Selling handmade crafts in person and online is a great way to boost your business income, especially if you are a new business.
Popular marketplaces online, such as Etsy and Folksy, are a great way to increase your exposure. However, it’s important you are aware of the legalities surrounding insurance even when you are just starting out.
At CraftCover, our clients know their hard work creating homemade crafts is rewarded with excellent coverage and protection.
Selling your own homemade crafts
Over the past decade, handmade crafts have become increasingly popular for both buyers and sellers. If you’re new to the craft scene, you may be wondering where is best to sell your crafts, and how you go about selling them in the first place.
The marketplace for crafts is growing beyond local markets and fairs, so it’s important you know how to target and attract customers.
Where can I sell homemade crafts?
There are many online sites which will allow you to sell your homemade crafts, which are all incredibly simple to use. Some examples include:
Be careful in using some sites however, as many of them take a small cut of your sales or even charge a listing fee which may not be the best idea when you’re just starting out.
Facebook marketplace is a great starting site as it doesn’t charge any fees, but it’s important to recognise you can’t fully establish your brand on there.
For selling products in person, you could go to local arts and crafts fairs, set up your own stalls at markets and even attend different fairs depending on your product. For example, if you make candles, you could attend wedding fairs to open your market up to new shoppers.
When you are selling your crafts, it’s important you are aware of the legalities surrounding insurance and whether or not you need it based on where you sell your products.
Will I need insurance to sell at craft fairs?
Generally, most craft fair organisers will require proof that you have an insurance policy prior to letting you sell at a craft fair. The main insurance they will be looking for is public liability insurance.
Public liability insurance is not a legal requirement, however, some craft fair organisers will want to see evidence of the craft sellers’ insurance. This is because during the craft fair, you will be interacting heavily with the public.
Hopefully, you would never have to claim on your insurance, but you’ll be grateful for it if you do need to, as injuring members of the public can be a costly ordeal, especially for small businesses.
Do I need insurance to sell crafts online?
For most online craft marketplaces, you don’t legally need insurance to sell your crafts. However, you won’t be covered if anything was to happen to your products or customers as a result of your items.
Having insurance to sell online means you will be protected externally should any issues with your products or customers arise.
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