Useful Craft Ideas that You Can Sell

Author: Misha Anatolia

You are a stay-at-home mom or you are thinking about starting your own home-based business. This idea is very attractive but you need to do some preliminary planning and preparation.

A home-based business should focus on something that is easy to sell and that you can be constantly involved in. starting a business on the basis of your favorite crafts is one excellent revenue-generating idea.

Certain crafts can sell effortlessly and will be demanded all the time. Deciding which craft to start selling is essential to the success of your business.

Can You Sell Crafts
Starting your home-based business is a very big step and you should put serious consideration in it. Think about the opportunities but you should also calculate the risks and threats. Understand the fact that any small business idea poses a danger of financial losses.

When you get the idea, you should start thinking about the crafts that make you happy and that you are really good in. It has to be something that you will enjoy doing for a long period of time.

Next, you will have to calculate the business potential of the idea. Is this craft something that people look for and are willing to purchase? Something that is too abstract or impractical will make it difficult for you to generate significant sales.

You should also estimate preliminary expenditure. Do supplies cost a lot? Do you have the financial resources needed to get that business started? A positive answer to this question signifies that you are ready to give it a try.

Types of Crafts to Sell: Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are excellent when it comes to a home-based crafts business. People will always be looking for unique and intriguing gift ideas. Make use of that opportunity.

Make your gift baskets extra special by including various homemade items in the set. It can be homemade cosmetics or your own candy and cookies. You can create beautiful soap bars that will make many ladies looking for a gift very happy.

Homemade Toys
People are returning to homemade products. Mass industrial production is appearing to be less appealing to many.

Many parents are now looking for toys made out of natural materials for their children – wooden cubes are just one example. Do you enjoy making toys? This is another tremendous business opportunity that you have.

Homemade dolls look great and much more creative than the plastic, stereotypical figures that stores sell. Materials needed for doll making are relatively inexpensive and the final result can be really professionally-looking.

Homemade Jewelry
Beaded jewelry, copper earrings and seashell bracelets will always attract the attention of ladies. The more unique and special a piece of jewelry is, the higher its selling potential becomes.

Handmade jewelry has one main adventure – each piece is unique. The jewelry that you make as a part of your hobby could easily transform into a wonderful and successful home-based business idea.

Remember that any type of craft that generates consumer attention could be turned into a successful business idea. Perform a simple web search. See what people are looking for – candles, homemade cosmetics or even beautifully embroidered aprons. Crafts are useful for decorating the home and even special occasions like holidays and bridal showers. Once you know what people are really looking for, you can start making your first steps into the world of small business.

About the Author

Misha Anatolia writes about crafts and party planning topics, including bridal shower arts and crafts and other bridal shower ideas. Misha enjoys crafts and hosting parties when not writing.

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Selling Your Homemade Crafts Online With Etsy

By Ira Mency

Getting started selling with Etsy is easy. Although it is free to open a storefront, you will need to link a credit card to your account for any billing fees incurred which are due monthly. You will later have the option of paying these fees via PayPal, or with your credit card. To get started, you will set up your account and choose a user (store) name.

With Etsy, you are allowed to sell handmade items made by you, vintage items at least 20 years old, or supplies. There are no fees to have a storefront, you simply pay per item listing fees, and minimal sales fees if the item sells.

The software is easy to use, and you will go through a series of guided screens wherein you will write a description of your item for sale, use keywords for materials contained in your item, and enter up to five photos. Concise descriptions, excellent photos and good keywords are a must. More screens will prompt you for up to 14 tags that are searchable keywords for your item. You will set shipping fees and categorize your item into a section if you so choose. Finalizing your listing will then explain the listing fee charged.

The software is so user friendly, that you are able to go in and edit your item at any time before it sells by the touch of an "edit" button. I can't stress enough how easy the storefront is to use. You have the ability to create up to ten sections in your store, do batch sorting and move items from one category to another very easily.

Millions of items are on Etsy for sale at any given time. You should invest time in all the plethora of information that Etsy offers on being a successful seller. This will require work and knowledge of how the site works, although the store area is very easy to use and self-explanatory.

Strongly recommended before doing anything, is reading the Etsy "How Selling Works" and "Dos and Don'ts" guidebook and learning from their blog "The Storque". Not to mention, your peers will give you plenty of tips and tricks which you can find stated in the Quit Your Day Job" articles in "The Storque".

The only other fees you would incur are those from PayPal if you accept this payment method.

Additionally, Etsy offers "optional promotional" services such as specialized showcase slots on their site for advertising certain items at certain time slots. These fees start at $7 per slot but there are different types and sometimes additional exposure opportunities.

If your item doesn't sell in the first four months, there's an optional re listing option, which will again, cost twenty cents per item, and last you another four months. Your description and item info including photos will all be saved and re listing is as easy as a touch of a button.

In addition to your handmade crafts and wares, Etsy allows you to sell supplies for crafting, or vintage items (their definition is any item over twenty years old.)

Additional help can be found in the Etsy forums.

Ira Mency has been on Etsy since 2007 with her Retro Chalet Etsy shop at [http://www.etsy.com/shop/RetroChalet]http://www.etsy.com/shop/RetroChalet. She also runs a blog for vintage Etsy sellers at [http://VintageChalet.blogspot.com]http://VintageChalet.blogspot.com.

