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DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

Want to make your own DIY products and sell them online? Today thousands of people are producing handmade goods and selling them at pop-ups and markets and more. And recently there has been a massive surge in online shopping, so many entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on this by selling on Shopify.

The e-commerce advantage gives you the opportunity to sell anywhere in the world. E-commerce gives makers more reach and apps help their businesses run more efficiently, letting them focus on what they do best, their craft. The best part about e-commerce is that many of these business ideas can be started from home with minimal upfront investments.

So here's a list of 6 things to make and sell online from home. Now, whether you're a beginner or an advanced craftsperson there are options in this list for everyone. I'll give you an overview of each.


DIY ideas: 6 things to make and sell online



1. Bath bombs and soaps

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

Bath bombs, bath salts, and soaps can be made at home in a few easy steps. If you do a quick Google search, you'll see tons of tutorials and recipes. They range from simple recipes for bath salts, like these to more complicated formulas that require preservatives like these. You don't have to be a creative genius to make this business a success.

Soaps and bath bombs can be made using molds that you buy online or at a craft store. Packaging is a huge influence on purchasing decisions specifically in the beauty industry. So make sure that you're hiring design help if need be.

You can head over to ''Fiverr'' to hire a freelance graphic designer.

So here are some tips before deciding on this idea

First of all, you're going to want to keep your inventory tight. If you sit on your bath bombs, they can lose some of that fizz. And also keep in mind that natural ingredients in soap can expire.

Do some research on what wrong ingredients are beauty grade and safe for skin. You'll also want to make sure they're approved for use in your country. So for all my Canadian and US citizens out there. It'll outline which ingredients are prohibited and which are safe.

On that note, also check with your government to ensure that your production facility meets health standards, even if it's only your own kitchen. Simply just Google production facility standards for cosmetics in your region. This regulatory information is important, so be sure that you're doing this.

Skincare accounts for 60% of the total profit in the beauty industry, and entrepreneur Lisa shared her inspiring story about how she claimed a piece of that pie. Lisa, founder of the honeybunch shop bypass the banks to create a wildly successful bath bomb business. With creative campaigns, like "we've got balls" Lisa was able to sell 45,000 units.

In addition to her marketing, her business success was also due to her own transparency. As a business owner, she posted this to Facebook asking her audience to support her business during a financial rut. She also told Shopify, I'm not afraid to say I'm broke, I'm broke, but I'm also the person to celebrate anything that's successful. People seem to connect with that.

It takes some bravery but being human with your audience increases trust. If you're interested in making baths, soaps, and bath bombs.


2. T-shirts and printed merch

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

This is a maker business for the non-maker. Your design idea or slogan can be printed onto various goods like t-shirts mugs and dog bandanas. With this business idea, you can opt-in for a print-on-demand model. This means that you hold zero inventory and you get your printing house to ship your products to your customers.

This is a very hands-off business that has a low barrier to entry. Now, if you wanted to increase the handmade factor, consider learning the art of screen printing and purchasing equipment to print your designs at home, or you can hand stitch patches and yarn work.

Here's an inspiring story about how this entrepreneur started a t-shirt business to fund a new puppy. Liz Bertorelli, an early owner of passionfruit apparel really wanted a French bulldog. So she told herself if she could make an extra five grand, she would get one. So while working a full-time job, she started an online print-on-demand t-shirt company, and she exceeded her $5,000 goal in a matter of months.

Roughly five years, one dog, and a full rebrand later Passionfruit, Liz's LGBTQ plus the online store is still kicking. Liz mentioned that when she came out, it was really hard. So she now sells tank tops with slogans. Like love is love for the people who want to show themselves without saying it out loud.

Here are a couple of tips for getting started with your t-shirt business

T-shirts and printed merch can supplement an existing business. So gyms and musicians, for example, can sell branded swag to their current audiences. This singer-songwriter, Lolo sells t-shirts and stickers. For example, now, if you're not a designer, don't sweat it.

