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Everything you need to make money from crafting

Crafting is a popular hobby. Having a creative hobby gives you a way to express yourself. It can help you to unwind after a busy day and provide you with something to focus on. It can even be a way to make money. 
Some people like to knit. Others, make photo frames and other home accessories. Some people paint or make greetings cards. Whatever your craft of choice, if it pleases you, gives you a way to express yourself and relieve your stress and it helps you to get a good night's sleep at the end of a long day then it’s worthwhile. But, if you wanted to take it further and make some money out of your favourite craft, here are some of the things that you need. 

You don’t need to be the world's best artist or designer to make money from your craft. But, you do need some talent if you want to earn well and build a reputation. But, remember that art is subjective. Not everyone will love your work, but even if you don’t think it’s the best, some other people will. 
Chances are if you want to start making money from your craft, but don’t yet feel ready to turn it into a business. You will be working out of your house. If you’ve got a spare room and plenty of storage space, this can work out well. But, if space at home is tight, while you might be able to work there, storage from can give you some extra space to store materials, finished products and anything else that you need. 
A Platform to Sell
If you want to start out selling to your family and friends, then you might just want to do it face to face. But, if you're going to sell to the public, you need to think about how you want to do it. 
Eventually, you might want to start your own ecommerce store and website. But, to begin with, sites like eBay, Etsy, Facebook marketplace and other online auction sites can be fantastic options. You could also consider your own Amazon shop. 
 When you are crafting for your own enjoyment at home, you might use cheap supplies or even 
recycle things from around the house. This is absolutely fine. But, if you want to sell, especially to 
the public, you’ll need to think about the supplies that you are using. It can be worth investing in 
higher quality supplies and tools for your work. 
If you’re happy just making a little pocket money and seeing how things go, then you might be satisfied to only advertise to people that you know. But, if you are interested in building a business or making a little more money, then you’ll need to advertise your crafts outside of your usual circle. Start promoting on social media, and even consider setting up business profiles apart from your personal ones. 
Legal Documents
If you are going to make money for yourself, you need to at the very least be registered as self-employed. You’ll also need to keep track of your income ready to declare it at the end of the tax year. What else you need will depend on the nature of your business, but might include liability insurance and health and safety certificates.

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