Did you know that crocheting can actually pay the bills?
I’ve been running my handmade business for some time, and over the years,
I’ve accumulated a steady income that gives me a little bit more freedom and security.
Blogging is my favorite way to make money crocheting, but there are other ways to make money online that you can use in your life as well.
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In this post, I’ll show you nine ways to make money crocheting while working from home and provide resources for bloggers and shops alike!
9 Ways To Make Money By Crocheting
Here are a few ways to make money, whether you’re looking for a side job to supplement your income or just enjoy crocheting a lot and want to make money from it.
Now, I want to begin by stating that each of these options is excellent, but they require effort.
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To really succeed, you need to promote yourself and stay current.
I want to give you a realistic expectation of what it takes to run a crochet business so as not to discourage you from trying.
Anyone can set up an Etsy shop and sell a few items, but you have to be committed and work hard to make it work.
1. Sell your finished products
If you crochet frequently, you probably have items you’ve made just for the sake of making them.
Buy them! You can share them with your family and friends on Facebook and offer people the chance to purchase your work.
People will pay for simple baby clothes, beanies, and other items that you can make yourself.
One of the easiest ways to make money is to make things yourself because there is a huge market for them.
Some benefits and drawbacks, as well as resources to get you started, are listed here.
- Produce what YOU want: Make hats and beanies if you enjoy them! Do that if you want to make amigurumi! It is entirely up to you to decide what you want to do with your time so that you actually enjoy it.
- How much you get paid is up to YOU: Since you are in charge, you can decide how much you want to be compensated for your time. You are free to charge whatever you want, so you can sell a blanket for $50 or $200. The price of the materials, the amount of time spent, what other people charge, etc., are additional considerations here.
- Work when it suits YOU: Because everyone has different schedules, you can make your items whenever you have time. I focus on making my items in the evenings after dinner because I accomplish a lot more. Do that if you feel better in the morning!
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- It takes a lot of effort: It’s not as simple as making a beanie and selling it. You will need to make time to crochet a stock of items, promote them, ship them, and keep up with your other responsibilities in order for them to sell.
- Results may take some time to appear: Before something actually sells, it could be weeks or months. It can take some time for someone to place their first order, especially when you are a new seller. Then the following, and so on, until you have a stable market.
- Seasonal knitting and crocheting: You’ll get a lot more orders and make more money in the fall and winter, but the opposite is also true. No matter how well you are doing, there will be slumps during the warmer months because sales of warm and woolly products slow down in the spring and summer.
You can sell your finished products without having a shop or a website.
I used to sell to the people around me and get business from them before I started my shops. As a present for my cousin, I made a baby blanket and informed her that I actually sell blankets.
She would therefore think of me and promote me the following time someone required a baby blanket.
Even though that first blanket was a gift, she was able to give me a positive review of my work and I was able to get business.
Setting a fair price for your work and marketing yourself are crucial.
However, if you take it more seriously, you can sell your crochet here.
2. Take custom orders
It’s a great way to make money to take custom orders.
Custom orders, in contrast to pre-made merchandise sales, offer customers the chance to acquire a one-of-a-kind item.
Additionally, because it is custom, you can sell it for slightly more money.
Again, all you need to do is inform people that you take custom orders and be able to fulfill their requirements.
I created a planner to assist with this, and I use it to record all of my projects, including customs.
I can use it to keep track of what the customer asked for, how I made it, and how much I charged them.
Everything is organized and readily available in the planner for when I need it.
3. Open Online Store
Open an online store if you want to go beyond simply “selling your items.”
Even though they go hand in hand, this is a larger undertaking, so I’m adding it separately from the other two.
The best way to get started is to sell to family and friends, but you can only sell so much to them.
You can reach a larger audience and attract more new customers by opening an online store;
opening a store also involves a lot more work behind the scenes and offers more options than simply selling products.
You can sell online at a lot of different places, but Etsy and Ravelry are two of the most well-known ones.
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4. Write A Book
Write your own how-to book if you’re good at knitting or crochet and can explain it to others.
Like this ebook, “Beginner’s Guide to Crochet,” you could write a book to teach beginners how to crochet.
I currently provide this for free, but I also made a lot of money from it!
You can concentrate on teaching a specific skill, like making various borders. Alternately, you can publish a collection of patterns made from a variety of themes.
You’ll need to make the items, make patterns, and take pictures of everything once you have an idea.
Then, you can sell it as a book or PDF on Etsy, Amazon, or your own website, among other places.
5. Become A Tutor
You can also instruct others if you have a skill like knitting or crocheting!
Classes are always offered at local yarn shops, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, and other establishments, and instructors are needed.
Go inside and inquire about how you can become one.
It’s a great way to try out a different way to make money crocheting because you don’t usually need to have a certification.
That will only help if they ask you to take a course to get certified. A great post about how to make money teaching crochet is here.
You can still teach your own classes! Learning how to make something new always piques interest.
Therefore, create your own class and charge an admission fee. You can either bring the supplies yourself or provide them.
You can organize it as a Facebook event or drop flyers off at the local library (with permission).
Find a place for everyone to meet. It might be your house, a coffee shop, or a bookstore; anywhere in fact.
You will be able to work with them more closely, and they will give you better reviews for it, even if only a few people show up at first.
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6. Showcase In Exhibition
One of the most widely recognized ways of bringing in cash stitching is by joining a specialty fair.
You’re positioning yourself so that others can see you.
It’s worth trying, but you’ll have to pay a small vendor fee to participate and set up your booth.
By conducting a brief Google search, you can discover craft fairs in your area and learn how to participate.
Craft fairs can be a great way to promote yourself and meet new people because they are more open to the public and include other vendors selling their own goods.
Give it a shot with a stock of items you want to sell that are appropriate for the season.
7. Sell Your Patterns
Crocheting is a great way to make money if you write and sell your own patterns.
You can design things if you’ve ever had to change patterns or make something up on the fly.
The next step is to learn how to clearly and methodically write your instructions so that others can follow.
A pattern only needs to be written once, and you can sell it multiple times to generate passive income.
You can always make money from patterns once you list them and create them.
You can sell patterns whenever you want, not just when it’s cold outside, and there is no additional work required.
8. Become A Pattern Testor
There are still other ways to make money crocheting online,
even if you have trouble coming up with your own designs or think running a shop would be too much work. Bloggers and designers constantly seek testers for their patterns.
If you ensure that their patterns are error-free and simple to follow, they will pay you to do so!
You just need to test out a pattern that someone else created for them.
Follow the pattern, look for errors, and give feedback to the designer.
When you test a pattern, designers and businesses typically give you a free copy, which is always nice!
9. Start A Crocheting Blog
Even though starting a blog about crochet is a lot of work, you can make money writing about your projects.
I’ve been doing this for a while, and I always get paid. As I discover what works and what doesn’t, I also make a little more each month.
You have a lot of options for how to make money with your own blog. You can order as many or as few as you like.
Additionally, you can sell on a variety of platforms (such as Ravelry and Etsy),
run a shop on your own website, monetize with advertisements, collaborate with brands, promote your favorite products, and much more.
Blogging gives you a platform to share other things as well as patterns and finished goods.
You might be able to write posts of advice like this one or demonstrate your preferred method.