Creating something with your own two hands is a prize by itself. Still, since you are already investing your time in the creating process, why not earn some money along the way? Luckily, selling your work is made significantly easier with all the tools the Internet has provided. It has enabled so many people to work at home. In fact, in USA alone, almost 70 percent of entrepreneurs start their business at home. That means that selling your products online is not only a great opportunity to earn some money “on the side”, but also to make your business grow. First, let us start small and see how you can sell your arts and crafts, using the power of the web.
Facebook has outgrown his original attire of network made for connecting people in the purpose of communication. Today, this social network plays a significant role in the business world and the presence on it can make or break your endeavor. Create a Facebook page for promoting your work. Use as many images as you can, and make sure that you have high-quality photos of your crafts. Share your page with your friends and ask for them to share it too. Use Facebook “boost post” option to reach more people.
Another social network that can have significant impact on your success. Even Vogue magazine marked Instagram as “World’s Most Talked-About New Art Dealer”. What is the most important with Instagram account is mastering some basics of photography and editing tools, so that you would enhance all the best features of your artwork.
Setting up your own ecommerce store will make you more trustworthy and professional. It is quite easy to start, because most of the web shops have automated processes that are guiding you through every step. The most important step for gaining customers’ trust is the safety of the payment options. Having a secure ecommerce payment gateway will definitely earn you some valuable points.
This marketplace is so famous it needs no introduction. Still, it is important to point out its advantages when it comes to selling arts and crafts. One of the most significant ones is the access to wide audience. As with any other online store, the most important is to have good photos and clear description so that the buyer could have an experience similar to live shopping.
Etsy is the ideal online marketplace for arts and crafts. Basically, it is similar to eBay, but it is exclusively designed for selling homemade goods. You can set up your own Etsy store, photograph the items, list them on the site, and when one item it is being shipped out with the buyer paying the shipment costs.
Handmade at Amazon
With its new market reserved exclusively for arts and crafts, Amazon has challenged Etsy on this field. Being the market giant as it is, Amazon’s new endeavor poses a real competition for Etsy, especially because of the users’ experience focused on getting to know the artists and telling their stories.
In the end, remember to always focus on the visual. Be creative with your online sale as you are with creating your works of art.
If you have decided to give working from home a shot, chances are you are going to love it. Working without the need to travel to your workplace is certainly a huge benefit, but the problem that many people actually face often is that they don’t have a designated office space in their homes.
It is true that you can just place your laptop in the living room and work there, but you may not be as productive as you think. In order to be most productive in your work, you need to design a space that is reserved for your work. Setting up a permanent space to dedicate to your office is the way to go, especially if you want to devote your time to working from home. Luckily, it is fairly easy to design a great home office, which is not only suitable to work from, but also easy enough to maintain and perform cleaning service in. Follow these tips, if you are not sure on how to proceed:
Devote your time in setting up the perfect home office, and you will truly enjoy working there.
Upcycling imposes itself as one of the most creative ways to save money in a design process, allowing you to bring a breath of fresh air in your house as you create one of a kind items. There are no rules and the only limit is your imagination.
It is also a truly eco-friendly activity, as the world we live in is in a desperate need of recycling and you are given a chance to make a change. What’s more, seeing your work all around the house gives you a strong a sense of fulfillment and pride, a feeling hardly anything can replace. If you are not yet convinced of the various benefits of repurposing, take a look at these ideas.
A classic entrance table can be easily made if you have an old suitcase. Paint the suitcase the color you want. If you are out of ideas, paint it black, or white, but in this case, decorate it with a decoupage technique. Find four legs and glue them to the suitcase. You can also add a shelf and secure it with screws on the inside of each leg. Apart from a table, you can use suitcases in various creative ways.
Sand down drawer shelves and give them 2-3 coats of paint. You can use acrylic craft paint in a desired color. If you like the shelves as they are, you can always leave them untouched and have a shabby chic element in your house. Cut the wrapping paper to fit the bottom of the drawers and secure it with glue. Finally, secure the shelves to the wall with screws.
Using wooden cases allows you to create anything that comes to your creative mind. For your home office desk, you will need a few crates you will secure to a desired height. Place a writing surface atop. This is not the end. For more space-saving options, place the additional crates on the top of the desk in order to create open shelves.
Upcycled Door Frame
A repurposed door frame can become a picture frame and a coat hanger. You will need an old door with a lot of small windows. Measure the size of the window openings in order to be sure your photos can fit in. If they cannot fit in, print the photos in larger size and trim them down. Secure the photos into the window openings by blue painter’s tape so you can peel off the photos and replace them in future. Lastly, hang the door on the wall.
Shutter Plate Rack
Shutters lend themselves to being made into almost anything you can imagine, from a bed headboard to a planter. As with previous projects, you can repaint the shutter, or just sand it down for a shabby chic look. Screw the old shutter to the wall. Space out the hooks and place them along the shutter. Place the plates between the slats and hang the cups. This project will not take you more than 15 minutes to finish.
Use the plank shelves long enough so that they extend a few centimeters beyond the sides of the ladder. You will need at least three planks, each plank should be longer than the other. Cut the planks yourself, or let people at a home center do it for you. Paint both the ladder and the planks in a color you want. You can choose a different color for the ladder and the planks to create contrast. Place the plunks on the rungs to make shelves.As you can see, these easy DIY projects do not take you more than half an hour to finish. But they make a big difference.