Do You Have What It Takes To Start A Craft Business?


Are you just the kind of person who can’t think of anything more exciting than sitting down with a pencil and starting to create something amazing?  Creative people are never happier than when they can finally bring their ideas to life.

If you happen to be a hobby crafter, it’s fair to say that creativity for you might be synonymous with new furniture, bright decoration, or handmade personal gifts.  So, naturally, if you dedicated a lot of time to your craft creations, it can be worth asking yourself whether you should turn your hobby into a business career.

Of course, it’s not the kind of thing that can happen overnight.  Most professional crafters would recommend developing your craft activity before considering quitting your job.  But, if you’re passionate and want to do a job you love, why wouldn’t a craft business be a good idea?
Starting to make a business from crafting
Ready for a crafty business?

No skills, no business

There are two types of crafters: The weekend crafter who can build an exciting seat for their living room – such as this one – and the person who likes to doodle to relax.

Ultimately, if you’re a doodler and haven’t invested any time in improving your skills, starting a craft business may not be the best thing for you right now.  It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy crafting.  But it’s about being able to bring quality products to the market.  The first thing you need to do if you want to go professional could be to join a few local craft workshops to gain some practice and maybe get some inspiring ideas too.

Get Crafting

Where are you keeping your creations?

You may not need to think about it right now, but when you take crafting to the next level, you will need to tackle a few practical problems.  First of all, you need to establish a close relationship with your suppliers, as, ultimately, you want to be able to buy your craft equipment without breaking the bank.  Suppliers can offer discounts to businesses and local partners, which is ideal for you if you want to sell competitively priced items.

Additionally, if you work on complex craft projects – such as preparing the decor for a wedding venue, for instance – or if you want to be able to produce your stock of craft creations in advance, you’ll need a safe storage facility.  Ultimately, it’s fair to say that you can’t keep everything under your craft desk at home!  Not only will you rapidly run out of space, but your creations and supplies can also get damaged from getting crushed to fit into your home.
Don't forget social media posts

Are you ready to shout about it?

Last, but not least, craft businesses can’t thrive without an online presence.  So, aside from creating something that people actually want to buy, you also have to ensure that your creations are visible on the web.

Setting up an online shop is not as difficult as you might think – there are plenty of pre-made templates and online tutorials if you want to do it yourself – but it takes time and dedication to drive traffic to it.  That’s precisely why it’s best to set up your website as early as possible so that you can quit your job when things are starting to work out.

There’s only one question left for you to answer: Are you ready to open your craft business?

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