You can use sites like Shopify experts, creative market, or Upwork to find talent, to help turn your ideas into designs for your t-shirt business. Use a print and fulfillment app, like Printful, Gooten, or even teelaunch. They'll integrate with your Shopify store and automatically print, fulfill and ship each order.

So you can be up and running in a matter of days, if not hours. If you want to dive a little bit deeper, I'll also put a link for a free 40-minute webinar below. Shopify is offering a free 14-day trial, take action so that you can level up your e-commerce business.


3. Jewelry

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

Jewelry is another business idea that can range in skill levels. You can create really simple and low-tech pieces like beaded necklaces and woven bracelets. Or you can really dig your feet in and use special silversmithing equipment to create necklace pendants.

Now think about how your designs can stand out. And what niche you can carve out for yourself.

To do this, you're going to want to validate your idea by following fashion influencers. So I tend to pay really close attention to what my friends and bloggers in London are wearing because, while Toronto has some really well-dressed people, we're a bit behind. So if you're in the same boat, it helps to follow influencers in London, Paris, and Berlin.

For example, that way you'll be first to market with a particular trend in your area. Here's a motivating story of ten-year-old entrepreneur Riley. Her jewelry brand called Gunnar & Lux has caught the attention of some of the biggest retailers in the US. So one year Riley upped her lemonade stand game by adding some of her creations to her table.

When her dad posted photos to his Instagram, his followers asked where they could buy her necklaces, so he set up a website. Four years later, Riley's still head of design, but she now has staff helping her make jewelry and fulfill orders from the likes of Barneys and J-Crew.


If you're feeling inspired by Riley's resourcefulness, here are some tips on how you can get your own jewelry business started as well.

If you're crafting jewelry at home, try accentuating the imperfections of your jewelry. So look at these handmade blog rings. For example, these use resin and costume gemstones. If this all seems a little much, and you've decided to just source jewelry instead check out jewelers in Indonesia, they have great quality craftsmanship and unique designs at really reasonable prices.



4. Curated gift and subscription boxes

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

A gift or subscription box business is a great idea for those who are less crafty, but more have an eye for curation. Now let me just start by saying that the assembly part can be a tedious task, but the business has its advantages. Subscription boxes are a great source of recurring and semi-reliable revenue.

And if you already have a reasonably sized audience that brands want to get in front of, you can sell your subscription box as a marketing opportunity, so that you get the items to go into the box for free. Listen to this crazy story about subscription box owners, Sophia Pierro, before she started her own business.

Rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite was just another day on the job. Sophia was raking in a good living and she was at the top of her game, but none of it made her happy. So she started a subscription box business. She turned down the opportunity to work with Matt Damon because she's so happy writing Present Day Gifts. These are curated gift boxes, featuring products from local, handmade and small-batch brands.

If you're going to start your own subscription box business, here are a couple of things that you're going to want to keep in mind.

Calculate your storage and assembly needs. Can your home accommodate your business or do you need to rent additional space?
Also, ease your customers into commitment. Offer a substantial discount to those who pay upfront for subscriptions or offer the first month free. Use an app like recurring orders and subscriptions to manage your subscriptions as well.


5. Sweets

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

Cookies, pies, jams, and cakes. Sugar can be spun into endless things to make and sell. This is a category with unique stipulations, legalities, labeling, and shelf life, but also worth it with lots of room to get creative. Niche markets include holidays like new Year and occasions like weddings.

You can do custom orders for families or catering for business meetings, or why not make pet treats and gift baskets. Be sure to investigate the viability of selling your product online. Also, keep in mind how fragile your item is when shipping and how you'll keep items cool or warm in transit.

So, I've talked a lot about overnight successes here, but let me give you a practical story about how this dessert founder ''Ramya'' keeps her day job while managing her healthy dessert business. After curing her own sinus issues through a wellness lifestyle, Ramey eliminated gluten and dairy from her diet.

The avid baker relearned how to make sweets with alternative ingredients, and that eventually became the inspiration for a sweet new business called, Oh my goodness. Ramya still works other jobs to pay the bills, and financial success sometimes feels impossible, but her business is taking off.

