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Turn your favourite hobby or craft into a profitable part-time business

If you can create sellable crafts that are special or out of the ordinary, then you could soon find yourself in demand, such as supplying unique or customised Birthday, Christmas, Wedding or Anniversary gifts.

work as a henna tattooistMaking crafts at home to sell has become more popular - with the advent of eBay and similar sites, it's simpler than ever to show your home made crafts and sell them anywhere in the world.

So no matter how unusual your product is, you're likely to find someone somewhere who wants to buy it!

Doing hand craft work from home can be enjoyable and financially rewarding - especially if you find a gap in the market.

People are looking for a special or unique gift for Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings and loads of other celebrations and festivals.

If you can produce something that cannot be easily bought from a shop or can supply something personal or unique then you could be on the way to making money from your craft or hobby!

If you're already experienced in a particular craft or hobby, and have creative things to make and sell you'll find it much easier to turn it into a money-making small business, plus you get paid for something that you're already doing for enjoyment and fun.

woman painting make money with home craftsResearch the competition

As always, the secret to business success is to carry out research first to determine what kind of market exists for your particular product or service. Do you make sellable crafts? Ask around, talk to friends, relatives and potential customers.

Look at who's in the market already and study your competitors. If you're planning on selling at your local market go and see exactly what's on sale there and discover how you can offer a better more competitive product
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Can you be better, cheaper, faster, friendlier than your competition? Or can you fill a niche market with an unusual, unique product?

Think about how you are going to sell your products - will they be best offered via friends and relatives? Can you get a local retailer to stock them on a sale or return, or percentage basis? Could you sell them at markets or car boot sales? Classified ads? Online auctions like eBay? Or would a combination of everything be the best approach? Getting noticed is the prime objective in the retail market. Once you have attracted a good customer base, repeat orders and referrals to friends and family can be a valuable way of building your business and making more sales.

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How much money can I earn from hand crafts working from home?

With any part-time craft-based income, you're unlikely to make a fortune unless you are very lucky, or very talented. Your income will depend on a number of factors, such as the quality of your work and the demand for it.

Lots of people are willing to pay well for object d'art and collectible or 'designer' items, so there is an opportunity to get a reasonable return for your time for many craft items. Your income could be a good hourly rate, or you could regard it as a way to practice your hobby at minimal cost and with great satisfaction. Well crafted hand-made items can command a good price if they are unique and of a good quality.

Working from home producing hand craft items is more likely to produce a steady and useful extra income, rather than help you to get rich quick, but it can be a very interesting and satisfying way to earn a 2nd income. The thrill you get when you start to sell crafts you have made at home is a real buzz, and you're earning money doing something you enjoy!

Because you can work in your own time or around childcare comittments, making crafts at home is an ideal money-making way for stay-at-home mums and the retired or housebound to increase their income.

If you're looking at buying kits to assemble or thinking of doing craft work for someone else, please take a minute to read this item on scams first as there are some dubious people out there. Always be wary of anyone that wants money up front for working at home projects. Remember - if the promises of high wages for making simple craft items sound too good to be true, then they probably are!


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Easy sellable Hand Craft ideas to make money from home

Appliqué and Embroidery

Appliqué covers a wide range of crafts, but basically means applying pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other material onto fabric to create a pattern, design or picture. Cushions, quilts, door stops and draft excluders all lend themselves to decoration with appliqué. Appliqué can be by hand sewing or by using a modern embroidery machine. There are plenty of classes in this traditional craft, and there are also lots of resources on the web, including videos on technique and design.
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Embroidery can be used for decorating cushions, clothes and soft furnishings, with a popular earner being adding value to plain items with the addition of appliqué or embroidered designs. Embroidery skills can be used to personalise gift items, or to embellish simple clothes and give them a unique look. There are lots of resources online for the home embroiderer which cover sewing tips, techniques and 'how to' videos. embroidery tips

