Like a lot of us I like making things. Most of the things I make are logo designs, but I also dabble in hand made stuff such as decorated shopping bags, costume jewelry and dog coats as well as printing mugs and t-shirts. But unless you have an established website, shop or stool, where do you sell your handmade items?
Online is probably your first thought, and you are right. There are a number of online market places right now and you have properly heard of most of them.
84% of my logo clients are first time startups and 53% of those use Facebook and Instergram to sell to their friends and followers. But you do need a to build up a following, and to ask your friends to share you’re posts each time you want a boost can be a little tiarsum for both you and your friends. Boosting your posts with paid advertising can be expensive and you do not always se a return on your investment. Also a landing (web) page is advisable, and that is an extra cost if you do not already have and maintain your own website.
Online market place’s
Ebay has been around since the late nighties and is becoming more popular with the bespoke and hand made sellers. Not On The High Street. and Etsey are more specialist for the Art and Crafty budding entrepreneur.
If you have £500 to invest in Not On The High Street’s one off start up fee then this is can be a good place to sell your hand made items, as the fee is designed to weed out lesser serious people and they also have an application and approval system.
Etsey has a great look that fits in with the themes of Home made and Arty just like N.O.T.H.S’s. However, it has a larger bank of sellers and competition among them is hight.
Now there is a new and exiting place where you can sell your handmade items.
Introducing Amazon Handmade.
Yes, Thats right Amazon now have a specialised website you can buy or sell your handmade items.
It is a new online store with more thanThirty thousand handmade items sold directly by people like us from all around the UK and Europe, and hundreds more products are added every day.
Amazon have an approval process but there is no upfront fee. Unlike Not On The High Street.
More than a third of the items can be custernizzd. Good news for cushion stitchers and mug printers.
So, just a few options on where and how to Sell your handmade items.
This post is open for comments. If you have any ideas or opinions I would love to hear from you.
My name is John Watkins, and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post.
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