Crafting is a hobby, right? While that may be true, in today’s marketplace, it’s also a highly marketable skill. Websites like Etsy are enabling more and more people to turn their crafting skills into profitable side jobs. Here are 3 crafting skills that are in high demand, which you can turn into a side hustle of your own.
People love buying custom items for themselves, their friends, and their family members. Embroidery is an easy way to add a custom touch to anything from t-shirts to baby blankets. People will eagerly pay you to embroidery a name, initials, or an image onto various items.
Worried about your ability to embroider more complex images that your customers may want? Images of many popular characters can easily be downloaded and installed into an embroidery machine, so you don’t have to sweat over it. If somebody asks you to embroider an image of a cartoon character you’ve never done before, you can find and download the embroidery design and get the job done quickly and easily.
Crocheting and Knitting
What were once thought to be grandmotherly pastimes are now highly in-demand crafting skills. Customers love to order handmade crocheted and knitted items. Cute kids’ hats tend to be the most popular items. You’ll want to look into more unique and interesting patterns than a basic beanie, but if you have this crafting skill, learning adorable new patterns should be easy and fun. Other popular items include blankets, scarves, and earwarmer headbands.
Digital Art and Design
While some might not consider this to be a “crafting” skill, it is a creative talent that many people are willing to pay for. Online customers love the ability to instantly download something they’ve purchased to decorate their home, so digital art prints are becoming more and more popular.
If you’re a talented designer or artist, this is a great way to make some extra cash. All you have to do is create a piece of artwork one time, then post it in your online shop and make it available for instant download. Those pieces will then continue to make you some residual income without you having to do any extra work.
You can also design custom artwork if you’re willing to take orders from customers. Popular options include digital artwork that includes families’ last names. You can post an example of a design, then simply customize the design to customers’ surnames as they place their orders.
If you have some crafting skills and are looking to make some extra money, there are many ways to do it. So why not give it a try? Learn some new crocheting patterns, download embroidery design or two, and start crafting and cashing in!