Think all you need to know is how to knit or paint? Not quite. If you want to start a serious crafts business, you'll have to focus on the business <I>and</I> the craft.
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It's a common fantasy, and why shouldn't it be? It sounds amazing: Instead of forcing your crafting time into nooks here and there--after dinner, before the kids wake up, on the weekends--you'll start a business so you eat, sleep, breathe and, most important, live off your hobby.
But such is life that nothing is as easy as it seems. You may have the skills to create wonderful handiwork, but starting a successful crafts business calls for much more than that. "[There's] a separation [between] those who are crafting for fun and extra money and those who start out with the idea, 'I intend to make money from this, so I'm going to do it right,'" says Barbara Brabec, a homebased business expert and author of Make It Profitable! "And I've always said in all my books that the people who succeed are those who have a financial reason to do so."
So here's your first step: Decide why you're really starting this business. "If you're doing it for love or extra money, that's fine--you can have a lot of fun. You can make enough to keep yourself in craft supplies for the rest of your life, but you're never gonna bring home the groceries," says Brabec. "If you're in it because you actually need to supplement your family income, then you need to get serious."
And what does getting serious entail? Read on to find out how to get started.
Start reading. You don't necessarily need an MBA to succeed in a crafts business, but knowing how to wield a mean needle isn't enough. "It's not necessary to have a business background, but if you don't have one, [it is] necessary to read up," says Susan Brandt of the Hobby Industry Association, which counts crafts manufacturers, publishers, distributors and retailers among its members.
Brandt suggests visiting your library to find business magazines and texts as well as checking out community resources like adult school classes. "If you can visit some large gift centers or markets, try to find people who'd be willing to talk to you from noncompetitive areas," adds Brandt. "There are a lot of very generous people who remember that somebody helped them when they started."
Source:Handmade for Profit (M. Evans & Co.) by Barbara Brabec
Research your market. Your friends and family may gush over your work and even fork over $15 for an item, but will others? This is where market research is imperative; don't assume there's a market for your handcrafted wares until you find it. Go to crafts fairs, scour the Internet, read trade publications, and again, talk to other crafters to see what their experience has been.
There are several reasons to thoroughly research your market: to determine your competition, to find the best outlets for your products and to see whether your products will sell. For example, research your local craft malls, and you may find--as Brabec has--that their popularity isn't what it once was because of competition from imported and sometimes sub-par merchandise. And this is exactly the type of thing you want to avoid. "The reality is that in order to be successful, you need to have an unusual product that isn't likely to have a competing product made by a machine," says Brandt. "You need to have something that you can make quickly but that isn't apparent or easy for someone else to make or copy."
Jenny Hart has hit upon just such a product with her hand-embroidered portraits that she sells via her website and Yard Dog Gallery in Austin, Texas. An exhibited artist since age 17, Hart originally got the idea to embroider images about seven years ago after seeing embroidery work done by a psychiatric patient. "My approach to [my business] has been a little different since my product is currently available [only] by commission," says Hart, who began her "pretty barebones operation" just five months ago by coding her own site at www.sublimestitching.com.
In her research, Hart didn't find anyone doing similar work online. "My next step was to figure out who would be interested in my work," says Hart. She then e-mailed hundreds of webmasters with related sites (vintage fabric, retro-themed, embroidery, etc.) to request link exchanges and spread the word.
Craftspeople who have employees generally have higher incomes than those who don't, averaging $58,417 (vs. $32,624), according to a May 2001 survey by The CraftsReport.
Determine where you'll sell your products. While looking for online outlets for her unique products, Emilie Autumn found that the Internet was a great source of information for her business, Fancy Deluxe Co. "I spent long hours researching art, marketing and auction sites as well as websites of successful artists," says Autumn, who's been selling handcrafted apparel, paintings, toys and furniture since 1991. She went online in 2000 and currently runs the business from Grass Valley, California, with the help of her husband, Ryan Cassano. "I would write [the artists] and ask them a million questions!" Autumn adds.
