Indy mom turns handmade crafts at home into cash
Mom makes pretty profit with 'Posies and Petals'
Last Updated: 237 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A busy Indianapolis mom turned her knack for arts and crafts into a source of income.
Megan Miller has a blooming business making hand-crafted hair accessories from the comfort of her home.
"I make mostly hair accessories. Most people use them for their younger children, but I also have a lot of adult clients too," Miller said.
Miller turned her home into a workshop for Posies and Petals where she's able to keep an eye on her two children while selling her wares on www.esty.com.
"It's a great source of income and it's a great thing for me personally because I can do it when I have time," she said.
Miller is one of more than 19 million people who have joined the etsy movement. The e-commerce website was developed in 2005 to showcase handmade and vintage items, and art and crafts supplies.
Crafty Hoosier Angie Madison said she’s cashing in on her unique creations.
"I got on etsy and I was hooked," Madison said.
Her online store, Ang's Divine Designs, sells handmade jewelry.
"I felt like I was an entrepreneur. I was doing something on my own and setting up my shop on there. It has gotten me a lot of exposure," Madison said.
Online sellers pay etsy 20 cents to list an item for four months. When it sells, etsy collects a fee of 3.5 percent of the sale price.
"I can't wait to get (my jewelry) on my (online) shop for people to look at. I want people to enjoy my creations," Madison said.
Miller and Madison advised Hoosiers interested in opening an online store to do their research first.
"See what else is out there in the market and make sure that what you have is going to sell," Miller said.
"If you really have a passion to do a craft and you're good at it, give it a try," Madison said.
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