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How to Start a Craft Business that Actually Makes Money

How to start a craft business that actually makes money

Have you ever wondered how to start a craft business? This post is for you – it’s packed full of tips and tricks to help you start a craft business today!

Do you love to make crafts?

Could you spend hours upon hours covered in glue and glitter?

Are you interested in learning how to start a craft business of your own?

Welcome, you’re in the right place!

I’ve been a crafter since the beginning of time (well, my time anyway) and I have a wide variety of crafting skills from applique to scrapbooking.

I’m a “jane of all trades” when it comes to crafts, and I’m happy to say that I love working with all mediums (at least those I’ve tried!).

Crafting is so much fun, why stick with just one thing?

As you know, I’ve been running my own business for ten years, and throughout those years I’ve mostly stuck with stationery and paper goods.

What can I say? I’ve got a love of paper.

However, I’ve also dipped my toes into some other craft businesses including soap making, candy making, and even some woodworking.

I’ve sold artwork, photographs and once, I tried to sell a few sewing projects…but I’ve not very good at it!

I’ve tried out a lot of things over the years and even though some of my businesses have “floated down the river,” I’ve learned A LOT about how to start a craft business.

So, today I’m taking you from idea to bank account, and I’m going to teach you how to start a craft business that you will love! I’m sharing my best tips and tricks for creating a company that you can be proud of sharing with the world.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

How to Start a Craft Business

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What Will You Sell?

This is by far the hardest question of them all to answer when you are starting a craft business. What can you sell that people will want to buy?

It’s a tough one, and unfortunately, there is no straight answer. People buy strange things. What might seem unusual to you might seem totally off the wall to me.

So, the real question isn’t what will people buy, but what are YOU good at making?

What do you enjoy creating that you can see yourself doing over and over and over and over and over again?

When you have the answer to that question, you’ll know what to sell. Because if you can show passion in your work, no matter what it is, then, people will buy it. You have to prove to people that your product is so special to you, that it has to be unique to them, too. And then, they’ll not only buy it, but they’ll also beg for it.

Don’t create a hodgepodge of crafts! Take the time to figure out where you want to fit in the craft world. I’m not saying you need to choose a single product and stick to it forever, but consider starting with a specific category.

For example, my business is stationery and paper goods, but that doesn’t mean I’m limited to just paper products. It just says that I should stick with products for the home and office. My customer base would think I’m crazy if I started selling underwear.

Take some time and think about what you want to make and what you want to sell.

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Where Will You Buy Materials?

Once you’ve considered what you will sell, it’s time to make a list of materials. Don’t go rushing to your local craft store and buy a bunch of junk!

Take the time, sit down and write out a list of all the materials you need to start a craft business in the field you’ve chosen.

For example, if you’ve chosen to make t-shirts, you’ll need:

  1. t-shirts
  2. design software
  3. printer
  4. heat press

After you’ve written out your list of materials, start looking for discounts and coupons from your favorite craft stores.

Don’t rush out and buy wholesale, but buy smart! Start small and work your way up to buying your materials in bulk quantities.

 

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Where Will You Sell Your Crafts?

Do you plan to start a craft business online or will you be selling your wares locally?

If you are going to sell online, I highly recommend you get your start with Etsy. I’ve been selling there for over ten years, and I love every minute of it.

Of course, you could always sell your crafts on eBay or Craigslist, as well, but I think Etsy is the better choice.

Call me bias, but I make a decent income there every month, and I’m terrible at marketing. If it weren’t for the Etsy search, I wouldn’t have half the sales.

If selling your wares locally is your thing, then start researching craft shows, flea markets, farmers markets and fairs and festivals in your area.

Most of these events will have a website or at the least a Facebook page. Find the contact info for vendors and sign up to start selling.

 

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What Licenses Does Your Type of Business Require?

I can’t help you much here, but most states require you to have at least a peddler’s license and a sales tax id number of selling your goods.

Go to your state’s website and research what licenses and permits are required for your type of business.

 

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What Type of Marketing Will You use to Tell People About Your Craft Business?

There are so many ways to market your business, why limit yourself to just one! But, when you’re just starting, it’s understandable that your marketing budget will be small – very small – probably zero.

You might also like:

7 Ways to Promote Your Etsy Shop and Get More Sales
How to Get More Sales on Etsy + Free Printable Checklist

Instead of blowing all your money on some crazy marketing scheme, get the word out by word of mouth, create a press release for your local paper, start a blog and tell the world on social media.

When your craft business takes off, then you can consider spending a little bit of money on Facebook ads, Pinterest Ads and a crazy television commercial. But, for now, save your money.

Through this, you’ll have a basic understanding of how to start a craft business, regardless of your specialty. It’s a lot of work, my friends.

