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Where to Sell Your Crafts Online
Selling Your Crafts Online
So you like to make crafts right? Now, how do you turn turn your projects into profits without opening a store and or setting up a booth? Sell your crafts online.
There are several sites available online that are user friendly and have the ability to bring lots of traffic to your crafts online. If you are more computer savvy then most than you can create your own website and fully customize it to meet your needs and advertise online to get your website out there in front of thousands of viewers.
The key to setting up a site to sell your crafts online is to insure you have the best knowledge of which sites do the best. Do your background work and insure that it is a reputable site. You will also want to set up a PayPal account as that is the most preferred way to pay. PayPal offers your and your customers identity protection when completing transactions.
Sell Your Crafts Online With Etsy
Selling Your Crafts Online
Etsy has become an online craft sensation over the last few years. Etsy allows you to quickly and easily post your crafts for sale on their website using pre-made templates. If you can post pictures and type your own description then you can use Etsy with no problem.
One of the greatest thing about Etsy is that all their products are handmade with the exception of the products being sold wholesale craft supplies. You can find signs, clothes, jewelry, home décor, plants and even jellies and jams on Etsy. With hundreds of thousands items on hand at any given time, Etsy is raking in traffic to help their clients sell their crafts.
More Tips for Selling Your Crafts
The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line shows you how to sell your crafts at markets, stores, online, and just about anywhere you can think of. Great book for someone who is wanting to turn their crafting into a full time or part time business.
Sell Your Crafts Online with eBay
Another Online Craft Store Option
With millions of items to choose from on eBay there is no surprise to see thousands of hand crafted items. You can sell your own items on eBay by creating an eBay and a PayPal account and setting up shop. With eBay you have to ways to sell your items. You can post items 'for sale' at a specified price in your store or you can list them as an auction. You can choose the amount the auction starts at to insure you at least break even. Anything over that is a profit and sometimes certain items can go well over the price it costs to make it. Especially when you have a few highly interested people fighting over the item.
Sell Your Crafts on Facebook
Facebook is a great place to get your name out there. I have noticed recently that a lot of crafters are building pages for their craft businesses and adding hundreds if not thousands of friends to their page. These crafters post their products, sales and any events they have going on. Visitors can view there items and comment on which ones they like and would like to purchase. Purchases are then completed through PayPal or prearranged payment methods.
Here are a few ideas of Facebook pages selling crafts:
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Amazon.. Another Great Place to Sell Your Crafts Online
With millions of daily users it's no wonder that Amazon has quickly grown to an online selling frenzy. You can sell your hand crafted items online with an Amazon account. Like eBay, Amazon offers a huge assortment of products including handcrafted items. These items are listed for thousands of daily viewers to find when searching for the type of item you have listed. In addition to visiting Amazon directly, Amazon has several affiliate programs that allow other website users to paste modules and widgets on their websites listing products for sale by Amazon that relate to their website.
Examples of Crafts Listed on Amazon
Here are a few of the crafts listed on Amazon. As mentioned above other people can link to your products and show them on their website which can drive traffic to your crafts and increase sales. Browse through the items to get an idea of the set up and how easy it would be for someone to view your products even on another site that is not related to Amazon.
In addition to selling your crafts online with Amazon you can also find some great craft supplies and hard to find prints and designs.
Create Your Own Site
If you would rather fly solo and not use one of the more popular sites such as Etsy, eBay or Amazon you can always create your own website. Check with your local computer experts or online for companies that build websites and host domains. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for a full service, custom website. Some crafters start out with one of the above mentioned sites and work their way up to having their own site.
Keep Your Crafts Organized
Keep your work space tidy and your craft supplies organized with these handy craft organizers.
Finally a small compact carrying case. The Craft Locker is stylish and extremely functional for the crafter on the go. Royal purple with Avocado Stitching, 10-1/4-inch by 5-1/2-inch by 5-1/2-inch.
Lid/tray and base each have separate access. Comfortably fits on top of Super Satchel Cube. Each has 2 side bins with both fixed and removable dividers. Top tray of box has removable dividers. Base is one compartment. All boxes in the Super Satchel Series are molded in acid free polypropylene. All "Standard Depth", "Slim" and "Double Deep" models are stackable.
Build your own customized storage system. Whatever your craft of choice with Lockables Organizers you can keep everything neat and tidy and right at hand when you need it. Just choose your storage case and individual organizers based on your specific organizing needs. The patented lockbar system of the organizers allows you to open one bin at a time so there is no bin spillage or migration. Perfect for brads; beads; buttons; sequins; needles; pins; embellishments and more. This package contains one large storage case (9-1/2-inch by 9-1/2-inch by 3-inch) with label window on the spine; a triple snap closure; eight 7-compartment Lockables Organizers; and a purple faux suede cover. Imported.
Stack-On's Small dividers create the ability to organize more parts and items in their Parts Storage Organizers. These dividers allow you to split drawers and increase your storage and organization capabilities. These dividers fit all Stack-On storage cabinets with small size drawers. The clear color allows for increased visibility of contents. A must have with any of the Stack-On plastic drawer organizers.
Take Quality Pictures to Increase Online Sales
The only view of your craft 'store' that online customers have is through your photos. Be sure to use quality photos and multiple photos when possibles. The more photos available to view the front, back and sides, the more the customer can see about your product and be more comfortable knowing that they are getting what they expect.
It doesn't require a hired photographer to take a great picture to post online. Just insure that you pictures are well lit, taken in a clean and tidy area and are large enough to view important details of the products.
What Sites Do You Sell Your Crafts On?
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Do you currently sell your crafts online? Which online site have you had the best luck with? What type of craft do you sell?