Right now, the world is seeing small businesses reinvent themselves to stay in business through COVID-19. From the restaurant that is only offering take out or delivery to the gym that is broadcasting classes online, don’t let your craft business be left out.
If you are thinking of reinventing your business, adding a digital component, or starting a new business; I’ve compiled some ideas for you of digital craft businesses.
Note: The business ideas and concepts listed below are 100% digital. This means: no meeting customers and no shipping physical products. Not only can these businesses be done 100% online, they can be done from anywhere in the world.
15 Digital Craft Businesses You Can Run from Home
- Selling SVG Cut Files/Patterns/Fonts.
- If you have already been designing files for yourself, this should be an easy transition. Be sure to offer multiple file formats so that users of all different types of machines can use them.
- Selling Mock Up and Stock Images.
- Online sellers and influencers need mock up and stock images to sell their cut files and products. For this business, you’ll take photographs at home, edit the images, and sell them online.
- Take Online Drawing Requests.
- Do you hand letter or can you draw? Start taking paid commissions. In fact, Fiverr might be a good place to start.
- Online Teaching.
- Love instructing others? You can teach small or large groups online, or even private one-on-one classes using videos or livestreams. You can offer classes to create specific projects (example: a tee shirt or a wreath) or you can teach software skills (example: tracing in Silhouette Studio or designing a card in Cricut Design Space).
- Photo Editing.
- It’s no secret that great photography helps sell products. If you’ve got editing skills and experience, start offering photo editing services to craft business owners of product photos that they have taken.
- File Digitizing.
- Crafters need files in different formats than they may have. If you can offer digitizing services, start a business from it.
- Tee Shirt Designer.
- Graphic Design.
- Small business owners need business logos, shop banners, sale graphics, product packaging, and more. If you’ve got experience in graphic design, start promoting yourself to crafters. You can sell the digital files to customers, or place orders through printers and have physical products delivered to your customer.
- Web Design.
- Trust me when I say there are a lot of small business owners out there who would like a website of their own but don’t have the ability to create one. If you can, start offering either premade templates or websites or custom web design work. If those are too advanced for you, consider installing and setting up existing templates for customers.
- Search Engine Optimization Services.
- SEO services are always in demand. Guiding and specializing in working with craft business owners will give you a niche that is already established.
- Have a knack for grammar correction and finding typos? Start a proofreading business that assists online craft sellers.
- Social Media Creation & Management.
- There’s a need online for both creation of social media graphics and content and the management/scheduling of it. If these are your strengths, consider starting a business around it – and crafters are a great customer base to focus on.
- Business Naming Services.
- I get asked all the time about suggestions to name a business. I see requests of this type all the time. If this is a strength of yours – start offering your services to crafters.
- Virtual Assistant.
- Have a wide variety of online skills? Offer yourself as a virtual assistant to craft business owners. If you have experience running your own craft business, you’ll be even more valuable!
- Start a Craft Blog/Magazine.
- This is obviously near and dear to my heart, but pick a craft related topic and start a blog focusing on it. My best piece of advice: there are a lot of ‘lifestyle’ blogs that cover recipes, parenting, and DIY. Instead of putting yourself into a huge pool of competition, pick a specialized niche and start writing. If a blog isn’t your thing, what about an online magazine that covers the craft industry or an aspect of it?
I realize that you may not have the skills to start or run many of these types of businesses right now. However, with the extra time you’ve got on your hands right now, now is the perfect time to learn.