Have you Thought about Selling?
Are you an artisan looking for new ways to sell your handmade products? You put a lot of time and hard work into your passion, and should be prepared to get a good price for it. There are many ways to make money with handmade arts and crafts. In this article, we’ll show you how to sell your handcrafted items.
TRADITIONAL WAYS TO SELL YOUR HANDMADE PRODUCTS
Craft shows, local flea markets, or festivals are fun places for browsing or buying handmade products. Local artists and craftspeople travel from far away to set up a booth to sell their creations. It’s fun for buyers and sellers. This is the traditional and time-honoured way to sell. However, it is a lot of work and expense for you the artisan. In order to sell your handmade products at these places, you must pay for transportation, booth space and possibly other costs. You could even open your own crafts shop, but this comes with a lot of overheads.
HOW TO SELL YOUR HANDMADE PRODUCTS ONLINE
If you create jewellery, artwork, sculptures, pottery, or produce food, drink and more, there is another way. You could make money with your artisanal goods and services while sitting at home and reduce your selling costs. In this section, we’ll show you how and where to sell your handmade products directly from home.
Several websites let you easily set up a professional online store space to sell your arts and crafts. These include Etsy, Zazzle, Amazon Handmade, Fine Art America and others. They make it easy to build your shop, enter your items, upload photos, and describe items for sale. There are fees involved, but the site determines the cost of listing the item and the fee you pay on the sale. The fee is often a percentage of the sale, and it can range from 3% to the Amazon fee of 15%. However, Amazon does not charge for listing items, so your store is free unless you make a sale.
SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS
Selling handmade items online will soon mean that your marketplace will grow. With online stores, you can set up several on many different sites and sell your handicrafts worldwide. You’ll be responsible for shipping, so you’ll need to charge for it or factor your cost into the price. These days, the main Post Office delivers many of Amazon’s packages. Therefore you can go to your local post office and check out their packaging and shipping options. If you use priority mail, you can track your packages.
The best plan is to build some inventory, as you don’t want to have just a couple of items in your store unless you’re taking customized orders. Ensure you have enough items for some choice and style options. Also, make good use of the number of photos allowed for display. To avoid returns or bad reviews, make sure that the buyer has enough images to get a good all round view. If they get what they expected, you should be in good shape. Like most people, if you seriously want to make money with crafts, selling online is a great option. Alternatively, should you just want to recoup some of your costs for your favourite craft hobby, selling online is also a viable, easy and low cost option.