If you don’t have a great flair for sewing/baking/jewellery design/knitting/painting – just don’t do it. Selling handmade goods is the most competitive niche around and there are literally tens of thousands of Australian mums in direct competition on Facebook/Etsy/Ebay, all forcing each other’s prices down in an oversaturated market. If you’re just learning to decorate cakes, don’t force the value down further by undercutting. Get really good at it or leave it as a hobby and look for other income options. If you really want to sell, look for an import or reseller opportunity or even work as a professional ebay seller for clients.
Set up costs: 7/10 – you’ll need to buy materials or stock which, depending on your product can cost a little or a whole lot. Start small, test the market and see what sells before buying in bulk.
Set up time: 7/10 – Ebay and Etsy will get you started while you build up a community of regular customers through social media or traditional marketing techniques.
Flexibility: 9/10 – It’s all on your time unless you become super successful, then you have stay on top of all those sales!
Income: 4/10 – This is a highly saturated market so you may find you’re working 5 hours on a product that sells for $15 and has $5 worth of materials. Again, consider this option very carefully!
There is a whole world of work at home options for mums! Don’t settle for terrible conditions or pay just so you can work at home with your family! Choose a work at home option that takes you from mum to work at home superwoman!
About the Author: Dana Flannery is a crazy busy work at home mum who will never work for someone else again! Check out her Website Marketing and Marriage Celebrant Brisbane pages or visit her Facebook Online Marketing page.