Whether you like to sew, quilt, embroider, crochet, knit, make jewelry, carve wood or fold paper – we most likely have an eBook for your favorite crafty hobby in OverDrive Marketplace. Through September 30th, many of these “Do It Your Selfies” eBooks are 30% off!
You may be asking yourself, “What am I going to do with all of this crafty goodness that I make? I can only give away so many knitted scarves every year for Christmas.” Well, that’s true. Your relatives probably love your handmade creations but if you’d like to share your crafts with others (and make money in the process), there are many options available and we have eBooks to point you in the right direction.
Learn how to get started with titles like Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz by Kelly Rand or The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line by Kari Chapin. These books give you some ideas about turning your hobby into a business.
Depending on your preferred crafts, you may find materials for your next project or find success selling via eBay. eBay for Dummies by Marsha Collier can help eBay newbies navigate the site. If you’ve been a casual eBay browser or buyer in the past but want to learn more, The New eBay: The Official Guide to Buying, Selling, Running a Profitable Business by Todd Alexander offers tips for looking at eBay from a business perspective.
The mecca for all things crafty right now is Etsy. As someone who frequently purchases handmade items from Etsy, I can attest to the quality and variety of goods found on the site. If you want to try it out, make sure to check out How to Make Money Using Etsy: A Guide to the Online Marketplace for Crafts and Handmade Products by Timothy Adam and the cleverly-named Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business by Jason Malinak.
Have fun crafting!
Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.