Ramya's cakes are now made in industrial kitchens and she has more than a handful of people who help her with making and packing up her cakes. Her social enterprise hires people with disabilities and those who are transitioning out of the criminal system. When pressed Ramya notes, she feels successful because she hits her goals and makes a difference in people's lives.


If you're looking to make a food business into a side hustle, here are some tips for when you're getting started.


Trace the supply chain
Carefully select your raw ingredients suppliers to ensure that what's on your label is actually what's inside. Ask questions like how and where things are made and grown.

Consult with a lawyer or a food inspection agency, to be sure that your labeling meets local requirements for nutritional content, ingredients, and allergy warnings. If you're looking to get into depth about how to start your own online food business, I have an amazing guide. It takes you all the way from brainstorming ideas to starting and marketing your business.



6. Lip balm and cosmetics

DIY ideas to Make and Sell Online

As the owner of a makeup brand, I can tell you that starting your own cosmetic line may seem daunting, but it's totally doable. I started by formulating simple lip glosses in my kitchen from vegan beeswax and oils to do. Try sourcing ingredients from makingcosmetics.com and you can also try wholesalesuppliesplus.com for budget-friendly options.

Now I work with a freelance chemist who produces my formulas. Chemist consultants are really, really hard to come by, especially if you're in Canada. So if you two are looking to get advice on producing your own formulas from a skilled chemist, you can chat with Sherry from A Cosmetic Chemist. She'll get you started.

Here's a story about how an ex financier left an unfulfilling job to build a beauty behemoth business, right from her kitchen. After working a lucrative yet unfulfilling day job, Melissa began making lipsticks in her kitchen. She had become increasingly frustrated by the lack of diversity in beauty at the time and decided to do something about it.

It started as a side gig and then Melissa hit some lows. She ran out of money and had to live with strangers to cover rent. But 7 years later, the lip bar is a thriving business that believes beauty should be diverse and accessible to anyone. Melissa has worked with the likes of Bloomingdale's, Urban Outfitters, Target, and forever 21.

And in February 2019, she cut the ribbon of lip Bar's flagship retail store in Detroit.

If you're ready to get started on your own beauty brand, here are some tips from me to you.

Invest in ingredient research
It pays to talk to a health regulatory consultant so that you can be sure your products are safe. They'll help you understand if your ingredients are rated for cosmetic use. Karen Friedman consulting is an example of a specialist that can help bring your product to market safely.

understand the labeling laws of any country or region where you plan to sell your products.
In some countries, the word organic is regulated and you can not use it unless you have acquired the proper certification.


Digital goods

The digitalization of goods shows no signs of stopping, making, and selling digital products like font licenses, wedding invitation templates, webinars, or even Photoshop actions requires a little bit of upfront work, but it's relatively hands-off once you get started. The overhead costs are very low and the typical pain points that come with physical goods like inventory and shipping are non-existent.

Dustin Lee generates passive income through digital products. Dustin is the founder of retro supply, a store that sells digital assets for graphic designers and illustrators inspired by history. If you work in Photoshop or illustrator, for instance, there's a variety of ad-on.

You can get custom brushes that give you a very specific effect. Dustin sells those digital assets, or I should say they sell themselves, but it wasn't always like this. When he first started out, he was getting up early and working on this side business for an hour every day.

His hard work paid off and he is now enjoying the ability for these digital assets to be sold multiple times to multiple people anywhere in the world if you're okay with an upfront time investment so that you can later relax.

here are some tips on how you can make digital assets work for your business.

Choose a delivery method
Apps like Digital Downloads and Sky Pilot, integrate with your Shopify store to automatically deliver digital goods or provide a download link to each customer. If you're hosting files on Shopify, make sure your files are each five gigabytes or less. For larger files, try compressing them into zip archives.

After creating assets consider focusing on SEO so that people are organically finding your content.


Last words

So those were 6 ideas of things that you can easily make at home so that you can get started on your business fast. If you found this article helpful, share it with your friends. Did I miss anything that you think would be a good business idea? If so, make sure you're dropping it in the comments below.

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