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How to Start Your Own Custom Craft Business

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There are over 2.1 million sellers on Etsy alone. You, too, can turn your fantasy of owning a craft business into a reality with a few solid tips.

Sure, Etsy has millions of active buyers. But even brick-and-mortar craft businesses can thrive with the right strategy.

If you love making crafts, you might as well do it for profit. Doing something you love for money is the most satisfying feeling ever.

Here’s what you should know about starting craft businesses:

Know Your Target Audience and Products

Research your target audience and the demographics they’re in. What kind of people do your crafts attract? Use the knowledge you gain to improve your products and business strategy.

For example, some people create jewelry with gemstones, religious/occult symbols, or natural materials. Consumers who are into crafts like these tend to be more spiritual. That’s why certain jewelry sellers often include spiritual information in their product descriptions.

Which of your crafts generate the most interest? You could take that product and create meaningful variations of it.

Set Up a Website

Engaging in any kind of craft eCommerce requires a website. Even if you’re not starting an online business, you still need a website to advertise your brand and collect leads. For example, if your hobby is designing, you could try a platform that has easy integration with Shopify so you can set up a store and start selling your products. If you’re just starting, you should look for a platform that offers easy-to-use tools that allow you to quickly create and launch an intuitive website. It should also be cost-effective and provide features such as hosting, automated backup, customer support, marketing automation tools, and more.

People can also contact you through your website for more information.

Sell Unique Products in Your Niche

Regardless of whether you’re starting an Etsy store or a business with a storefront, you’ll still need to find your niche. Your niche is defined by your business’s specialties that other businesses don’t offer.

For example, let’s pretend you create holiday crafts. You’d have to identify a holiday-related niche and research your competition thoroughly.

You can sell customizable products that both look good and promote your brand. Start creating unique merchandise by checking out the aforementioned link.

Choose a Good Brand Name

You need a catchy and relevant brand name to succeed. Your name should be original, memorable, and to-the-point.

For many people, your brand name will be the first thing they learn about your business. Make sure the name is descriptive but not too long.

Always check online to make sure there aren’t any other businesses with your name. Once you’ve picked a business name, an attorney will walk you through the process of registering it.

Money Stuff

You’ll need to create a tax ID number for your business, even if you’re only running an eCommerce business. After all, a craft business is still a business. Read an eCommerce guide for more information about officially registering an online business.

Find a place where you can get affordable but high-quality crafting materials. Your local craft store is a good place to start.

Packaging Your Craft Products

How you package your craft products can have a significant effect on how customers perceive your brand. Packaging should not only protect but also reflect its values and story – black boxes for an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic or recycled materials for an eco-friendly image can do the trick, as can including personalized thank-you notes or freebies to make customers feel appreciated and encourage repeat business. Ensure all packaging is neat, professional, consistent across products while taking into account factors like cost, practicality and the unboxing experience.

Your Craft Business Is Counting On You

The craft market exceeds $32 billion. You’ll need to differentiate your craft business from others in order to stand out.

Develop a business plan in advance. Writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them.

Get inspired—check out our Make It Monday section for more crafty ideas. A little imagination goes a long way in the craft world.

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