Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta
Have you ever wanted to sell what you make? Sometimes this looks like the best thing in the world as you sit in your office and wish you were in charge of your paycheck. Well there are a few things you can do to get your feet wet before giving up your day job.
There are books, such as, The Savvy Crafters Guide To Success: Turn Your Crafts Into A Career, which walk you through the steps. Websites like Etsy make it easy for you to market your goods. They charge a fee for handling the payment and listing transactions. Ebay also allows you to sell your handmade goods. The fees they charge are a listing fee, which is based on how many you list, how much you charge and whether or not the item sells.
Instead of knitting for profit, we sometimes make knitted goods for donation to worthy causes. There are many causes, for a list of the ones that take knitted items, see these charities.
One way to make these two seemingly opposite tracks meld is to sell your goods via one of the methods above and then donate the profits to somewhere in the world that needs the money. Haiti is currently the place the eyes of the world are focused on, but there are always places of need. Often times we want to help and cannot come up with the money and making, selling, and donating the proceeds from the sale is a way to do help.
Bella articles are generally not supposed to be about current events, but sometimes catastrophes arise and knitters are in a unique position to help. Knitting is “hot” right now, everyone wants scarves or fingerless gloves, and if they are handmade so much the better. Knitting has gone in and out of fashion a few times and knitting is fashionable, it is great to be a good trend.
The copyright caveat: If you are making items to sell or donate and using a design that is NOT your own remember to get permission from the designer first. Most patterns are sold for personal use only.