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Ok so I am currently a broke college student. I have a job but I'm not getting enough hours at it so I'm still broke and its super hard to find another job right now. What I want to know is if there's a good craft, that isn't too time consuming, that I could do to make some money selling online, on etsy or ravelry or whatever. I'm quite good at crocheting but I feel like I'm not fast enough at getting the projects out to sell crocheted items. So I was wondering if you guys out there could give me suggestions of quick and likable crafts that people would actually want to buy. I'd appreciate any feedback! Thanks! Happy

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7 replies since 17th March 2013 • Last reply 17th March 2013

Something customizable would probably do well.

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yeah I was thinking that too. But any ideas of specific craft mediums that sell well? Like I know I can crochet amigurumi's but I want something specifically mine (I usually follow patterns so I can't sell those products) but I can't always promise I can do a specific product because its all trial and error with making patterns. But I'm up for any crafting medium. I don't mind learning Happy

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Plushies maybe?

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You'd need something unique (in style or what you're selling) in order to make a significant amount of money and the quality would have to be very good. I'd say plushies are a good idea because you can easily give them your own style and who doesn't love them Happy

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Try making clay charms to put on cell phones, back packs, purses...that sort of thing. Though, any craft will be slow going until you have a set foundation...and it's not guaranteed you will make tons of $$$ in one go.

Generally, make something you would like first, and then promote it. I find that learning something for myself and making it a couple times for myself, works better that way.

Say you like oreos or a certain candy, make a few things that relate to that item, learn the technique and master it to the best of your ability, then once you are satisfied put a price tag on it!

It may take a few tries to get it just right, but once you get it you'll be fine!

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One girl at the Farmer's Market in my town got little charms, painted them, and made them into rings. They were really cute.

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Anything that relates to some of the popular memes always goes down well on Etsy, Ebay etc. Also things that are a bit geeky in theme as you know that your customers will already enjoy shopping online and enjoy surfing the web. You could also try making some crocheted brooches, mug cosies, jewellery. Also if you're selling your stuff online make sure you make good use of the free social media that can be used for marketing your stuff. It can really help drive traffic to your shop. Facebook and twitter are good ones to use. Also make sure your product shots do anything you make justice. I know you are still in the planning stage but it can make a massive difference to your sales.

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