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Now that we are a few years out of the pandemic, when we look back we realize that not everything that came out of the pandemic was bad. When people stayed home, they relied more on online purchases and businesses. I truly believe this kickstarted our era of ‘work from home’ jobs and careers as we know it.
Did you know there are a number of digital craft businesses that you can do 100% online? This means: No making products, no physical inventory, and no shipping products. Not only can these businesses be 100% run online, you can also start and grow them from anywhere in the world. (And, who doesn’t dream of waves splashing your feet as you work on a remote beach?)
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.
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16 Digital Craft Businesses You Can Run from Home
1. Selling SVG Cut Files, Patterns, Fonts
If you have already been designing files for yourself, this should be an easy transition. To get the most exposure to your files, I’d suggest opening and maintaining multiple shops on several marketplaces. I have more advice on selling SVG cut files.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 t-shirt or a wreath) or you can teach software skills (example: tracing in Silhouette Studio or designing a card in Cricut Design Space).
5. 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.
6. File Digitizing
Crafters need files in different formats than they may have. If you can offer digitizing services, start a business from it.
7. Print on Demand Designer
8. Graphic Designer
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 through dropshipping.
9. 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.
10. Search Engine Optimization Services
SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization Services”. Basically, it helps small business owners optimize their content to be seen in search engines – like Google. Guiding and specializing in working with craft business owners will give you a niche that is already established, but underserved. Need more education? Check out Grow with Google.
Have a knack for grammar correction and finding typos? Start a proofreading business that assists online craft sellers.
12. 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.
13. Business Naming Services
I get asked all the time about suggestions to name a business. And, I see requests of this type all the time. If this is a strength of yours – start offering your services to crafters.
14. 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!
15. Craft Blogger/Magazine Editor
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.
16. Social Media Influencer
Love using social media? Turn your love into an income stream. If I were you, I’d focus on one platform to start: Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, or Facebook.
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.