There are all sorts of ways that you can make money from crochet. Most crocheters start to make money by selling what they make. It’s the obvious way to start things really. And many people who start to sell their crochet don’t actually think of starting a business, they just want to make a little bit of extra cash on the side. Then it starts to snowball a bit, and eventually they start to treat their sales more like a business.
This is when the question starts being asked. What other ways can I make money from crochet? This starts when the realisation hits that if you take a day off, there’s no money coming in or you end up with a never ending order list.
Having alternative ways to make money from crochet can give you the chance to take a break without missing out on sales, give you the chance to rest your hands from constantly having your hook working away, and remove the pressure of always having to get orders out on time. Having other crochet income streams also means that you are protected in case orders suddenly drop off because of the economic climate.
Other Ways To Make Money From Crochet
A lot of the big names in crochet now no longer sell what they make. It might be how they started out but it’s not where they are now. Businesses such as The Crochet Crowd, Marly Bird and Moogly, they all primarily sell crochet patterns but they also blog and they make money from affiliates by being affiliated with yarn companies and offering product suggestions.
There are lots of ways that you can make money from crochet. Click here for my quick guide to 9 ways to make money from your crochet skills
And just because one person does it one way doesn’t mean you have to do it that way. What works for one person does not work for someone else, and your business as it grows will be unique to you.
I no longer sell what I make at The Cool Crochet Society. And it’s simply because I never enjoyed doing that. If you sell what you make, and you want to make a good income just from that, you have to be prepared to make the same thing over and over again. That’s something I’ve never enjoyed doing. I like to try different things all the time, so for me having a product line became a chore as I had to keep making the same things, I couldn’t just create what I wanted. I fell out of love with my business. If I wanted to keep making money from my crochet, I had to change what I did, I needed a different business model, I had to open my mind to accept other ways of making an income, and different ways I could make money from crochet.
So I turned to crochet patterns. And for me this is ideal. As a crochet pattern designer. I’m continuously making new things all the time. And it’s perfect for me. But I’m also a blogger. Which I also use for affiliate marketing, and I sell advertising space there too. These things take time and effort to grow, but can be very lucrative if you take the time to do it well. And of course I’m now teaching others how to grow their own crochet business, to help you avoid the pitfalls I fell into and create the business model that suits you the best.
So how can you make money from crochet? Well, I’ve come up with a list of nine different ways that you can make money from crochet. You can download the PDF below.
9 ways to make money from crochet is a lot of ideas, but how many should you use?
As we’ve seen over the last couple of years. Big changes in the way you live can happen overnight, which can have a dramatic effect on your income. It can cause one stream of income to completely dry up, also if you only have one way of bringing money in, you can loose your business overnight. So having several sources of revenue protects you from extreme events and makes sure that you will always have some money coming in.
I wouldn’t suggest trying to do everything, that’s just not possible when it’s just you working on your business. But choosing 2 or 3 is a great way to secure your income and have enough variety of revenue to protect you against a sudden change of circumstances. Also some revenue sources are seasonal. Crochet products tend to be more popular in winter than in summer. But crochet classes aimed at kids will be more popular in school holidays, especially the long summer holiday where parents are looking to keep their kids occupied.
Whichever way you choose to make money from your crochet, make sure it is something you enjoy. Nothing will make you fall out of love with your business quicker than doing something you don’t like.
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