It’s all part of the dream. Quitting the 9 to 5 job and working from home, doing what you love, crafting. Many people dream of it, and others actually do it. You want to be one of the ones that do it. Here are some tips on how to make a living online crafting.
First thing is to treat it like a job. Now I know, you a want to quit your job and craft, not work. What you want is to have your own crafting business. You want to be independent. That will actually be your job. You have to treat it with respect so it will grow and flourish. You may not have to work 9 to 5 every day. Some days you will put in 12 or 16 hour days. That is part of the joys of starting your own craft business online.
The next thing is to get social. Let’s face it, even if you are an introvert, you aren’t an island. Sitting in your studio creating all day can be a lonely experience. When your spouse or kids come home, you may find a bit of a lifeline, but it is nothing like conversing with your peers.
The good news is there are a lot of social opportunities out there. Facebook is full of groups of online crafters. You can find one that is unique to your craft or maybe a general group of online crafters. There are also other platforms such as InstagramTwitterer, Snapchat and I am sure there will be more on the horizon.
You do have to find a balance though. Many times social networking is a time sucking monster. If you know that social networks drag you in, set a timer. Don’t waste valuable time being social.
While we have all heard the stories of someone hitting it big on Etsy and making 1000’s of sales that is the exception, not the rule. If you want to make a living online crafting you will need to Diversify.
There are lots of ways you can diversify. You can have an e-commerce site on your website as well as on Etsy. You could also open a store on Amazon Handmade, eBay or Shopify. This ensures that if something goes wrong on your selling platform that your customers can reach you on another.
Another way to diversify to make a living online crafting is to offer different products. For example, you are a knitter. Think about selling the patterns you have created as a digital download. If you are a seamstress sell an e-course on how to do a certain task such as adding complicated stitches. These are all one and done projects. You make the product once and can continue to sell the item to different customers with no additional work.
A very important aspect to making a living online crafting is to never stop learning! Etsy and Google are constantly changing how your website and shop is found. Always be learning how to get your product out in front of people. Learn how to blog or to make your own website, or learn how to outsource. Learn how to refine your art. Learn new skills to present new products to your customers. There is always great things out there to learn to further your business along.
Don’t be afraid to change things up. Let’s face it, not every product is a number one seller. Change it around. Ask for feedback and then listen to what your customer wants. You will find that perfect niche.
And the last thing I will mention is to have patience. Not many online crafters are an overnight success. At first you may be working long hours and feel like you are not making any headway. If you keep trying and tweaking and putting out quality products you will get noticed. Learn all you can along the way.
Now there a ton of great Resources available online to use to start and grow your online craft business.
Renae Christine YouTube Channel I cannot say enough wonderful things about Renae! She has helped me to grow my online crafting business! She has a ton of free resources as well as several subscription programs (which I cannot recommend enough!)
These are affiliate links.
Etsy Empire This is a book that you can purchase on Amazon. It is available for the Kindle as well. This is frequently updated (at the time of this post they have edition 6 out). Eric tackles topics such as SEO, Social Media and pricing. Just a ton of very useful information, even if you aren’t on Etsy.
Crafter’s Idea Journal and Project Planner! This is a great Planner to keep your ideas and plan out your future projects. Even if you don’t have time for a new project, write down the idea for future reference.
Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business This book written by Jason Malinak is what people call the Etsy Handbook. Worth the investment and frequently updated.
Etsy-preneurship is a great website for all things Etsy. It is managed by Jason Malinak and there is a ton of information available.
Cupcake Trainings is Renae Christine’s website. She has so much information here. She holds frequent webinars for those on her email list, so be sure to sign up!
What resources do you use? Do you have a favorite that I should add? Please let me know in the comments.