As you’ve probably seen a few times, I love a good DIY creation!
Whether it’s paper baskets or Christmas treats, I get such joy out of making simple do-it-yourself items. Recently, I was wondering about what kind of money there is to be made in Selling Diy Products. Despite them not being terribly difficult or expensive to make, some people love to buy gorgeous handcrafted items simply because they have a lack of time.
So I did a bit of research and discovered that there are in fact many ways to sell DIY creations. Allow me to share some with you! To begin with, for anyone who thinks Selling DIY products is simply a flight of fancy, then be sure to read this story about Kate Broughton, a woman who quit her well-paid job to begin her own online store selling greetings cards. She now earns around £20,000 per year (after expenses, materials and tax)!
To kick things off, most people (including Kate) begin their entrepreneurial journey via the likes of Etsy, eBay, and Pinterest. These sites are easy to use for both customers and merchants alike, with Etsy, in particular, being a dedicated online source for the buying and selling of purely handmade creations. eBay hardly needs an introduction for selling online, but Pinterest is a somewhat new addition to e-shopping, and is slowly building an active online community interested in DIY products.
As useful and lucrative as these options are, it’s also worth considering the possibility of setting up your own e-commerce website when things start to pick up. There are several packages available which will allow you a touch more design freedom and opportunity for growth when it comes to selling your own products. Still on all things internet, you’d be surprised at how DIY products can go viral. Sites such as Bored Panda or BuzzFeed often showcase the weird and wonderful side of the web, and can essentially make an overnight success of someone and their quirky creations.
If you hate using computers and prefer a more face-to-face method for selling your handmade items, then your DIY success story could lie in craft markets and fairs. There are so many events happening across the UK and the rest of the world, that confining yourself to one area doesn’t have to be the only way. Renting a stall at one of many craft fairs that take place over a calendar year is a fantastic method to showcase your products, as well as giving a face to the name too. Who knows, maybe your inner salesperson will emerge and you’ll find yourself being able to sell with a bit of flair. Be sure to check out this list of craft fairs that take place all over the UK.
When all is said and done, the art of selling handmade items really stems from the love of making them. When you genuinely adore and appreciate what you do, there’s far more likelihood that others will too.
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