Starting a Handmade Business


4 Lessons


Beginner Level

If you've ever thought about starting your own handmade business,this is the class for you!I've been selling handmade goods online since 2011 and I've learned so much over the years.In this class,you'll learn how to turn what you love making into a source of income,as well as practical tips from branding to customer service,and how to avoid common mistakes along the way.

I'll also give you advice on how to set up your small business legally,how to pay taxes,and many other questions new business owners may find themselves stumbling over.While this class focuses mostly on selling online (mostly because it is the simplest and cheapest option!) I'll also give you some great tips for selling in person.

Class Author:jessyratfink

Jessy Ratfink is a modern embroidery artist,sewist,crafter and cook.She published her first instructable nearly 10 years ago and now has over 500 instructables under her belt!She works for Instructables making awesome things and as a community manager.In her down time,she makes hand embroidered art and patterns for her Etsy shop,making jiggy.To see what she's currently working on,visit her @makingjiggy Instagram page!


Lesson 1: How to Start a Handmade Business

In this lesson,I'll teach you the basics.You'll learn about choosing and registering a business name,doing market research,coming up with your "brand" and even paying taxes!

Lesson 2: The Costs of Selling

Many new business owners aren't fully aware of the start-up and continual costs of selling handmade items.In this lesson,I'll go over what to expect.

Lesson 3: Running a Successful Shop

Once your shop is up and running,you need to make sure it stays running well!This lesson will cover pricing your work,customer service,SEO,staying organized and more!

Lesson 4: Promoting Your Handmade Business

One of the biggest keys to running a small business is making sure people know you're there!This lesson will give you tips for reaching new customers and retaining current ones.

Now that you have the skills,what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!