Crafting is different for everyone. What I like to do you may not and vice versa. The common theme however is making the project yourself. People who craft all the time know that they can spruce up a store bought item and put their own personal touch on the item. All my life I crocheted, sewed, upholstered and even painted furniture changing the original look. I never thought I’d start some new type of crafting style. Then one day my dear sister in law bought a Cricut Maker for me for my birthday. I had never seen one before even though the Cricuts have been around for several years. The Cricut is a fancy crafting companion with limitless options.
It’s been an entire year since I received my Cricut Maker. It was a very intimidating machine since I was really starting from scratch but just recently I started trying all sorts of new things. I really enjoy making fancy cards and gift tags. I have done a few iron on projects also. I have used the fabric cutter and made a few face masks when the pandemic first started. I have done vinyl on glasses and coffee mugs also.
I have been to several “Farmers Markets” on Long Island and noticed that people have all sorts of crafts they make and design for sale. These crafts people are making are much more vibrant and intricate then what I remembered from years past. There seems to be a market for every craft. I guess people are passionate about something and then voila a business is born. There are so many ways to sell your goods. You just need to be good at something. Post your pictures of your craft on facebook and instagram. That will be your biggest audience. If a viewer wants to look further and see what you have to offer you can leave a link to your Etsy shop or other seller account right on your uploaded picture, or hashtag added.
I noticed there are many people that craft have several avenues of income. Some crafters have their online shops, then their youtube channels and the farmers markets. When you have your own crafting business you have a lot of tax relief. You do have to add sales tax and pay your state sales tax, however the cost of your craft supplies are all deductible. Other expenses that are deductible could be costs of renting space at a Farmers Market, flea market or other venue. Also deductible are costs like mileage or a vehicle used for business. Food expenses you have to check each individual state. You could use a portion of your house if you utilize a party of your home just for your business which will include heat, cooling, internet, and phone. Other miscellaneous expenses include ink for your printer, a printer, and advertisements.
I have not started a crafting business yet. I’m still doing my research and honing in on my craft. These are the tips I have uncovered so far. As a full time worker outside of my house I am very limited in time to create. It is my goal to start a little crafting business in the near future so I can retire and have something to do as well as generate a little income.
I’d be interested to hear from any readers what they have done with their crafting and selling.