Things to Make and Sell


If you’re looking for ideas of things to make and sell, the possibilities are almost endless. Although there are easy things to make and sell, it does help to have artistic, woodworking, or other creative talents to create things people want to buy, use, or display.

When you consider the many ways there are to market hand-made products, crafts, and gifts, it opens up a world of opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and craftspeople.

If you can develop a reputation for creating quality products at a competitive price, then you may have the basis for a profitable part-time or full-time business.

Here’s a list of things to make and sell that runs the gamut from easy to complex. Some items are more in demand and marketable than others, but a lot depends on your ability to reach your intended target market, your customer service, your pricing,  and your sales skills. The challenge is to determine which handmade products will sell the best and make it worth your time, effort, and investment in materials.

Learn how to eliminate much of the guesswork from choosing profitable items to make and sell. This e-book* sheds light on this and other crucial questions that can make the difference between success and failure in craft sales, woodworking, and other entrepreneurial small businesses.

Below are some ideas (and resources*) for making extra money or getting started in your own business. I’ve listed more than 20 ideas for things you can make and sell:

  1. T-shirts  [Shopify provides the online tools to get started quickly*]
  2. Jewelry: necklaces, earrings, bracelets
  3. Stuffed animals
  4. Wind chimes
  5. Coffee cups
  6. Ceramic candy dishes
  7. Paperweights
  8. Signs or plaques with inspirational or humorous sayings
  9. Caricatures, portraits
  10. Bows
  11. Baskets
  12. Ornaments
  13. Garden figurines, frogs, turtles, squirrels, rabbits, angels, cherubs, gnomes
  14. Jams, jellies, preserves
  15. Personalized wire name jewelry [more information]*
  16. Candy bouquets [learn how]*
  17. Edible fruit bouquets [more details]*
  18. Candles [tips and techniques]*
  19. Dog treats [how to get started]*
  20. Gifts, clothes, blankets, or quilts* you can knit or crochet: more info*

If you’re a woodworker or carpenter, there’s a long list of wood products you can make and sell, including everything from picture frames and children’s toys to flower boxes and bee hives. Here are two dozen other woodworking project that you can make and sell:

  1. Bird feeders and birdhouses
  2. Bookcases
  3. Benches
  4. Storage chests
  5. Cutting boards
  6. Mail boxes
  7. Serving trays
  8. Coffee tables
  9. Beverage coasters
  10. Adirondack chairs
  11. Coat racks
  12. Recipe boxes
  13. Jewelry boxes
  14. Towel rack
  15. Artist’s easel
  16. Craft table for kids
  17. Clocks
  18. Mirrors
  19. Umbrella stands
  20. Wine rack
  21. Magazine rack
  22. Laundry drying rack
  23. Dog houses
  24. Picnic tables
  25. Changing tables
  26. Desk accessories: pen holders, letter holders, etc.

As far as making crafts you can sell online or at festivals, craft shows, the choices range from making and selling dream catchers and pillows to pottery and pot holders. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, your mental focus, and your belief in yourself.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on generating self employment ideas and finding ways to start your own business.


Freelance writer, blogger, Internet marketer

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate marketer for the products, courses, and e-books featured in this blog.


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