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Homebased craft business

by Dorothy Moore
(Powhatan County, VA)

Homebased craft business

Homebased craft business





Hi, my name is Dorothy.

I love your site and all the great e-mails that I get from you. You really give me encouragement to try an at home business with crochet and knitting.

I do not knit, only crochet. Just a question, I would like to know your thoughts on what you feel is good to try and market as a home based crochet business item.

I tried afghans on ebay for a while, but nothing sold. There were so so so many people doing the same thing mine just blended in with all the others. I think I am trying to market a product that is just too big and time consuming to sell.

What advise can you offer and any places that you might recommend to try and get my items to just to get my products and name out there for people to see.

I too, am a stay at home mom. My sons are college age, but getting back in the work force I used to be in has become somewhat challenging.

Work at home doing something I love would be a dream come true. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and all the wonderful emails I have been receiving.

May God grant you continued success in all that you do.
Your friend, Dot Moore

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Hello Dot,

It is so nice to hear from you. I want to take a moment and thank you for your kind words about my site.

Also, I do agree ebay can be a bit intimidating with all the competition. That is why it is important to have a niche within any homebased craft business. You must stand out and offer something the rest do not.

Or if you offer the same items your items must be special in some way. Say you are offering hats like I use to make. A regular hat would get lost in the listings but the personalized hats stood out from the rest. This is how you must begin to think. Quality and being unique is what you need to strive for.

As for the crochet projects you choose they must be of a size you can produce within a reasonable time frame. Unless the afghans are designer created with the highest quality products and have a following you will never really make much from them. Not for the time put into them.


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I would look for smaller items to create. Less time consuming such as baby booties. Baby items are always in demand and the cuter the better. Try creating scarf crochet patterns; you would be surprised at how many people are looking for new ones. This you can sell over and over without any extra effort.

Follow the ezine that Knitting-n-crochet.com put out monthly. Each issue we are covering places to sell your products and to get them out in the public’s eye. We have some interesting articles coming up.

It takes time and work just as any business venture. But doing what you love and loving what you do is the best.

Hang in there and keep us updated on how you are doing.

Linda

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Starting a craft business update
by: Dorothy


Hello Linda,

Just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful emails that I continue to receive from you. So full of great information. I love to crochet and I am trying to teach myself how to knit, but using two needles may not be for me - ha ha!

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for the previous advice that you gave me on crocheting items for sale and starting a business with crochet. I am still struggling with getting started on a work from home crochet endeavor, but I plan to work hard at getting going with this.

I do crochet many gifts for baby showers and wedding gifts. Everyone always seems to be happy to have a new hand made baby afghan and the young married couples always enjoy a new afghan especially for their home in their "new home" colors.

Thanks again for all you do! A wonderful site from a very caring and well informed crochet lady! :)

Thank you.
Dot


Hello Dot,

It is always a pleasure to hear from you and thanks for such kind words. It does take time and effort to start a home business and crochet seems to be especially challenging. But with patience you will succeed.

Knitting with two needles is a bit more difficult (for me anyways) and I admit that is one reason I use the Knitting machine. Of course the quickness of producing a product was the main reason. You can make up the hats in 15 minutes on them for instance.

But there are many that say knitting is easier to learn than crocheting. I have a friend that can knit in the darn and can produce an unbelievable amount of beautifully hand knitted items. So everyone has their own niche.

Have a wonderful day,
Linda

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