When I first started knitting and crocheting I was constantly thinking “how can I turn this into a business” The reality was, that I couldn’t, at least not at that time, but I could make money off of it, and this is how I made money knitting and crocheting.
Know What You’re Doing
So I realize that this is probably obvious, but I noticed that a lot of people don’t really know that much about what their craft is. So with that, I suggest you at least learn how it was made, what stitches were used and this is important – the yarn you used. I know a lot of people ask me those questions and it is professional to respond with valid answers.
2. Find Your Strengths
When I started crocheting in college I did a lot of different things but I was best at hats. I would try and make scarves and things that are worked flat but I would lose stitches, or add stitches and the work just wasn’t perfect. You don’t want to sell that. Sell the things you’re strong at and who knows – that might be your money maker! If that’s the case, stick to that and just change the colors, textures, play around with sizing, and go make a killing!
Side note – always work on your weaknesses, they might become your strengths soon! Practice makes progress.
3. Wear What You Make
This one is huge. I made the most sales off of people just complimenting my hats, scarves, sweaters, etc. Since I started off making most of my projects for myself, I would wear them and then take them out on the town. One time I was just in line grabbing a coffee and this woman said she liked my hat and I said “oh thank you! That means a lot to me, I just started making them and selling them”
The truth was, I wasn’t selling them, yet. Nonetheless she took my e-mail and asked for a hat for each of her daughters and I loved making each and every one of them!
4. Promote Yourself
This is hard, probably the hardest thing to do because it can be awkward, really awkward. But you have to do it. If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will? This doesn’t mean go on every one of your friends Facebook and tell them to buy your creation because that can get annoying, really quick. But perhaps before the holiday rush, create a status saying you will be taking orders for projects if anyone was interested in. Or, go to your local craft shop and ask if you can hold a workshop. Maybe you can post it on twitter and instagram that you are selling. Don’t do too much, but do something.
5. Do What You Can
Don’t take on too much, just do what you can. It can get daunting sometimes once you see you have orders coming in, but don’t take on too much and don’t wear yourself out. Having too much is a good problem to have, but if you can’t fill your orders in a timely and professional manner it might not be worth it.
I hope this helps you in your craft business endeavors!