So last week I revisited my Black belt frugality series and added a few extra things, i.e ideas and/ or encouragement. I was amazed to see the interest in this one post. My previous post about weight loss sat there all forlorn to the sound of crickets chirruping. So I have taken the hint. You guys care more about frugality in all it's many forms. Weight loss...not so much. That's cool. I can live with that. No hurt feelings (sniff, sniff). Nah seriously, I want the posts I write to be relevant to you guys. Otherwise I'm just sounding off. Fun as that can be sometimes, it isn't what I'm shooting for.
But now I'm at a loss. What do I write about? My garden is to bed for the winter and I have released all my frugal tidbits. What I need to do then is to write about new frugal things I've discovered. That doesn't happen every week. Hmmmmmm.
I KNOW! E-Commerce! No, I'm not talking about online shopping. I'm talking about online selling. I kid you not. I have become a proponent of online selling of handmade goods. There are many crafty selling websites out there; Pintrest, Etsy, even Amazon to name a few. I would say choose the one that works for you. I use Etsy. I started my Etsy shop to sell doll clothes in March of last year. I sold mainly cloth baby doll diapers at first, but as the holidays get closer my Etsy shop has started to regularly sell. I used to think I would need to set up a booth at a local fair/festival to be able to sell my doll clothes. With my online shop that hasn't been the case. A small .20 fee lists each item for 4 months. If that item sells, Etsy takes 3.5%. I can print shipping labels through them and everything. I've been keeping a little Quicken account for my "business" to keep track of income verses expenses. I wanted to make sure this was working. Though just starting out, I've managed to clear approximately $200 in profit give or take. That's after all expenses: Etsy fees, Supplies, Etc. I'm not having to rent a booth. I don't have to lug everything from home to whatever festival I'm attending. Instead I'm able to sell all over. In fact I've sold quite a few items to people in Canada!
I write about this because, if you are staying home and crafty, this can give you a way to bring in a bit extra doing what you enjoy. My funds either go into the general home fund, or they help support my composition doll habit. While not exactly a full income right now, it helps some. It helps a lot. And it helps me stay home and do other things around the home to help save money. It's a win, win. So if you have a craft you like to make and sell. I highly suggest trying an online selling site. They recommend you start off with 10 items. I started with 7 and worked my way up to 10. Now I have 30...well, 29. I just sold something today. I have to get back to sewing.
Well what do you know. I had something to share today. Go figure. Have a blessed week!