These web efforts paid off; link exchanges with like-minded sites and participation in online auctions helped her site find both traffic and media coverage. (We found her online, too.)
Other sales outlets for crafts include craft fairs, craft malls and classified ads in crafts magazines. Entrepreneurs with really unique products like Hart's and Autumn's might find representation in galleries or retail outlets.
Price for profit. Again, research can help you solve one of your most potentially sticky dilemmas: what to charge. "The minute you start to do [your craft as a business], you discover you don't love it as much when you're being paid 10 cents an hour," says Brandt.
To avoid this monetary nightmare, do your homework before you invest time and money. "The primary mistake [beginners] make is to look at their product and say 'I wouldn't spend more than $10 for this," says Brabec. "They price based on their own pocketbook, which is a very big mistake because most crafters aren't very rich. What they have to do is research the marketplace and see what others who are making similar products are charging for their wares."
When determining how much a product costs to make, you have to count material costs as well as overhead like utilities, business licenses, accountant fees and more. "If you find out you can only make 10 products a day and it costs you $10 to buy the materials, then that's $100. You can sell them for $15. Is your day worth more than $50? And that's before you start deducting [your overhead costs]," warns Brandt.
When we interviewed fresh-to-the-game stitching entrepreneur Jenny Hart, we asked if she had any questions for the other entrepreneurs and experts featured in this story. Here is their advice:
Jenny Hart: How important is it to write a business plan? Is it only necessary for a business that will be looking for a loan or investors?
Susan Brandt: In short, very. A business plan is what you must start with--and then check your progress against at various intervals. Keep in mind, though, a business plan is a living, breathing document. You shouldn't change it gratuitously along the way...but as you get into business and your vision becomes clearer, there may be appropriate alterations to make along the way.
Hart: I feel like it's easy to look for business using the Internet. What are some of the most effective ways to draw business out of cyberworld?
Brandt: It's really not so easy. There's an awful lot of competition just to get people to find you. Ironically, the best ways to do that are by using the very media that is the antithesis of the web: mailing and print advertising. TV, too, if you can afford it. If you can get [your business] on local [cable] TV or radio, you have the opportunity to promote your site. If you can get a friend with an allied or noncompetitive traditional business to distribute cards with your [URL], so much the better.
Hart: How do I navigate the transition from working 9 to 5 while starting my homebased business and then doing that business full time?
Brabec: There's no easy way to do this. Most new home business owners put in up to 80 hours a week, dividing their time between their job and their business until something gives and they have to make a decision about giving one or the other up. If your job income is essential to your personal lifestyle, do not, under any circumstances, quit your job until you are sure you can bring in enough money (profit) from your homebased business to meet your needs, because you cannot assume that more time will translate into more income.
First, you must have a solid plan for how you're going to spend your extra time to make and sell more products or start sideline activities to add to your income, such as teaching or writing. When you can prove to yourself on paper that you could double or triple your current income if you only had more time, quitting your job then becomes truly a matter of faith in yourself and your abilities.
Tip: Include in your plan the "worst-case scenario" if you should fail. If you can live with that possibility, you don't have much to lose. Above all, do not rely on anyone else to tell you what to do--particularly family and friends. In the end, I believe we must all trust our "gut reactions" since they rarely fail to be right.
It's impossible to state here every single thing you'll need to do to get your new business off the ground; books have been written on the subject (Brabec's, for instance). To get her Ardenvoir, Washington, handmade soap business started, Cheri Marsh created a name and logo, designed an e-commerce site, and created a line of products. And though she's been in business for more than four years, her challenges haven't ceased.
"I live about 80 miles roundtrip from the nearest town," says Marsh, who started The SoapMeister LLC in 1997 after friends and family expressed interest in the soaps she created for her sensitive skin. "It's very difficult to find raw materials and near impossible to have them delivered. Juggling manufacturing in with everything is a challenge, as the soap must cure for four to six weeks prior to sale; that entails estimating needs two months in advance." To combat these challenges, Marsh plans to relocate and expand her business so she can have easier access to potential employees, manufacturing materials and offline customers.
