Choosing Arts and Crafts that are in Demand
Would you like to earn money with your arts and crafts? Are you tired of working
for someone other than yourself? Would you like to build a business with your
own creativity? Do you wonder how to make your craft marketable? Below are five
tips that will help you make an income with your own arts and crafts.
Build a business foundation: When building a business to earn money with your
arts and crafts, make sure your product is in demand and a marketable craft.
When picking your foundation products, make sure they are not seasonal items.
You need to pick products that can be sold year round, then add a few holiday
crafts throughout the year.
If you choose to produce crafts that have a shelf life, try to pick just a few
items to sell in addition to the foundation product. By adding a large variety
of products to your display you will draw the attention of many different customers.
Arts and Crafts that are in demand: Look for items that are needed such as: baby
items, home decor, personalized gifts, holiday crafts, jewelry or other personal
items. The list could go on and on - your opportunities could be endless.
One approach to help you make a decisions on products is to visit boutiques,
craft suppliers and other retail stores in your area. By doing this and researching
what sells effectively in your area, you can make those very important decisions.
Determine necessity: The best-selling crafts are the ones that are needed by
consumers, not ones that are simply wanted. If you are making something like
beautiful baby quilts, they are far more likely to sell than something like a
higher priced wood carving.
Make your arts and crafts target your demographic: Where will you be selling
your product? Are you selling it at a Craft Boutique? Then perhaps, you should
not make a hunting related product, save that for a Hunting and Camping Expo.
Instead, make something like a wooden home de'cor product.
Don't follow trends: Trends in crafts come and go. Don't base your business
solely on what's hot right now. It's okay to sell trendy and hot items, but make
sure you also have a variety of other items for when this trend is no longer popular.
By using these five easy steps, you should be ready to choose the arts and or
crafts you would like to create for your business. You should start out slow-
only making a few of each item until you see what is going to sell. This way you
are not going to be left with hundreds of left over products that you just did
not market well.
The most important thing to remember when starting your own retail business is
to have fun with it, and to learn from your mistakes. You will make mistakes,
but that is the way a good business is built.
Terri Grace, successful business owner of a boutique for the past five years.
Owner and entrepreneur of an online boutique. Expert in boutique sales and
marketing. For more information on boutiques go to
Terri's Blue Goose Boutique