Are you a hobbyist hoping to make some extra money by making bath bombs or dog treats in your spare time? Or perhaps you’re an entrepreneur looking to run a high-flying eCommerce business offering deluxe gift baskets?
There is a huge demand for handmade and craft goods all over the world, so both the hobbyist and the business pro can capitalize on the various things that people can make and sell.
And it’s easier than ever before to start an eCommerce store and sell your crafts online. So, you can start running your own business pretty much instantly – from the comfort of your home.
We’ve come up with 18 product ideas that you can make and sell, so roll up those sleeves and get started.
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The beauty industry is vast, but it’s the natural beauty niche that’s growing crazy fast.
People want to know what their products are made of, how they are made, and whether they’ve been tested on animals.
So, if you’ve been gifting friends and family soap bars, bath bombs, and body scrubs for Christmas and birthdays, you could be sitting on a fortune.
Selling handmade beauty products is beginner-friendly since they’re relatively easy and fast to produce.
Still, you should consider a few things before embarking on your natural cosmetics eCommerce journey:
The handmade fashion industry has never done better than now, a time when people are turning towards sustainability and eco-consciousness.
Making and selling clothing items online is a great way to make money online if you want to put your sewing machine to work and sell made-to-measure pieces online.
But it’s also great for those who want to run a clothing business, but can’t sew. How?
As long as you have the design part down, you can use print-on-demand services and start selling the clothing items you make – in a matter of a few hours.
To start your own tailor-made clothing empire, keep a few things in mind:
If you’ve secretly dreamt of putting your pottery skills to profitable use, why not set up your own eCommerce store and start selling your creations?
There is always a demand for unique pieces, be it for one’s home or to gift, and you could be shipping all over the globe.
If you’re a hobbyist, you’ll already have most of the necessary equipment available and some experience under your belt too.
But what if you’re a total beginner? Sign up for a weekend course, borrow a few books on the topic from your local library, and look if you can rent some equipment before you commit to buying.
Talk to your local community projects and colleges too. They usually allow shared use of their studios, giving you access to a kiln and other tools.
Here are a few tips to get your ceramics eCommerce store up and running:
Jewelry is one of the most popular things to make and sell from home, but it also one of the most saturated niches too.
While you don’t have to be a trained silversmith to make some extra money from jewelry, you do have to a mastermind in differentiating yourself from others.
If you know how to make woven bracelets and beaded necklaces, you’ve got a good foundation, but take it a few steps further.
How can you make your jewelry unique? Perhaps offer customization? The sky’s the limit when it comes to design and materials.
To start selling jewelry, consider the following:
Finding a subscription box in a pile of bills is one of the best ways to cheer up anyone’s day.
If you have a knack for creating collections of items that go well together, you should consider setting up your own subscription box service.
You can base your boxes around certain themes (think video games, books, or even countries). Depending on your price plans, you could include snacks and drinks in your boxes, alongside small items like notebooks and even toys.
Offering discounts for anyone subscribing for longer than just one month is a good way to ensure you have a steady stream of income.
Combine that with a good social media marketing strategy and a referral program, and you could be in the fast lane to achieve eCommerce success.
Here are a few great ideas to get your subscription box business off the ground:
Is there anything more hygge than cozying up on the couch with some candles lit on the coffee table?
Making and selling candles online is another beginner-friendly and low-cost eCommerce business idea.
The market has so many niches that you could specialize in. What about jar candles? Beeswax candles made from locally sourced wax? The list goes on.
Since candles don’t have an expiration date, you don’t have to worry about keeping your inventory small. Spend a weekend stocking up on products of all shapes and sizes if you have space.
As with any business idea, there are a few things to consider when setting up an online store:
How about candy as one of the best things to make and sell?
If friends and family always swoon over your desserts, then perhaps you have what it takes to be the next Willy Wonka and sell sweet treats online.
You could be selling jam, hard candy, handmade cookies, personalized chocolates, and pretty much everything in between. Oh, did we mention cakes and cupcakes?
Of course, it’s tricky to ship anything that’s highly perishable, so you could either sell locally or add liquid nitrogen to keep things cool (and add the wow factor too).
You should also pay close attention to how your eCommerce store looks. It’ll be worth investing in top-quality photography and building an enticing brand that’d make your sweet treats irresistible.
Keep these things in mind while building your dessert empire:
In the era of social media, people are willing to spend a lot of money on pet supplies.
Let’s face it: a puppy wearing a cute Halloween costume makes anyone’s heart melt.
You could be making collars, leashes, dog treats, catnip toys, pet beds… If you’re crafty, pretty much any pet-related item could sell online.
And if you or someone in your family has a dog or a cat, all the better. You can test your products, document it, and use the pictures and videos to market your business.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when launching your pet supply eCommerce store:
The world of eCommerce has revolutionized the way you can make and sell your art.
