I’m always looking for ways to make more money. Last week I shared with you how to make money blogging. Another way you can make more money is with your hobbies! Knitting, crocheting, painting, sewing, and cross stitch are just not for grandmas any more! Personally, I enjoy knitting. I like making socks, dish cloths, and baby blankets. It’s nothing more than a hobby for me because the time and energy I invest knitting the items outweighs the monetary gain. I like giving my things as gifts, but have often times wished for a way to make knitting my job! That’s not going to happen, but if I do decide to sell my dish cloths, I know there are options out there. There are a few different websites that you can use to sell your crafts online.
Etsy.com is of course the first website that comes to mind for most people. With Etsy, you create your own “store” and list items for a certain amount. There’s no upfront investment to become an Etsy seller. You can start your store for free, which I think is awesome. When you list an item with Etsy, there is a 20 cent per item fee. With that fee, you have the ability to upload five photos of that item for four months. If your item doesn’t sell, you don’t pay any more money. If your item sells, you pay a 3.5 percent commission to Etsy. You are in control of your earnings, as there’s no limit to how much you price your items for, and if your items are popular, you’ll make more money!
Etsy is a site for all crafts: knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, sewing, painting, etc. It’s nice because you can search the site for whatever items you’d like according to the craft type.
Jewelrywonder.com is a site where you can sell jewelry, crafts, art, clothing, home and garden, dvds, and more! With Jewelry Wonder, it’s completely free. There are no set up fees, listing, hosting, monthly or transaction fees. You set your own prices, so you have an unlimited potential for earnings as well. Jewelry wonder is not just for jewelry (as misleading as the name sounds!) so if you try Etsy and don’t have much success, you may want to try Jewelry Wonder. You just have to have at least 30 items to open the free online store.
Artfire.com is the “premiere handmade marketplace” where you can buy and sell crafts. They feature everything from handmade items, fine art, craft supplies, vintage, and even media. You can choose from a basic free account (which has unlimited listing and four pictures per item) to a pro account (with 10 pictures per item plus a customizable store and promo features) at $15.95 a month. With ArtFire, you can sell directly from your blog or website. ArtFire has no transaction fees, so you get to keep 100% of your earnings.
These are some great ways to boost your income if you’re an artist or into crafts. Of course, I always make sure that it’s worth my time to make and sell items, but if you’re in it for the fun, that’s even better!
What are your hobbies? Could you make money with them?