42 Profitable Craft Business Ideas You Can Start Today (2020)

Looking to start a craft business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own craft business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable craft business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a jewelry making business ($4.9M/year)

Examples of a successful jewelry making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a jewelry making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our jewelry making business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier's story on creating Ann + Joy a read:

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a packaging design business

Examples of a successful packaging design business:

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3. Start a photography business ($540K/year)

Examples of a successful photography business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a photography business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our photography business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kyle Nelson's story on creating Results Imagery a read:

Hello, we are Kyle Nelson and Eli Libby; Co-Founders of Results Imagery. We started product photography, video production, and media consultancy agency.

We help our clients create conversion-centric media (photos and videos), then help them monetize them through the correct distribution channels such as product listings, digital advertising, social media campaigns, and print advertising. Photography includes products on white eCommerce photography and lifestyle product photography. Our video production includes lifestyle product videos, stop-motion videos and brand documentaries/about us videos. Our monthly revenue is currently $45,000 a month.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($45,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a woodworking business ($45K/year)

Examples of a successful woodworking business:

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Check out all of our woodworking business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sasha Weekes's story on creating Timber Grove Studios a read:

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Etsy has been the main platform since starting up, although I finally have a standalone website up and running as well which I hope to grow in order to diversify sales channels. I have no current employees, although I have a wonderful subcontractor who works from home to cut and stain wood for me. She’s paid by the piece so it’s a great system for both of us. My partner Mario works full time but has recently joined me on the side and we’ve released a new line of steel table bases together which has been a ton of fun - he is an awesome welder.

After launching in 2017 and being skeptical about making sales of large items online, I was absolutely proved wrong! The business outgrew our small condo basement within 7 months and outgrew the garage/basement of our next rental home in 7 months as well. We’re now happily settled with a detached shop and garage, meaning there’s some room to grow (for now!) and space to begin stocking up on items for the Christmas rush before summer ends.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a greeting card business ($330K/year)

Examples of a successful greeting card business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a greeting card business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our greeting card business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Travis Peterson's story on creating Joker Greeting a read:

I am Travis Peterson and started Joker Greeting. We make original prank gifts and prank non-gifts for friends, family, and offices. It all started with a non-stop musical greeting card that looped for 3-6 hours.

For 2.5 years, I have been working on making musical greeting cards interesting again. To be clear, I never intended on making a greeting card or joke company, but we launched on Kickstarter and raised $92,073 in 30 days with no marketing, so I decided to give it a shot.

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Travis Peterson, on starting Joker Greeting ($50,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a painting business

Examples of a successful painting business:

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7. Start a hair accessories company

Examples of a successful hair accessories company:

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8. Become a sculptor

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9. Start a candle business ($1.57M/year)

Examples of a successful candle business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a candle business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our candle business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give DShawn Russell's story on creating Southern Elegance Candle Company a read:

Hello! My name is D’Shawn Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. I started the company 4 years ago as a side hustle to make some extra money on the weekends and to get me out of the house. But it quickly grew to much more than I expected.

You can check out our brand story video here: Southern Elegance: Candles Crafted In The South

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DShawn Russell, on starting Southern Elegance Candle Company ($20,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a women's clothing line ($2M/year)

Examples of a successful women's clothing line:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a women's clothing line:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our women's clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Christina DuVarney's story on creating Beautiful Disaster a read:

My name is Christina DuVarney and I am the founder and co-owner of Beautiful Disaster Clothing. Our mission is to empower the beautifully broken and the perfectly imperfect with the clothing that we wear. I created this brand to empower women by giving them confidence in their closet.

Our customers are women of all ages who have faced adversity at some point in their life and have come through their struggle as a stronger person. Our customers are from all over the United States and around the world. We are now making over 4M in revenue per year, and growing every day!

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Christina DuVarney, on starting Beautiful Disaster ($400,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a soap business ($249K/year)

Examples of a successful soap business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a soap business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our soap business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Danielle Vincent's story on creating Outlaw Soaps a read:

Howdy! Thanks for having me here!

More important than the money, though, we’ve made so many friends from our customers and business contacts from the business. 46% of our website orders are from repeat customers. Once someone joins the Outlaw gang, we strive to be their sidekick for the long haul. We often hear from customers that our customer service is the best they’ve ever experienced. I think this is because we’re absolutely emphatic about ensuring the satisfaction of our genuinely incredible customers, no matter what.