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Art and Craft Supplies

If you have knowledge of a particular field of craftwork, you could consider supplying materials. Many crafts require very specific and hard to source materials and you could look at sourcing and supplying these yourself, by manufacturing or purchasing from a wholesaler and re-packaging. You could also consider selling kits of parts for projects - either buy the kits wholesale or buy the parts and make into a kit yourself. Selling is easy via eBay and similiar online stores. Dropshipping is another option with sales of craft supplies. This is where you sell the goods, but the order is fulfilled by a wholesaler.

batik wall hangingBatik and Tie Dyeing

This century old craft is basically a technique where you put wax on fabric, silk, cotton, wool, linen, muslin, paper or even wood and ceramics where you don't want the colour to go and then dye the item. Synthetic fibres are not suitable as they cannot hold dye sufficiently. For more elaborate designs this technique is repeated using different dyes. The wax is then removed. It is a good idea to learn this craft technique in classes or a craft workshop, and there is lots of help available online.
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Tie string or cord around an item and dye it, and you will produce a retro 70s tie-dye look. Multi dipping allows complex patterns to be created and the finished items have a unique look to them. Tie-dye can be used for clothing (not just retro 70s T shirts), accessories, hangings, soft furnishings and artworks. how to tie dye

Calligraphy

Even in the age of desktop publishing, there is a steady demand for the work of the calligrapher. Despite the ready availability of computer created graphics, there is a requirement for hand-drawn items, such as presentation and commemorative scrolls, certificates, awards, greetings cards, wedding, christening and party invitations, business cards and books. Advertise your skills locally with cards in shops, ads in local papers,etc.

candles in marketCandles

Try creating home-made candles for special occasions, or simply creating a special ambience - filling your home with a beautiful fragrance. Scented candles have really caught on over the past few years, and people don't mind paying a little extra for quality hand-made items.

Aromatherapy candles containing essential oils are very popular and can promote an improved feeling of wellbeing with calming, uplifting, energising and relaxing scents using natural ingredients, such as: lavender, rose, geranium, ylang ylang, cinnamon, patchouli and sandalwood. Essential oils are more expensive than basic fragrance oil, but if you have decided to make quality scented candles they will give you a good result and will command a higher price.

You will need some basic equipment before you start: a double pan (double boiler) with the inner wax-container sitting in a water bath and away from the direct heat (wax and its vapours are highly flammable), or wax boil bags, wicks, moulds, colouring, fragrance and wax (paraffin, beeswax or soya). These items are available by mail order, online or from craft shops.

Taking a class in candle making before you start is highly recommended, for your own safety and to perfect your technique. There are lots of sites offering free tutorials, forums and advice.

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Card Making

Home-made cards say so much more personally than the manufactured variety. Offer customised cards with pictures, calligraphy, scents, sounds or a local interest. You could also make custom scrap books for birthdays, anniversaries and retirements etc - a well-presented scrap book makes a really special present. With the internet it is now much easier to get reasonably priced quality supplies for card making at home, such as unusual paper, stickers, beads, feathers, ribbons, decoupage, gems and other embellishments. cardmaking supplies

Caricatures, Cartoons, Drawing and Painting

If you have the artistic ability, then creating caricatures can be a good earner. If you live near somewhere with a good footfall of potential customers, you can set up shop and wait for the customers to arrive. These days you can also work off photographs sent via email or post. Don't forget to do some pics of famous people first so your potential customers can see what they're getting.

Drawing and painting local attractions and beauty spots can be very sellable in tourist areas. Talk to local cafes, restaurants, pubs and craft and souvenir shops about displaying your work, and selling on commission on a sale-or-return basis.

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Ceramics and Pottery

This encompasses everything from pot planters to plates; if you can produce eye-catching and attractive designs, you've got it made. Ceramics is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do but very few can do really well.

Sculptures can sell for hundreds, but creating useful one-off plates, bowls and vases can be a good earner. You can create cups and bowls on a wheel, or hand model them before firing in a kiln.

There are a wide variety of electric and and mains or propane gas-fired kilns available for the hobbyist, but it's essential that you do some research before you buy so that you get one that's suitable for your needs.

