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How to Start an Online Crochet Business
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.
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