We feel like our Magnificent Seven Outlaw Values really define us as a company and give our customers a good reason to be loyal to us. (in addition to fantastic product, of course)

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Danielle Vincent, on starting Outlaw Soaps ($74,000/month) full story ➜

12. Become a toy maker

Examples of a successful toy maker:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start a flower arrangements business

Examples of a successful flower arrangements business:

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14. Start a board game business ($18.6K/year)

Examples of a successful board game business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a board game business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our board game business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Beth Kovalcik's story on creating Bingo Card Creator a read:

My name is Beth K., a busy mother of 5 and owner of BingoCardCreator.com. This SAAS (software as a service) online business provides a custom software solution for the creation of custom bingo cards. Most of our customers (about 60%) are educators while the other 40% is comprised of clients using our service for their business or for personal purposes.

This mainly passive income source earns on average $1200 per month.

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Beth Kovalcik, on starting Bingo Card Creator ($1,500/month) full story ➜

15. Become a glass blower

Examples of a successful glass blower:

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16. Start a welding business

Examples of a successful welding business:

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17. Become a temporary tattoo artist ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful temporary tattoo artist:

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Check out all of our temporary tattoo artist case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Anslea's story on creating Forgotten Mermaids a read:

Hello!

(The first batch of tattoo packs.)

Over the last 12 months, we’ve expanded our products to include two tattoo designs in six colors, swimsuits, and clothing, all with the unifying “mermaid scale” theme. These last six months we’ve averaged about $1,000/month in mostly passive income.

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Anslea, on starting Forgotten Mermaids ($1,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a laptop accessories brand ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful laptop accessories brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a laptop accessories brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our laptop accessories brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Aidan Breen's story on creating Posture a read:

I am Aidan Breen. I’m an entrepreneur, musician and generally creative person from the west of Ireland. I run a company called APB Software and Hardware Ltd which I started while doing my PhD.

Better yet, there’s a 20% discount for Starter Story readers when you use the code STORY2019 at checkout.

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Aidan Breen, on starting Posture ($1,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a pet accessories business

Examples of a successful pet accessories business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet accessories business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our pet accessories business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Yuri's story on creating COLLAR a read:

My name is Yuri Sinitsa and I’m the founder and CEO of COLLAR LLC - the pet products manufacturer. The main mission of the company is making pets and people happy. Our customers are pet parents all over the world who are fond of innovative solutions for their four-legged loved ones.

For now, COLLAR LLC is a constant member of APPA and a constant visitor of GPE. Its presence in the USA is constantly growing, now there are 77 companies that are good and faithful partners of COLLAR, 5 of them are wholesale retailers.

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Yuri, on starting COLLAR ($0/month) full story ➜

20. Become a costume designer

Examples of a successful costume designer:

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21. Become a coloring book artist

Examples of a successful coloring book artist:

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22. Start a dried flowers business

Examples of a successful dried flowers business:

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23. Start a custom prints business ($12.1M/year)

Examples of a successful custom prints business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a custom prints business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our custom prints business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zach Katz's story on creating Framed Tweets a read:

Hi! I’m Zach Katz, and I started Framed Tweets to give people a simple way to beautifully frame their favorite tweets as art, to remember and enjoy forever.

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Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a journal business ($243K/year)

Examples of a successful journal business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a journal business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our journal business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ollie Aplin's story on creating MindJournal a read:

Hey! My name is Ollie and I’m the co-founder of MindJournal – a journaling brand for guys.

At the moment I’m working on designing the 3rd edition of our core journal that’s helped over 3,000 guys from all over the world. We’ve helped guys at rock bottom, to entrepreneurs at the top of their game all achieve one thing — feel more in control of their emotions and significantly improve their life satisfaction and self-worth.

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Ollie Aplin, on starting MindJournal ($40,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a gift baskets business

Examples of a successful gift baskets business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gift baskets business:

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26. Start a quilt business ($9.6M/year)

Examples of a successful quilt business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a quilt business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our quilt business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ross Lohr's story on creating Project Repat a read:

My name is Ross Lohr, and I’m a co-founder of Project Repat. We make it easy and affordable for customers to turn their memorable t-shirts into a one of a kind, custom t-shirt quilt backed with cozy fleece.

