It’s not unusual to turn a hobby into a business. If you have ever thought about selling your crafts or turning your crafting love into a part-time or full-time business, here are things to consider in how to start a craft business.
It’s not unusual to turn a hobby into a business, and that includes crafting. If you have ever thought about selling your crafts or turning your crafting love into a part-time or full-time business, here are things to consider in how to start a craft business
If you’re looking to start a craft business, make sure there’s demand. Are people thrilled to get your crafts as gifts? Have people offered to buy your creations? Here are two ways to research a craft business. Go to craft shows. Or browse craft marketplace websites like Etsy and Handmade at Amazon. See what’s already out there in your niche. Look to see if your items fit into an existing product category (there’s likely demand), but there aren’t a gazillion sellers selling very similar items (too much competition for the same thing).
Differentiate your products from the competition. For example, there’s probably a lot of handmade kids’ clothes already out there. But you could “niche down” even further by making kids’ clothes out of sustainable fabrics, like Conscious Kids Clothing has done. Then you appeal specifically to that niche. Ways to differentiate include materials, quality of workmanship and unique designs.
Define your ideal customers. In the example above with sustainable kids’ clothing, the ideal customers are environmentally conscious parents. If you hand-turn wooden pens, you might target those looking for small gifts as well as professionals who are image-conscious. Defining your ideal customer will guide you in how to display your products, create enticing product descriptions, decide which craft shows to attend, and more.
Pick a business name that appeals to buyers and communicates what you sell. Don’t get too obscure. Pick something with meaning and strong brand potential -- catchy is good. Be sure to check the name’s availability. An attorney can guide you through the legal process to secure your business name.
A website is recommended, even if you plan on selling in person or on a large marketplace site. At the very least a website adds credibility and a way to contact your business. It can also operate as a secondary sales channel. Register a domain name to match your brand name. Then set up profiles in your business name on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that are popular with your target audience.