You can sell both unique fine-art pieces, print reproductions online, and even host your own virtual gallery on a well-designed eCommerce website.
Make sure you have high-quality photos of your pieces and decide what kinds of products you want to include in your store:
You could consider creating your own home decor collection, filled with items that are easy to make.
With the right skills and materials, you could make and sell high-quality pillow and cushion covers, bed sheets, tea towels, and even custom-made furniture covers (hint: sofa covers are one of the hottest items right now).
You want to come up with something that sets you apart from mainstream home decor brands. For example, the picture frames you’re making and selling could be sturdier or come in a wider variety of colors.
To make extra money, you could think about basing your niche on:
In the climate-conscious world, selling digital products is a great way to show that you care for the planet.
And it’s also a good way to make money off your design skills. Never thought it’d be possible to monetize your doodles and sell them as templates? You were wrong.
If you know a lot about a particular topic, you could write eBooks on them and sell them at your eCommerce store.
Similarly, if you’re an expert in your field, you could run a webinar series and make money.
Here are some digital products that you can make and sell from your home:
Have you ever walked into a leather shop just to enjoy the aroma?
While you can’t quite replicate the smell, selling leather goods online is a good crafts idea and an opportunity to make your products accessible to a wider audience.
If you have the tools and the skills, you could make outstanding bags, belts, pouches, and wallets, among many other items. In fact, you will want to stray away from these ‘usual suspects’ to make your business stand out.
For the most innovative folks out there, consider trying out some non-animal material substitutions to cater to the vegan niche that’s heating up right now.
Before you start, give the following questions some thought:
Maybe you spend a good chunk of your time in your garden shed, and consider yourself quite the carpenter? With eager buyers around the world, you could sell your wood products online.
Woodwork is one of the oldest crafts around, and you can earn money with it even if you’re not up for building furniture or doing home renovations.
And no, we’re not talking about standing around in craft fairs. Woodwork items are perfect to make and sell online if you’re the creative and artsy type.
Here are some ideas:
The art of hat making isn’t lost and forgotten. Did you think it was?
While you might not get too many gents interested in new top hats, you should keep an eye on the trends and easy to make items like hair accessories.
Fascinators and other hair accessories that double as hats for women get seasonal spikes in Google searches, especially in geographic locations such as the UK. People love to show off at weddings and other big events.
Depending on your niche, you could launch your own cap line, straw hat collection, or even cater to religious groups.
Get started with your headwear business by:
Stationery is one of those ever-popular things to make and sell. Why not try and dip your toes into this lucrative market?
There are almost as many notebook designs as there are notebook owners. That’s why the realm of stationery is great for anyone looking for a variety when it comes to their eCommerce website stock.
Depending on your interests and skills, you could sell hand-bound notebooks, creative bookmarks, and even handmade pencil cases.
Both students and working professionals alike need note-taking equipment, so with the right branding and marketing, you can build a loyal customer base.
You’ll need to pay attention to things like:
There is nothing quite like receiving a hand-knitted jumper as a gift from someone near and dear to you.
If you would like to share the joy of knitted and crocheted goods with others, sell your items online.
Depending on your skills and preferences, you could sell knitted hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and jumpers. Or take your store down the home decor route with baskets, coasters, rugs, and blankets.
With knitwear, you can create an impressive inventory of products before you launch your store. This would ensure that you don’t run out of products at the very start of your eCommerce journey.
Remember to think about these things before you sell online:
What is soft, cuddly, and takes an honorable place on the beds of kids of all ages? It’s plush toys, of course.
Out of all things to make and sell from home, plushies might be the easiest to get right. No matter if they’re modern and sleek in design or more organic and ‘handmade,’ online stores and craft fairs alike are filled with them.
The key, thus, is to make your creations stand out. Get started by investigating what’s available on the market and finding yourself an unfilled niche.
Could you make giant plushies the size of kids themselves? Could you personalize plushies to resemble and delight differently-abled children and adults? Get creative.
Here’s what you should weigh up before you start:
You might not think it, but trusty enamel pins are still as popular as ever, both as things to make and to buy.
While you will probably need to partner up with a manufacturer to make the pins themselves unless you want to buy all of the machinery needed fo it, you’ll definitely be in charge of the design process.
Remember to stick with solid colors and no fine details when you start making enamel pins.
And establish a good working relationship with your manufacturer, especially if they’re based abroad. This way you can fix any product-related issues faster and easier.
Enamel pins, compared to many other items on this very list, are extremely easy to store and ship. They are one of those beginner-friendly craft ideas to sell online if you’re looking for a fast way to get your eCommerce store up.
To get started, think about the following: