Do you enjoy the art of creation? Personally, I find the ability to think of an idea and bring it to life is so exciting. I also really enjoy seeing what others are creating. Our minds are so imaginative and I am always looking for new ways to bring creativity into this world. However, I am also always looking to improve my financial situation by providing something of value to others. If you are someone who has a creative side, you may be wondering how you can profit financially from your creations. In this post, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can offer your creations to the public!
Let’s first identify all the different creations you can share with others:
- Knitted items
- Organizational Items
Please keep in mind, this is in no way a complete list, but is instead intended to provide you with some ideas on how to get started.
Now let’s focus on the different ways you can share your creations with the world and hopefully make a nice profit by doing so.
Your Own Website
One of the first ways you may think of to try and sell your creative abilities would be to create your own website, and therefore have your own online store. This is a fantastic idea once you have a brand, and the ability to market yourself.
Etsy is one of my favorite sites ever! If you have a talent for making unique items, but are just starting out then you may want to consider first selling on Etsy. You can create your own online store through them to sell knitted items, printed items, clothing, decals, décor, basically anything! I don’t own my own store on there, but I seriously considered it before I started blogging, and when I was planning our wedding, I purchased almost all of our personalized items on Etsy.
This is a very unique site that allows you to sell your creation or services for as little as $5. Now I currently don’t sell on Fiverr yet, but from my understanding you can create an account for free. Then you get to keep $4 of every $5 products/items/services you sell. (Fiverr is a business just like any other, so you have to decide if that profit is worth it to you). As you become more active on the site, you move up the various levels that allow you to sell multiples of whatever you’re offering, or even charge more. I’ve heard so many good things about how this site allows you to offer your creative abilities to others! Let me know if you decide to check them out!
If you are really talented at creating websites, building platforms, writing, or editing then offer your services as a virtual assistant. This is a great way to offer your talent for a fair and affordable price to help others build the business of their dream. This may even help you make an income while working towards building your own business!
If you enjoy writing, you can offer your writing talent to professional blogs, magazines, newspapers, and online sites focused on sharing content and information. I have just started looking into freelance writing myself and here a few sites that were recommended to me but that I have not personally tried yet. If you check them out, let me know what you think!
Ebay is a site that a lot of people use to sell items they no longer need or want, but you can find many personal creations on there as well. You will want to make sure you have a PayPal account before you start selling on Ebay so you can receive payments safely and securely, just remember to look into their fee policy first because they do have certain transactional fees. Then you need to create your Ebay account, list the items you wish to sell (make sure to include pictures and as many details about the item as possible). Then hopefully, you will be able to find customers interested in your products.
My friend Francesca at FromPenniestoPounds posted a great tutorial on how to sell on Ebay. Definitely go check it out if this is something you may be interested in doing.
Amazon is another website that offers you the ability to sell items online. Many people sell e-books that they’ve written and self-published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. You will first want to write your book, which can be done in a Microsoft Word document or in a similar program. Then you will want to convert your book to an eBook, sign into KDP with your Amazon account or email address, and then promote your book.
One of the largest internet sensations that has created income for many people is Youtube! This site provides you with a platform to share videos of your creations with others! I would recommend choosing a niche (topic area) before starting a Youtube channel, but if you are dedicated, creative, and talented then you can do it! I would also recommend making sure you are comfortable sharing aspects of your personal life or your creativity with your viewers.
This is a really great site to sell your talent! Now you have to be careful, because as with any site Craigslist has it’s scammers. Just be sure to avoid these and you could possibly make a decent income. To get started, go to the Craigslist site, choose the state where you live, enter the classifieds section, click the sale button, enter your information and upload pictures, and voila!
Having your own store is one of the more traditional ways to sell the items you create. However, this can be more costly and you are limited to the customers who come to your store. This is another instance where I would recommend that you have a brand and funding already established if you decide to go this route.
Many businesses who created a product use the business model of network marketing to sell their creations. Origami Owl uses network marketing to sell the jewelry they’ve created, ThirtyOne sells the bags they design. It’s a great business model if you feel like your creations would be a good fit for this style. It also allows for others to profit while sharing your creations.
11. Subscription Services
I’m sure you’ve all heard of monthly subscription services like BirchBox, Ipsy, Owl Crate, PopSugar, and StitchFix. (There are literally hundreds of subscription services out there) These businesses provide their customers with popular samples or items that they think their customers will love. If you have created or designed something that you think may go well with one of these subscription boxes, I would recommend reaching out with them and asking if you could offer a sample of your product in one of their upcoming boxes. It never hurts to ask right?
12. Flea Markets
If you are someone who enjoys flipping furniture or making other unique items, then you may want to try your luck at a local flea market. Personally, I love the thrill of going to a flea market and looking for those hidden treasures. Make sure you choose a good spot to sell from, and that your pieces are well done to build trust with your customers.
Our world is such a fantastic place to try and sell your creativity. Whatever you make, design, or create I’m sure you can find a way to sell it. I wish you all the best if you are someone who is trying to sell their creations! Share below ways that you have found to profit from your creativity! Also feel free to share and like on social media so we can help more people monetize their businesses!