Some of it isn’t fun, there are days when you’ll want to run, screaming, toward the mountains or something, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

Honestly, working for yourself, watching something that you create come to fruition? There is no better feeling.


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The World’s Internet Activity Every 60 Seconds in 2019

The world's internet activity every 60 seconds

Above is a colorful pie chart of ‘The World’s Internet Activity Every 60 Seconds.’ It is very attractive and tribute goes to twitter @LorriLewis and @OfficiallyChadd. The overwhelming amount of worldwide online activity in 60 seconds represents “a battle for consumer bandwidth.” And this includes advertisements, online purchase, etc. The world is getting more and more connected that surpasses geographical locations. I just love the color contrasts of tones and hues to make this so informative in a diagram and it summarizes everything. A picture is worth a thousand words, yes?

From streaming movies to Googling and any other online activities, you can see that it is a hive of busyness and for others, it is time to profit from the internet cash cow. Really, there are not so many millionaires in other sectors compare to those who started in IT or e-commerce and the internet. As an eye candy, I hope you enjoy observing the data and numbers.

100 Online Business Ideas

100 Online Business Ideas

I received in my inbox today a nice infographic on 100 online business ideas that you can emulate and copy some of them to earn online. Several of the ideas are already being implemented by myself and to be honest, it requires hard work and your time plus dedication. You need to have a few sources of income, albeit a little, but something to me is better than nothing at all.

It keeps you occupied profitably to while away free time. As they say, ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop and that devil is Alzheimer’s disease.’ Or even dementia. If possible, I want to live long and being useful to people around me while saving up for my golden retirement. Who knows, I might not retire at all. That’s because I love what I do and I work in a home office with outside benefits.

As this post is not about me, but about the ideas that you can implement to start earning online from the infographic given. Cheers, and happy working!

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I am an IT executive working in a home office for a friend and travels frequently for business. In my spare time, I will look for gigs to complete and moonlight using the internet. I love to ‘milk’ the internet cash cow by blogging, writing articles, doing micro jobs and such.

I own a PR 4, Domain Authority 38 Blog and update it regularly, if not daily. My hobbies include reading, playing with my pet Pomeranian puppy, dining outside and watching movies in the cinema. As I work hard, I need to relax and rejuvenate too by window-shopping and, also surfing the internet for information.

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Many people affiliate AutoCAD with architectural house design. However, there are various industries which use AutoCAD. For example, many: mechanical, electronic, electrical, AEC, geographical, multimedia, surveying, engineering, town planning, and even outfit companies use AutoCAD.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) features are also lately put into their email list of products that AutoCAD can perform.

AutoCAD was initially produced by AutoDesk Corporation. Over three decades ago. AutoCAD may be used on either Home windows or Mac pc. They continue to be the leaders within the field even among all the competition which has come and gone since 1982 once they first began. Everyone knows the computer scene has ongoing to alter drastically and in a more and more rapid pace because of the 1980s. AutoCAD has stored track of the alterations and is becoming a lot more complex and efficient compared to original software was; however, the primary principals continue to be quite simple and operate in may well way.

In 1993 AutoCAD LT was introduced like a cheaper and simpler alternative. It doesn’t include several advanced features, for example, 3D, however, it’s still a complete program.

This Year AutoCAD for Mac was launched, and it essentially works just like on Home windows. Some complain the interface layout hasn’t altered around the Mac version because of the pre-2009 era.

AutoCAD 2D has numerous features and abilities. It clearly can draw and modify structures precisely. Text and precise dimensions could be added easily. The geometry can be seen at different scales, and the work could be organized by layers, colors, and styles. Another nice feature is the fact that some layouts could be setup for printing purposes.

Another plus is the fact that you can easily collaborate along with other AutoCAD users on the internet.

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2. Adding text and dimensions

3. Printing or “plotting.”

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$4,000 a Month Editing Files at Home

$4,000 a month editing files from your home.

Scoping is nothing but editing transcripts from the courtroom. The court reporter writes out the legal proceedings and it’s your job as a scopist to edit them. This job doesn’t need you to be physically present in the courtroom and won’t need you to meet the court reporter either. Everything can be done from your home with your computer.

Scopists can earn up to $50,000/year which is a great revenue stream if you like working from home.

Sounds like this might be something you are interested in?

The Internet Scoping School (ISS) is the place where you get trained to be a scopist and I have Linda Evenson on my blog today. She is an amazing woman! My only interaction with her was through our emails, and she was lovely to work with 🙂 She has been scoping for 35 years and is the course Instructor.

Here’s what she had to say.

What is scoping?

