Turn your hobby into a money-making machine. Crafts and crafting are perhaps the ultimate home business that is fun too! The typical crafter displays at local or regional craft shows; higher end artisans travel around the country. Liam Hughes, profiled as a Homepreneurs Success Story, is an example of a nationally known artist that attends many shows around the country.
Here is a small listing of art & craft shows in the Midwest for 2012 . Use Google search and the newspaper to find many local and regional shows. Once on the show circuit, make friends with the other artisans and find out what where the hot shows are and what products are selling well.
While craft shows are the obvious choice for selling your product, other options exist. Thanks to the Internet, crafters and artists now have multiple distribution channels including Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, personal websites and the specialty sites listed below:
“We have crafted a complete market place and community for handmade artists and those who love handmade items where artisans can list handmade crafts for sale, absolutely free of charge! There are No listing fees, no final valuation fees, no fees, no kidding!”
Fees: Not for the basic option; upgrade options are available
Claims to be the #1 marketplace for logos and graphic design. “crowdSPRING is an online marketplace for creative services. For buyers, crowdSPRING is a place to post a creative project, watch the world contribute ideas and choose the one they like. For creatives, crowdSPRING is a global stage for creativity where title and experience don’t matter.”
Fees: None noted.
The auction site known ’round the world can be an excellent place to sell your handmade items. Ebay even has a Guide to Selling Crafts for crafters.
Fees: Product listing fees apply
Etsy is a popular web site for crafters of all kinds, generally homemade items.
“We connect buyers with independent creators and shop owners to find the very best in handmade, vintage and supplies.”
Fees: 20 cents to list each item for four months and a 3.5% transaction fee on items sold
If you love to craft and own a digital camera, http://www.FaveCrafts.com wants to pay you for your craft ideas. Submit your craft project or craft tutorial to FaveCrafts and earn $15 for each article published on the website. All craft techniques are welcome, but projects must include a materials list, instructions and at least one finished project photograph. For details on how to submit your craft idea, click here.
FaveCrafts.com is also looking for crafters interested in producing video for the website. Earn $25 for each video published on FaveCrafts. Video submissions can include craft techniques, how-to videos and craft project videos. To get started producing video for FaveCrafts, contact the FaveCrafts editorial team with 3-5 ideas for craft videos you can produce..
In their own words, “SmashingDarling is the online destination for anything new and emerging fashion, bringing together independent fashion designers with individuals who seek a unique fashion edge.”
Set up an online boutique (or several) at this fashion-focused site and sell your unique clothing and accessories. No household items.
Fees: Free to set up; 18% transaction fee on all sales
If you’re great at coming up with new projects, and can capture the details in easy-to-follow how-to guides, you may be able to sell your patterns and crafting directions at YouCanMakeThis.com.
Fees: Profit-sharing model
An on-demand, made-to-order marketplace that’s perfect for anyone who has a great idea for customized clothing, mugs, magnets, buttons, skateboards, and more!
No need to purchase inventory. Create a free online gallery to showcase your products!
Many more craft websites here: http://www.artcraftmarketing.com/topsites/ .
Compiled by Dion D Shaw
Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
Partial article source:
Homepreneurs. New Day. New Opportunities.
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