Be as creative as you can be, at the same time, earn money from it. Yes, that’s possible because there are actually a lot of draft jobs out there that you can get yourself into while at home.
These days, we are encouraged to stay at home and avoid going to crowded places. As much as possible, if your business going out is not essential, you better stay home.
While some of us are home because they opted to, others have no other choice but be home because work has been affected.
In a report published by Business insider, it says that in April 2020 alone, the unemployment rate in the United States has hit 14.7%, which has been the highest since the Great Depression. This translates to 20.5 million jobs lost because of the pandemic.
Do you see it? A lot of people lost their jobs. Most of them – if not all – belong to the different industries that were badly hit by the pandemic.
Losing a job at a time of a pandemic can be very depressing and frustrating. While feeling that way is totally fine, you should not let it stop you from making ways to make money and earn a living for yourself and your family.
Today, we are particularly focusing on the creative people.
If you are creative and you have so many ideas in mind, don’t just sit around and do nothing. Turn your passion into something that is profitable by getting into craft jobs.
Yes, as mentioned a while ago, there are various craft jobs out there that you can do from home. It’s just about finding what’s best for you.
To help you out in finding and choosing the one for you, we are going to share some of the most popular, at the same time, promising and profitable craft jobs you can find out there.
But before anything else, let’s define what a craft job is all about —
WHAT IS A CRAFT JOB?
First of all, before we even talk about the different craft jobs available out there, let us define what “craft job” means.
A craft or also known as trade is a profession or a pastime that requires a certain skill and knowledge of skilled work.
Historically, especially during the Middle Ages and even earlier than that, the term was usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance.
Over the years, craft jobs have grown. Today, a craft job refers to a person who does artwork and any other objects that are visually appealing.
Furthermore, it also includes people who share knowledge or expertise in craft making through writing, teaching, selling, etc.
WHAT IS A CRAFT ARTIST?
When people hear the work craft job, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that this is a job that involves craft artists.
While this is true, craft jobs, as mentioned earlier, has already evolved overtime.
But for the sake of history and additional knowledge, we’re going to share with you the definition of a craft artist.
Technically speaking, according to Career Explorer, a craft artist is someone who uses different types of materials and techniques to create art either for profit or for exhibition purposes.
A craft artist create handmade objects like textiles, pottery, glassware, and many more.
WHAT DOES A CRAFT ARTIST DO?
After defining what a craft artist do, this time, let’s talk about what a craft artist does.
Basically, a craft artist does artwork as well as other objects that are visually appealing.
Most craft artists work using their hands, tools, and other materials to help them create that piece of art.
Becoming a craft artist requires significant skill. Usually, craft artists have in-born skills in creating art pieces, while a few others just learn along the way.
Craft artists especially these days are also sellers themselves. They sell their work through exhibits, their own studio, in stores, arts and crafts shows, and with the advent of digital media and the internet, craft artists are able to cater to a larger market through online selling.
If you want to know more what craft artists do, here’s a quick, informative video by CareerOneStop:
Apart from their work, some craft artists have also ventured into other forms of earning using their art knowledge and skill, which we are going to talk about more in the next section of this blog.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CRAFT JOBS AVAILABLE OUT THERE?
As mentioned earlier, when people hear the word craft job, normally, they associate it with anything to do with making an art piece. While this is true, the thing is, this industry, this profession per se has already emerged.
The craft industry has grown. Today, when we talk about craft jobs, we do not only mean work that involves creating art pieces but more.
Some of the popular craft jobs today, which you can definitely get into while at the comforts of your home, include:
- Craft Blogger
- YouTube Crafting Vlogger
- Craft Instructor
- Online Seller
- Direct Sales Craft Seller
Let’s dig deeper into each craft job this time to give you more idea, and hopefully, be able to choose which one suits you best as a craft artist —
Some craft artists are also gifted with the ability to write informational content. If you are one of them, becoming a craft blogger is perfect for you.
As a craft blogger, you basically share your ideas, solutions, as well as knowledge when it comes to craft or craft-making.
Unlike other bloggers who have yet to figure out a niche, as a craft artist, you already found your perfect niche — craft-making. You basically just focus on what it is that you do best.
There are a lot of focuses when it comes to crafting. There’s printmaking, home decorating, photography, wood painting, sculpture, paper crafts, sewing, knitting, and many more. As we have said earlier, it’s all about focusing on what you do best. After all, it’s so much easier to talk about something that you really know or something that you are fully knowledgeable about.
Becoming a craft blogger is ideal for women especially moms who work from home or want to venture into working from home but do not have an idea on how to start.
How To Become A Craft Blogger:
To get started, you look for other craft blogs in your niche. Read their work, study, and discover their best practices. Get inspiration from these blogs.
Once you already figured out what types of posts you’re going to do, and the approach that you’re going to use in your blogs, it’s time to create your blog.
Creating a blog these days have become simple and easy. While you can hire someone to do the technical side of building a blog site, if you are tech-savvy, you can definitely do it yourself (hey, there are instructional videos and blogs out there to help you out anyway).
As a blogger, make sure to be interactive. Engage your readers to ask questions or share their ideas. The more personal you are to your readers, the better.
Also, to be able to drive traffic to your blog, which is very important to earn money from blogging, make sure to use social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook, and more.
How Much Does A Craft Blogger Make:
How much you make as a craft blogger depends on a lot of factors like how huge your site traffic or how popular your blog is, how much ads are put in there, collaborations with brands, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and more. It may take a lot of hard work in the beginning but once you’re up there, you’ll surely be happy with how blogging can be generous with you.
To give you an idea, successful bloggers today can earn as much as six digits a month.