If you need to find out more, there are many pottery courses available and the instructor will be able to advise you further. Finally don't forget to check ebay for used pottery equipment, as kilns generally last well and can often be found on the second-hand market.



woman smelling perfumeCosmetic and Scent Making for Sale

Natural, hypoallergenic and organic cosmetics are always in high demand and it's now easier than ever to source the ingredients you need to make your own products. We are all becoming more aware of all the chemicals that are added to our cosmetics and skincare products, and many people want to use more natural ingredients on their skin and hair.

You can make most cosmetics in the average kitchen, and if you get the packaging and marketing mix right too, the profit can be rewarding. Selling at markets is a good first step to test how popular your products are. Unless you have built a reputation it's more difficult to sell 'smellies' online, but a website or eBay shop can be a useful addition to your off-line sales activities. Once you are selling regularly you can approach shops to stock your goods.

Soap, hair products and bath bombs are all easy to make, but if you need some help, there are lots of courses available. If you have the nose for it, you might like to consider making your own scents too. Essential oils, fragrance and aroma oils and other ingredients are now easily available on-line.

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Crocheting, Macramé and Knitting

woman trying knitted jumperCrocheting is more than just knitting with a hook, and can be used to produce many saleable items such as: doilies, tablecloths, blankets, bedspreads, baby clothes, shawls, hats, toys, cushions and novelty items. Crocheting is much faster than knitting and in no time at all you can produce beautiful larger items, such as tablecloths and blankets. Crocheted clothes have become fashion items once again, with waistcoats, ponchos, dresses and bags being much sought after. 'How to' tutorials and patterns are available online and from yarn shops.
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Macramé is essentially making textiles by the use of knots rather than knitting, and is great for making wall hangings, plant pot hangers, bags, decorations, hammocks, toys, jewellery, shawls, rugs, curtains and belts, etc. free macrame patterns

Once you can master 'casting on' and the two basic stitches - purl and knit, you are off with your knitting project. There is always a demand for hand-knitted items, such as jumpers, toys, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats. You can quickly make a luxurious scarf with the basic stitch, using the fabulous yarns that are now available. A beginner can soon make wonderful mohair jumpers using big needles in no time at all. There are also knitting machines that complete items faster than by hand.

If you use your knitting skills to produce gifts for friends and family and you are talented word will soon spread and you will find your needles in demand. Again selling at craft markets can be the first step to building up a reasonable second income from doing a hobby you enjoy.
Free hand knitting patterns

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girl with dolls houseMake Dolls' Houses, Furniture and Wooden Toys to sell

Dolls' houses appeal to parents and grandparents who are looking for an out of the ordinary present for a little girl, as well as adult collectors. Dolls' houses vary from the simple two-up, two-down house to electrically lit minature palaces that need a whole room to themselves.

Houses can be assembled from kits, or from scratch for the more skilled amateur carpenter and hobbyist. Likewise there is a large market for dolls' house furniture and accessories, ranging from tables and chairs to miniature plates, pots and pans. Try selling at local markets and toy fairs.

If you are good at woodwork, you could also consider making wooden toys. If you can make to a high standard, wooden toys can command premium prices at the top end of the market.

 

Furniture Making and Restoring

If you have the right blend of skills, this can be a profitable business - you'll need a workshop/storage area and a large estate car or van. Although people are much more informed these days and there's virtually zero chance of picking up a Chippendale chair from your local junk shop or jumble sale, there are still good quality bargains to be found. Try second-hand shops or advertise locally using classifieds and leaflets.

You can also look at making bespoke furniture if your cabinet-making skills are up to it. Bookcases or shelves to fit a specific alcove are popular items, as are cupboards and storage chests, and toy storage boxes for kids' bedrooms.

working as a floristWorking as a Florist part-time

Not all florists work full-time from a shop. If you have the necessary artistic flair and skills, you can make and supply table arrangements, bridal bouquets and wreaths, decorate weddings and other celebrations and offer a service to local businesses supplying flower arrangements for their premises. Advertise locally using classifieds, leaflets and word-of-mouth.

You could also sell cut flowers and plants from car boot sales, farmer's markets and local markets. Many cities will have a wholesale source like New Covent Garden in London, UK or Dadar Flower Market in Mumbai, India where you can bulk-buy flowers or you can search online.

