Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it to think you could create a home business by selling your scrapbook skills online. But it’s not all that unusual when you come to think of it. You will probably be surprised at how many people would rather buy scrapbook pages that are already set up for them. A lot of people don’t think they are creative enough to do it on their own or they simply don’t have the time it takes to make a scrapbook by hand. So, if you are skilled at this, this could be a great opportunity for you to make money off of something you’ve been doing for yourself and family and friends for free.
Of course the first thing you’ll need to do is stock pile on all of the scrapbooking supplies that you are going to need to start up your scrapbook home business. You’ll need plenty of card stock, ribbon, a variety of embellishments, glue sticks, etc. Whatever you need to make beautiful, fun and interesting ready made scrapbook pages.
You should also consider setting up an account with either Ebay or Etsy. Both are great places to sell crafts with Ebay being the more expensive one but gets more traffic. Either one will give you some pretty good exposure for selling your handcrafted items.
It’s a good idea to look around both Ebay and Etsy to check out the different people that are selling similar things so that you will be able to make your prices competitive. You definitely don’t want to be over priced and lose out on a lot of prospective customers because you didn’t price your items correctly.
You should also sign up to get a Paypal account. This makes it far easier for your customers to purchase things from you and if you set up a storefront with Ebay, this is the only thing that Ebay will accept as payment on their website. However, Etsy offers different forms of payment as well.
You should start by making a bunch of different pages for your family and friends and then this will be a way to create a portfolio of your work. You can then take pictures of all the pages you have made and put the photos online so people can get an idea of what you do. It’s important that you include as many as you can and always make sure that you have plenty of closeups as well so they can see the details of your work.
You can also set up your own website where you can sell the products independently as well. You can do this while you continue to sell elsewhere. This will enable you to be able to have another source in which you can sell your items from. You can also find different websites that are craft oriented that allow small businesses to advertise their products on their sites.
When your products begin to sell it is very important that you get the items shipped out as fast as you can and be very personal and friendly with the customers. This is going to help them remember you better in a positive light and they will more than likely return to you for more business in the future.
Be creative, offer a huge variety of pages that will cover all holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, military, school, babies, etc. The list is endless. The more you cover, the more creative you are the more likely you are going to get people interested.
Final Note: Never give up, just keep making new things and keep adding them to your listings. It just takes patience and you should be fine.