10 Things You Can Make and Sell for Extra Cash
Turn Your Crafts Into Income
If you’re crafty, there are a variety of items you can create to sell for extra money from home. In fact, you can build a complete home business from your creative skill. Below you’ll find 10 ideas on crafts you can sell, plus tips on how and where you can sell your good.
Quality home-made jewelry is very popular because each item is usually unique. An advantage to jewelry is that it’s small and easy to pack to take to craft fairs and/or ship if you sell online. Materials for jewelry can vary to include polymer clay made beads, stones, metal, crystal, leather, and more.
People enjoy unique works of art to display in their home and office. Art doesn’t have to be a painting. It can include photographs, wall hangings made from fabric, or other items, wall stickers and more. Further, it doesn't have to hang on a wall. You can make decorative items that sit on a mantle or bookshelf.
3. Soap/Bath Products
There’s nothing like a good soak in the tub. Handmade soap and bath products are popular, especially if they’re created for sensitive skin and made with organic products. You can make regular bar soap, or get molds and dies to create shapes and colors. You can add scent to your products as well. Beyond soaps you can make bath bombs, bubble bath, wash clothes, and lotions.
Similar to soap, you can make candles in a variety of shapes, colors, and scents. Further, you can use different unique items to house your candles such as mason jars, teacups, and shells.
5. Sewn Items
If you know how to sew, there are many things you can create and sell, such as purses, coin pouches, and bags, pillow covers and blankets, pot holders and aprons and more. You can sew clothing, such as costumes, children’s dresses, or doll clothes.
People need help storing and organizing their everyday household and office items. While a coffee cup or plastic bin can do, many people like to buy unique decorative items. Ideas include wood or painted glass utensil holders, pencil holders, decorative boxes for storing files or photographs, and more.
7. Decorative Dishes, Cups, and Glasses
Are you handy with a paintbrush? Painted dishes, cups and glasses, especially wine glasses are very popular. Or perhaps you can etch on a beer stein or mason jar. Instead of paint or etching, you can use decoupage to decorate kitchen items. Decorative dishes, mugs and glasses make great gifts, which makes them a great item to create.
Many people in business like to buy personalized magnets, buttons or pins to give away to potential customers. Or you can make your own unique item and start a trend (remember bottle cap magnets!).
9. Pet Goods
People love their pets. And they love to spoil their furry friends, making a home business in the pet market a good idea... Items you can make for the pet market include pet beds, clothes, and collars. Plus you can create decorative items, such as art or a locket with the pet’s picture.
10. Paper Goods
One advantage to creating paper goods is that in some cases you can sell them digitally. You can create the planner, checklists, stickers, etc and they can be delivered as a digital file that the customer can print on their end (they can buy sticker paper at the office store.)
How to Sell Your Items
Once your items are created, you need to get them ready to sell. Here are some tips turning your items into income:
- Price your items for profit. While you don’t want to overprice your goods, you want to be careful that you cover not only the cost of materials, but your time as well.
- Brand your items. Find a way to include your name, business name, website or other contact information on each of your items. This can be a sticker or home-printed information on business card paper. If your customers want more, they’ll be able to get in touch with you.
- Consider targeting a specific type of client. For example, many authors seek out unique swag items that have pictures of their books on them such as earrings, charm bracelets, and more. Customizing your goods can take more time, but you can also charge more.
- Tie into the time of year. While many of your items can be good at any time of year, you can boost sales by offering seasonal items such as Christmas décor or gift items, or Fourth of July decorations. Or consider making special occasion items such as wedding favors or birthday decorations.
Where to Sell Your Items
Once you have your items created, you need to sell them. The good news is you have lots of opportunities to sell your goods, and in some cases, you don’t even need to leave home.
Online Places to Sell Your Crafts
You can set up your own e-commerce storefront alongside or instead of using one of the online craft resources listed above.
5 Offline Places to Sell Your Crafts
- Craft Fairs
- Consignment in local shops
- Farmers Markets
- Local events that allow vendors