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Turning Crafts Into Cash

There are lots of reasons you might want to sell things you make at home.

  • Increasing expenses
  • New baby in the home
  • Layoffs
  • Play money
  • Always wanted to own your own business

But before you start selling your crafts, you’ll want to decide which route you’re going to take. Picking your route will help you succeed at selling crafts online.

Take the Artist Route

If the thought of churning out large numbers of your handcrafts seems to take the craftsmanship out of your work, you’ll probably want to consider taking the artist’s route to sales.

Let’s say you build wind chimes. As an artist, you’ll spend time with one wind chime, giving it your special attention, and it’s own unique character. It will become a reflection of your personality and style.

This takes much more time than the business owner’s route, but it’s often well worth it. Your buyer gets a one-of-a-kind piece and you make a good price on a single item.

The artist’s route is perfect if your love for your craft outweighs everything else.

Take the Business Owners Route

If your primary concern, when selling your crafts online, is money, then the business owner’s route is probably the route for you.

As a business owner, you’ll probably focus as much on streamlining the method as putting out a great product. Speed will likely become a factor. After all, if you can make and sell more items faster, you’ll make more money.

If you’re selling birdhouses you might be able to break the process into steps and construct 10 or 15 birdhouses at once. You might cut all the pieces for 10 birdhouses at once. Then you could glue and tack the houses. Finally, you would paint your entire lot of houses, and, in the end, you’d have 10 birdhouses to sell in the time it might take you to produce just three birdhouses if you built them one at a time.

Regardless of the route you take, you can make money selling your crafts online. The route you take is completely up to you and is often simply a reflection of your personality.

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