I will be the first to admit that I don’t have any artistic capabilities. In fact, my 4 year old and I can draw the same stick figures. It’s funny and frightening, at the same time. I was researching some recent changes to the ebay feedback policy and stumbled across a great website called Etsy. I’m probably the last one to know about this wonderful website for artists and designers that enable them to sell items worldwide. I’m amazed at the quality and detail that many of these handmade items have. Here are a few examples that I found:
I was looking for a new dog bed and came across this item called Puppy Lovey. If you have the ability to sew and some old fabric around the house, this could be a great little money maker. Give your kids something to do on those boring summer days and make some money too.
Look at what Mittenmaker has done with an old tennis racket cover. You could make several of these from a tennis racket cover. And, who ever uses a tennis racket cover? Nobody! I use a tennis bag and usually throw away the racket cover.
Baby Bug Shoe Designs made some little baby golf shoes. I could see grandparents buying these by the truckload for the grandkids.
What a wonderful online job for your kids this summer. Tell them to fire up the sewing machine and make some money with Etsy. As a teenager, I might have been tempted to do it myself. Your kids could easily make spending money for the summer, or clothes money for the next school year. Parents, what a fun way to teach your kids to be creative and make some spending money. And don’t forget about you parents, I know you are more creative than I am. I would be interested if you sell on etsy, and if Etsy has become an alternative income source for you. I also have a list of passive income ideas you can review here.