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I noticed a post on Facebook today and it got me thinking about how many creative people there are out there and how they could exploit their talents to increase their income. A friend who has a full-time job had just finished making a children’s blanket that she had sold to someone in America. This is just one example of how you can make money from a hobby.
Here are some sales platforms you could use without leaving home:
Etsy specialises in handmade items from jewellery to hair accessories to children’s clothes. You have your own shop where you list your items and Etsy takes 3.5% of the sale price of anything you sell.
The website has a wealth of information and advice to guide you every step of the way.
Click here for some hints and tips about selling on Etsy.
You could spend your life on Redbubble and still never exhaust all there is to see. Unlike Etsy that sells your own products, Redbubble takes your art and creates their own products with it. Items available include t-shirts, phone cases, calendars, posters, cushions, stickers and notepads.
All you need to do is provide the artwork and Redbubble does the rest. This is particularly popular with television and film ‘fandoms’ so if you are at all artistic it might be worth a try. As Redbubble are creating and shipping the items they set the base price and you add your ‘mark up’ which is the money you will make. It might take a little while to get the right balance but looking at what others are charging should help.
To find out more about Redbubble, please click here.
More than just a place to sell your unwanted junk, eBay is a great place to sell custom made items. Again, the artwork is very popular as is jewellery and furniture but our particular favourites are customised toys like this amazing Playmobil Haunted Mansion.
Make sure you keep track of what you spend creating the items and your shipping costs though or you could end up making a loss.
A simple and straightforward place to get your creations in front of people with very little effort required. Start with a page and share it with friends who in turn will hopefully share it with their friends and with luck you will have many page ‘likes’ in a short space of time. Then it is up to you to get your products in front of them. If you don’t want to have to create your own website to actually handle the eCommerce side of things you can always point your interested customers towards Etsy for the final transaction.
As always, it is sensible to be aware of any potential issues you may encounter. As such, we recommend that you check out ‘6 tips for avoiding scams on Facebook Marketplace‘.
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