Collaborative Guest Post
Handmade goods are everywhere, and people
are making a living off their passions. Everyone is looking for that cool,
original gift to buy. The good news is, anyone can get in on the fun. Your kids
can learn a craft and become entrepreneurs in their free time. Though there are
all kinds of crafts that sell, some of them are easier and cheaper than others.
Here are a few crafts that are easy to learn, quick to produce, and could earn
your child some extra pocket money.
Everybody loves stickers! Kindergarteners
love to get them on school reports, teens cover their notebooks in them, hikers
cover their water bottles in them, and crafters dedicate entire drawers to
their sticker collections. Stickers have taken on a new life, outside of the
scrapbook aisle and teacher supply store.
Plus, stickers are super easy to make! If your kid is artistic, they
should turn their artwork into original sticker designs.
All your child needs to get started selling
stickers is some matte sticker paper. They can doodle, draw, and paint right
onto the paper and cut those stickers out by hand to sell in person. If you
have the resources, they can up their sticker game by digitizing their artwork.
A high-resolution photo of their art on a white background can be uploaded into
any free photo editing software. Cut the background out of the photo and leave
it transparent. Digital images can be printed onto high quality vinyl sticker
paper for a more professional look. Partner with local paper or art supply
stores to sell your kid’s stickers to a wider marker. Or, start an online store!
Lots of kids learn to knit or crochet as a
quick, easy craft. Once they’ve mastered the basic techniques, they can start
selling knit goods. Hats are a fast, simple project that can be made en masse,
depending on the pattern. Knit beanies are very popular, and are a wardrobe
staple from fall through spring. After factoring in the cost of yarn, you can
sell a handknit beanie for a fair profit.
Knit or crochet hats are a more expensive
and time-consuming product to sell, but it’s great for crafty kiddos that need
something to do with their hands. A single ball of inexpensive yarn can yield
an adorable beanie in one evening. It’s a great craft to sell during the fall
and winter to make money for holiday gift giving!
Baby blankets are the simplest of sewing
projects. All you sew is a straight line around all four sides. The nice thing
about baby blankets is the size. Material for a full-sized blanket is
expensive, and they can take days to construct. A baby blanket is significantly
smaller, meaning you get more blanket per yard of fabric.
A quick, simple baby blanket project is the
minky blanket. Minky is that super soft fabric that almost feels like fur. The
blankets are usually minky on one side, and an inexpensive synthetic satin on
the other side. You can even buy folded blanket binding to finish off the edges
like a professional. These fabrics come in a multitude of colors and patterns,
so your child can get creative with it. After making a sizable inventory, these
blankets can be sold at craft fairs, online, or to local businesses.
If your child has access to a camera
or smartphone, they can start making money with no initial spending on
materials. Though some photography is more art than craft, it is a profitable business
that is easier to get started than you might think. There are several digital
platforms that will pay people for stock photos, like still lives or nature
photography. Some free stock photo sites work on a donation basis, meaning the
more followers and downloads your child gets the more money they could be
teens 14 years old and up, photography is a legitimate service
industry job. They can focus on portraits, like senior photos, or events like
birthdays. Teens who offer their photography services can market themselves
through word of mouth, free platforms like Craigslist, or a personal website.
As a parent, it’s important that you teach your teens how to meet with clients
safely. They should never go to a photoshoot alone, and you should always know
who the client is and where they will be. If your teen is smart and safe,
photography can be a lifelong career path.
We all do our best to limit our environmental impact, and thrift shopping is one way of saving money and saving the earth. Unfortunately, many charity shops seem to cater mostly to the over fifty crowd. For a creative teen, those outdated threads could mean a fashion goldmine! Upcycling is the act of finding gems in charity shops (or just the back of your closet), and re-imagining them into something new! No Pinterest board is complete without a couple of t-shirt crafts or button-down shirts turned into dresses. There are plenty of genius upcycling ideas floating around the internet, and plenty of gently used clothing that can be turned into something unique!
So, how can your child actually make money
on arts and crafts? The key is to find the appropriate audience and venue. It
might take some help and support from you, but your child can find a market for
their handmade goods. Craft fairs, farmers markets, and even local boutiques
are great for handmade goods. Ecommerce platforms like Etsy and Shopify offer a
professional level audience for your child’s crafts. Even starting small, like
selling their homemade slime to their friends at school, gives kids a taste of
running a handmade business. Encourage your kids to be entrepreneurs! It is a
lesson in healthy risk taking that can reap significant rewards.
Ron Stefanski is the founder of JobsForTeensHQ.com
and has a passion for helping teenagers find jobs. He created the website because he feels that
teenagers need to focus on their professional passions much earlier in life and
aims to teach them how they can do that.
When he’s not working on his website, Ron is a college professor and
loves to travel the world.