How to start a craft and art business

If you have the skill to create wonderful artwork, then you should consider starting an arts and craft business. One thing you must have at the back of your mind is that nothing in life is as easy as it seems. So, just because you are passionate about arts and craft doesn’t necessarily mean that you can make a living out of them.

There is a sharp contrast between those who sell arts for fun and for extra money and those who intend to make real money from it. If you have a strong financial reason to succeed, you will be more than willing to do whatever it takes to reach or achieve success.

So here is the first important step:

Ask yourself why you are starting this business. “if you are doing it because you are passionate about arts and want to make some side cash-that is fine- you are likely going to have a lot of fun. On the other hand, if you are in to make a living and support your family, then you need to get serious.


You don’t need a fancy degree to succeed in a crafts business, but at the same time knowing how to work with your tools is not enough. It is not necessary to have a strong business background. If you don’t have a good business background, it is important that you read and learn as much as you can.

Visit your local library to find business magazine and materials that can help you. Create time to visit large gift centers and try to find people who are willing to talk to you.

Step to starting up your arts and craft business

1.    Find out about the licenses, permits and the zoning regulation

2.    Get to know a lot about IRS regulation

3.    Open an account for your business.

4.    Obtain an occupational tax regulation number.

5.    Learn about federal regulations that govern your art business.

6.    Create a record–keeping system.

7.    Insure your property.

8.    Figure out easy ways to promote your business.

To get your business off the ground you need to create a website, where you can showcase your products. Create social media account for your business and post content that your targeted audience might be interested in.

Final note

Managing a craft business is by no means easy, but if you apply some tips in this article, your business will thrive.

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