How to Make a Living as a Crafter
By Jennifer Perkins on February 27, 2014
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Strategy #2: Blog
If you craft, chances are you also blog. (What’s the fun of crafting if you can’t share what you made with the world, right?) So, are you making money off your blog? You could be. You can apply to a number of companies, including BlogHer, to do so. Usually it works like this: The more traffic your blog gets, the more people look at the ads, and the more money you make.
In addition to ads on your blog, BlogHer (and other companies) also offer additional opportunities for members, such as writing sponsored content. You can also start your own ad program and sell ad space on your blog or set up something like Google ads.
Another way to get paid for blogging is to be a spokesperson for a craft company. Craft companies are always looking for design team members. Keep an ear to the ground for when your favorite craft supplier puts out a casting call. I, for instance, work with I Love to Create. I get paid weekly to write a sponsored how-to post for them, in which I use their products. If you use a company's products constantly, don’t be afraid to pitch yourself to them!
Note that if you're involved with a network that offers advertising and sponsorship opportunities, there may be rules about approaching brands directly. And the brands you approach may also have requests for working elsewhere. Make sure you ask, and make sure to review all agreements carefully.
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