If you’re good at making candy or good at making crafts, then it’s natural that you might be interested in learning how to make money doing the same thing from home. After all, nearly everyone wants to make money by doing something they enjoy. When you give gifts of candy and crafts to others, you might even hear that you should sell your stuff or hear from potential customers that they wish they could find your things in the stores. Instead of waiting around and wondering what to do, just start selling those candies and gifts.
Get feedback from potential customers on what they like about your products and what they would like changed. Try different recipes, asking for help on what works and what doesn’t work. Use this as a chance to perfect your products before expanding your customer base.
Host parties in your home for friends and relatives. Invite over those who like your candies and gifts and ask that they invite a few friends as well. Make sure that all guests know you’re offering the products for sale. Consider setting up a website or giving the guests a list of your products, as well as the prices you charge for each one.
Sell your products at websites specifically devoted to crafts, such as Etsy. Etsy allows the sale of both crafts and food items produced in home kitchens. You can build your own website for a nominal fee and Etsy handles the processing of all sales, but does take a small percentage of each sale as its fee.
Find ways to ship your items to customers in other cities or states. For perishable food products, you may need to look into shipping with dry ice. You’ll also want to use bubble wrap, packing peanuts and inflatable bags, which protect your gifts and crafts during the shipping process.
Partner with local businesses to widen your customer base in your own neighborhood. Speak with the stores about possibly displaying some of your wares inside the store or in the lobby of local restaurants. Offer the shop a small percentage of each sale as a commission for taking up space in their shop.
* Check the laws in your own state about selling homemade products, especially in regards to food. Some states, including Ohio, require that you use a label on each product sent out, declaring that it was produced in a home kitchen.
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