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Here are a few great ideas for broadening your horizons beyond just selling at craft shows. Successful handmade business ideas include consigning, selling services and not just products, and even teaching.
Craft Business Opportunities
Wondering how you can expand beyond just selling your items at shows? Here is a list of ideas for how to grow your handmade business. Most of these ideas are free/inexpensive and don’t require a huge investment of time or resources.
Many areas have shops that will allow you to rent space and sell items. Other stores may be willing to carry some of your items on consignment, particularly specialty items. Search your local area for retail possibilities.
Can you build your product in bulk at a good price and in a reasonable amount of time? You may want to wholesale your products. Usually this involves a minimum purchase requirement.
Teach Classes or Develop Tutorials
You can do this a couple of ways. Video tutorials are very popular. If you’re comfortable in front of a camera consider posting some video tutorials on YouTube, your own blog or on other crafting websites. You could also teach classes locally if you have a skill that is marketable.
Consider a Niche
Let’s say you create custom soaps and bath products. Perhaps you can narrow your niche to “vegan” products and market to vegan shops/groups. If you specialize in custom frames, you can market your products or services to photographers.
There are many ways to nichify your market and it can help you not only increase income, but decrease competition with “generalists”.
Sell Patterns or Plans
If you build specialty items or sew clothes, consider creating patterns or plans and selling those also to people who may be looking for a project to do on their own.
This one is obvious, but what if you don’t want to compete on Etsy for example? Don’t worry, there’s still other avenues. Take great pictures and post your items on Facebook marketplace or in groups for handmade items for sale.
If you create custom pieces, create (or pay someone to do it) a fantastic flier with your projects and post them around your local area on bulletin boards. Be sure that at the bare minimum your business has a custom Facebook page.
A blog or small website featuring your crafts is also an excellent idea. You can show your customers more about your process, offer items for sale and even blog about your experiences (and earn some revenue). If you need help doing this, I am happy to give you a free estimate. Contact me for a free quote.
Creative thinking can help you expand your business interests and thrive. What ways do you plan to grow your business this year? Feel free to share in the comments below!