When I wrote this article I was hoping to find out what crafts were trending now. However, to my surprise, it’s hard to find a craft that hasn’t been done under the sun. Crafts are not like the latest news or, the hottest fashions. They just interchange with the seasons.
In my despair, I realized that some parents may have children who were born with great potential. This potential stops at complimenting their creations or, hanging them up. Even worse, some or all end up in the trash.
I have two questions for you.
- Does your child have potential?
- Have you ever considered helping your child sell their crafts or artistic creations?
If your child shows potential as a crafter or as an artist why not encourage them to sell their work. A child’s craft or artistic creations are full of creative expression. A child with great potential creates masterpieces without knowing. In most cases, the parents are unaware of their child’s potential. To them, it may be viewed as ‘cute’ or ‘awesome.’ It goes on the door of the refrigerator until its’ replaced by another.
In our society, inventors are getting younger, children are now authors, and teenagers are millionaires. Age is now just a number and has no relevance when great potential is seen within a child. There are various ways to invest into your child’s potential. Don’t always assume their craft or artistic creation has no value. We can agree we’ve all seen paintings with a huge price tag that left us wondering. Inwardly, we thought we could have done a better job or, a child could have done the exact same thing. Society lets us know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What we deem ‘cute’ or ‘awesome,’ is a masterpiece to someone else.
In searching, I found www.etsy.com. The website sells and promotes handmade items. Of course, there’s www.ebay.com. Another great way to sell and promote your child’s crafts and artistic creations is designing your own website. You can start by taking orders from family and friends. Also, another fun way to spend quality time would be to set up a booth at a craft show or farmer’s market.
Starting a business for a child checklist:
- What items do you want to sell?
- How long does it take to make each item and how much for materials?
- Will you need inventory or, make each item to order?
- Will you deliver your products and how much will this cost?
- Who are your customers and your competitors?
- How much should you charge and what’s the average price for similar products?
- What will you take cash, checks, or credit cards?
- Will you advertise and how will you find out what people think of your product before selling it?
- How much money goes back into the business?
- How much time will your child devote to craft-making?