So take a long, hard look at your favorite hobby before you decide to turn it into a business. Do you want to associate accounting, fulfillment, licensing, marketing and all the other components of a successful business with what you do for fun? If the idea of the public enjoying your handiwork and you taking charge of your own life via your craft makes all the hours of research and hard work worth it, then get going. The world is waiting for your artistic touch.
Ready for some serious research? Start with these resources:
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.
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.
Likewise, you can design a variety of different clothing items and create your own handmade line to sell online or in stores.
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.
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.
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.
You can also build a business as a sculptor that works in a variety of different mediums, including metal,, clay and more.
In addition, you can create more usable items like ceramic bowls and plates and even paint or otherwise customize your handcrafted items.
Candles are popular gift items. So you can make your own with custom scents and designs and sell them online or in stores.
Similarly, soap making gives you the opportunity to make items with different scent combinations and designs.
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.
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.
You can also create toys for kids or pets out of a variety of different materials.
You can also build a business as a custom illustrator either by selling your work online or in stores or offering custom illustrations.
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.
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.
You can also focus your efforts on designing purses and handbags to sell in stores or online.
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.
If photography is your medium of choice, you can also build a business printing out your photos and selling them to customers.
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.
You can also build a business by selling furniture that you made out of older, repurposed items.
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.
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.
You can also focus on making items like phone cases, laptop skins and others that help people dress up and protect their tech items.
You could also build a business by designing costumes to sell or even working with events or productions on a freelance basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also build a business by organizing those craft fairs and events and attracting other artisans to be vendors.
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.
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.
You can also build a business where you sell supplies for other artists and crafters to make their own custom creations.
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.
You can also design your own fabric patterns and even open a shop where you sell your own fabrics to other crafters and designers.
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.
Additionally, you can make customized stamps for crafty customers or create your own designs to sell.
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.
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.
Or you can work in a more one-on-one environment with crafty pupils by offering tutoring session for different crafty activities.
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.
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.
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.
You can also create a website that offers resources, tips, ideas or other items of value for crafters and charge a monthly membership rate.
Or you can provide more personalized services to other crafty business owners as a consultant that specializes in handmade businesses.
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.
Or you can open a screen printing studio where you transfer your designs onto anything from posters to clothing.
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.
Or you can offer custom calligraphy services to people who want to add a special touch to their branding, paper goods or other items.
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.
You can also build a following on social media and then work with crafty brands as an influencer.
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Weapon and Armor Mods in Fallout 4 require materials, as does building structures and resource-generating objects in your Settlements. If you're like most of us, you want to spend a lot of time upgrading your gear at crafting stations, because customizing weapons and armor is one of the best parts of the game. This page lists some tips on finding upgrade materials - with what breaks down to get various components in Fallout 4 and items that you should watch for to get them.
Tagging for Search & The Scrapper Perk
Fallout 4's interface provides you a means of finding items that are valuable to your crafting needs. Go to your Pip-boy, then head to the Inventory > Junk tab. From there, assuming you have some items, you can select 'Component View'. You'll see the various components the items you're carrying would break down to and produce. Select 'Tag for Search' on a component that you need more of, or want to find in abundance. This will help you immensely when scavenging locations within the game. One thing you can do, is go into your Workshop stash and pull items from it, then go into component view and tag them, then put the junk back into the crafting station.
You can also go to a workstation and attempt to craft a chemical, armor, or weapon, and select Tag for Search from there. This will automatically tag any item you do not already have enough of to make that item - a handy way to do things if you don't have any oil, yet need oil in order to make something and want to tag it.
Items that have been tagged will help you find the crafting materials you need. When looting, you'll see a small magnifying glass next to the object, indicating it has something you need. It does the same when you're shopping at general stores in Fallout 4, where you can buy many items that break down to materials on the cheap. Players who take Rank 2 in the Scrapper Perk will find that items that have been tagged are also highlighted so they're easier to spot. This is immensely helpful to avoid overlooking loot. You can go back in and untag items, for example later in the game when you have plenty of screws, so that this doesn't disrupt your gameplay experience. Tagging everything for search would mean every lootable object is highlighted, which means you will miss literally nothing.
