Does it sometimes seem like the craft market is saturated? Do you feel that everyone now has their own Silhouette or Cricut machine? If you do, it might be time to go looking for customers in different places. Instead of listing products for sale on marketplaces (Etsy, Shopify) and social media (Facebook, Instagram), you can sell your products directly to fellow small business owners. Read on for my list of product ideas.
10 Handmade Products to Sell to Local Businesses
- Thank you gifts for realtors/real estate agents: It is customary for realtors to give a thank you gift to clients upon purchasing a home. If you create floating frames or wooden signs, you may be able to sell “Welcome” or “New Home” themed signs or wall decor to your local realtors. Each time a realtor sells a home, they return to you to purchase again.
- Cupcake and cake toppers for bakeries/cupcake stores: Consider approaching your local bakery about custom made cupcake toppers or cake toppers. If you create custom stencils with your Silhouette or Cricut, your local store may also be interested in using them in their kitchen.
- Photo props for photographers: Photographers are often in need of signs and photo props to use during their photo shoots. Photographers will need different props depending on the season, so partnering with one could lead to steady work throughout the year.
- Party props/decor/paper goods/favors for party planners: Like photographers, party planners need props and decor to use during events. It may be signs, paper goods, favors, or other items.
- Themed bags for book stores/sewing stores/yarn shops: Customers of local book stores, and sewing or yarn shops often carry items like books or crafting supplies with them. A line of themed bags would work well for all three!
- Coffee themed goods for coffee shops: Coffee lovers love their coffee themed products! I know that both of our local coffee shops have coffee tumblers, sleeves, and themed products made by crafters in their stores.
- Decor for event rental stores: Similar to other event businesses, event rental stores may purchase handmade items to rent to their customers along with the usual offerings of tables, chairs, and tents. If you like working in the wedding niche, this may be a good opportunity for you.
- Client gifts for travel agents: Like realtors, travel agents often send clients a small token of appreciation for using them. Custom made luggage tags or an embellished frame to display their favorite vacation photo may work well.
- Etched vases for florists: Local florists and flower shops needs vases. You could sell embellished ones (or embellish the ones they already have) using glass etching for vinyl.
- Uniforms for landscapers/plumbers/HVAC/electricians/plowing companies: Small companies often order locally for t-shirts and uniform needs. If the business needs a larger quantity than you can do, outsource them.
What ideas can you help me add to this list? Let me know in the comments, and I will add them in.
Wait, one more before you go: If you like working with vinyl and looking for a quick way to get ‘in’ with local businesses head to this post on hours of operation decals.
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