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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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Learn How To Turn Your Hobbies Into Extra Income!

Put your natural skills and talents to good use by turning your hobbies into a secondary source of income!

Did you know that the average American spends just under $1,000 on holiday gifts each year? It’s a number that is slightly higher than the average weekly salary for an American adult, which is approximately $994 before taxes. This leaves people overstretching their budgets to buy their loved ones the perfect gifts, or struggling to find the means to make holiday purchases in the first place. It would certainly be a great time to have an additional source of income. Well, the solution to your financial hardships lies within you. 

Monetize your talents. 

You might not realize it, but you are incredibly talented. And you might just be sitting on a skill that could earn you quite a lot of money. If you’re not sure what skill that be, think about your hobbies and what you like to do for fun. For example, a DIY master crafter might be able to sell their artwork and crafts, or take on custom commissions. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, consumers may want to order custom winter scarves, hats, or blankets to give their loved ones as Christmas gifts. Alternatively, maybe you’re an experienced photographer who could earn a secondary income taking family photos for holiday cards and documenting local events. Maybe your talent is making homemade jewelry, painting, sculpting, calligraphy, ceramics, woodworking, carving, or even making clothes specifically for pets. Whatever your hobby or talent is, we can almost guarantee that there is a market for it. Since you will already be spending time on your hobby to have fun or unwind, you might as well open yourself to the possibility of also earning extra cash for your activities. 

Spread the word. 

The first step toward starting a small business is to spread the word. Make social media profiles and a website where you can post examples of your work, contact information, and interact with potential customers. Start a blog or email newsletter to promote your work and share information about yourself, your business, or the industry you are venturing into as a whole. You could also rely on word of mouth by telling your friends and family about your offerings and asking them to spread the word, as well. Lastly, consider making vendor accounts with websites like Minted and Etsy that curate artwork, crafts, and other products from artists and craftspeople all over the country. 

Look to current trends for inspiration. 

If you are feeling stuck or questioning where your talent fits into the marketplace, turn to current trends for inspiration. With very little research, you’ll be able to see what types of items are trending and learn how different vendors market and present their products. This can help give you ideas as far as what to make, how to share it with potential consumers, and keep your craft relevant. For example, let’s take a look at some of the diverse offerings found within the hottest categories on Etsy that have remained popular throughout 2021. 

CRAFTS & SUPPLIES: 

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Crochet Hat Pattern

Learn how to make a simple, unisex crochet hat this is perfect for keeping you or your family warm during the Winter. This guide is suitable for novices and mostly relies on basic stitching to create a cozy cap. With your purchase, you’ll receive a downloadable pattern that shows you exactly what to do. 

$4 (On Sale!)

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Deer Family Crochet Amigurumi Pattern / Photo Tutorial

A handmade doll is a perfect holiday gift or birthday present for your child, a niece or nephew, or grandchild. With this purchase, you’ll get a detailed how-to guide, crochet pattern, and photo tutorial to guide you in making these deer family dolls in your own home. It’s a suitable craft for beginner to intermediate crocheters.

$5 (On Sale!)

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HANDMADE ITEMS: 

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Handmade Scented Soap

These beautiful soap bars for the body and face are homemade naturally and hand-carved into beautiful floral imagery. There are a variety of scents available for purchase, such as Lilac, Love Spell, Crisp Winterberry, and more! These soap bars make a wonderful addition to your self-care routine or could be given out as holiday gifts. 

$6

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Fox Figurines - Hand Carved Painted Wooden Animals

These animal figurines are hand carved from sturdy wood and then carefully painted by hand to ensure no little detail is missed. Start your collection with these adorable wooden foxes and then expand by purchasing other hand carved animals from the WoodenIslands shop. These figurines are wonderful gifts for animal lovers or can simply bring some charm and character to your home.

$33 (On Sale!)

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ARTWORK:  

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Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait

This artist turned her passion for painting into a successful business! She now has a successful business painting pets as gifts for animal-loving people or as memorials for animals who have passed away. When you order a portrait from this Etsy shop, you’ll be able to decide how many pets you want to be included, if you want your portrait to be framed or not, and select a size.

$34+ (On Sale!)

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Fused Glass Cardinal Window Hanging

This glassworker sells handmade fused glass suncatchers, ornaments, and dishes via his Etsy shop. This Cardinal Window Hanging is also made from fused glass and is a best-selling item. It features two red cardinals on a flowering branch and catches the light beautifully. 

$26

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WEDDING ESSENTIALS:  

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Personalized Acrylic Wedding Invitations With Wax Seal

This elegant wedding invitation is perfect for setting the scene for a rustic or outdoor wedding. It features vivid foil text in a color of your choice and a custom wax seal. All you have to do is send over your wedding details and the artist works her magic!

$1.80+ Per Invitation

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Personalized Satin Robes For Bridal Party

Every bride knows that the wedding pictures don’t start when the ceremony begins. The photographer starts snapping away while the bride is getting ready with her bridesmaids. Many brides-to-be like to purchase matching, personalized robes that make great gifts for bridesmaids and also give pictures the desired coordinated and cohesive look. 

$16+

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JEWELRY:  

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Wrapped Crystal Pentacle Necklace

These pretty, crystal necklaces have been quite popular on Etsy lately and we can see why! These handmade necklaces make great gifts and add a whimsical touch to any outfit. With each purchase, you’re able to choose your favorite type of crystal and a symbol to go with it.

$9

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Custom Name Necklace with Birth Flower

Every unique necklace pendant is handcrafted to spell your name in your favorite font, which is accented with your birth flower. Using the chart provided by the shop, you’ll be able to compare fonts, colors, and select the flower that corresponds with your birth month. Alternatively, the shop is also willing to work with customers to customize the necklaces further. 

$25+ (On Sale!)

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HOME DECOR:  

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Modern Oversize Silent Wall Clock

The modern oversized wall clock is the perfect decoration for a modern or contemporary home. However, the exquisitely made compass in the center of the clock makes it unlike anything you’ll find in mainstream furniture stores. People who have reviewed this best-selling clock have complimented its excellent craftsmanship, referred to it as a wonderful conversation starter, and confirmed it’s as high quality as it looks. 

$60+ (Free Shipping!)

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Snowflake Monogram Winter Decor

This personalized wooden snowflake can be used in your Winter decorating for years to come! The initial that represents your family will be featured prominently in the center of the snowflake. The snowflake will arrive ready to be painted or can be displayed in its natural wooden color. Alternatively, the shop owner will paint the snowflake for you upon request. 

$64 (On Sale!)

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