Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Earn Money-Make Stuff To Sell

Think of the proverbial lemonade stand, but all grown up. When Daily Finance blogger Sarah Gilbert is entirely broke, she'll get out her sewing machine and make her favorite quick project: stuffed geese (made out of thrifted fabric). They sell like crazy on Etsy, an online shop devoted to crafty vendors, and is her go-to-plan when the well runs dry and she needs to bring in some quick cash. 

Another category of handmade items that sell especially well is soaps and perfumed or infused oils, although these typically take a little longer to make. Especially talented friends make great money selling their hand spun yarn or knitting patterns. The potential for turning your favorite craft into quick cash is only limited by your imagination; but remember to test the market for an item first. 

Selling crafts is a fantastic way to make quick money (as long as you don't get too hung up in your hourly wage), especially for an at-home parent or someone with a lot of time gaps in your day. However, it's typically not a great way to earn a living -- there's a fine line between enjoying your skill with handicraft and turning your sewing room/pottery wheel/workbench into a sweat shop.