We currently make 2,000 custom t-shirt quilts per week at 2 production facilities in the United States. In 2018, we will make 90,000 t-shirt quilts and do $10MM in sales per year.

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Ross Lohr, on starting Project Repat ($800,000/month) full story ➜

27. Become a stamp maker

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28. Start an online courses business ($1.45M/year)

Examples of a successful online courses business:

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Check out all of our online courses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lidiya Kesarovska's story on creating Let's Reach Success a read:

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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Lidiya Kesarovska, on starting Let's Reach Success ($5,000/month) full story ➜

29. Become a basket weaver

Examples of a successful basket weaver:

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30. Become a craft book author

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31. Start a pet portrait business

Examples of a successful pet portrait business:

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32. Become a craft business blogger

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33. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

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34. Start a backpack line ($1.17M/year)

Examples of a successful backpack line:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a backpack line:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our backpack line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chez Brungraber's story on creating Gobi Gear a read:

Hi guys! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Chez, the founder of Gobi Gear. I started Gobi Gear about 4 years ago to make organization easier and more fun, specifically focusing on the outdoor adventure and travel markets. Rummage less, explore more!

The best measure of success for isn’t just the bottom line, but rather walking through an airport and seeing a stranger with a Gobi Gear backpack on. Or learning that the owner of other, big brand name outdoor gear companies have heard of you. The idea of outfitting all kinds of people with our gear, all across the world, and putting smiles on their faces - that is what success is to us!

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Chez Brungraber, on starting Gobi Gear ($20,000/month) full story ➜

35. Start a towels business ($2.77M/year)

Examples of a successful towels business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a towels business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our towels business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Jefferies's story on creating Dock and Bay a read:

I’m Andy, co-founder of Dock & Bay which is an awesome new lifestyle brand selling travel apparel, fitness, and beach accessories for those who love exploring this awesome world.

In our first full year of business, we had a turnover of $92K and this year we’ll be turning over $5.4m.

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Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a wallet brand ($249K/year)

Examples of a successful wallet brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wallet brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our wallet brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kan Yamamoto's story on creating Kamino Wallet a read:

Hi, my name is Kan Yamamoto, and I am the designer of Kamino Wallet.

I started this project as my side hustle, and since I opened my shop in June 2018, it has grown slowly. Though it is still a tiny business, I enjoy creating useful tools that are loved by many users around the globe.

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Kan Yamamoto, on starting Kamino Wallet ($2,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start a planner business ($150K/year)

Examples of a successful planner business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a planner business:

Check out all of our planner business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jess Yasuda's story on creating Chasing Planner Peace a read:

Hi, I’m Jess. I’m 34 years old from Tasmania, Australia. I started Chasing Planner Peace back in 2015 when I was pregnant with my third child. Originally we were based on Etsy and only sold planner inserts, however, we’ve now turned into a one-stop planner shop that caters to seasoned “planner addicts” who want to add to their planners, and also planner newbies who love the fact our shop is the only store in Australia you can custom build your own ring planner style planner.

Customers can choose their planner size, cover pattern, dividers, accessories and hundreds of refill options. We have over 300 “inserts” that cover everything from weekly, monthly and daily layouts to trackers for fitness, meal planning, habits, health, Christmas and birthday party planning. We also sell ready-made bundles for study, wedding planning, teachers and more. We really pride ourselves on having lots and lots of options so people can choose a perfect planner that suits their unique lifestyle and needs. For example, a busy mum of three who is trying to make time in her day to exercise is going to need a different planner to a young student who lives alone. We also offer very niche inserts such as for people using the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia - there is literally nothing else like this on the market.

Over the past few years, we’ve really expanded our range to not only offer planners and inserts, but also planner dashboards (beautiful cover pages), dividers, notepads, stationery items and more. We also recently started our subscription box service where every two months customers can receive a “Planner Peace Box” which is full of planner and self-care goodies. We have so many more plans for new products in 2020.

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Jess Yasuda, on starting Chasing Planner Peace ($11,613/month) full story ➜

38. Start a gardening classes business

Examples of a successful gardening classes business:

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39. Start a home decor business

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40. Start an antique furniture refurbishing business

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