ll soon be able to turn it into a revenue generator.
Review books about specific crafts written by the artists. Below we've listed just a few ebooks:
To Create Your Own Fabulous Fascinators and Creative
Cocktail Hats! Written for the creative, passionate
milliner, as well as anyone, who has had the desire
to use their hidden creative talents to produce a millinery
Scented Candles. start making your own richly
scented candles. The beautiful crystal patterns of the
wax were so unique, something not seen in plain old
paraffin or soy candles.
to Make Soap Like an Expert . The Super
Soap Making Book. Everything You've Always Wanted And
Needed To Know About How To Make Soap And Soap Products
Easily. Includes Soap Recipes And How To Make Your Own
Soap Recipes, As Well As Tips For Setting Up a Soap
How To Start Your Own Perfume Oil Business and Make
Your Own Personal & Custom Perfumes The Sweet
Smell Of Success. Make Your Own Fragrances For Fun And
How To Embroider The Easy Way With A Series
Of Videos Demonstrating Ten Common Embroidery Stitches.
Discover The Secrets To Making Money From Jewelry And
Beading. Start Your Own Business Today.
Stop Macrame Book. Macrame Ebook That Offers
Easy To Follow Instructions, Knot Examples, Patterns,
Materials Needed, Suppliers - All In One Book.
Making Fork Bracelets - How to Make Amazingly Unique Fork Jewelry. Learn the incredible art of taking ordinary silverware and molding it into beautiful bracelets and necklaces. Get the Dvd from professional jewelry maker Maryann Cherubino.
Secrets Of Flower Pressing. How To Press
Flowers & Make Greeting Cards For Fun And Profit. A
Creative & Inspiring Course With Instant Access.
Patterns for Everyone, that teaches you How To Make
Beaded Creatures. This Complete Guide Teaches You How To Make
Different Beaded Creatures With Very Detailed Step By Step
Instructions And Pictures.
Books like Crafting
a Business: Make Money Doing What You Love,
Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally,
will also give you some idea of what you are getting into.
Next, research the costs that are associated with making
these crafts. Let’s say you have a great interest in
making wreaths. After doing your research, you may find that
the inventory of so many different ribbons, bows, forms, dried
and silk stems are too expensive for you and the learning
process frustrating. Slow down. Limit the type of product
you are going to create and take classes or find a club locally
that has crafters working in that field. Many craft supppliers
have have sections that give you project instructions like
Beginner Jewelry Projects. Free
HowTo's at Delphi Glass. Check out our free projects on
this site, like Paper
Bead Jewelry or get some ideas from Recycle
Take a serious look at your finances and decide how much
money you have to invest. Some investment is always necessary.
If your budget is tight, choose products that fit within this
Look at the Business Side of Your Craft
Do be sure you pick a medium that you enjoy. When your racking
up order after order, you will be very glad that you picked
something that you like to make. Doing what you enjoy helps
when things are not going quite right or the orders come faster
than you hands can work.
- What are your start up costs? (make sure you don’t
spend more than 1/3 of your budget on materials, you'll
need the rest for expenses... see Craft
- Is there already too much of this type of craft in your
- Is it unique? Can you explain it to someone so they understand
- Can you find something similar at a major retailer?
- Do you have a large enough car to get your craft products
from show to show?
- How much time will it take to produce your craft and how
much time do you have available to spend on it?
- Is it a product that needs an explanation, or will it
sell itself? Does it answer a need or a want?
- Do you have any health problem that might prevent you
from making the craft or exhibiting it?
- What is the cost of the supplies needed to make your craft
products? Are they easy to obtain? Are they seasonal? And
after you've pruchased them, does that leave you with a