There are several ways that a talented person can sell crafts from home. The one that comes to mind first is Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods and craft supplies. This is not the only way to get your handmade items into the marketplace but Etsy does have a huge audience already looking for what you are creating and selling online. Selling on Etsy does require a bit of learning to gain the most advantages from the site. Setting up a store that will attract the right kind of buyers will take a little bit of time but is well worth the effort.
Once you have created your Etsy account and gotten your store set up it is wise to take a little time to view the stores of other sellers who are offering similar items to yours. By doing this you will get an indication of a good price point for your own items so that they will sell. If your items are so unique that no one else on Etsy has anything like them, it is wise to price yours competitively. This may take a little bit of trial and error to discover the ‘sweet spot’ that your items will sell for on a consistent basis.
Facebook groups are teeming with people with money in their pockets, looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind item either for themselves or to give as a gift. If you don’t already have a Facebook account you are missing out on a great opportunity to not only find buyers but also to interact with other craft sellers who may be willing to share tips and best practices with you. You can do a search of all the craft groups in your area, join as many as you can and start commenting on threads. It is likely you will find a wealth of information that will help you sell your crafts from home.
There are flea markets in almost every town and city in America. They generally do cost money to sell at but provided you have a craft item that is sought after you should be able to easily recoup the cost of a space and still make a profit. Flea market hours tend to run from early in the morning to mid-afternoon but this is different in each state. Weather has a big impact on outdoor flea markets so if you can rent a space at an indoor market it may be better for you to do so. Setting up and taking down your tables each day takes a little time and does require you to have a vehicle big enough to take a foldaway table and your inventory, so bear this in mind when considering selling at a flea market.
Advertising on your local CraigsList is another option for selling your crafts from home. Be sure to place your ads in the correct category so they can be easily found by potential buyers. Make the title of your ads as attractive as possible to entice people to investigate further. When you receive an inquiry about your craft items be sure to answer as quickly and professionally as possible. If you don’t feel comfortable having strangers come to your house, arrange to meet them at a busy location to show them a sample of your items for sale.
Smartphone owners can download many apps specifically designed for buying and selling. OfferUp and LetGo are two examples of apps you can use to sell your crafts. Not all apps are available on both Android and iOS phones so check before attempting to download. Just like Facebook groups you communicate through the app and then meet in person to complete the transaction. This can be at a location of your choice or agreed by both parties if you don’t want strangers coming to your home.
One of the most overlooked ways to sell crafts from home is word of mouth. Don’t be shy in letting friends and family know you are selling your homemade items. Who better than loved ones to share your business with their friends? And don’t forget to carry business cards to hand out to people you may encounter in stores, at school events, family outings etc. Everyone buys things so don’t be bashful about letting people know you have a quality, handmade item that may be exactly what they are looking for!