We are living in a time where we can monetize almost everything and anything. From a talent, you can make a skill set you have acquired, market it well and you will make more money than on any day job. Log on to any website selling handcrafted stuff and you will be surprised to know how much money people are making and how the buyers literally go gaga over handmade.
With a Hobby you have mastered, the monetizing opportunities are endless. Yet, not every craft is in vogue all the time. Some trends pick up and those that die for a while. So, when you decide to use your creativity and artistry learn a craft and make money through it, make sure you know which works sell best.
Today, I am going to present a list of four crafts that are in high demand these days. If you have an artistic flair and a creative bent of mind, you won’t have any difficulty learning these crafts enough to make some bucks out of them. Are you ready to make money from your passions? Let’s take a look.
Writing for profit.
Writing has all kinds of possibilities. You can do it as a freelancer, responding to ads in Craigslist, or you can sign up for sites like Fiverr or People Per Hour where you can offer your services for open bidding. Or you can become an Etsy seller and service provider like Kateland Kelly Owner at The Write Assistant. Also a member and admin of Flourish Facebook group created by Sarah Swell – you can read about Sarah here.
You have to remember that if you choose to proceed with writing for handmade sellers, you need to learn how to do research and applied SEO principles to your writing after all in today’s world everyone is looking to be found online where keyword investigation and SEO optimization is a key to success.
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Monetize your Hobby in Graphic Design
In 2016 this trend will see graphical content (including high-resolution images, infographics, design elements and icon sets, and images designed for sharing on social networks) come to the fore. Instead of images being secondary to a post or a writer seeking relevant images for their post in the wake of its drafting, images will become a more central feature of the blog post, with the trend towards Tumblr-style image-blogging expanding.
Dylan Kissane from 5 Most Important Trends in Blogging for 2016
There are all kinds of software packages out there that can help anyone to learn graphic design, but most people don’t get into it because it required investment in time and money. But still graphics for a website, blog or social media is necessary. If you’re good at graphic design, this is a niche that you can fill. Respond to ads on various sites, and even consider setting up your own website or Etsy shop explaining what you can do, and providing samples of your work.
You can even start on a site called 99Designs.com. I’ve ordered a website design and a logo through their site and the winning designers happened to both be from the United States.
There is definitely a market out there for graphic design though it is highly competitive. Still, if you have a real talent for it, you can rise above the competition and make money at it.
Blogging my favorite hobby
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Crocheting and Knitting
Crocheting and knitting are easy to learn and you can create versatile items using these skills. From small mittens and table covers to complete dresses and huge bags, you can make so many things out of crochet and knitting. Crochet patterns are beautiful and fancy, and there is a level of novelty attached to the craft. Knitting is similar but can take you to a higher level of artistry. The best part is that you just need a hook and a good teacher to get started.
Jewelry and Vanity items are hands down the winners when it comes to best-selling crafts, especially online. From wires to beads, there are so many items you can make. My favorite themes are bead embroidery, soutache, steampunk and see theme jewelry. You need to research a market because jewelry is very saturated and hard to sell if you are all over space. Find your niche, do research online and especially handmade sites like Etsy or Amazon handmade market. Check what sells and what people are looking to buy.
For example, I did an interview earlier this year about Etsy handmade seller Maristella. She is just 17 years old and a very successful retailer. She found her target market by doing research and promoting her items via different social media.
Maristella lives near the sea and a little hidden “island” full of seashells. So she decided to incorporated the seashells in her jewelry collection and make only beach themed items.
I would encourage you to check her shop and her unique jewelry.
Bead embroidery is one of my favorite styles and I admire people who are creating beaded jewelry because one item may take weeks to complete. Check out Sandy store for example BEADazzledbysandy.
She always been involved in crafts but when she discovered bead embroidery Sandy created her unique niche. Her ability to paint a picture with beads, pearls, rhinestones, is fantastical.
Of course before you can start with elaborated pieces, you will need to invest in tools and education. My favorite are Annie’s online classes – Learn to Bead & Make Jewelry 101 for beginners.
Paper is one of the most versatile items you can work with. From handmade cards and notebooks to paper lamps and home décor items, there is an endless list of crafts you can create out of paper.
Origami is an art form where you can create sculptures out of folded paper. And it all sells really well. Check this post about contemporary origami artist here .
The tools really depend on the type of item you want to create, but it is a onetime investment for the most part.
The best way to learn paper art is to check extensive library of books available on the topic.
If you are blessed with great culinary skills, you can turn it into a craft by learning decorative art. Well decorated bakery items such as cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are all the rage these days. People seldom go for simple ordinary bakery cakes. They want something unique and personalized. And if you can give them that in a good price, they will almost always choose you over a well known chef. Of course, you will have to invest in ingredients and tools before you can get any money rolling. Once you have built a good reputation, however, you can start charging an advance fee for ingredients.
Learn any of the above crafts; and if you are good at what you do, you will make good money.
I do prefer going for a craft you know already or one you are really interested in, as those are the crafts you are more likely to master with ease.
Are you ready to make money from your hobby? Now’s a good time as any to get started!
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