4 Ways to Creative Income

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This month our guest post comes from Meagan Visser of Baby Swank.

Meagan Visser is a wife, mother, and creative entrepreneur. She lives in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee with her family where she enjoys building her own creative business, Baby Swank, as well as teaching other moms with families how they can do it too on her website, MeaganVisser.com.

I’m very passionate about helping other Moms stay at home, whether by creating a manageable budget or making extra money on the side. Meagan is here today go give us some creative ways to make extra income. Thanks Meagan!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a work-from-home-mom, a work-away-from-home-mom, or no mom at all; extra income is always a plus.  How do you go about getting extra income?  Well that depends. Today I’m going to share with you 4 ways you can make extra money using your creative talents.So first off, you have to have a creative talent. Don’t worry, creativity can be taught. Yes, some people are more natural at it, but that doesn’t mean that if you weren’t born a “creative” that you can’t become creative so go ahead and wipe that thought right out of your mind.

In order to discover what your creative talent is, you have to practice. Find some handmade blogs that offer lots of how-tos and tutorials. Do them. Are you any good at a particular type of craft? What about taking that art class you’ve always thought about? Do it, then decide if it felt right. If not, move on.

Once you’ve discovered your creative talent, be it sewing, photography, baking delicious deserts, or card-making, you’ve got to get good at it. What I’m saying is, just because you can create something doesn’t mean that you should sell it…yet. Make it and make more of it. Give it away as gifts. Put it in your house.Develop your skills and your product. Quality products sell. Junk doesn’t. I can’t stress this enough. There are so many online shops out there that sell a hodge-podge of stuff that looks like it was all made in 3 hours’ time and the owners are wondering why no one is buying from them. It is because they’re selling junk. Sorry, but it’s true. They start up a shop thinking they’ll sell their stuff and make some quick money, but let me tell you, online shops are work! If you want to be successful, you have to work hard. So that brings us to our first income stream…selling online.

1. Online in Handmade Marketplaces {Etsy, ArtFire, iCraft, etc.}

It’s so simple to set up an online shop and it’s one of the easiest ways to sell online. Selling online via a handmade marketplace is a great starting block for your creative business. You can reach so many more people than you could on your own, and it’s not expensive to use. You can have your shop set up from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Here are some things to think about when setting up an shop online:

  • Have you researched various handmade marketplaces? Which best fits your needs?
  • Consider your shop name – many times you can’t change it. Is it trademarked? Does it tie in with what you sell?
  • What’s the big idea behind your shop? Why are you selling what you sell? What’s your goal for your shop? Know your brand.
  • If your product takes off and people are knocking down your door for it, will you be satisfied creating it over and over, day in and day out or will you get burnout?
  • Research your competition.

Online shops are saturated markets meaning anyone and everyone can be there selling the exact same thing you do. If you feed off competition and want to reach a large group of people, this may be just the thing for you.

2. Selling Wholesale

Selling wholesale is where you sell your products in what is referred to as a brick and mortar store. That’s just a regular ole’ store you walk into off the street, but they’re usually open to selling other peoples’ products. The store usually buys a set amount of products from you for a discounted price because they’re buying so many at once.Wholesaling is pretty simple. You need to find a store that offers wholesale accounts and pitch your product to them. Make sure you have samples for them to see and some paperwork you can leave behind with product photos, all of your wholesale information on it, and a way to order from you and contact you.

Remember when looking for stores to sell your products in, to look where people who would buy your products will be shopping at. For me that’s a place where moms with young children would shop, but it will vary depending on your product and your target market.

3. Selling Consignment

Selling consignment is similar to selling wholesale except the retailer doesn’t buy a set amount of your product to start off with. They carry your products in their store and take a percentage from the sale of the product once it’s sold.The percentage will usually be around 30% or 40% and some consignment stores will even negotiate with you. It’s always a good idea to check the store’s references when dealing with consignment since you are still responsible for your product.


4. Craft Fairs

Craft fairs are great places to sell your products. People come to craft fairs to buy handmade, and they’re coming to spend money. You’ll meet a lot of like-minded people and have a good time. Craft fairs are a lot of work, but your hard work may well be worth the effort.

More often than not, you have to fill out an application and are accepted in order to be a part of the fair. You have a booth fee and it’s your responsibility to set up your booth. That means you’re in charge of your table, chairs, tent {if it’s outside}, and display materials.

Make sure you have enough products. You wouldn’t want to run out halfway through the fair. It’s also a good idea to have brochures of your products and business cards to hand out to people as well. Samples are always a plus too, if you can do it.

To read more about selling at craft fairs you can check out one of my newsletters where I wrote an article specifically about it. Find it here.

Now there are many more ways to make money off with your creative talents. I’ve just listed 4 of the easiest ways to get started. Now go find your talent if you don’t already know what it is and get out there and make some extra cash!Let me know in the comments below how you make money with your creative talents!

 


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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • robbin christein

    i am designing my own line of jewelry..and would like some tips if anyone out there is also doing this…i have a website,,,and i get hits, but that is about all…. can someone maybe give me a few pointers? sincerely yours, Robbin

    Plethora of Jewelry

    • Meagan

      Hey Robbin! Good luck with your jewelry line. One of the biggest things you can do to increase hits to your website is to advertise it or get out there and get your jewelry featured on other blogs & websites. That way they’ll link back to you & bring you more traffic. HTH!

  • Bryon Mcmaster

    I love your article. I use to sell on e-bay, I got too busy. Now I’m going back. I enjoyed it and yes you can make money. Like anything else it’s what you put into it.

    • Stacy

      It’s TOTALLY what you put into it. Good luck!

  • http://auburngypsy@gmail.com Shannon

    I clean houses part-time, because I’m boring and cleaning is what I’m good at. I can clean a house for 3-4 hrs and make about $100. I love it! And, I got my business cards from Vista Print, plus I use sites like Care.com to look for clients in my area.

    • Stacy

      Everyone is good at something – you just have to capitalize on it. Great job! :-)

  • Mary

    I make jewerly and sew. Just have not found away to sell anything. I think cause i live in a small town. Hopefully be this summer I’ll have some much produt that i can start sell things. And also make homemade Dream cathers. People love them!

    • Stacy

      It sounds like Etsy is the place for you! :-)