Are you skilled at something that may appear at the bottom of your résumé, under Hobbies? Whether you’re a weekend photographer, painter, potter, illustrator, jeweler, confectioner, baker or woodworker, your creative outlet could supplement your income.
Besides the raw materials and inventory for your craft, here are some of the things you may need:
- A $25 transient vendor license (you’ll need additional licensing and permits to sell food)
- A cash box (with plenty of change)
- A pop-up tent (if you’ll be doing outdoor shows)
- A website
- An ecommerce option, such as www.etsy.com
- Display props such as shelves, grid wall and display cases
- Plastic totes or bins
- Receipt books
- Knowledge of the local tax rate
You’ll also want to consider a way to process credit cards. Susan Sanford of Sew Darn Simple uses the Square. The Square is about one square inch and fits into the audio jack of the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and some Android phones. The device is free with enrollment, there are no monthly fees and the rate is only 2.75% for all swipes.
If you do decide to participate in a craft show, keep in mind that most fine arts and quality craft shows are juried, so you’ll need good photographs of your products. If you’re accepted, expect to pay about $100 a day for a 10’ X 10’ booth-rental fee. Depending on the size of your merchandise, you also may need to rent a van, trailer or hotel room.