How to Start an Online Crochet Business

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How to Start an Online Crochet Business


If you love to crochet, then starting an online crochet business can be very rewarding on many different levels. For one, crocheting is a great way to take your mind off of your problems while you meditate on your work, or on whatever helps your mind to relax. Two, it gives you a great sense of satisfaction when you complete a crochet project. And three, being able to earn a living with your crocheting hobby is the greatest joy of all as you will never have to work at a job that doesn’t interest you ever again.

Starting an online crochet business is inexpensive as you do not need any investment other than an internet connection, your time, yarn and crochet hooks. I would like to say that it is easy, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication until you begin to see some positive results. Hence the reason why there are so few who succeed.

There are several ways that you can go about starting an online crochet business, and I will cover them briefly in this article.


Sell Your Crocheted Items

One way to make money with crocheting is to sell your finished crocheted items online. You can set up a crochet store on your own paid hosting account, which you can get from a hosting provider such as, Godaddy or Hostgator. The cost is less than $100.00 per year for a domain name and a hosting account.

If you don’t want to make that investment, then you can resort to a free blogging platform, such as Blogger or wordpress. Either way, you will make money provided that your products are of good value.

Another thing that you will have to look into is a secure way for you to collect payments from your customers. If you have your own hosting account, then your hosting provider can help you to set up a secure shopping cart. You can also use paypal, which is a popular and secure program that you can use to send and receive money.

Another, and a more convenient option, is to sell your items on e-commerce sites, such as Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, eCrater and iCraft. These sites make it very easy for anyone to get started with selling their crocheted items. They generally charge a small listing fee, but they are the way to go if you are not familiar with setting up a blog or website.

The good thing about e-commerce sites is that many of them allow you to list your items as well as set up your own storefront from where you can showcase your items. They provide you with a handy shopping cart that makes it easy and safe for your customers to make the purchase. In addition, they take care of all the technical problems so that all you have to do is list your items and ship them once they sell.

Another benefit of listing your items on the e-commerce sites is that those sites receive a high volume of targeted traffic each day, which ultimately increases your chances of making a sale.

Where to Find Crochet Designs to Make and Sell

It is not always the case, but many crochet designers who post their work online will give you permission to use their patterns as long as you do not distribute the pattern in any way or go into mass production of the pattern. You can find many crochet sites simply by doing a search in Google or any other search engine.

Always check the website in regards to the pattern policies and make sure that you follow them. If no information is available then you should contact the designer and obtain permission first before you start selling any items from their designs.

All my free crochet patterns on CrochetN’Crafts are available for you to use as long as you do not mass produce or redistribute the patterns. You can read more about my pattern policies on my website.

Earn Residual Income by Designing Crochet Patterns

Another way to make money with crocheting is to design your own patterns. This method, by the way, is my favorite method as it allows me to earn residual income. That means I do the work once, and get paid over and over again. When you sell the finished items, on the other hand, you have to re-invest your time every time you make a sale.

And again, there are several ways to go about making money with designing crochet patterns. You can put your crochet patterns into pdf files, also known as e-books, and then sell them online at a fair price. You can sell them on your own blog or website, or use the e-commerce sites mentioned above. In addition to those sites, you can also list your crochet patterns on Ravelry and LuLu.

The other thing that you can do is give the patterns away for free, and then earn your money with Adsense or another ad network by placing their ads along-side your free patterns. You can also sell advertising space directly to advertisers for a flat monthly fee that is based on the quality of your traffic.

It takes a long time to generate enough traffic to your website in order to make enough money through advertising, but it pays off nicely in the long run. And the best part is that once you have done the work, it will continue to pay you for the rest of your life.

Are You Making Money with Crocheting

  • Yes - I Earn a Comfortable Living
  • Yes - I Earn a Few Dollars on the Side
  • No - Unable to Find Success
  • No - Have Not Tried to Make Money With It
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Comments 22 comments

RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this super overview. Motivating and instructional, it should be a help to anyone wanting to start a craft business on line. I appreciate learning more about how an online craft business would work.


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Thank you RTalloni. I hope that it will be of help to others. Unfortunately, however, there is much to learn, and the most valuable lessons are often learned the hard way through trial and error. Thanks for stopping by.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

You offer a great springboard here for people who are interested, though. Maybe we'll see more of what you've learned about different aspects of an online craft business in future hubs. :)


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Yes you are right. This is a good place to start. I am still learning myself, but perhaps in the future I could expand a bit more. Thank you.


