by Courtney Kreeber
Everybody dreams of having a job doing something they really love AND get paid a decent amount of money for it, right? While it is certainly possible to turn your cardmaking hobby into a job, it's important to understand the time, effort, money, and even luck that will be needed.
There is more than one way to start earning cash in this industry. The easiest way, and probably the most obvious, is to begin selling your cards. Many crafts attend craft fairs and do quite well. Keep in mind, that you will most likely run into more than one event that isn't quite as successful as others. Unusually there is a fee to have a booth at craft fairs, so start small. You don't want to end up spending more on attending the event than you will actually make. Keep you booth simple but appealing so that customers want to come and take a look at what you have. You can also sell your cards on Etsy, Facebook and even your blog.
Other ways you can start earning money is by sharing your work on blogs, YouTube and social media. Remember, this is a very LONG process and can take several months, and sometimes even years to even make your first dollar.
If you have a YouTube channel, you can become monetized, which means that ads will play at the beginning of your videos and you get a portion of the ad revenue. While this money will certainly not pay the bills, it's a few extra bucks in your pocket each month. There is certain criteria that must be met before your channel can start earning ad revenue. YouTube is constantly changing the requirements and making these goals even harder to achieve.
You can also earn ad revenue on your blog. Be sure to sign up for an adsense account with Google. Once again, this certainly won't pay the bills.
How most crafters earn their money is through affiliate links. This is basically when you use or recommend a product, you get a small percentage for every sale from your viewers and readers. Most affiliate programs are set up through ShareASale, so be sure to sign up for an account first then, you can begin applying for individual accounts with stamp and art companies.
Like most "jobs", you will have to "start from the bottom" if you are interested in making money, or even receive recognition in this industry. When you are starting out, there is no project or assignment too small. You never know who is watching. Design teams are a great start, and you may or may not receive product in exchange for your projects. Continue to share your work consistently, and on any platform you can.