There’s money to be made with your skills if you’re good at any type of craft. Here are 10 common craft ideas that you can do to make money, either as a hobby, home based business or small business.
1. Basketry and Canework
Basketry and other wickerwork with raffia etc, appeal to many people because they’re not only beautiful, they’re practical. They have many uses from storing stuff in the home to gifts for family and friends. Making basic wicket baskets is not a difficult skill to pick up, although it takes some time to get good at it and produce the more fancy and elegant ones. Once you do though, there are many ways to make money from it.
To be successful in this money maker, you need to keep a good standard of workmanship. Brightly colored designs have a wide appeal, but try to combine clever designs with practical purposes. Study the market and offer your products on sale or return to gift and novelty shops, stores, women’s exchanges etc. Popular items are lamp shades, baskets, mats, trays, footstools, hats, chair seats and backs. There’s no reason why you cannot have your own line of fine products that can be sold as art pieces. Another way of making money from this hobby is to conduct classes, teaching people how to produce simple basketry/canework items. If you’re particularly skilled and have a good way with people, you could always sell yourself as a demonstrator where malls pay you to demonstrate your skills on stage for craft promotions etc. This money maker is about using your creativity to turn a simple hobby into money. Continue reading