How can you make money selling handmade crafts online?

im not looking to be rich with this, but do you think it would really produce any income? i love creative things and home crafts, most likely ill teach my daughter some as she gets older. ive considered making jewelry again, cat/dog beds, pottery(providing i can find a place here that has pottery ovens etc.) and selling them on ebay or making my own website but im wondering if i would just spen dmor emoney on the website ec. and not really make anything from it? i figured as far as a home based business, i would love it but would it really make $?


Asked by moki1984 at 10:46 PM on Oct. 13, 2008 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Ifyou want to make money right away, you need to be in a business that is in the 2 largest emerging industries...wellness and network marketing. With this economy, no one is spending their money on makeup, tupperware or candles, etc....people these days are into their health and want to earn extra income and fast. The business I am in has been in biz for 3.5 years and has been featured in SUCCESS FROM HOME magazine 3 times in the ENTIRE issues...this is the first co. to rich its first billion dollars in just 3 years...first in the history of the US. it took microsoft 7 years. This is still a ground floor opportunity as less than 1% of the US has heard of it.. a great opportunity is one when not too many people know about it. I would love to share what i do from home around my kids schedules and make really GREAT money. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Answer by BusinessMom123 at 10:49 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

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  • Give yourself a set amount of money to start with and don't spend more than that... otherwise you can really dig yourself into a pretty deep hole. Then, take a percentage of each sale you make and put it back into your business... keep a percentage for bills/your household/whatever.

    Look into if you want to sell online. The fees ebay charges have really made it less lucrative to sell there! Etsy is a great handmade market and I think what you're describing would fit in well there.

    Also try craft shows or having an open house. That's a great way to get your product into the hands of a lot of people so they can buy it. I'm planning on having an open house for my business ( I illustrate and sew) mid-November, and another one at the beginning of December. I'll be giving away door prizes and having contests to try to draw in as many people as possible!

    Answer by ChapelleCDH at 10:54 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

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  • sounds good, thanks

    Answer by moki1984 at 10:59 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

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  • Also, keep in mind that the economy is bad so people are not buying things that are not a necessity. They may buy more around Christmas time, but that is about it. In my personal opinion, you wouldn't make that much money right now....maybe when the economy gets better you will:)

    Answer by sassyhettel at 11:29 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

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  • My girl friend decided to do what you are thinking of doing...she just 'opened' and her website is:
    She will be happy to answer any of your questions (she is also here on CM, so if you PM me, I'll give you her info).
    Good luck!


    Answer by MamaKush at 11:58 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

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  • You'll never know till you try it. Make only a few good quality and as inexpensive as you can and list them. I'm not sure where you are but you could list them on your local KiJiJi site or Etsy as well as ebay and see what works best for you.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 3:06 AM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • Try Etsy, it's for handmade items. I think it may be more affordable than ebay or having your own website.




    Answer by bizlady at 9:39 AM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • I do the same thing, and have wondered where I could sell the things I make. I'm not looking to be rich from it either, but I love to sew and do crafty things, so it would be a fun way to make a little extra cash. Have you thought about flee markets, or you could have a garage sale and only sell the stuff you make, or you could try to find away to sell at fairs. I see it all the time when I go to fairs or carnavals (don't know how to spell that, sorry. My mind isn't working well Anyway, that is what I thought to do with the stuff I make. I want to start making jewlery and doing pottery and make candles. I used to do that stuff all the time when I was little, then I got into a bad habit of drinking, and I had just quit. I talk about it alot because I'm so proud of myself for quiting. I spend my time doing crafty stuff like when I was little now. Very calming.

    Answer by gerigirl90 at 9:49 PM on Mar. 25, 2009

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