Have you ever wondered if you can turn your hobby of crafting into a lucrative side hustle? Let’s have a look at three ideas for how you can turn your crafting into a side hustle right from your home.
Set Attainable Goals
The first step is to understand that you need to be committed and hang in through tough times. To do this, start by setting goals that will guide you on the steps you need to take in order to succeed. Ask yourself why you want to do what you want to do, and write it down so you can refer to it whenever you start to feel like your drive is getting lower. Set deadlines and come up with a schedule that will help you stick to the plan. This could involve setting a few hours each day aside during which you work on your craft to create new products, take photos of your items, or upload them to your site and social pages. You can also purpose to learn a new thing or two each day or set goals to get the equipment you need to become a better crafter. An example of equipment is a lathe, which can be used to create a number of products, from gun barrels and musical instruments to candlesticks and gun barrels. If you are making any of these, you can benefit from getting a few quality lathes to use at home or in your workshop.
Pick Your Niche
To be able to grow, you will do well to pick a niche that you feel you will excel in. This should ideally be something that fills an open gap in the market. A good example is custom, good-quality panhandles, and mobile accessories for cooking gear. You can aim for the 78% of campers who said in a survey that while they camp, they participate in outdoor cooking. When you offer a unique and necessary or functional item, it won’t be long until you build a loyal customer base that will keep coming back for more. Just make sure to offer the best quality and you will enjoy business growth. If you decide to sell something that’s already being sold by other sellers, you can price it competitively or add an edge to it so that people prefer to use it over the others on the market.
Find a Good Platform
The best place to sell your craft is online, and there are many online stores to choose from. Places like Esty, Amazon handmade, art fire, and more will make it easy for you to start your store from home. You can also sell your crafts online if you choose, in places like galleries, farmer’s markets, consignment stores, yard sales, and at local events and craft fairs. If you’re selling stickers, you can stick to a certain theme and therefore target sites and stores where potential buyers would be most likely to come across your products. For example, with the NSC (National Safety Council) estimating that at least one driver was using their cellphone in more than 40% of all car accidents that resulted in injuries or fatalities, you can make stickers reminding people not to text and drive. These stickers would sell well in auto-themed areas, so if you market, make sure to target those as most of your clients may come from these places.
With these three tips, you will be able to manage your time and get good results because consistency is a big part of success. Set milestones and work hard towards achieving them, and soon enough you will enjoy growth.