homemade birthday cards
January 20, 2009 12:11pm CST
A friend of mine is extremely creative and crafty. She has always made her own cards to hand out. For Christmas she made her own bulbs for the tree as gifts. She is really good at what she does and we were talking about her trying to sell them on line. My question is how many people would be interested in something like that? I was looking to just test the waters and get some opinions on here before she went into this?
20 Jan 09
It wold be best if we see some bulbs. If she/he is talented there is great possibility that she could earn money by doing that. I remember my uncle used to decorate the light bulbs with silicone and after couple of months giving those bulbs to his friends someone gave him a call and soon after he was decorating those bulbs for a furniture shop. He didn't earn much but it was enough to buy himself things he couldn't afford earlier. Encourage your friend to show his/her craftsmanship to the world.
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20 Jan 09
Hi tracie1758, I think this would be a good idea. My boyfriend is a great artist and I have asked him to do this as well. I think there is always money to be made on these kinda of things. People love stuff that is homemade and to me it means more sometimes than a new shirt or pair of pants. This is what I would tell your friend. First have her do it thru family and friends selling what it is that she does and see what it costs her. Than once she gets a name for herself than she can sell online and have more of an idea what it will cost her. I hope this helps and happy mylotting to you.
20 Jan 09
I think there will always be a market for well-made, handcrafted items. Many people make their living selling their work online. I think if you friend is really talented, she should go for it! Has she had a lot of interest in her work locally? Does she sell already? Craft fairs, flea markets, direct sales, anything like that? If she is really interested in getting her work online, here are a few suggestions she might like to consider: - Set up a paypal account, if she doesn't already have one. Takes away a lot of headaches in receiving payments - Maybe join Etsy... http://www.etsy.com/ This website is popular for buying and selling handicrafts. My college aged daughter goes to school with a guy that knits. He apparently makes amazing scarves. He has sold them successfully on Etsy. It appears to be quite reputable. - She could set up a free blog to showcase her work and, if she gets successful, then move on to a bigger website. I'm thinking most crafters don't want to have a big cash outlay upfront until they know they are going to make some money. - If she doesn't already, she could also sell her items via ebay. Good luck to her... nice of you to want to help her along with her project too!