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You can make a living crocheting. My handmade business has been in existence for some time now. I have a steady income that allows me to be more independent and secure. Blogging is my favorite way to make money crocheting, but you have many other ways to make money online. You can also incorporate these into your daily life.
This post will share 9 ways to make money from crocheting, work from home and resources for those who want to start a business or open a blog.
These are some ways to make extra money, whether you’re looking to start a side business to supplement your income or just to crochet. These are all great options but it takes work.
To be truly successful, you must promote yourself and keep up to date. Instead of encouraging you to quit, I will give you an honest expectation of how running a crochet business looks. You don’t need to be a professional to set up an Etsy shop, or even sell a few items. However, you will need to put the effort in to make it work.
You can sell your items
You might have a lot of crochet projects. You can dropship them! You can share them on Facebook with your family and friends, and offer people the chance to purchase your work.
People will buy anything you make, such as simple beanies, baby clothes or blankets. Handmade items are a big market and one of the easiest ways to make money is by creating them.
These are pros and cons as well as resources that will help you get started.
You can make whatever you want: Hats and beanies are your favorite thing to make. Make amigurumi if you’re interested in making them. You can choose what you enjoy making and how you spend your time.
You decide how much money you make. It doesn’t matter if you charge $50 or $200 for a blanket. You should also consider the cost of materials and time, as well as what other people are charging.
You can work when you want: Everybody has a different schedule so you can make your items whenever it is convenient for you. I do a lot better in the evenings, so I make my items that way. Do what makes you feel better in the morning.
It takes a lot of work. Listing a beanie is not an easy task. You will need to take the time to create a stock, promote them, and ship them.
Sometimes it takes time before you see the results. It could take weeks or even months for something to dropship . It can take time for a dropshipper to get their first order, especially if they are new. You will continue to build your market until you are able to make consistent orders.
The seasons are seasonal in knitting/crochet: You’ll get more orders and make more money in the Fall and Winter. But the flip side is also true. The slow dropshipping of warm and woolly products in spring and summer is a problem.
To sell your finished products, you don’t necessarily need a store or website. Before I opened my shop, I sold to people I knew and got business through them. As a gift, I made a baby blanket for my cousin. I told her that I dropship blankets. I was promoted by my cousin so that the next time someone needed a blanket, they would remember me.
My work was well reviewed by her and she was able get me business even though my first blanket was a gift. It is important to promote yourself and set a fair price for your work. Here are some places where you can sell your crochet.
Get custom orders
It’s a great way of making money by taking custom orders. Custom orders are a great way to make money. You can also dropship it for a bit more because it is unique. You just need to let people that you are doing custom orders know and be able provide the product they want.
To help with this, I created a planner that I use to keep notes of all my projects, including customs. I can use it to track what was asked by the customer, how I made it, and what I charged them. It keeps everything organized and readily available for me when I need it.
My custom blankets make me the most money. When I began telling people about my blankets, I offered them options. You could offer them different options, including different finishes/borders and optional names. They also have the option to choose different price points. You can then work closely with your potential customers to customize the item to meet their needs. They will also be more likely to pay for custom-made items.
You can also make dolls and blankets/garments personalized with your name, or toys that are specific to a character. You can do almost anything, so take pictures of your work to show other people what you can do.
There are many things you can do: Customs allow me to explore new techniques and learn how to make things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. If you are more adventurous with your crochet and willing put in the effort to learn what you need, it can be a lot of fun.
Collaboration is possible with another person: You can collaborate with your customer to create a beautiful design and pick colors that you both love. It’s great to share your ideas and watch the piece come together.
It is possible to charge more for custom orders. Customers have the option to select everything, and can pay more for the privilege of getting something special and exactly what they desire.
There is usually a deadline. If you make something special for someone, it means that they must have it by a certain date. It is essential that you get it done on time. Even if this means crocheting for only a week. This can be a hassle if your schedule is busy.
