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Make money at home by turning your favourite hobby or craft into a profitable part-time business

If you can make crafts to sell that are special or out of the ordinary, such as supplying unique or customised Birthday, Christmas, Wedding or Anniversary gifts, then you could soon find yourself in demand .

Making crafts at home to sell has become more popular. With the advent of eBay and similar sites, it's simpler than ever to show your home made crafts and sell them anywhere in the world.

So no matter how unusual your product is, you're likely to find someone somewhere who wants to buy it!

Doing hand craft work from home can be enjoyable and can make you money - especially if you find a gap in the market.

People are looking for a special or unique gift and are often willing to pay extra for that special present that isn't available in the store.

If you can produce something that cannot be easily bought from a shop or can supply something personal or unique then you could be on the way to making money from your craft or hobby! Personalised gifts are becoming increasingly popular and if you can produce a quality item, you can soon build a profitable business.

If you're already experienced in a particular craft or hobby, you'll find it much easier to turn it into a part-time business, although if you have always wanted to make hats, carve stone or make tie-dyed T shirts, don't let us stop you! There are loads of courses and evening classes to learn all kinds of crafts and you can get advice from your tutor and fellow students.

Get paid for something that you're already doing for enjoyment and fun.

woman painting make money with home craftsResearch the competition

As always, the secret to business success is to carry out research first to determine what kind of market exists for your particular product or service. Do you make crafts that you could sell at a profit? Ask around, talk to friends, relatives and potential customers.

Look at who's in the market already and study your competitors. If you're planning on selling crafts at your local market go and see exactly what's on sale there and discover how you can offer a better more competitive product

Can you be better, cheaper, faster, friendlier than your competition? Or can you fill a niche market with an unusual, unique product?

Think about how you are going to sell your products - will they be best offered via friends and relatives? Can you get a local retailer to stock them on a sale or return, or percentage basis? Could you sell them at markets or car boot sales? Classified ads? Online auctions like eBay? Or would a combination of everything be the best approach? Getting noticed is the prime objective in the retail market. Once you have attracted a good customer base, repeat orders and referrals to friends and family can be a valuable way of building your business and making more sales.

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How much profit can I earn from working from home making hand crafts ?

Working at home making any part-time craft-based income, you're unlikely to make a fortune unless you are very lucky, or very talented. Your income will depend on a number of factors, such as the quality of your work, the demand for it and whether you work full-time or in your spare time around other commitments.

Lots of people are willing to pay well for object d'art and collectible or 'designer' items, so there is an opportunity to get a reasonable return for your time for many craft items. Your income could be a good hourly rate, or you could regard it as a way to practice your hobby at minimal cost and with great satisfaction. Well crafted hand-made items can command a good price if they are unique and of a good quality.

Working from home producing hand craft items is more likely to produce a steady and useful extra income, rather than help you to get rich quick, but it can be a very interesting and satisfying way to earn a 2nd income. The thrill you get when you start to sell crafts you have made at home is a real buzz, and you're earning money doing something you enjoy!

Because you can work in your own time or around childcare comittments, making crafts at home is an ideal money-making way for stay-at-home mums and the retired or housebound to increase their income.

If you're looking at buying kits to assemble or thinking of doing craft work for someone else, please take a minute to read this item on scams first as there are some dubious people out there. Always be wary of anyone that wants money up front for working at home projects. Remember - if the promises of high wages for making simple craft items sound too good to be true, then they probably are!

Get paid for crafts that you're already doing at home for enjoyment and fun !

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Ideas for profitable hand craft ideas to make money from home

Appliqué and Embroidery

Appliqué covers a wide range of crafts, but basically means applying pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other material onto fabric to create a pattern, design or picture. Cushions, quilts, door stops and draft excluders all lend themselves to decoration with appliqué. Appliqué can be by hand sewing or by using a modern embroidery machine. There are plenty of classes in this traditional craft, and there are also lots of resources on the web, including videos on technique and design.
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Embroidery can be used for decorating cushions, clothes and soft furnishings, with a popular earner being adding value to plain items with the addition of appliqué or embroidered designs. Embroidery skills can be used to personalise gift items, or to embellish simple clothes and give them a unique look. There are lots of resources online for the home embroiderer which cover sewing tips, techniques and 'how to' videos. embroidery tips

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Earn by selling Art and Craft Supplies wholesale and retail

If you have knowledge of a particular field of craftwork, you could consider supplying materials. Many crafts require very specific and hard to source materials and you could look at sourcing and supplying these yourself, by manufacturing or purchasing from a wholesaler and re-packaging. You could also consider selling kits of parts for projects - either buy the kits wholesale or buy the parts and make into a kit yourself. Selling is easy via eBay and similiar online stores. Dropshipping is another option with sales of craft supplies. This is where you sell the goods, but the order is fulfilled by a wholesaler.

batik wall hangingBatik and Tie Dyeing

If you have an eye for design and are good with fabrics, you can make money at home

This century old craft is basically a technique where you put wax on fabric, silk, cotton, wool, linen, muslin, paper or even wood and ceramics where you don't want the colour to go and then dye the item. Synthetic fibres are not suitable as they cannot hold dye sufficiently. For more elaborate designs this technique is repeated using different dyes. The wax is then removed. It is a good idea to learn this craft technique in classes or a craft workshop, and there is lots of help available online.
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Tie string or cord around an item and dye it, and you will produce a retro 70s tie-dye look. Multi dipping allows complex patterns to be created and the finished items have a unique look to them. Tie-dye can be used for clothing (not just retro 70s T shirts), accessories, hangings, soft furnishings and artworks. how to tie dye


Even in the age of desktop publishing, there is a steady demand for the work of the calligrapher. Despite the ready availability of computer created graphics, there is a requirement for hand-drawn items, such as presentation and commemorative scrolls, certificates, awards, greetings cards, wedding, christening and party invitations, business cards and books. Advertise your skills locally with cards in shops, ads in local papers,etc.

candles in marketCandles

Try creating home-made candles for special occasions, or simply creating a special ambience - filling your home with a beautiful fragrance. Scented candles have really caught on over the past few years, and people don't mind paying a little extra for quality hand-made items.

