Today we’re going to take things from a slightly different angle. Sure, you’re a savvy consumer but in order to finance that little habit we all have of wanting to buy things periodically, you need some sort of income. And a lot of our readers here at Consumer Buzz do that by running their own small businesses.
Thanks to the magic of the internet, it’s becoming more and more possible to turn a hobby into an income. You can reach a wider audience than ever before and you save money by skipping the physical store. So if you weave watchbands from recycled electric cords or are an artisan of paper-mache prom dresses, there’s probably a way for you to sell your handicrafts.
The most popular site is Etsy: which is known for being a place to buy every kitschy, adorable or just plain weird item that someone can make in their home. But actually there is no end to the list of websites where you can do this. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages and some of them will vary depending on what your business is: What you make, how much capital you have, where you’re located and whether this is your primary income. So take a good look and feel free to send us some free samples!
Etsy has an automatic advantage over all other sites thanks to its size alone. More sellers attract more traffic from buyers, which means more customers seeing your stuff. Note than Etsy does charge a small listing fee.
Although Zibbet is relatively small, its pricing structures are pretty attractive for smaller merchants. There’s no listing fee for the first fifty items you list and after that you pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee.
This is the second largest in size, although it still doesn’t hold a candle to Etsy. It’s best if you’re in Europe or trying to sell in Europe since all prices are listed in Euro. They’ve also got some cute community sharing features.
Unsurprisingly, ArtFire focuses more on design and fine art than simple handicrafts. To complement that, they also have a lot of information, resources and community features for artists, designers and amateurs who are just interested.
Of course, eBay does not actually specialize in handmade goods at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sell them here. Of particular note, is eBay’s World of Good, a specialized Fair Trade marketplace.
You can only sell on Folksy if you’re in the UK, but it’s a great place to check out if you’re a shopper anywhere. There are also a lot of how-to tutorials for crafters.
MadeItMyself has one major factor that is pretty unique. As a seller, you can choose to make your price on an item negotiable, which means you can get some good old fashioned haggling.
8. Big Cartel
This is a great place for a seller who wants to really customize their online store. It’s more of a way to set up an ecommerce presence than to actually take place in a larger marketplace.
Canadian based iCraft is small, but they care for their niche. Each item for sale is reviewed by the site and only truly original handmade crafts are allowed.
This is similar to Big Crater in that it focuses on letting you create a personalized ecommerce storefront but it also integrates nicely with eBay and Google checkout.