Have you been wondering whether you could make some additional income from Selling Crafts Online?
Online venues provide a really great way to reach customers all over the world. You will no doubt be aware of the popular websites like Etsy, Artfire and eBay are great tools that help to reach your targeted customers.
Before you decide to take the plunge into selling your crafts, you need to take the time to do some research. Have the the following questions in mind as you consider how you might go about selling your creations:
- Do I have a product or products that people will want to buy? This is the most important question you have to ask yourself. If there is no target market for your products, you will have a hard time selling your creations and not because your items are not nice, but they may not be in demand.
- Who and where are my potential target market? This is a continuation of the question above because you need to know who to advertise to and how to successfully draw your target market to your items. It would be a waste of time trying to sell baby clothes, for example, to those who do not have children.
- What should I charge for my creations? Pricing is an important strategy. All too often, people undercharge for their creations forgetting to take into consideration the time and materials that go into a product. Make sure you account for both the cost of the materials as well as the time and effort you put forth to create your goods. Also be sure not to overcharge. You may find that your items do not sell because they are over priced.
- Where will I sell my items? Online websites are plentiful when it comes to selling handmade goods. There are websites such as Etsy and Artfire who only allow the sales of handmade goods, along with supplies. EBay is also another popular venue to sell handmade goods. Be aware though, that you will be competing with the other goods that are not handmade and may be cheaper. A good description of the item and its benefits is always a good idea.
If you choose to sell locally, try finding a store that will sell your items on consignment or sign up to exhibit at a local craft show. Both will be good for exposure. If you choose to go the consignment route, be sure to get all terms in writing. Otherwise you run the risk of having your items kept and not paid for.
It is more than possible nowadays to make some spending money selling your crafts. Be sure to do your research and follow through your plan by keeping the above questions in mind. Once you have your plan in mind, go ahead and take the plunge. But remember, like anything else, you will get in return what you put forth so make it worth your while.
The following Guides to Selling Crafts Online Are Worth Reviewing:
Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies
As one of the leading platforms in online handmade marketplace, Etsy has over 1.9 million members on its site that everyday creates, promotes and sells their handmade goods.
This book teaches you the basics as well as the ins and outs of selling on Etsy.com. You’ll learn how to create and manage your Etsy storefront successfully and drive buyers to your shop.
The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line
Discover your local, global and online potential for reaching millions with your handmade crafts and goods. You’ll learn how to determine how to price your goods, how to sell your goods, and how to build strong relationships with your customers and shopkeepers.
This book is your ultimate sales and marketing bible for selling your crafts.
How to Sell Your Crafts Online
If you’re the type who needs a breakdown of exact measures, techniques and strategies to use for selling your crafts then this book is for you.
It goes in details of how to become a successful craft seller and covers topics such as how to design a catchy Etsy banner, how to correctly photograph your items, fail-safe copywriting secrets, how to market your store and so much more.
Grow Your Handmade Business
Once you’re ready to take your crafts from inside your home to the world wide web, then it’d be wise to get valuable pointers from this book before doing so.
This book will teach you how to turn your favorite hobby into a lucrative and successful business that you can actually make a full time living from. You’ll realize the full potentials of your crafts and talents reach far beyond the dining room table.
I hope that these ideas about Selling Crafts Online will help you make your crafts business a success!