What is a Craft Business?

Homepreneurs recently discussed creating a home business with Arts and Crafts.  We believe this market is growing, cost-effective, and a business option for many.  Arts and Crafts can be done part-time, full-time, by the employed, retired or semi-retired.  G&D Products – featured as a Homepreneurs success story – is a retired couple that enjoys creating hand-made good while traveling to craft shows in the Midwest.

In this series of articles, we will define crafts, market research, sales and marketing, and setting prices.

The most commonly asked question when considering Art and Crafts are: what can I make to sell?

Answering the first requires a little inventory of skills and interests.  Do you like to paint, knit, embroider or use metal to make funny figures?  Perhaps you enjoy photography on the side and have an interesting inventory of unique photos.  We can’t answer this question for you, but can offer some suggestions.

Ultimately, crafts fall into 5 major categories:

–        Textile – any type of craft that starts with fabric.  Examples here include knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery or appliqué.

–        Paper – a craft involving paper or its source: wood.  Examples here include: cards, calligraphy, papier-mâché, wood engraving or block print.

–        Fashion – this craft involves anything that dresses the human body.  Examples include: hats, clothes, jewelry or handbags.  Many materials are used from leather to silver and precious stones.

–        Decorative – this craft covers a wide range including: furniture making, metalwork, stained glass, dried flowers or basketry.

–        Functional – this craft may combine other types of craft design.  A piece of furniture may be both decorative and serve a function.  Ditto for a ceramic dish set.  It looks good on display, but one might eat from it too.

As noted above, many options are available for the interested crafter.  In the next article, we’ll discuss how to research the market for your craft.

By Dion D Shaw

Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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