I’m afraid I’ve fallen a bit behind with my website lately. I’m not quite sure where February went, but we are now into the second week of March!
During February I had several projects on the go which I have now finished. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of any of them and they have now been given to the people I was making them for. The wool I referred to in “Working With Hanks Of Yarn” was knitted into a lovely hooded jacket for a little girl who will be turning two in a couple of weeks. Her Mum wanted it as a birthday present for her.
The second project I have just finished was slippers for my son and his partner who live in Melbourne. Obviously they were not needed in a hurry as it is still very warm over there, but I wanted to include them in a parcel I was sending which was already a bit late. I had fun “playing around” with several patterns (see “Using Patterns As A Guide”) and came up with two unique pairs of slippers which have now been sent on their way.
My main priority now is to catch up with posts for this site. I have been fortunate enough to get hold of copies of several crochet pattern books from Leisure Arts to review. I have really enjoyed looking at some different ideas, and will be posting reviews on them very soon.
Would you like to start your own knitting business? If so, you have probably given some thought to how you could make money knitting. Selling the items you make (scarves, sweaters, gloves, etc.) probably seemed like the most obvious way to turn your hobby into profits.
But it isn’t the only way. There are actually many other things you can do to make money from your passion for knitting. And each of these methods allows you to make money using your knowledge and experience.
Here are three ways you can turn your knitting hobby into a knitting business.
Start a Knitting Tips Website
People who enjoy knitting, whether they are absolute beginners or have years of experience, like to find new tips and tricks that will help to make them better at the craft. And you can share your tips and tricks with them with a knitting website.
Starting a knitting website is easy and inexpensive. All you need is a domain name, which will cost you about $ 10 a year. And you can get great webhosting for about $ 5 a month.
You can make money with your site in several ways. You can sell knitting supplies, the kinds of things people interested in knitting tips and tricks would be interested in. You could also place Google AdSense ads on your site. Whenever someone at your site clicks on one of the ads, you get paid.
Create a Knitting Review Site
There are a lot of knitting products out there and most people would like to have some idea of the quality of a product before they buy it. You can provide such insights at a knitting review site, sharing the pros and cons of the knitting products you have tried, and then rating them.
Just as with a tip site, you can use Google AdSense to make money at a knitting review site. You can also make money promoting affiliate products. For example, if you review an affiliate knitting product, you can include your affiliate link with the review. Then, every time someone who followed that link ended up buying the product, you will make a commission. With affiliate products, you can make anywhere from 10% to 75% of the purchase price with every sale.
Start a Mailing List for Knitters
With a knitting mailing list, people would subscribe to receive email messages from you. You would send these messages regularly, maybe weekly or twice a week. In the messages, you would share tips, tricks, patterns, and anything else you could think of.
The great thing about mailing lists is how easy they are to set up. All you have to do is subscribe to an auto-responder service. Then, you add your messages to the auto-responder, and decide on how often they will be delivered.
Along with messages giving knitting advice, you would also send your subscribers messages recommending affiliate products. Because you have built up a relationship with them by giving them solid, reliable advice, they are more likely to trust your recommendations and buy those affiliate products through your link. This should mean a nice commission for you.
There are many ways to make money from a knitting business that don’t involve selling knitted products. By starting a tip site, review site or mailing list, you can turn a profit by sharing what you have learned from your love of knitting.