Everyone is looking to score some extra coin these days. But there is no need to slip into Code Red panic, especially if you have a creative mind. Now more than ever, we have to think of the word “crafty” in a different way. When it comes to paying that electric bill or funding Missy’s orchestra trip to Catalina Island, you can’t wait for people to shop on your web site. you have to go out and get the business.

As someone who has made a living from thinking crafty, I’m going to share ideas of how you can put your artistic skills to work. I want you to keep your main business going of your one-of-a-kind designs – but consider my tips as a part-time gig. I’m not saying they will fund that entire Catalina trip for your kid, but maybe help with the spending money.

1. Mixed Media and/or Fabric Goodie bags.
This is something I figured out recently when overhauling my art room. Get some clear Ziplock bags and set them out in a row. Go through your papers, beads, trims, pictures, etc and sort them in the bags by color or theme. Give them each a name and make a colorful label for each bag. Once you have a nice array, put them up for sale on eBay or Etsy. You could even visit local indie craft stores and sell wholesale to them!

2. Scrapbooks.
If you are a big scrapper, make samples layouts that fit different types of businesses. Approach those businesses and offer to make a gorgeous scrapbook for them. All they do is supply the pictures. Sure, you can hit weddings and birthdays, but why not try hair salons, restaurants, dance studios too? It will be a great promo tool for them to show their customers. Video companies do it all the time, why not scrapbook artists?

3. Promo videos and banner ads.
Are you a whiz with techy stuff? Look for book authors or bloggers who could use a nice promo video for their site, or a blog banner that pops. Offer a flat rate for your service. I’m inspired by Dale over at Sea Dream Studio. She is a genius!

4. Write bios for people.
If you are a colorful wordsmith, check out crafty web sites and the artist bios. If you think they could use sprucing up, offer to write a fabulous bio for them. Think of it like a blog banner design, except with a paragraph.

5. Passing out postcards or mini-art samples at local artwalks.
This is for people who are out and about a lot, especially at First Fridays. Work with local businesses or artists and have them (or you) design a postcard and have them printed. Charge a flat fee to hit a variety of locations where you will leave postcards on community counters, bulletin boards, or straight handing them out. I WISH I knew people who would do this for me!

6. Teach an online class.
Do youhave a wealth of techniques? Set up an inexpensive online video class where you can share one of those tips in detail.

7. Refresh and resell.
Visit your local secondhand store and buy up the cheapie retro wood stuff from the bric-a-brac section. Paint it in colors that are on-trend and offer them for sale to local businsses either for resale or for decoration in their shops. I once did this and ended up making a 50 napkin holders for a mom-and-pop eatery!

8. Home staging.
Check out local home staging experts in your area and show them your work. Maybe they will buy some of your pieces for their business!

I’ll leave the rest up to you!

Love & light,

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