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Creating a Second Income – The Crafty Way

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

As well as saving the money that you already earn and employing the principals of frugal living - why not also consider making money another way? The power to create a second income is in your hands!

As more and more people turn away from mass-produced items and appreciate the individuality of hand-made goods – now might be the time to dust off your knitting needles, sewing machines, wood turning lathe or whatever it is you would like to try and turn your hand to, to create your own one-of-a-kind goods for sale.

Not only will it keep you off the street and out of the shops, creative expression is good for the soul! And it could give you a tidy little sum to use as your splurge fund or to help you pay off your debts that little bit sooner.

When it comes to marketing, there is always your local craft markets – why not pay them a visit and see what’s on offer already and to get some ideas on what’s popular. Of course, there’s not a lot of profit in doing what everyone else is already doing, so see if you can identify a niche that needs filling.

Many communities have once-a-year Christmas Fairs featuring handmade gifts – and if yours doesn’t, maybe you would like to organise one! Charge each stallholder a site fee, donate half to charity (also good for the soul) and use the rest to buy more materials for your craft.

Besides your local market opportunities – remember there’s also a global market at your fingertips with sites like eBay, etsy (http://www.etsy.com) and Artfire (http://www.artfire.com) – the latter two being specifically for selling handmade items. Artfire also has no fees to sell, so why do a little virtual exploring to get some ideas and get those creative juices flowing.

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