Crafting is a very popular hobby for women around the world. If you love crafting you may be surprised to learn that you can build quite a profitable home business around your hobby. Whether you love to sew, build birdhouses, cross stitch or any other craft you can begin a home business that will allow you to do what you love to do while earning an income.
To begin setting up a crafting business at home you will need a business plan. This plan should include the craft projects that you will be selling. Or, if you prefer you can set up a business that teaches other people how to do specific crafts. You can hold weekly or bi-weekly lessons teaching others to make their own creations. Your business plan should include everything that you intend to offer your customers, whether it will be products or lessons. You should also include an estimate of what supplies you will need to begin. For instance if you are planning to sell handmade baskets then you will need enough supplies to make several baskets. Be sure to include in your plan any equipment that you need in addition to supplies.
Next you will need to let people know about your crafting business. You can have flyers printed up or do them yourself with a computer and photo software that will show prospective customers what you are offering. You can have these flyers inserted into your local newspaper or mail them out to people in your area. You can also put up flyers in various businesses around your area. If you are planning to offer your products online you will need to setup a website. You can use free online advertising sites to get your business started. These work fairly well but you may need to move up to paid advertising once you begin to see a profit from your business.
Be sure to include pictures in whatever form of advertising you are using. You will want to give your potential customers an idea of what your crafts look like. You might consider catering to specific holidays or occasions. For instance you may want to simply make homemade Christmas ornaments or handcrafted baskets for weddings. Once you determine your craft of choice it is a good idea to make a list of the different variations that you will offer and list them on your website or in your flyers.
What you charge customers for your crafts will be entirely up to you but be sure to charge enough to cover your expenses plus give your business a profit. A good rule to follow is to choose a profit level that you want to achieve, say 15 percent. Figure out how much your expenses are, including your home office expenses, per craft. Once you have this figure add an additional 15 percent for your profit. You can alter your profit as much as you like but keep in mind that you should not try to overcharge for your products.
You should keep accurate and up to date records of all your income and expenses for tax purposes and be sure to check with your local government agencies to inquire about any needed licenses or certifications before you begin your home business.