Anywhere in the world, people appreciate beauty, and if you can make beautiful things, there are always people who will pay for it, you only have to be serious enough to find them. I often find many struggling “artists” or artistically inclined individuals, masters of their craft, who often fail to take advantage of the beauty they can create to live the life of their dreams. Most people think you have to be a super artist to make money with arts and crafts, but thanks to the internet, anyone who can make beautiful things (arts, crafts, handmade items), and is serious about making money, can do so with their arts and crafts.
So can you make beautiful things?? Arts, crafts, pottery, it doesn’t matter, learn how to take advantage of the internet and you can turn your art into money. Whether it’s a side hustle or a full-time job, you can make enough money to either supplement your income or even create a full-time income. Itching to start already? let’s go.
If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you already have an art that you pursue, so I’m not going to give lessons on how to make pottery, only on how to turn pottery to money. Let’s go.
How To Make Money With Arts And Crafts
#1. By Selling Arts And Crafts
If you’re serious about making money with art and crafts, then you have to know how to sell your artistic products. With the advent of the internet, a lot of online marketplaces have sprung up with some of them dedicated to helping you showcase your arts to the world and get a good price for it. These websites already have an established user base and allow you to showcase your art to a much larger audience without all the stress of marketing. All you have to do is set up your own store, put in clear, professional photos of your products, a good description and wait for them to sell. Of course you can always do extra marketing on your own to promote yourself even more, but in the end, your art will speak for itself. Still thinking you can’t make money with your art? Here are five of the best marketplaces to sell arts, crafts, and handmade products on the internet;
5 Best Marketplaces To Sell Arts And Crafts
Etsy is the golden rose when it comes to selling and buying arts, crafts, and handmade items online. With over 30 million people from across the globe using Etsy to buy and sell anything from handmade jewelry to one-of-a-kind house decor, the opportunities for a seller are limitless. You can even sell craft supplies and rare vintage items if that’s more of your speed. Overall, Etsy is one of the most popular arts communities online and even offers the convenience of cool features like gift cards.
Another bonus is low costs: there are no membership fees on Etsy, and it costs just $0.20 to list an item until it sells. The site collects a 3.5% fee on the total sale price (including shipping) of each item. All sales transaction are done through Direct Checkout, PayPal, check, or money order. To learn more, check out Etsy’s comprehensive Seller Handbook with details on photography, shipping, growth strategies, and more.
You’ve probably heard of eBay before and it’s not just for selling old things you don’t need anymore. eBay has a vast array of listings due to its huge user base and if you can dream it, you can likely find it somewhere on the site for a price. Some of the more prominent craft categories on eBay include woodworking, scrapbooking, ceramics and pottery, textile art, craft supplies, and even origami. One of eBay’s most unique features is its different buying structures, including auctions. You can set a low auction starting price on your items and/or choose a set Buy-It-Now amount.
Whichever you choose, understand that there are various selling fees involved in all transactions. You’ll likely encounter an insertion fee, final sale fee, and some upgrade fees, depending on how you choose to list. The amounts vary by item, but — for example — a $30 item with $5 shipping will cost you $3.15, according to the fee calculator. Read eBay’s Crafts Selling Guide for more details on making listings, selling your stuff, and shipping.
“Find everything but the ordinary” is Bonanza’s site motto and for good reason. You can discover anything from crocheted potholders to beaded necklaces to original canvas paintings on the site. Better yet, the site is well known as a good alternative to some of the bigger name marketplaces out there. Over 50,000 sellers have shared that they prefer the site to others like Etsy and eBay for the low fees, customer service, and profitability. Like eBay, you’ll find the craft items among many other things for sale like collectibles, women’s retail fashion, makeup, and more. The difference? There are no fees unless your item sells. You’ll encounter a 3.5% fee on final order values less than $500 — but that’s minus a shipping fee exemption of up to $10 to keep some extra money in your pocket. Check out the Selling on Bonanza guide for more information.
How about no listing fees, no sale fees, and a free account? That’s exactly what you’ll get with Zibbet. The site stays true to its mission by selling only handmade items — and absolutely nothing that has been mass-produced.
If you currently sell goods on Etsy, you can use the site’s import tool to automatically switch your listings to Zibbet. You’ll also find some powerful promo tools, like custom coupon codes and gift certificates that get buyers clicking again and again. Take advantage of your account’s statistics to track your sales and progress. For more about selling with Zibbet, check out the site’s selling page.
- DaWandaDaWanda is one of the leading online marketplaces for selling unique and handmade items. With over 280,000 sellers active on DaWanda, it is a noble approach to attract buyers. Offering easy navigations, it’s interface allows buyers to draw a wish list of their desired products and share them with friends.
There is no charge for opening a shop with DaWanda and does not cost anything to list items for one category on English and French platforms, although they charge a hefty 10% commission on the sales price of the item sold. There are no charges for the shipping costs. Your listings will have a duration of 120 days and can be relisted for free on their English platform.
There are many more platforms out there where you can sell crafts online for a good price, so if you need more, hit Google and do a search.
#2. By Prints
The buck doesn’t end with just selling your arts and crafts alone. It can also be very lucrative to sell prints (pictures of your art) of your work on the internet. Granted it doesn’t bring in much but it’s a very nice source of passive income. All you do is hire a photographer to take good pictures of your work from different angles (or you can do it yourself with the proper equipment), upload them online and get paid every time someone buys a copy.
Services like RedBubble let you upload your artwork images for people to buy online as prints. RedBubble charges a base price for each type of print they offer, and you can then decide on a markup percentage, which you get to keep whenever a print is sold. All orders and shipping are handled by RedBubble, so once your image is uploaded you literally don’t have to do a thing. There are also other websites that offer this service so do a quick search and figure out what suits you best.
#3 YouTube how to videos
That time you spend watching random videos on YouTube, burning data, you can also use it to create your own channel and upload videos of you doing your stuff. Granted this may not bring in much but it’s another great source of income if you do it well. Besides, it’s a great way of marketing yourself and most of your YouTube fans would also be willing to buy your stuff. That’s what I call a win-win. It does take time to create and edit the videos and, most importantly, respond to the comments on YouTube, but it’s definitely worth it.
Other methods exist, such as creating a blog, writing your eBook, teaching an online course or starting a membership site, with which you can take advantage of your art to generate good revenue, all it takes is your willingness to succeed and take action. So if you wanna make money with your art, the time is now, don’t procrastinate, just pick one of the above-mentioned methods and start rolling. You’ll get better as time goes on but don’t let anything deter you.
Wishing all aspiring artists the very best.