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DIY Wine Rack Designs

By Stan Schubridge

If you have your own home bar, a wine rack design is the perfect accessory to add to it. But, it doesn't mean you can't have your own wine rack if you don't have a bar. They can go anywhere around your home.

But rather than travel all around the world looking for the perfect wine accessories for your home, doing it yourself can be cost effective as well as give you something fun to do. There is no reason why you can't have the things you want. If you can imagine it, then you can do it yourself.

There are several designs that we can look at today. The first design is rather simple. But, it's also very elegant.

Two Diamonds

I just made up that name so that you could imagine what it might look like. All it takes to build a two diamond wine rack that holds three bottles of wine are several different lengths of 1" by " sections of wood. You'll need four 8" lengths and eight 4" lengths to create the two diamonds. Then, you'll need seven 3" lengths to run the width. Seven screws hold your frame together. It's the easiest thing in the world to figure out and it's quite elegant no matter where you put it.

The Wine Tube

The wine tube would probably be the easiest to put together. It's so elegant in its incredibly simplistic design that it's hard to imagine it hasn't been thought of sooner. A length of wood is really all you need to create this unique wine rack.

Choose a 2" wide by 1" thick by 4-5' length of wood. The length is really up to you. Depending on how many bottles of wine you want to hold, choose your length of wood accordingly. Drill 1" diameter holes " a part the length of the wood. Attach the wood to the wall with screws and make sure it's attached to the stud in the wall for security purposes. Some people use thick rubber or plastic separators to give additional distance between the wine rack and the wall. If you alternate bottles of wine on each side of your wine rack, you can put a good amount of standard sized wine bottles on your wall.

Hanging Wine Rack

Another simple design is a hanging wine rack. You can build a wood frame using 2" by 1" wood. The length and width of your frame is determined by you. But, a normal size frame could be a small 2" by 1" frame. Simply build the frame using nails or screws. For added support, run a middle length of board across the bottom of the frame and your wine will sit better in the frame. Now, suspend your wine rack from the ceiling using a chain and you are finished. Fill your hanging wine rack with bottles of wine and you've got yourself quite the wine rack.

Any of these designs is open to your interpretation. These are just guidelines. But, you can make a larger wine rack than just the two diamond shape I mention earlier. The wine tube can have a pyramid dimension that opens wider at the bottom. Your hanging wine rank can have the additional feature of holding wine glasses as well. If you think it, you can make it happen. Do it yourself.

Stan Schubridge is a beer enthusiast who loves tasting new beers and attending beer events. Staying up to date on new innovations in beer and beer products keeps Stan on top of the beer world. You can read a great deal about beer and what Stan has found by visiting the Learning Center and other pages at [http://beertaps.com]Beertaps.com.

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Confessions of a Work at Home Mom

Author: Quinn Price

I didn't mean to become a work-at-home worker. When my company laid me off after the merger, I almost gave up hope of finding something flexible enough to fit in with the demands of my family. But at the invitation of her career counselor, I found a data entry job that promised to make full use of my typing skills and provide me the flexibility I was looking for.

So what's the confession? That I love it? I do, but let me dig a little deeper for those who are thinking of heading down this road.

Confession #1: It's Not for Everyone

I ended up working with a small consulting firm. I do client presentation preparation work, handle the billing, and do other administrative support for them. I sit at a computer for 7 hours a day and process reimbursements, edit presentations, make travel arrangements for the partners, and do some light document maintenance in a SharePoint where the firm's consultants store their documents.

You might envy my commute, but if you are a highly social person with big needs for affirmation and human contact, this isn't for you. Sure, I'm at a place in my life where flexibility is more important than other job perks. But if you don't have the temperament for long hours without adult conversation and for self motivation, steer clear of all work at home opportunities.

My career counselor pointed me in this direction because I actually enjoy time alone. It energizes me. Too much socializing seems to drain me. I don't know why. I might be flawed at some deep level. I just know that's me. And knowing me helps me find opportunities that are right for me.

Confession #2: I Have to Intentionally Grow Relationships

I actively manage office relationships working in an office, I can't help but trip over my colleagues and boss many times a day. But working at home means that I have to intentionally manage relationships that otherwise would wither on the vine.

I do this in two ways; formally and informally. I coordinate meetings with the people inside the firm I support and get feedback from those I serve. And I do this informally in that I intentionally reach out to people in the firm on birthdays, after important client milestones, or simply to connect. I realize that people have other priorities so I don't become a pain, but a few minutes over skype helps to build the relationship. I can't neglect that.

It works. I've found the health of office relationships growing as I intentionally manage them. And I'm finding my job expand as I grow.

Confession #3: They Trained Me To Do This

My former job, that large corporation that decided to merge and fire me, well they trained me for the job I'm in now. Thank you. Anybody who can type well, can navigate most of the Microsoft Office applications or other applications you find in most office settings are perfect candidates for a data entry work at home opportunity. I know I was.

I wasn't happy after they let me go, but I'm okay now and honestly loving what I do. It fits. I don't know if I'll ever go back to a traditional job. So in the end, I won and they lost talent. In the end, I confess that it all worked out well for me although I noticed their stock price never recovered. At least one of us is doing well.

Janet Stein and Quinn Price are writers and contributors to the website obFindingSecrets.Com. To learn more about work at home opportunities, visit JobFindingSecrets.com

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