Ever thought about products you can make at home and sell? Yes, you can make handmade products and sell them online as well as offline.
The growth of Etsy compelled Amazon to create Amazon Handmade for handcrafted products. This brings in opportunities for creatives to start home-based ventures.
If you have a creative bent of mind and looking for financial independence. Then, you can read further to know about turning your skills into a business.
7 Products You Can Make at Home and Sell
1. Bath and Body Products
I have been successful in selling handmade soaps and other bath and body products. That is why these are my favorite handmade business ideas to start from home.
If you have the know-how of making high-quality artisan toiletries, then there is a lot you can do. You can start from soaps, and then move on to bath bombs, scrubs, lotions, shampoo, conditioners, etc.
The list of bath and body products is huge making it a multi-billion dollar industry. That means you can add enough dollars to your account even if you capture the category’s smallest pie.
The handmade beauty products category is super competitive. So, if you are a complete beginner, then, start with a micro niche and stick to it. That way you will grow faster and develop a reputation for your brand.
2. Digital Products
If you have been following my journey, then you would know that these days all my products are digital.
The best part of handmade digital products is that you make them once and sell them forever. Moreover, there is no cost of delivering them to the end-user. That means there are huge savings of time and money.
I always stress about creating digital products so to earn more returns on efforts. But I agree that it may sound overwhelming to switch to digital if you have never done it before. But it is easy to learn.
As I write this article, it may surprise you to know that it has only been a year that I sold my first digital product. Within this time I have made hundreds of dollars with my digital planners and printables. That is huge compared to the amount of time and tools involved in creating and delivering them.
So, irrespective of whatever kind of handmade business you run. You can always add digital products to it. Believe me, within a few months of making the change, your bank account will surprise you.
3. Handmade Jewelry
Every girl loves jewelry. No matter how many pieces of jewelry she has, it never seems enough. That is a big enough reason for you to consider it one of the products you can make at home and sell.
In the past, I have created and sold jewelry made out of crochet and paper. In a similar way, you can also figure out a sub-category to come up with your handmade jewelry label.
The best part is that you can even include precious stones and metals to create art pieces. That way your portfolio will have expensive things to make and sell.
4. Woodworking Projects
Woodworking projects are a great way to make money from home. There are several sub-niches under the wood-crafting domain. Thus, you can stick to a few to utilize its monetary benefits.
All you need is a few projects/plans to get started. Instead of spending money upfront, you get a few of them for free.
It is a general perception that dealing with woods is a masculine craft. But considering the facts, many women are also into woodworking and making good bucks.
Thus, with a few hours into learning the nuances of the craft. You can get started with small projects till you grow up to the big ones.
If you ever made soaps yourself. Then, you can make candles as well. Both the crafts involve dealing with waxes and essential oils. Thus, they are similar.
There is a lot of scope in making handcrafted candles. You can play around with various shapes, aromas, and colors.
There is also a tremendous amount of scope with viral trends and themes.
For instance, handmade candles with Game of Thrones themes and adult humor are a rage.
As long as you figure out the best combination for your waxes and aromas, you can get yourself repeat orders. The best part is that candles are one of the easy things to make and sell for money.
When it comes to things to make and sell from home, fiber art tops the list. Knitting, crochet, sewing, macrame, embroidery are a few examples within it.
I am a big fan of crochet because I have made and sold many of my creations from home. Earrings, bare-feet sandals, and bags are some of my best-selling crochet items.
Similar items you can make through knitting and macrame as well.
Sewing and embroidery also offer ample opportunities. You can pick up any as per your skills and then craft a monetization route.
7. Paper Crafts
Needless to state that papercrafts are one of the most profitable crafts to sell. The cost of paper is inexpensive as compared to other raw materials. Also, the cost of shipping handmade products made with paper is less vis-a-vis other crafts.
Paper is a versatile material. It offers various craft options such as quilling, cards, flowers, origami, papier-mache, etc.
There are several tutorials online to get started for free. You can binge-watch them to figure out what you can create with paper. You can even make handmade paper out of used paper.
Important Pointers to Sell Handmade Products
As you can notice, there are products you can make at home and sell for profit.
Though it is not as simple as making stuff and waiting to collect money from rabid buyers. Rather, the difficult part is about finding buyers for your handmade creations.
As a creative, you should not let the selling part daunt you. The advancements in technology help you sell both online as well offline.
Your website, Etsy, and Amazon Handmade work for the online sales. And, your brick-and-mortar store and local handmade craft fairs bring in offline sales.
But for both the channels to work, you must take a note of few pointers as below:
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- You must comply with the local laws regarding handmade products. There is no fun in investing in a business and later on jeopardizing it for some legal issues. If you are dealing with cosmetics and eatables, you should exercise due caution.
- You should build client data from Day 0 of starting your handmade business. No matter how tiny your enterprise is, you must have direct contact with your customers. Email marketing works the best to attract, engage and retain your existing clients.
- Apart from selling physical products, you must venture into digital products as well. Digital products add to your bottom line without engaging a steady flow of resources. Please do not think that your craft cannot have a digital version. It is a pleasant surprise that selling patterns and instructions of craft projects is a big market. Creating e-books is another lucrative option for digital products.
There are numerous products you can make at home and sell to earn a living. From simple flowers made of paper to oversized blankets made of wool, the options are plenty.
The ride will be smooth as long as you are willing to put in hard work and put technology to use.
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