The Crafts Industry is a $14 Billion Business and growing, According to ASU Study.. Most start out in their homes… They estimate more than 126,000 people in the United States make their living from products they create. Many of the craft households fair better economically than the average American family, earning $50,000 annually versus $39,000 in terms of median income.
Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one.
Selling Your Handmade Products
Sell Online – selling online is a low cost way to begin selling your handmade products from the comfort of your home.
Sell your crafts at craft shows – check with your local chamber of commerce or search your State’s website for listings of upcoming shows and fairs. Many local colleges hold annual craft fairs, some independent craft show promoters hold shows at local churches,and some churches also host their own craft fair as a fundraiser.
Sell Your Crafts On Consignment
Selling on consignment is a practice frequently used by artists and craftspeople. It literally means that they give over their work to someone in the business of selling handmade products such as a craft shop , for display and sale. The retailer keeps a percentage of the sale price as a commission when the sale is made.
The travel and tourism industry is the third largest employer in the United States, supporting over 5.85 million travel-related jobs.
There are many ways to make money with crafts besides actually making the craft item and selling it.
Sell Craft Supplies.
Craftsmen, both amateurs and professionals, need supplies to produce their products and supplies are hard to find in rural towns.
Teach Craft Classes – through a craft shop, some craft shops offer free class room space to promote their products in your craft project, at a college or university through their community based adult enrichment programs. Some retired people want to make good use of their leisure time and enjoy learning new crafts. Teach crafts as a freelance craft teacher or recreation aide in a retirement home. Some churches will allow you to teach a craft class to their members for a small commission of the money charged.
Start a Niche Craft Blog – Starting a crafting blog based on a particular niche market you have experience with is a great way to make money!