Small businesses are a great way to support local crafters and it ensures you’re getting a unique and quality product you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re toying with opening your own small business, you might be wondering what you can make that will sell well. Whether you’re a keen crafter already or are looking for something new to try your hand at as you explore your small business dreams, we’ve got the perfect idea to get you started.
Jewellery is a popular choice because you can really let your creativity shine thanks to the versatile options available. From earrings to necklaces, bracelets and rings, you can make jewellery from almost anything: metal, clay, resin, textiles, and plastic being some of the most popular choices. Although jewellery is a great option, you may need to play around with different hooks and fastenings as they can be fiddly to attach.
Fragrance mists, diffusers, wax melts, and candles can all be made with some degree of ease. When making all of these, it’s important to invest in a good base. The base oil or wax helps to carry the scent and can affect your product’s longevity. Once you’ve found the ideal base, you can get creative mixing and measuring oils for scent profiles and choosing your glassware.
Scarves, hats, blankets, and the traditional ugly jumper, knitted or crocheted items are a great option as people are always looking for one-of-a-kind accessories. With the right wool, tools and enough practice, you can create a myriad of beautiful things that people will be clamouring for!
Sketches, paintings, digital art, and more, your artwork could be gracing someone’s walls, making their day brighter every day! It doesn’t matter what your art style is or your skill level, someone will always want to have your work in their home. So, pick up some paint and a canvas and see what magic you can create – it might become your first sale!
Vases, bowls, mugs, planters, and ornaments, there are so many beautiful things you can make with clay! Every piece is wholly unique and often, the small quirks and mistakes can make the piece even more desirable as it shows it’s handmade and you can see the love and attention that was put into it.
Needlecrafts are versatile enough for you to create beautiful designs on t-shirts, napkins, cushion covers, and more. You could even create wall art and tapestries with these crafty hobbies. You can hand sew or invest in an embroidery machine – perfect if you’re looking to create lots of embroideries in a short amount of time.
You can make your own greetings cards with a variety of embellishments and papers. If you have a die-cutting machine, you can make all kinds of patterns and designs with the help of dies and stamps for a professional finish. If you don’t have one, you can still create something beautiful with each card as unique as the last.
This is by no means an extensive list, but we hope it has given you plenty of ideas to get you started.
No matter what you're making, it's important to make sure you price your items fairly. Take into consideration the price of your materials, your time, your skill level, your packaging, and even your postage! Someone will always pay for work at a higher price, so never undersell and always have fun with what you're creating.