Aromatherapy candles containing essential oils are very popular and can promote an improved feeling of wellbeing with calming, uplifting, energising and relaxing scents using natural ingredients, such as: lavender, rose, geranium, ylang ylang, cinnamon, patchouli and sandalwood. Essential oils are more expensive than basic fragrance oil, but if you have decided to make quality scented candles they will give you a good result and will command a higher price.

You will need some basic equipment before you start: a double pan (double boiler) with the inner wax-container sitting in a water bath and away from the direct heat (wax and its vapours are highly flammable), or wax boil bags, wicks, moulds, colouring, fragrance and wax (paraffin, beeswax or soya). These items are available by mail order, online or from craft shops.

Taking a class in candle making before you start is highly recommended, for your own safety and to perfect your technique. There are lots of sites offering free tutorials, forums and advice.

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Custom greeting card making

Home-made cards say so much more personally than the manufactured variety. Offer customised cards with pictures, calligraphy, scents, sounds or a local interest. You could also make custom scrap books for birthdays, anniversaries and retirements etc - a well-presented scrap book makes a really special present. With the internet it is now much easier to get reasonably priced quality supplies for card making at home, such as unusual paper, stickers, beads, feathers, ribbons, decoupage, gems and other embellishments. cardmaking supplies

Make money with caricatures, cartoons, drawing and painting

If you have the artistic ability, then creating caricatures can be a good earner. If you live near somewhere with a good footfall of potential customers, you can set up shop and wait for the customers to arrive. These days you can also work off photographs sent via email or post. Don't forget to do some pics of famous people first so your potential customers can see what they're getting.

Drawing and painting local attractions and beauty spots can be very sellable in tourist areas. Talk to local cafes, restaurants, pubs and craft and souvenir shops about displaying your work, and selling on commission on a sale-or-return basis.

ceramics and pottery
Make and sell ceramics and pottery

This encompasses everything from pot planters to plates; if you can produce eye-catching and attractive designs, you've got it made. Ceramics is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do but very few can do really well.

Sculptures can sell for hundreds, but creating useful one-off plates, bowls and vases can be a good earner. You can create cups and bowls on a wheel, or hand model them before firing in a kiln.

There are a wide variety of electric and and mains or propane gas-fired kilns available for the hobbyist, but it's essential that you do some research before you buy so that you get one that's suitable for your needs.

If you need to find out more, there are many pottery courses available and the instructor will be able to advise you further. Finally don't forget to check ebay for used pottery equipment, as kilns generally last well and can often be found on the second-hand market.

woman smelling perfumeMake cosmetics and scents for Sale

Making natural cosmetics to sell can be a good extra income

Natural, hypoallergenic and organic cosmetics are always in high demand and it's now easier than ever to source the ingredients you need to make your own products. We are all becoming more aware of all the chemicals that are added to our cosmetics and skincare products, and many people want to use more natural ingredients on their skin and hair.

You can make most cosmetics in the average kitchen, and if you get the packaging and marketing mix right too, the profit can be rewarding. Selling at markets is a good first step to test how popular your products are. Unless you have built a reputation it's more difficult to sell 'smellies' online, but a website or eBay shop can be a useful addition to your off-line sales activities. Once you are selling regularly you can approach shops to stock your goods.

Soap, hair products and bath bombs are all easy to make, but if you need some help, there are lots of courses available. If you have the nose for it, you might like to consider making your own scents too. Essential oils, fragrance and aroma oils and other ingredients are now easily available on-line.

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Crocheting, Macramé and Knitting

woman trying knitted jumperCrocheting is more than just knitting with a hook, and can be used to produce many saleable craft items such as: doilies, tablecloths, blankets, bedspreads, baby clothes, shawls, hats, toys, cushions and novelty items. Crocheting is much faster than knitting and in no time at all you can produce beautiful larger items, such as tablecloths and blankets. Crocheted clothes have become fashion items once again, with waistcoats, ponchos, dresses and bags being much sought after. 'How to' tutorials and patterns are available online and from yarn shops.
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Macramé is essentially making textiles by the use of knots rather than knitting, and is great for making wall hangings, plant pot hangers, bags, decorations, hammocks, toys, jewellery, shawls, rugs, curtains and belts, etc. free macrame patterns

Once you can master 'casting on' and the two basic stitches - purl and knit, you are off with your knitting project. There is always a demand for hand-knitted items, such as jumpers, toys, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats. You can quickly make a luxurious scarf with the basic stitch, using the fabulous yarns that are now available. A beginner can soon make wonderful mohair jumpers using big needles in no time at all. There are also knitting machines that complete items faster than by hand.

If you use your knitting skills to produce gifts for friends and family and you are talented word will soon spread and you will find your needles in demand. Again selling at craft markets can be the first step to building up a reasonable second income from doing a hobby you enjoy.
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