Customers can sometimes be rude: While this is true for any way to make money in general, it’s also possible to be rude or pushy. Customers can feel entitled to behave in a certain manner because they paid for the custom. It is easy to predict how a customer will behave throughout a relationship from the first conversation.
You can’t choose what you make: Referring to the previous point, custom orders are not yours to decide what you do. You can either say no or limit yourself to making blankets for specific orders, but ultimately, the customer will be satisfied with what you made.
Create an online shop
You can expand your “selling of your items” by opening an online store. This is a separate item from the others because it’s more difficult. Although dropshipping to your family and friends can be a great way of starting, there are limits to how much you can actually sell.
Online shops allow you to reach a wider audience and gain more customers. There is also more work behind the scenes and more options than dropshipping products. You can sell your items online at many places, but Etsy and Ravelry are the most well-known.
There are many things you can sell: You can dropship crocheted items as well as patterns, templates, resources and other materials on Etsy. You can sell more products depending on the location of your shop. Etsy is my favorite place to sell overstock products, take custom orders, as well as sell my patterns, resources, and other items.
Online shops allow you to reach a wider audience. A larger audience = more sales and more money.
You can easily view your stats and finances. If you sell online, you have an analytics page that will tell you how you are doing and what you sold. While you can and should keep track of these information yourself, it is much easier to have the shop do it for your.
There is more competition: More people are dropshipping their products to a larger audience. You have to stand out and be noticed.
There are fees. You will need to pay a small fee for shipping and listing your items. However, if they are included in your pricing, it doesn’t really matter.
Promote, promote, and promote: To be seen and to make sales, you need to share your shop as much as possible. It’s not a con. But it is the reality of a successful shop.
Write a book!
You might consider writing your own book if you are a skilled knitter or crocheter and are able to explain the process to others. You can write a book for teaching beginners, like my Beginner’s Guide to Crochet ebook. This book is free, and I have made good sales. Focusing on one technique, such as creating borders, is a good option. You can also create multiple patterns around a single theme and publish a collection.
Once you have an idea you will need to create it, make patterns and take photos. You can then make a book/PDF of your ideas that you can sell on Etsy or Amazon. If you are interested, I can go in depth on this topic.
You can work at your own pace. You can set your own schedule and move at your own pace.
You have complete creative freedom. You can include whatever you like, but you should focus on the things that you are most passionate about and best at explaining. From start to finish, you can make it your own. The book you see above contains all the things that I wish someone included in beginner crochet courses. It wasn’t there, so I created a book I wanted.
Once you have it, you can continue to dropship it. Passive income is the best. You can make a digital product, such as an ebook, and sell it for years without having to do anything. You can make a lot of money with just one effort.
It takes time. Writing a book takes a lot of work.
Teach a class
You can also teach other people if you are skilled in a craft like crochet or knitting. Classes are always available at local yarn shops, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, and other places like Hobby Lobby. Ask about becoming one. It’s not necessary to be certified, so it’s a great opportunity to explore another way to make money crocheting. It’s fine if they ask you to complete a course to become certified. This is a great article about how to make a living teaching crochet.
You can host your own classes! People love to learn new skills. You can create your own class and charge an admission fee. The supplies can be provided or they can bring it. It can be planned on Facebook, or you can leave flyers at your local library (with permission).
You should have somewhere to meet everyone. You could have a meeting place at your house, a café, or bookstore. Even if you only have a handful of people who show up, you will be able to get to know them better and they will give your work more positive reviews.
This is a great way to make some extra money. You can find 5-10 people interested in learning, charge $50 per class, and you could easily make $250-500 in a single day. Consider how long and how extensive the class will take, as well as the materials you’ll need, before setting your price.
It can be scheduled whenever you want. If you hold it at a library, craft shop, or community center, you can also set up a regular time with them.
You can meet other crochet enthusiasts by teaching a class. This is a great way for you to make new friends and find others who are passionate about your craft.
Know yourself. This is not a con, but it is advice. Some people are more comfortable teaching than others. You need to be patient with anyone who teaches. You can do it if you are able to.