Fire up that crafty spirit and turn your homemade handcrafting hobbies into a pot of gold. It only takes a little bit of time to “craft” a small business from your home. DIY Tax has a few resources to help you earn some extra money selling your St Patrick’s Day Homemade crafts. With any luck, your small business may be a big business by this time next year! May the luck of the Irish be with you as you look to these places to promote your crafts.
Start With a Blog
As we practice more of our craft, we find some solace in writing about the journey to get there. Start a blog about your craft and share your thoughts and musings with a small community of friends. You may even make a little bit of money by entering your blog into affiliate networks or by adding advertising to your blog.
Use a Site To Sell Your Goods
For most places like Etsy, Zibbet, and Dawanda, creating a storefront is simple, quick, and free. Some sites offer start-up advice, a huge community of peers, optimization for traffic to your site and an outstanding seller’s handbook.
Generate Local Interest
Don’t forget about the valuable opportunities you have in your own neighborhood:
- In store at local businesses that support local artists
- Public vendor events
- Craft shows
- Yard sales
- In-home parties
Pitching your crafts to your neighbors can earn you a position as the go-to person for gifts, decorations, and more.
Maximize Your Charitable Donations
As a small business, you may find that itemizing your deductions on your income tax return is the best way to approach your taxes. If so, you could give any unsold crafts to a qualifying charity and write the value of it off on your tax return.
Below is little Irish Blessing to send you on your way:
May your blessings (in your new business) outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.