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Do you have a creative itch that’s looking to get satisfied?
If you have some time on your hand and could use some extra cash, you should consider making things to sell online.
You can try to make many fun things with little to no investment, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to try out this new side hustle.
Popular Things to Make and Sell Online
You can choose between physical DIY products or digital products, depending on your skill level and interests. There are options for all age groups and areas expertise.
Let’s skim through all the popular things you can make and sell for some extra money. The first section will be physical, and the second section will be digital.
Custom Phone Accessories
The market is brimming with phone accessories that all look the same. This monotonous nature of the
accessory market has created a considerable demand for customized accessories. With painting, dyes, and stickers, you can customize various phone accessories (cases, charging stands, tripods, etc.) and sell them at a good margin.
Are you into knitting or learned it as a summertime school project? Now, you can leverage that skill to make a good sum of money. On-demand knitted products (baby blankets, cardigans, mittens, sweaters, etc.) fetch a great price. Set up your online shop on Facebook and start selling bespoke knitted products right away.
Bath bombs have become all the rage these days. They have turned boring baths into fun me-time. You can make them at home with ingredients you can easily find at department stores. Then, you can sell them via Facebook and Instagram, or you can sell them directly on Amazon as the platform registers almost 80,000 monthly searches for bath bombs.
Bath salts are even easier to make than a bath bomb. You have to mix a couple of salts and other readily available ingredients (e.g., baking soda) to make bath salts. More than the salt itself, it is the packaging that will drive your bath salt sales. So, focus on the packaging of your handcrafted bath salts.
Do you like baking and want to turn that hobby into something lucrative? If so, you should start making and selling gourmet baked items. From custom birthday cakes to batches of freshly baked cookies, there are loads of customers for different gourmet baked stuff. If your baked products click with customers, you can even transform this side gig into a full-time hustle.
Framed Pictures and Albums
In today’s digital world, the good old printed framed pictures have acquired a great sentimental value. That’s why you can create picture frames and albums at home and sell them for a good bargain. With a quality printer at your disposal, you can also make and sell framed pictures and albums by picking online orders. People will send you digital copies of photos, and you can send them back the framed pictures and albums as per their preference.
Markets are spilling over with decorative glasses. However, most consumers want something personal and exclusive. You can cater to all those customers if you have a steady hand for glass painting and an eye for detail. Customized on-demand decorative glasses sell like a hotcake and return great margins. You can sell customized decorative glasses via Instagram or Facebook.
Plants and Flowers
If you are already into gardening, there is good news: you can now turn it into a side hustle. Use your vegetation space to grow flowers that are in demand for gardening. Similarly, grow saplings that people want to cultivate in their lawns, gardens, and backyards. You can start this small-scale business easily from your social media accounts.
Who doesn’t like to sip their morning coffees from custom mugs that reflect their personalities? If you know how to paint on glass and ceramic, you can start making and selling them online. People can ask for the theme/design/colors on the mug, and you can mail them their customized mugs while bringing hefty profits home. Selling custom mugs can become lucrative full-time work because there are people who are making over $100,000 annual profit while doing this work. Refer to some self-help guides on making DIY custom mugs to learn more.
Handmade soaps offer exclusivity and a more personalized experience that customers can’t get with off-the-shelf soap bars. Therefore, many people look for bespoke handmade soaps online. You don’t need any industrial setup and ingredients to make soap at home. Due to its niche nature, you can easily make your place and sell to those thousands of potential customers.
Customized greeting cards are another profit-making item you can make at home and sell online. If you know digital illustration, you can offer digital greeting cards. If you love hand sketching and drawing, you can DIY greeting cards. By designing cards based on customers’ demands, you can make a good amount of money on top of your main hustle.
If you like writing and scribbling down your thoughts and reflections, consider using that talent to make some money. You can create blog posts on demand for a good sum. All you have to do is join any freelancing platform, upload your portfolio with some of your writing samples, and you can start creating and selling on-demand blog posts. You can also set up your own blog site. If you manage to get good traction on it, you can make money through Google AdSense.
Eco-conscious consumers are trying to limit their plastic consumption. For that matter, cloth or tote shopping bags have become quite popular in the last couple of years. You can make tote bags and other eco-friendly shopping baskets and bags at home and sell them online. Many people are searching for tote bags online rather than in stores. Most of them will prefer to buy eco-friendly bags from a home-run venture rather than any large business.
Homemade beauty products have become quite popular lately. For instance, many people like to buy homemade organic lip balms made of natural ingredients instead of synthetic off-the-shelf products. You can make a range of DIY lip balms that you can nicely package and put on sale for thousands of customers searching for them on Amazon or social media platforms.
Beards are in vogue these days, and so are the products for their grooming and upkeep. For instance, many people like to invest in good quality beard oil. You can pick any essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, etc.) or create a mix of them known for hair growth and package them in custom bottles to provide customers with 100% natural beard oil products.
If you don’t mind doing a bit of sewing, you can make aprons and sell them online. There are two reasons we have picked this product for our list. First, making an apron doesn’t involve complex tailoring and sewing. Secondly, it has multiple niche markets (white apron, kitchen apron, chef apron, etc.) with very low competition. So, you have a great shot at selling a good number of aprons every month.