YouTube Crafting Vlogger
Video blogging or simply vlogging has definitely earned popularity over the recent years. YouTube, in particular, has become a platform for a lot of people not only to share knowledge, ideas, as well as entertainment, but it has also become a very good source of income.
YouTube is definitely the “in” thing with approximately five billion videos watched per day! Imagine!
Unlike blogging when all you do is write and post, with vlogging, you basically create video content and then post.
Similar to blogging, though, vlogging becomes profitable through ads, collaborations, sponsorships, etc. Also, just like blogging, YouTubers per se earn a solid living. But of course, to reach that point, you have to put in a lot of hard work and dedication. Also, you have to work on creating really good content so people will love and enjoy watching your videos.
As a craft artist, you have to create solid and helpful content that is clear and easy to understand and to follow to help boost your views and get connected to a wider audience.
How To Become A Craft Vlogger:
There are no specific requirements to become a craft vlogger. As long as you know what you do, and you are willing to share your ideas and secrets in the craft that you do, then, you’re good to go.
Now, to become a craft YouTuber, you simply have to create a YouTube account, create videos, upload, and share with your followers across all social media platforms.
When creating videos, you can hire a team to do the shoot and edit, or you can do everything by yourself. You can shoot using a smartphone camera or a professional camera. When it comes to editing, you can use editing software like Adobe Premiere or iMovie.
By the way, the secret to earning from YouTube apart from views and followers, you also have to upload videos regularly.
How Much Does A Craft Vlogger Make:
Similar to bloggers, popular YouTubers earn as much as six digits a month. Again, it all depends on your content, the regularity of your uploads, and of course the number of views, likes, as well as comments and subscribes. All these are factored in to know how much you can earn as a video blogger on YouTube.
Another work from home craft job is craft instructor. This job is ideal for those who love to fuel creativity in other people.
These days, taking online classes are in. Even before this pandemic, there are a plethora of online classes, along with it are a number of teaching platforms you can find all over the internet.
As a craft instructor, you have the power to choose the kind of teaching method you think will be effective for your students. You can record your own instructional videos, create tutorials, or teach life online.
Teaching online is definitely one of the best ways to supplement your income especially these days when a lot of people are at home and are trying to find ways to make themselves productive.
What’s even better with online teaching is that you get to reach not just people within the country but also those living in other parts of the world.
How To Become A Craft Instructor:
Since this one’s a specialty class, you do not have to have a specific degree to be able to hold classes. All you need is your expertise in the craft.
Now, to become one, there are actually a lot of places where you can find teaching opportunities online. One perfect example if Skillshare. This online platform offers classes in different areas of artistic focus.
How Much Does A Craft Instructor Make:
Again, there are a couple of factors to consider when it comes to how much you earn as a craft instructor.
However, to give you an idea, based on Glassdoor, craft instructors make an average of $9 per hour. But again, depending on your expertise and experience, you can earn as high as $23 per hour.
How much you earn will also depend on how many hours you are going to allot to teaching in a day, a week, or in a month.
Crafts Online Seller
Selling crafts from home is possible. All thanks to digital technology and the internet. There is a wide selection of online marketplace where you can sell your crafts.
One of the most popularly used online platforms by craft artists is Etsy. It is an online platform where you can sell any creation you can imagine.
The thing with Etsy (and even in other online marketplaces) is that the competition is fierce, which means you really have to work on something unique, at the same time, affordable. More so, you have to ensure that what you offer in the market is a good quality piece.
Also, for your crafts to sell, make sure you also work on marketing your products. Otherwise, it won’t sell at all. Share your Etsy store on your social media pages, and other social media groups.
Apart from Etsy, you can also create your own online store through your blog or a totally different e-commerce website.
How To Become A Craft Online Seller:
To be an online seller, particularly on Etsy, all you need to do is to sign up, create a business account. Provide all the information the site needs to be able to successfully create an account. Just follow the process, which includes setting up online payments, and more.
Once done, you can immediately start selling.
Meanwhile, if you have established a blog, and you want to use it to sell your crafts, you can do so as well. You just need to look for the best tools like payment tools to use. We recommend getting an expert if you want to pursue this path as it may be a little technical, and also since you need to ensure the safety and security of your client’s information.
How Much Does A Craft Online Seller Make:
How much you make whether it be through Etsy or through a website will entirely depend on how good your marketing strategies are. In the end, both platforms allow you to set the price for the crafts you sell (considering the fees and charges involved in either form).
For your information, though, Etsy charges a small listing fee of $0.20 per item, as well as a 3.5% transaction fee for everything sold.
Just keep in mind that you have to have a good price apart from a really nice craft of piece to be able to compete with other craft stores or online sellers.
Direct Sales Craft Seller
Apart from the craft jobs we already mentioned, last on our list is joining a direct sales craft opportunity.
This one’s ideal for people who love crafts or anything to do with crafts but do not have the skills for it.
There are a lot of direct sales craft opportunities out there. One example is Chalky & Company, which provides supplies for painting parties.
You earn by being a consultant or a direct sales craft seller.
How To Become A Direct Sales Craft Seller:
There are no specific requirements to be a direct sales craft seller. Although a background in sales and marketing can definitely help you be up on the game and earn more.
Keep in mind that most direct selling companies do have a sign-up fee, which usually comes with your initial kit. Also, some companies charge you for your own website on a monthly basis.
How Much Does A Direct Sales Craft Seller Make:
It all depends on your sales. The more determined you are at selling, the higher your sales will be.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON CRAFT JOBS
So, there you have it!
As a creative person, you will surely be able to work your ways around and be able to make money from the thing that you love even while at home.