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Garden Ornaments

If you can mix concrete, you can make garden ornaments. Make statues, gnomes, urns, pots, bird baths, sculptures and other ornaments using plastic moulds and concrete. You should be able to make them a lot cheaper than garden centres sell them for, so your prices should be competitive.You can buy the moulds from specialist supppliers online and the raw materials from any builders merchants or DIY store. Simply assemble the mould and pour in the concrete - a day or two later, you've got a sellable garden ornament. If you're the artistic type you can even create your own moulds from a sculpture or carving and sell copies.

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Glass painting

An easy-to-do craft for beginners, painting on glass produces nice-looking results with minimal skill. Paint on all types of glass objects to create saleable items such as window hangings, keepsake boxes, vases, candleholders, portraits, gift cards, mirrors and lampshades.

You can get creative with your own designs or buy templates. You might even want to try your hand at stained glass windows once you've had a little practice. Glass painting is often taught at evening classes and there are lots of tutorials, free designs, projects and art supplies available for this hobby online. Craft fairs and markets are a good place to start selling your creations.

free glass painting designs and tutorials

making hatsHat and Handbag Making

If accessories are your thing, why not try and make hats or handbags. Buy a kit and build a unique hat or handbag yourself. Buy a plain hat and trim it with feathers, edging, flowers, embroidery, beads and you have a fabulous item to sell. Buy a handbag and dress it with the same accessories - make it different from the average bag on sale.

Markets and haberdashery sections in department stores hold a treasure trove of goodies at reasonable prices. Look in charity shops for suitable second-hand or vintage items for refurbishment. Vintage buttons are worth looking out for as they can really make a jacket look expensive. You can also freelance design once you have a little experience.

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Work as an Interior Designer part-time

If you can't get enough of home makeover shows on TV and you've got an eye for a good interior you might consider interior design as a part-time possibility. Putting together a look, selling it to the client and project managing the execution requires good organisational skills.

The hardest part is getting started, but if you do some cut-price or free work for relatives and friends and ask them to recommend you, you'll soon find possible clients. Look to establish working relationships with furnishers and the tradesmen you'll need to realise your plans. There are lots of tv programmes, magazines and websites that can give you creative home decorating ideas.

interior design ideas from UKtv

Jewellery

Handmade and bespoke jewellery is always in demand, as evidenced by the popularity of courses available on the subject. If you need to learn from scratch, there are a variety of courses available offering everything from a brief introduction through to quite complex techniques. Jewellery making courses are often available at evening classes, so it's worth checking with your local library on availability.

The kind of thing you make depends on your own preference and skill level, but there are lots of kits for the beginner which can help you get started before you move on to more difficult projects. Think about supplying custom-made items to niche markets too - goths, bikers and heavy metal fans for instance are great jewellery fans.

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Leatherwork

Belts, wallets and bespoke leather items are all very saleable. Again think about niche markets, such as re-enactment groups, bikers (panniers, saddles and toolbags as well as the usual clothing and accessories). Everyone is always looking for a bargain or something different, so your design, quality and price will determine how successful you will be.

It is worthwhile taking a leatherwork class to get you started, as there are specific skills and tools required for this craft. Once you have learnt the basic techniques of leatherwork, then you will be able to add your own creative design to your work.

Mosaics

Mosaic is great way of customising or 'blinging up' everyday objects such as mirrors, vases, picture frames, boxes and furniture. You can buy plain objects and add loads of value by covering them with mosaic. You don't even need to buy special mosaic tiles or glue - people get great results with broken bits of mirror, tile and ceramic and ordinary tile cement. Try selling at local markets and craft fairs initially, and then if your work becomes in demand you can perhaps move on to taking special orders.

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Picture Framing and Mount Cutting

The clip frame hasn't quite swept away all before it, there is still demand for made-to-measure picture framing - not every picture is a convenient standard size. You'll need plenty of room to work and keep your stock in, and a mitre saw set-up to cut the frames to size.

