Maybe you have a hobby that you're thinking about marketing, but you're trying to weigh the pros and cons. It's easy to give in to the negative aspects of starting your craft business, but there are also some really fantastic reasons to go for it.
Online Marketplaces for Selling Handmade
The ArtFire marketplace is home to artisan goods of all kinds. From handmade jewelry and crafts, to vintage clothing and supplies you'll find what your creative soul craves on ArtFire.
- Big Cartel
Big Cartel is a simple shopping cart for clothing and tee designers, bands, record labels, jewelry makers, crafters, and other artists.
A curated marketplace for independent artists and designers
Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on Etsy, the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace. Share stories through millions of items from around the world.
Buy beautiful handmade gifts and craft supplies from some of Britain's best designers and makers
The Best 15 Reasons
Work From Home
1. Work for You
Working for others has its pros, but also plenty of cons. Most people wish they could work for themselves, making the decisions and only answering to one person - you. Owning and operating your own craft business will leave you in control to do what you believe is right for your business and see it grow.
2. Little or No Commuting
Commuting long distances to work can be stressful and very costly to you. Most craft businesses can be operated from home or from a small office or studio. Studios can also be created on your property, in an attic or garage. All of these options require little or no commuting time to get to work, reducing the stress on yourself and your bank balance.
3. Reduce Stress
Many factors can contribute to stress at work from commuting, confined spaces, or not liking your job or co-workers. By starting your own craft business, you're opening yourself up to a new stress-free world where you can love what you do and who you do it with. By reducing your stress levels, you could potentially save your life by eliminating physical and mental strain.
4. Work in Your PJ's
A career can sometimes mean a lot of grooming and costly expenses for your professional wardrobe. A craft business can be operated in more comfortable clothing, like jeans or even pajamas. This could potentially save you money and make it more enjoyable for you to work.
Control Your Earnings
5. Monetize on Your Creative Outlet
If you're already working on your craft, you're maybe doing it for pleasure. But what if you could make an income from your hobby? There is something out there for everybody, and you can make money from it. With online marketplaces making it easier to sell your items to buyers around the world, your earning potentially is great.
6. Make a Living Doing Something You Love
There are many people in the world who make a living from working at a job they hate. What if your job could be more than a paycheque? A craft business is the perfect opportunity to express your art just the way you like it. Make something you love and that people will love owning.
7. Be in Control of Your Earnings
Owning your own business will give you control on how much you work, what your time is worth, and how much you can potentially earn. But determining your own worth, you'll take more pride in your work and the sky is the limit.
8. Supplement Your Existing Income/Job
If the thought of solely relying on your craft business is daunting, start by supplementing your existing job. As your craft business grows, you may feel more comfortable to leave your day job and dedicate yourself to your craft. This is something that all artisans aspire to do.
Inspire Your Life and Others
9. Share Your Gift
If you have a product that you believe people will love, don't be afraid to put it out there. Start a blog, a youtube channel, or a website to let the world know your process and what you use as inspiration. This is a great way to inspire others to purchase your products with free great self promotion.
10. Bring it Home
With the public becoming more and more aware of offshore companies and the effect it has on our economy, buyers are looking for local manufacturers to fulfill their needs. Many people will be happy to not only buy handmade, but also purchase products that are locally made.
11. Inspire Others With Your Craft
In many cases, arts and crafts have sentimental reactions with buyers. A craft is a great way to make a difference in the world, by creating products people will have an emotional connection to. Many craft businesses also donate something to a cause that is related to their products, whether is be an environmental cause, children's charities, or giving back to the community. You can inspire others and benefit from the greater good with your craft business.
12. Fill a Void in the Marketplace
Do you see a gap in the marketplace? Can your products fill that void? This best way to start a craft business is to see an opportunity as such. The most successful artisans can identify original and high quality products that can be supplied to the public.
Get Out There
13. Meet New People
The most fun part about starting a craft business is meeting new people. The artisan community is filled with artistic and inspiring people who are passionate about their products. You'll also meet great customers who will love your products and will want to shout it from the rooftops.
14. Get Involved with the Community
There is a real sense of community when it comes to arts and crafts. Many parts of the community are intermingled, like churches, schools, and partnering with other businesses. You'll be amazed at how involved you'll become with your community and get to know the people around you.
15. Learn New Skills
As you develop your business, you'll want to learn how to improve your skills and techniques. By watching others around you or taking classes, you'll learn new skills that will not only benefit your business, but it will give you more pride in yourself. Starting a business is a long process and shouldn't be rushed. Over time, you'll become the best you can be and love what you do.
Ideas for your Business
- Bath and Beauty Products
- Paper Products
- Ceramics and Pottery
- Crochet and Knitting
- Party Products
- Home Decor
Did this hub inspire you to start your craft business?
agusfanani from Indonesia on May 02, 2018:
I think I have some potentials in crafting and also think about making it as additional income. Thank you for sharing this encouraging hub.
Emilyf Adams and Chris Adams on May 01, 2018:
I would like to start my own bracelet business with Chris my own worker that works at my bracelet business and i have a self employed worker that works for me and iam my own boss that works in her own business. Emily Adams and Chris Adams..
Adam Hiley on January 09, 2018:
Brilliant keep up the excellent advice
shirley freeman on July 11, 2017:
love your ideas. keep them coming.
Victoria Stephens from Cornwall, UK on February 06, 2016:
I agree with everything on here. Since going self employed and starting my own craft business, I have never been more happier in a job. I actually enjoy my work now :-) Well done on an excellent write up!
ignugent17 on August 31, 2012:
Very useful and interesting.
agusfanani from Indonesia on August 01, 2012:
I'm encouraged by this hub to start my own craft business. Thank you very much for those great ideas.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 25, 2012:
Thanks for this very informative hub. I am already starting a tiny business out of my hobbies and I feel great about it for I can do whatever I like without asking a boss. Thanks for sharing and for your follow. Voted up and useful. Have a lovely weekend!
cookies4breakfast from coastal North Carolina on March 31, 2012:
Voted up! Though my Etsy shop is never going to make me rich, I do love being able to be creative and work for myself (even if I'm going to have to find a part-time job soon). I've also met a lot of truly wonderful people through my Etsy shop and local craft shows. And, yes, working in my pj's is awesome!
heart4theword from hub on March 31, 2012:
I would love to have a storefront/studio...to create anything that comes to mind. My creative energy thrives on designing different things, through many sources of medium and media:) Designing everyday, would be awesome:) Encouraging hub, thank you!
RTalloni on March 31, 2012:
Refreshingly encouraging information on starting a craft business. The concise format is just right! I've been wanting to check back with ArtFire--thanks for the reminder.
Silwen from Europe on March 31, 2012:
The idea of starting own craft business is great. I completely agree with the reason you have mentioned. I have this idea for some time in my mind, but still I am lack of courage to start. I suppose I should read more encouraging hubs :)
Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on March 31, 2012:
Great hub! I would love to work from home but cannot figure out what to do! I am creative but am not sure where to concentrate my efforts. You have given me resources to explore. Thanks for sharing all this info, I, in turn, will share this with others.