One last benefit of the Scrapper Perk - and its main attraction, is being able to get the good stuff out of advanced weapons and armor you find from killing enemies. Without it, you'll only get basic materials like wood and steel. WITH the perk, you'll find fiber optics, screws, aluminum, and other rarer components that are useful for creating advanced mods for weapons and armor upgrades.
Breaking Down Weapons and Armor
Unlike normal Junk, weapons and armor aren't automatically broken down into crafting components. Head to a Weapons or Armor workshop in order to break down these types of things. It is this way for good reason - you don't want your favorite guns to get broken down automatically while trying to upgrade something else, plus they can be worth plenty of caps so you'd prefer to sell some if they do not provide materials that you need. I recommend saving weapons and armor until you've at least got rank 1 of Scrapper. I saved advanced weapons I didn't want until I had Scrapper Rank 2, so that the really good stuff would be retrieved when I junked it.
Weapons are never broken down, even in the workshop, so dont' store them there. Put them in an appropriate container like a toolbox or cabinet, and make a collection so that you can go back with Scrapper and get all the good components they may contain. Unique and legendary items (with a star) cannot be scrapped, but can be sold.
This list is far from comprehensive - a person who picks up everything won't need it, but it'll be helpful to those who are more selective in their looting. Note that many vendors at general stores will sell these items from time to time, meaning you can also buy your crafting materials.
Finding Adhesive - See my guide to Crafting Vegetable Starch for Adhesive for info on getting ingredients. Adhesive is also found in duct tape and wonderglue in various quantities.
Finding Acid - You can get acid from batteries, abraxo cleaner, anti-freeze, fertilizer, bloatfly glands, bloodbugs, and coolant. Can be used with bone to make Oil at a Chemistry Station.
Finding Aluminum - Anything with the word Aluminum in it, alarm clocks, cake pans, tv dinner trays, surgical trays, hubcaps, cake pans, typewriters, and a few more rare items contain aluminum.
Finding Ballistic Fiber - The best way to get this in large quantities is from shipments that may be bought in Goodneighbor from KL-E 0. It also comes from military ammo bags and duct tape - these two are rare, but may be found in military locales within the game. This is used heavily in Ballistic Weave Armor Mod you get from the Railroad.
Finding Bone - Look for various pieces of skeletons in your journey. Bone can be somewhat rare, although I've seen plenty of it around Supermutants and scattered about the Commonwealth.
Finding Ceramic - Get this item from ashtrays, bowls, coffee cups, vases, and things like that. Only teapots yield a large amount of ceramic at once.
Finding Circuitry - You should get some circuitry every time you destroy a turret. Enhanced targeting cards and military circuit boards are common enough, but less noticeably it comes from telephones and hot plates, which can be found in abandoned homes and offices throughout the commonwealth.
Finding Cloth - Scrap chairs and other unneeded furniture inside your Settlements. You'll also find it in cigars and cigarettes, dishrags, paintbrushes, oven mitts, and straw pillows. It is plentiful in the pre-war money you'll find in cash registers and stashed all over the game world.
Finding Copper - Copper is needed for many things as far as building in Settlements goes. It can be found in fuses, hot plates, light bulbs, telephones, cooking pots, lamps, beaker stands, and telephones.
Finding Cork - Thankfully cork isn't needed often, for it's only found in a few things - baseballs, globes, and crystal liquor decanters.
Finding Crystal - Cameras, magnifying glasses, microscopes, and that's about it. These are high priority items when collecting if you want to put advanced mods into your energy weapons.
Finding Fiberglass - Abraxo cleaner, aluminum canisters, cigar boxes, and telephones yield fiberglass.
Finding Fiber Optics - Fiber Optics can be a bit rare - having the Scrapper Perk can help in getting these, as it's found commonly in energy weapons.
Finding Gear - Desk fans, cameras, watches (gold or silver), adjustable wrenches, and fishing rods all contain gears.
