There are many types of craft businesses you can conduct from home, part-time or full-time. The choices vary according to your skills and abilities. If you're looking for ideas, consider these:
Earn money with your knitting skills by creating your own line of handmade products. You may also offer to knit projects as requested. In addition to making your own creations, consider using the internet to reach customers worldwide. Create your own patterns and sell them as downloads, books, or ebooks.
Baskets are useful to people for giving gifts, decorations, or for storage. If you know how to weave baskets, then basket weaving is the crafts business for you. There are many "hidden markets" for selling your baskets. Consider offering a "gift package" to employers, where you stock your baskets with various products (that they can give away to employees as gifts). You can also sell them to unrelated retail stores that offer seasonal gifts.
Gifts in a Jar
Have you ever received delicious ingredients, beautifully layered in a canning jar? Homemade gifts are still the most appreciated among all gift recipients. Gifts in a jar give the perfect homemade touch, even when it's not homemade. You can assemble various types of gifts in a jar products, and sell them by mail or locally. There are hundreds of recipes already online, or you can use your own. For example, you can get all of the dry ingredients for chocolate cookies. You would layer each ingredient until the Jar is tightly packed. Attached to the jar are instructions for baking and the wet ingredients needed. Another option is to sell the recipes and instructions in a book or ebook.
Sell Craft Videos
Perhaps you don't have any crafts skills yourself, but you love crafts and would like to own a crafts business. Consider producing craft videos to sell. Producing videos can be relatively inexpensive. You can hire local filmmakers and talents using free ads on Craigslist. Producing takes organization and managment skills, which you may already have, and there are many resources online to help you with this. When your videos are ready to be promoted, you can use Youtube and other like services to promote your videos online. If you choose not to make your own videos, you can distribute already made ones. You can sell these locally, online, or by mail.
Teach others what you know. You can hold classes in your home, or even at a store in your town that markets to your students. There are also city and state programs that hire teachers for crafts classes. These include parks and recreation departments, community centers, and libraries. You can also offer classes through local continuing education programs, community colleges, and other adult learning programs. Not only would you get paid for your time, it would be a great marketing and networking opportunity. You may even have the chance to sell some of your items at the conclusion of each class. If selling is not an option, be sure to hand out marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, or brochures. Consider offering a discount to class attendees to get them to take action right away.
There are dozens of other craft businesses you can consider. Use your imagination, and you can turn your hobby into a work-from-home craft business.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.