Scoping is the editing of files created by court reporters of depositions, court cases, hearings, and other proceedings. As scopists, we read the files word for word and get the file as close to perfect as possible. It then goes back to the reporter to a proofreader for the last read-through before going out to attorneys.

How do you know if you might be a good scopist?

People who are likely to be good at scoping are those who love to read and write, work crossword puzzles, play word games, learn new words, and love language. Scopists also need to be able to sit at a computer for many hours a day and concentrate.  They must be motivated self-starters, organized, conscientious, and client oriented.

What experience/ skill does it require?

Scopists are ahead of the game if they are good spellers and have a good vocabulary. Since scopists are paid by the page, the more efficiently we can edit, the more money we can make per hour/day/month/year.  Like anything, the more you scope, the better/faster you’ll get.  Experience is one of the few benefits of aging!

I have found court reporters to be very accepting of new scopists, provided they are well trained, do a good job, meet their deadlines, and take good care of their clients.  Your training course should be able to teach you all the knowledge and skills you need so that you have the confidence when you begin scoping that you know exactly what you are doing.  The very first job you do should be as good as the fiftieth.  ISS does exactly that! 

You have my word on it.


Can you work from anywhere with a scoping job?

These days, we receive and return files via the internet.  So if you have a good internet signal, you can work from almost anywhere for any reporter anywhere.  Years ago, I worked in a park while my kids took swimming lessons; I’ve worked from our camper beside a lake, and I’ve sent and received files while my husband was driving down the interstate.  Compared to being stuck in a stuffy office, running an old mainframe computer, we’ve come a long way, baby!

How do we correspond with the court reporter?

Most communication is done via email and texting. I have worked with reporters for quite a while and have never heard their voices or seen their faces. It can seem kind of weird at first.  However, I used to go to the national convention every year, and I have to say it was a lot of fun to put faces to scopists’ and reporters’ names.  People in this profession are smart, wonderful people.  I have made many good friends through the years.

What tools do we need to have to work as a scopist? 

  • A relatively recent computer
  • Dependable high-speed internet access
  • CAT software upon which you will edit the files:  I teach Case CATalyst software
  • Reference books (optional):  While we used to have expensive/extensive reference libraries, almost anything can now be found online, which has alleviated the need for this expense. 
  • A great training course:  Internet Scoping School  There is no substitute for the most thorough, comprehensive program you can get.  ISS has two to three times the training material of other online courses, the most experienced instructor, and it is the only course to thoroughly train students in reading steno notes and the intricacies of running the software.  ISS also offers almost 50 files, written by a dozen different reporters, upon which you can practice editing to the reporter’s preference form.  You won’t find a more thorough program anywhere.

What is the salary of a scopist?

As a new graduate, you should work with one reporter for a little while to get your feet wet and get into the scoping “groove.” Once you get a feel for how many pages you can edit per hour/day, start adding clients. You will need to market your own business, but we have several lessons that will help you learn how to do that.

The school also passes on reporter contacts that we get, and grads often refer clients to each other.  You might only make 20K/year or less starting out, but once you get up to full time, you should be able to make 30-50K per year.  If you get into the high-stress rush work, you can make even more.

How long does it take to complete the course? Do we get help after course completion?

If a student can dedicate 15-20 hours/week to studying, s/he should be able to complete the training in six months or less. Compare that to a four-year college degree!  There are tons of quizzes with answer keys, as well as final exams on each section.

Students are given a great deal of feedback on exams and asked to look up rules and correct answers.  Students are allowed to restudy sections and retake tests if they don’t score at least 85% on exams.  Unlike colleges, the goal of this course is not the grades:  It’s the working knowledge and skill that graduates need to make a successful scoping business for themselves.

ISS students are given LIFETIME access to the website and the instructor

If the training is updated, that material is available FREE to all grads.  If new sections are added, they are available at a steep discount.  We have a public and a private Facebook page, the latter for students and grads only.  We interact, ask questions, give advice, refer work, share experiences, and do our best to see that each person succeeds.

As the instructor, I am available online during working hours Monday through Friday, and I’m usually online weekends too.  It is a point of honor with me that I respond to emails promptly and thoroughly.   I am always available to answer questions, even for experienced grads, and I take a personal interest in the success of every. single. person.  If there’s anything I can do to make an ISS grad successful, I do it.

For those who are good at/enjoy working with words and want to own their own business and work from home, scoping is the perfect career choice.

I’ve been scoping since 1980, and I still love what I do.  No one has to tell me how blessed I am!  Maybe it will be that way for you too!

There you go! Right from the instructor!

Think you’d like to give scoping a shot? You’ll never know until you’ve tried it.

Linda also has a free course that you can sign up below and see if this is something that might suit you.

FREE SCOPING COURSE ENROLLMENT

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