Finding Glass - One of the easier components to come by, given all the bottles that lie around the abandoned buildings of the Commonwealth. Additionally, you'll find it in pitchers, fuses, lanterns, light bulbs, microscopes, vacuum tubes, and alarm clocks.
Finding Gold - Gold watches are the single best source, but they're rare. I've found more gold items on ghouls than anywhere else. It is also obviously in gold flip lighters.
Finding Lead - Pick up every pencil you see, they're 0 weight. Also, makeshift batteries and weightlifting dumbells and weights that may be found in gyms (with appropriate heft).
Finding Leather - Get this scrapping unneeded leather armor at armor workshops. Also from killing animals and taking their hides, namely Molerats, Radstags and dead Brahmin. Baseballs, teddy bears, deathclaw hands, and assault gas masks also give leather.
Finding Nuclear Material - Nuclear Material can be obtained from alarm clocks, biometric scanners, the board game blast radius, high-powered magnets, radscorpion stingers, recorders, and drops from certain glowing/radioactive enemies.
Finding Oil - Can be crafted at a Chemistry Station (Cutting Fluid) via Bone, Steel, Acid, and Purified Water). Oil comes from oil canisters, used oil/paint cans, cutting fluid, mr. handy fuel, lighters, gas cans, blowtorches, and things like that. Also, soap!
Finding Plastic - Many energy weapons (particularly Institute) break down to provide you some plastic. It is actually quite common from household items - pens, pepper mills, plastic plates/pumpkins, scissors, shopping baskets, toothpaste, cat/dog bowls, globes, cigarette cartons, and antifreeze.
Finding Rubber - Bonesaws, basketballs, kickballs, plungers, tires (you break down while in workshop mode) and extinguishers all contain rubber. Establishing many Settlements, you'll have plenty of rubber to use in your building and crafting.
Finding Screws - Screws come in abundance from all the fans you'll find in office areas, as well as antique globes, hot plates, handcuffs, toy car/trucks, typewriters, and giddyup buttercup body parts.
Finding Silver - Lockets, targeting cards, bowls/forks/knives/plates and other dinnerware all contain silver, along with silver pocket watches.
Finding Springs - Springs come in quantity from cameras and typewriters, but are also found in alarm clocks, fishing rods, kitchen scales, gold/silver watches, toasters, handcuffs, and battered clipboards.
Finding Steel - Along with wood, one of the most common items. You can get tons of it by scrapping weapons and metal (and raider) armor you find. It's also found in many types of cans and canisters, screwdrivers, tools like wrenches, buckets, and things like that.
Finding Wood - Scrap some weapons at the weapon workshop and scrap trees while in building mode in your Settlements. Chessboards, hammers, cigar boxes, brooms, pencils, plungers, most of the items that contain wood are very obvious.
Supply Lines from Local Leader are essential to making new Settlements without sinking a lot of time into them. This also allows you to access materials for cooking, upgrading weapons and armor from far. You can't withdraw them, but when you're crafting you will get to use the components. This makes Scavenger Stations in numerous Settlements incredibly helpful to you, because the random things they find may mean an extra screw or two when you need it most.
Carrying More Junk
Sort by weight while in your inventory and see things that are heavy, low value, or contain things you already have in abundance. You can also sort by weight while talking to a companion - Dogmeat himself can carry 150lbs. Give them the junk you don't need, then take it all when you're back at home and store all junk, then put away weapons, foods, etc. that are not stored manually.
Shipments & Shopping for Components
Various vendors (even Trashcan Carla) sell orders of shipments. Visiting your workstation will turn it in, allowing you access to those goods. Additionally, many junk vendors will sell things like microscopes, which can only be looted from buildings. You can visit them very now and then to find new things, as well as revisit places you'd previously looted in order to get more junk. I recommend you wear Charisma boosting gear when you're shopping, in order to get a better price - throw on a nice suit/dress, a hat and glasses to look better and get a better deal. The Cap Collector Perk also helps. Happy hunting!
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