50 Craft Business Ideas


50 Craft Business Ideas

If you have any artistic skills or crafty hobbies, you might just have one of the essential building blocks of a successful business. There are so many different business opportunities that allow you to share your crafting skills in a variety of different ways. Here are 50 craft business ideas.

Craft Business Ideas

Jewelry Designer

50 Craft Business Ideas - Jewelry Designer

There are many different types of jewelry you can design and make by hand, from beaded bracelets to pieces made with precious metals. Then you can sell those items online or even wholesale to local retailers.

Clothing Designer

Likewise, you can design a variety of different clothing items and create your own handmade line to sell online or in stores.

T-Shirt Designer

Or you could choose to create a more specific niche and just design logos or other graphics to get printed on t-shirts and similar clothing items.

Greeting Card Maker

If paper goods are your medium of choice, you can design you rown line of greeting cards and then get your designs printed professionally or you can hand craft each one individually.

Painter

For those who are more artistically inclined, you can create your own original paintings on canvas, wood or other mediums and then sell that artwork directly to customers.

Sculptor

You can also build a business as a sculptor that works in a variety of different mediums, including metal,, clay and more.

Ceramics Maker

In addition, you can create more usable items like ceramic bowls and plates and even paint or otherwise customize your handcrafted items.

Candle Maker

50 Craft Business Ideas - Candle Maker

Candles are popular gift items. So you can make your own with custom scents and designs and sell them online or in stores.

Soap Maker

Similarly, soap making gives you the opportunity to make items with different scent combinations and designs.

Embroiderer

If you want to start a business that really customizes products, you can start a custom embroidery business where people send you their clothing or other items to have initials or other small details embroidered.

Knit Goods Seller

For those who are skilled at knitting or crocheting, there are a variety of different products you can create and sell with that medium, from hats and scarves to blankets.

Toy Maker

You can also create toys for kids or pets out of a variety of different materials.

Illustrator

You can also build a business as a custom illustrator either by selling your work online or in stores or offering custom illustrations.

Art Print Seller

For those who are artistically inclined but want to sell relatively low-priced items, you can print out copies of your original work to sell.

Glass Blower

50 Craft Business Ideas - Glass Blower

If you have the right equipment and knowledge, you can start a business as a glass blower that makes glass beads, vases, or a number of other glass items.

Handbag Designer

You can also focus your efforts on designing purses and handbags to sell in stores or online.

Handmade Gift Shop Operator

Or you can open your very own store that focuses on selling handmade gifts and other items made by you and other handmade artisans in your community.

Photographer

If photography is your medium of choice, you can also build a business printing out your photos and selling them to customers.

Woodworker

For those who are skilled in building and carpentry, there are plenty of potential products you can make out of wood, from furniture to frames.

Furniture Upcycler

You can also build a business by selling furniture that you made out of older, repurposed items.

Welder

Welding is another skill that requires some training and knowledge. But if you have it, you can make a number of different items out of metal.

Caricature Artist

50 Craft Business Ideas - Caricature Artist

For those who want to build a business that lets them be around a lot of people while also showing off their art skills, a caricature artist business could be a good option.

Tech Accessory Maker

You can also focus on making items like phone cases, laptop skins and others that help people dress up and protect their tech items.

Costume Designer

You could also build a business by designing costumes to sell or even working with events or productions on a freelance basis.

Coloring Book Artist

Coloring books have always been popular with kids. And now they’re popular with adults as well. So you can build a business by creating the actual designs behind those coloring books.

Floral Artist

Flowers can also serve as a creative medium. If you enjoy arranging flowers and making centerpieces or bouquets, you can build a business as a floral artist.

Custom Framer

You can also work with others who want a great way to show off their artwork or photos by offering your services as a custom framer.

Craft Fair Vendor

Even if you don’t have a really specific niche for your craft business, you can sell a wide variety of different items at craft fairs or similar events in your community.

Craft Fair Organizer

50 Craft Business Ideas - Craft Fair Organizer

You can also build a business by organizing those craft fairs and events and attracting other artisans to be vendors.

Basket Weaver

Baskets come in many shapes and sizes. So if you can weave your own baskets, you can sell them to customers at fairs, in stores or even online.

Custom Tailor

If you enjoy sewing, you can start a business where you altar clothing for clients either out of your own studio location or out of your home.

Craft Supply Retailer

You can also build a business where you sell supplies for other artists and crafters to make their own custom creations.

Pattern Maker

For those who know how to sew, knit, weave or do other craft activities that require patterns, you can create your very own patterns from scratch and then sell them to other crafters.

Fabric Shop Operator

You can also design your own fabric patterns and even open a shop where you sell your own fabrics to other crafters and designers.

Quilter

Quilting is another traditional craft that can offer a great business opportunity. You can make your own quilts to sell or even take custom orders.

Rubber Stamp Maker

Additionally, you can make customized stamps for crafty customers or create your own designs to sell.

Mural Artist

If you enjoy creating art on a large scale, you can offer your services as a mural artist for organizations or property owners that want to add some large artwork to their spaces.

Art Workshop Teacher

For those who would rather teach their artistic skills to others, you can start your own local or online workshops where you teach specific skills and charge admission.

Craft Tutor

Or you can work in a more one-on-one environment with crafty pupils by offering tutoring session for different crafty activities.

Online Course Creator

You can also create online courses that teach certain crafty skills to those who purchase them. Those courses can include text, video, audio and even printable documents.

Craft Book Author

Or if you want to put your tips and ideas into a more established format, you can write a book or ebook about a certain type of craft.

Crafty Social Networking Manager

Crafters like to interact with one another online just like everyone else. So you can potentially build a business by creating a niche social networking site aimed at the handmade community.

Crafty Membership Site Operator

You can also create a website that offers resources, tips, ideas or other items of value for crafters and charge a monthly membership rate.

Handmade Business Consultant

Or you can provide more personalized services to other crafty business owners as a consultant that specializes in handmade businesses.

Printables Seller

If you like designing your own artwork but don’t want to sell physical products, you can build a business that just sells printable versions of your artwork.

Screen Printer

Or you can open a screen printing studio where you transfer your designs onto anything from posters to clothing.

Custom Portrait Artist

If you’re a painting or illustrator, you can offer your services as a custom portrait artist where you draw portraits of people, families or even pets.

Calligrapher

Or you can offer custom calligraphy services to people who want to add a special touch to their branding, paper goods or other items.

Handmade Blogger

If you’re a skilled crafter, you can share your expertise with people online as a handmade blogger, then earn an income through ads, affiliate links, infoproducts and more.

Social Media Influencer

You can also build a following on social media and then work with crafty brands as an influencer.

Woman Carpenter, Jewelry Designer, Candlemaker, Glass Blower, Caricature Artist, Art Fair Photos via Shutterstock.

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird, and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    The craft industry is booming. I think the Internet played a major role in this as it helped at-home crafters reach a market outside.

  2. Gee. Lots of reminders and a few new ones for someone who has started over 2 dozen biz. on almost no money! Good for you folks. I plan to share with our new farmer’s market folks!

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