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List of Small Business Ideas For Crafters

Updated on June 25, 2011
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Many crafters dream of turning their hobby into a business. Craft businesses generally have low start up costs and are easy to run from home. They are a perfect choice for work at home moms and dads.

If you are interested in starting a crafts business, you probably already have the crafting skills you'll need, but how can you make your products stand out from the crowd at a craft show or on a website such as Etsy.com?

This list of small business ideas for crafters will help inspire new products and help you find a successful niche.

Mix and Match Your Niche

To get an idea of the possibilities for a small craft business, mix and match from the following lists. On the left is a list of crafts; on the right, a list of specialty niches:

  • antique
  • baby
  • collectible
  • custom
  • designer
  • distressed
  • eco-friendly
  • ethnic
  • fair trade
  • gothic
  • grunge
  • handcarved
  • handcrafted
  • handmade
  • handspun
  • handwoven
  • holiday
  • homemade
  • mouthblown
  • organic
  • personalized
  • pet
  • punk
  • reclaimed
  • recycled
  • reproduction
  • restoration
  • retro
  • rustic
  • scented
  • sexy
  • steampunk
  • unique
  • upcycled
  • vegan
  • Victorian
  • vintage
  • wedding
  • Western

  • basketry
  • beading
  • bookmaking
  • calligraphy
  • candlemaking
  • ceramics
  • collage
  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • doll making
  • drawing
  • embroidery
  • engraving
  • fiber arts
  • flower arranging
  • framing
  • furniture
  • glass-blowing
  • jewelry
  • knitting
  • leather working
  • metal-working
  • needlepoint
  • origami
  • painting
  • paper cutting
  • paper making
  • photography
  • print-making
  • pottery
  • quilting
  • rug making
  • scrapbooking
  • sculpture
  • sewing
  • soap making
  • stained glass
  • tanning
  • taxidermy
  • toy making
  • weaving
  • woodworking

After a little mixing and matching from the lists above, you may come up with any number of creative ideas for your business, such as the following:

  • homemade potpourri
  • organic baby blankets
  • recycled gold wedding rings
  • reproduction historical fashion
  • scherenschnitte
  • vegan shoes

Another way to brainstorm products for a successful craft business is to experiment with unusual or unique supplies. At least one crafter has started a successful business spinning and weaving the hair of beloved pets into custom sweaters for their loving owners. Others make waterproof handbags out of plastic shopping bags, soap out of goat's milk, or earrings out of Lego figurines.

Another brainstorming strategy is to consider what needs you can fill. Crafters' skill and creativity gives them an edge as inventors. Consider, for example, the endless quest of bird lovers for a squirrel-proof bird feeder, or of mothers for a cloth diaper that doesn't leak - will you be the one to solve the problem?

Finally, don't forget craft-related businesses such as craft supplies and crafting lessons!

Tips and Advice for Starting a Craft Business

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    • BanglewoodCrafts profile image

      BanglewoodCrafts 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great Advice Thanks!

    • Designsmith profile image

      Designsmith 

      7 years ago from City of Gold. Johannesburg

      Hi. Damned clever way of getting business keyword ideas and you could use your method to do LSI keywords too. Thanks for a cool tip.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      There are quite a few suggestion there in which I would be interesting. Thank you for giving such dood ideas.

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