Making things by hand from scratch and making a living by selling them has been the core of age-long transactions. Trade has come a long way in the past few years, with the biggest changes coinciding with the industrial revolution, and the Internet. As far as we’ve come, the principles of commerce remain deeply rooted.

OK. You are probably here because you’re not quite sure what to make and sell. Maybe you’re looking for a new hobby to keep you busy or maybe you want to establish something you will consider a crafty long term business agenda. 

In this article, we’ve outlined a list of things to make and sell.

1. Beauty products

Soaps and beauty products are a basic necessity for many modern people. These kinds of products range from simple bathing soaps to more complicated cream formulations. This kind of production does not have high creativity requirements. However, branding and packaging are very important when it comes to developing beauty products that stand out from the many that already exist. 

A simple Google search on “how to make a soap” or “how to make a body cream” will reveal a long list of results on how to formulate some of these products.

When you deal with products of those nature, you would have to note that it is a very highly regulated sector. You will need to check your government regulations to ensure your production facility meets all the standard food and drug authority requirements.

2.  T-shirts

In doing this kind of business, you will need to come up with an idea that people can relate to. You need to find a trending topic, design-related artworks and print them unto T-shirts. With this, your entry to the market will be smoother as people are more inclined to buy things they relate with.

Not a designer? Professionals & design tools are so easy to access today. You can take advantage of platforms like Fiverr to hire professionals who will help you turn your ideas into designs for your T-shirt business.

3. Subscription boxes

A subscription box business is a great way for people to get regular supplies for their needs without having to think about them for a subscription fee. This is a great business for people who are interested in assembly and curation.

You will need a way to manage recurring payments from your clients. Platforms like Recurly and Chargebee can help you do this.

4. Baked products & pastries

Cookies, bread, and cakes. With baked products, you have many options. There are a plethora of things you can many in this category. However, there are a lot of complications when it comes to the legal aspects of handling a food business because food, like beauty products mentioned above, is highly regulated by governments but the possibilities of creating different types of baked products are endless. Your target markets may include, occasions, offices, and children. A great boost to your business could be a website to collect orders online.

5. Handcrafted items

Wood carvings, leather products, and basketry and more. Many of these skills require long term practice, Just a quick lookup on Google will grant you access to unlimited resources and guides. 

These are just a few ideas. There are many other creative ways to make money by creating your products. I always recommend creating things you have passion for. It is very easy to continue doing it even in times when you are feeling less motivated.

For more on managing a business, check out our previous post on “Read this before you start freelancing“.