Love to sew, knit, or crochet, but don’t love the stress that comes with commissions? Are you concerned that running a shop would take too much time? Maybe deadlines just aren’t your strength. You can still make some side money without selling your product, and here are some ways to do it.
Teach. Many craft stores want local artisans to come in and teach people, so find a nearby store and see what they offer. You can also offer to teach your friends and family who have always wanted to learn. With the internet, there are also ways to earn passively. Youtube and Skillshare are two options.
Design patterns. This will take a lot of patience, but one pattern can continue to earn you money after the initial work is put into it. Craftsy and Ravelry offer platforms for selling patterns, and Etsy is another option.
Stream your work. Twitch is most popular for streaming video games, but it is used for all kinds of things, including crafts. People may want to watch you make products as a way to learn more, or just to connect with other hobbyists. Do your research and watch other streamers to learn what your viewers want to see.
Test patterns. Once someone has designed a pattern, they may want to see if it is easy to follow, or get a second opinion to look for errors. The penny hoarder published this article about it: http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/test-knitter/. If you are good at following patterns, and knowledgeable about knitting, it can be a good way to earn some extra money to spend on supplies.
Sell supplies. Even if you do not want to sell the finished product, you may have extra yarn, fabric, or other supplies on hand that you will never use. These can be listed on sites like ebay or etsy, or you can host a yarn swap with friends.
Crafting can be a great frugal hobby, but it can also be another source for extra money. How do you earn money with your hobbies?