If you are into arts and crafts, particularly the stuff for kids, you should make bespoke dollhouses and sell them online. A single refresher course on YouTube will provide you with every detail you need to get started. You can sell them online as well as on social media platforms. When selling via Facebook and Instagram, you can pick custom orders that way, you will be able to demand a good price for your work.
Homemade Dog Biscuits
Dog parents love to pamper their children with treats. Many of them prefer homemade treats over what is available in stores. You can target that market with your homemade dog biscuits. You don’t need a specialized chef course to make them. Follow this DIY guide to making perfect homemade dog treats that you can sell online.
Many people want to compliment their coffee mugs with coasters. Apart from serving the obvious purpose, coasters add to the whole aesthetic of your table setup. Whether it is a work desk or a home-table setting, coasters are great for improving the whole experience. All these people who use them for one reason or another are the potential customers of your customized coasters. Learn about coaster designs you can make at home without expensive equipment and raw materials.
Many people use incense sticks to create a pleasant and therapeutic ambiance in their interiors. You can reach out to those customers with your special homemade incense sticks. Just like soaps, balms, and bath bombs, you can make incense sticks at home with the supplies available at home or department stores.
If you are making incense sticks, don’t forget to make incense holders as well. From wooden blocks to empty jars, you can use many items to make custom incense holders and make it a cross-sale item with your incense sticks.
Scented Wax Melts
After scented candles, scented wax melts have become quite popular among people who want to permeate their indoors with olfactory bliss. Since wax melts are still not widely available as an off-the-shelf product, you can find many customers for your homemade melts on the web. With some essential oils and beeswax, you can easily make a top-quality scented wax melt at home.
People generally prefer handmade and homemade candle jars over the similar options available in the market. If you make wax melts, you should also make bespoke candle jars because you will need more or less the same ingredients. Facebook and Instagram are great places to sell those customized candle jars.
T-shirts with customized prints are quite trendy these days. From their favorite quotes to personalized graphics, people want T-shirts in customized prints. If you are willing to make a small investment, you can get a heat press machine used to make T-shirt prints and start offering custom T-shirts online. Just like other customized products, this also gets the best traction on Facebook and Instagram.
Despite the entire e-commerce boom, it is still difficult to find bird cages online. You can fill the market gap by offering your homemade birdcages on social media platforms as well as Amazon. If you are proficient, you can easily make bird cages with the help of wood, bamboo sticks, and wires.
Custom Notebook and Diaries
Despite all the digitization, a custom DIY notebook and diary have their own charm. However, people who want those special notebooks and diaries can’t find them on a regular roadside or online stationery store. You can cater to all those customers by making notebooks and diaries at home and selling them online.
Socks are easy to make. You can customize them with so many design elements. You can target every age group with socks. Socks also return great margins. For all these reasons, making socks and selling them online on Amazon and social media pages is not a bad idea for a side hustle.
If you love cooking and have a creative knack in the kitchen, it’s time to compile all your recipes in a book and sell them to culinary beginners. With Amazon’s self-publishing services, you can get your own book published easily.
This option is for all those who are into handcrafting and like to turn mundane things into stunning art pieces. Since most of the stock combs come ugly, many people look for easy-on-the-eyes custom combs. You can serve that consumer group with your handcrafted custom combs.
Pillow covers are another easy-to-tailor clothing item that can sell like a hotcake, given that you are reaching out to the right customer groups with suitable options. There is a huge market on Amazon for both child and adult pillow covers.
Digital products are quick and easy to make and the profit margins are huge! On top of the ideas below, here are more digital product ideas you can create in an afternoon.
If you know how to code, take a shot at mobile apps. You can easily find a lot paying clients on online freelancing platforms if you’re looking to earn a side income. You can also launch your own app to make money, but that is much more time-intensive and risky.
Presentations and Infographics
If you don’t mind working on PowerPoint and other online platforms that help make presentations, infographics, and other visuals, here is an option for you. From pitch decks to college assignments, you can get a good monthly volume of orders for this type of content and that too at a good price.
If you don’t mind ghostwriting, consider creating and selling E-Books. A lot of businesses these days need E-Books for their content marketing, which you can help provide to them. If you like to write stories and other content, you can also create your own E-Books and sell them on Amazon as a self-publisher.
If you love to be in front of the camera, start your part-time career as a YouTuber. From podcasts to product reviews and pranks to skids, the options are endless. You can also make video content for social media accounts of organizations with in-house digital marketing departments and teams.
Social Media Content
If you are good with social media, you can create memes and posts that attract engagement and sell the social media content you create. You can find gigs on freelancing platforms where companies might need content for their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and other platforms like Reddit and Snapchat.
It seems like everyone is looking for way to earn some extra income to help manage their finances these days. Making things to sell online can be a fun way to not only create something useful, but to earn some extra cash.
There are so many options today from physical and digital products, choose one that interests you and see if you can create something beautiful.
Thank you Christopher for this fantastic post!
Christopher Liew is the Founder of Wealthawesome.com, where he shares tips on money, travel, career, and business.