An ideal service to offer with picture framing is custom mounting. For example mounts cut in the shape of names, letters and numbers to commemorate a specific birthday or anniversary can be popular. For the more complex shapes, you can buy the mount ready cut and add the customer's photographs before framing and selling on.

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Rug Making

What started as a cheap way to cover the floor has become an art form in its own right with hand-made rugs, as something to look at and admire rather than just stand on! The old style 'rag rugs' are as popular as ever, giving a warm and cosy feel to any room.

You can make rag rugs using old material such as 'T' Shirts cut up into narrow strips and threaded through a hesssian backing. For more complex designs, it's possible to buy backing cloth with the pattern already printed on it. This is an easy way for the beginner to get started, as you can buy everything you need as a kit and then progress to more difficult projects as you gain experience.

Basics of rug making

Soft Furnishings

It's curtains for you (and all your friends) if you get into making soft furnishings. Windows have a habit of coming in odd sizes so there is a steady demand for curtains, pelmets, drapes and hangings. This is another Work from Home idea that can take up a lot of space, so ideally, you'll need a dedicated room to work in and of course a good quality sewing machine.

Soft Furnishing Supplies

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Woodwork and Wood Turning

Woodwork as a term encompasses a whole range of crafts from carving and whittling, right through to cabinet and furniture making. Wood turning is the use of a lathe to work or 'turn' wood to create things such as cups, bowls, furniture and even wooden hats. Again, if you're already doing this as a hobby, it's quite an easy thing to monetize, but it can be expensive if you have to set up from scratch.

Sellable items include rustic style fruitbowls and small 'luxury' items such as keepsake boxes, lovespoons, and candlesticks, etc. Craft fairs are a good place to showcase your wares initially, and you can also sell on sites like eBay.

If you need to get some help with the techniques of woodwork, a course or workshop session is a good idea to start with. There are also lots of resources on the web - tutorials, projects, woodworking forums and tool reviews. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced craftsman or woman looking for help, it's easy to find online.

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Getting started on making money with work at home crafts

Bride in designer wedding dressSome of the ideas to earn money at home listed above are 'traditional' skills that have always been in demand, such as sewing and dress-making. If you are skilled at these then you can easily start to offer your services to a wider audience with leaflets, newspaper ads, putting cards in shops and word-of-mouth recommendations.

If you're flexible and efficient and able to turn out work quickly in an emergency, then you'll find that your customers will be more than happy to recommend you to their friends and family.

Don't forget to call and talk to any local shops and dry cleaners to see if they will consider using your services, recommend you or allow you to display cards or leaflets.

Selling arts and crafts - where to sell

Almost all of the 'crafty' ideas lend themselves to selling at local markets and online. The more 'niche' or exclusive that your product is, then the better it will generally sell online. People are much more likely to buy online if your product is unusual or hard to source - especially if you have taken the trouble to set up a secure online shop (there are lots of simple solutions to doing this available online - you'll be surprised how easy it is).

Many people sell crafts via eBay, which offers security and reassurance to buyer and seller, and allows easy and secure payment via Paypal. You can sell at auction in the usual way, or set up a complete virtual craft shop. You can also sell on specialist craft sales sites such as notonthehighstreet.com and etsy.com

If you want to sell locally, then there a number of options:

Car Boot Sales
Weekly Markets
Craft Markets and fairs
Sell pictures in a restaurant, pub or cafe
Rent a stall at an event (search for events in your area where you think you could sell and contact the organisers)
Talk to local shops and galleries about buying your stuff, or selling it on commission
Tell everyone you meet
Classified ads in your local magazine, free newspaper,etc
Leaflets and cards in local shops, newsagents, etc.
Distribute leaflets

If you're selling from a stall or other face-to-face environment, don't forget the importance of packaging and display. People are much more likely to buy something that's well wrapped or packaged in a presentation box. Also if you're trying to get retailers to take your products, an attractive display stand and publicity material can make all the difference.

If you need to brush up on your skills or learn some new ones, don't forget that there are often affordable or even free classes in all kinds of arts and crafts, as well as lots of online support and advice.

 

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