By Holly Reisem Hanna
Dear Work at Home Woman,
I want to supplement my income by doing piecework or making toys at home. Is this a legitimate way to make money from home?
My gut reaction to this question is no. But it’s been a long time since I’ve done any research on the topic, so, I decided to dig in and see if there were any new opportunities out there.
Upon my initial search, I found numerous companies that offer assembly work for items like chains, jewelry, charms, pins, bookmarks, crosses, doll house furniture, magnets, electronics, and circuit boards. They all have a similar process in place. People who want to work from home pay these companies a fee (usually $50 – $100) for a starter kit, which includes supplies and directions on how to make the items. Once the kit is received individuals put the things together then sell them back to the company for a profit.
Sounds easy, right?
In my research, the one thing that really stood out was how difficult these products were to make, not to mention the hours expended aren’t worth the pay. In fact, one company boasts that it only takes 5 minutes to create an item, but upon further investigation, many people claimed it took 30 minutes or more to make one bracelet. While there is going to be a learning curve with any new endeavor — these types of opportunities negatively use up your time, money, and crafting supplies, leaving you with little to no profit.
Whenever I look at any work-at-home company — I perform a Google search, as well as I check reviews on the Ripoff Report, the WAHM.com forum, and the Better Business Bureau website. These sites are unbiased and allow real consumer testimonials, so you can get the low down on what’s legit. And when I looked at these companies the reviews were overwhelmingly negative.
To be fair, there were a few individuals who said they were making money with these assembly opportunities. But when I checked out this thread on I’ve Tried That, some individuals mentioned that these positive reviews could be fake. Meaning that these companies paid people to write fake, positive reviews.
So back to your original question, no I wouldn’t get involved with a work-at-home crafting or assembly job. There are too many red flags and not a substantial market for these sorts of products. If you’re interested in making money by crafting items from home, consider these options …
- Starting your own crafting blog – Tip Junkie is an excellent example of a well-monetized blog. This post that will walk you through the process of setting up a blog.
- Sell your own crafts online at Etsy, Cafe Press, or one of these platforms.
- Sell your crafts at local markets, trade shows, or events.
- Set up your own e-commerce site.
- Teach others your craft online, using sites like Craftsy, Expertory, or one of these sites.
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