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Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

Thank you for this hub. You are right, crochet business online requires very less investment. I have some ideas, about starting it. I think that reading your hubs I will finally make my dreams come true. Thank you for sharing.


PWalker281 4 years ago

Yes indeed, this is an excellent overview of how to start an online crochet business. I've done a little bit with patterns for sale on a number of sites as well as Google advertising on my blog. What I'd like to do is offer advertising directly but I don't have enough traffic yet. Have also been thinking of starting an Etsy store.

I really appreciate designers who allow crocheters to make and sell their designs. You always have to remember though to give credit to the original designer. Many designers won't let you do this, but I see it as a form of paid advertising for the designer.

Thanks for sharing!! Rated up and (very) useful.

P.S. Thanks so much for plugging my hub on creating crochet patterns. I was wondering why there was such a big jump in views. I'll have to return the favor :-).


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Silwen, I hope that you will make your dreams come true, and I would be happy if I could help. If you ever decide to offer any of your patterns for free, send the links my way and I'll be happy to link to them. Thank you.


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

PWalker, Thank you for the feedback. I have never heard of a designer not wanting others to give them credit. For me, I feel honored when they let me know that they are giving me credit. :) And as you say it's advertising for the designer, so why not.

No problem with the link. I think that it only adds value when you share the work of others, especially when it is written and detailed as nicely as yours. And the way I see it, you have already returned the favor just by writing, but any link back is always appreciated. :) Thank you.


PWalker281 4 years ago

What I meant was many designers won't let you use their patterns to make items for sale even if you give them credit for the design. In other words, they don't want you to use their free patterns to make money.


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Ah yes, I got you now. :) I can understand it if they are selling their finished items as well because they don't want the competition. But besides that, their missing out on publicity.


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SaraDuggan 4 years ago from California

Super article. Glad I found it. All things to take into account when starting a crochet business. I too find selling patterns more rewarding than selling the actual product. I find that people are more willing to buy the pattern than to pay what the product is worth made.

P.S. bonita patterns and planetjune are both designers who will let you sell the completed products - you just have to give them credit for the pattern. Plus both are compiling a crochet directory of those who crochet.


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Thank you for letting me know about bonita patterns and planetjune. Planetjune sounds familiar, but I don't think I have heard of bonita patterns. Would you mind posting the link so that myself and others can find them?

Thank you.


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SaraDuggan 4 years ago from California

http://bonitapatterns.com and http://planetjune.com/

You've probably seen Bonita patterns as she is known for the Crocodile stitch.


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

You are right, I have seen a few of her patterns. Thanks for posting those links...I'm sure they will help someone out.


Marilyn 4 years ago

This was so helpful to me. I plan on trying one ofhosting sites. Thanks!


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

Marilyn, I'm glad you found this useful. Wishing you the best in your new venture.


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wordsmith2418 4 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Great ideas presented here. I've been making doll clothes for a little over ten years. I always sold the completed items. I was home with my little ones and did it to help make ends meet. Now, I'm getting more into designing my own patterns. Still trying to figure out how and where to sell them. I've been with ebay a long time but their fees have gotten pretty high. I'm thinking of etsy and possible using ejunkie to get my designs into pdf format. Good grief, it's sooooo much work though. Thanks for an encouraging article!


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Rhelena 4 years ago Author

I agree, ebay is too expensive. Unless you have a huge selection or can take advantage of their free listings, its really not worth it. LOl, and you are right, it is a lot of work, but the good thing is that once the work is done, it is done, but it will continue to pay you for the rest of your life. So the more work we do today, the less we have to do tomorrow. :) Keep at it and let me know if you ever have a pattern that I can link to. I always love free patterns, and will be more than happy to link to them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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RhondaHumphreys1 3 years ago from Michigan

this is a wonderful overview. I currently am on Etsy @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/RhondaAnnePhotograpy?ref=...

with my photography and have been looking at starting another store with my crocheting. Thank you for some great information!! Voted up and useful


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Rhelena 3 years ago Author

You should definitely go for it Rhonda. It's a lot of work, but if you love what you are doing then it is all worth it in the end.


Janice 3 years ago

Thank you so much for the info & patterns you share. Reading your above writing makes me wonder??? I found your web site on Pintrest. I have added some of the companies I purchase from on my page. Can I collect from these companies for advertisement?

Thank you,

Janice


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Rhelena 3 years ago Author

Hi Janice,

You would have to get in touch with the companies in order to collect. Sometimes these companies have affiliate programs that you can join. The only other solution would be to sign up with an ad network like adsense, chitika or project wonderful if you're looking to earn money.

Good luck!

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