Archive for January 23, 2012

Resources for Turning Handcrafts into Profit

So you have this talent creating handcrafts. People are telling you how fab you are and orders start coming in. Do you look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth and just give your talent away, keep it under wraps and bring it out on special occasions, or do you thank your lucky stars that you have a gift that has lucrative possibilities?

If you’re like me, you opt for the latter. But how do you turn a gift or hobby into a business? Here are a number of resources that have proved helpful in my endeavor to create a profitable handmade business.


In How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond by Derrick Sutton, you’ll learn everything from how to design a fab Etsy banner, how to take eye-catching photos to how to effectively use social media to promote your Etsy shop.

How To Sell Crafts Online

How to Make Money Using Etsy, written by Handmadeology’s Timothy Adam, provides essential information on how to establish an Etsy site, how to optimize product visibility and increase sales, how to effectively blog to promote your Etsy site, and much more.

How to Make Money Using Etsy

In Handmade for Profit by Barbara Brabee, you’ll find step-by-step guidelines on every aspect of establishing and running a handmade business. Topics include developing a product line, pricing, how to sell at a variety of venues, and marketing methods.

Handmade For Profit

Jewelry Making for Fun and Profit by Lynda S. Musant and Maria Given Nerius provides home business basics, jewelry-making how-to’s, as well as how to profit from your jewelry-making talent.

Jewelry Making for Fun and Profit

With these reference materials in your arsenal, you’ll be well on your way to turning your passion into a profitable venture.

Please comment and add your go-to references and resources here.

Got Allergies? Wear Jewelry!

I’d bet you know many people who are allergic to base metals like copper, nickel, lead, brass. In rare cases, and I’ve encountered a few recently, there are those also allergic to precious metals such as silver and gold. But that doesn’t mean they can’t love or wear jewelry.

There are a number of alternatives to metal clasps and chains. Waxed linen, waxed cotton and buttons made of bone, resin and other organic materials are but a few of the options for those with metal allergies.

Here are a few items from my Etsy collection that would suit those allergic to metals:

I’d be interested in knowing what other suggestions you may have for jewelry lovers limited by metal allergies. Please leave me a comment.

Etsy Treasuries: Sharing the Love of Handmade

I love Etsy Treasuries. They give you the chance to assemble collections of products made by Etsy artisans and share them with others. Though I love making Treasuries, I also love being chosen for inclusion in others’ Treasuries. Here are a few of the Treasuries that I’ve been include in recently:

Treasury: I'm a Fool for You

Treasury: Ruby Tuesday

Treasury: Optimism is Clothed in Blue

Treasury: Shine a Little Light

Please check out the artists in the Treasuries, above, as well as those of the curators and spread the love around.

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