Start and grow your own craft business

Craft businessIt is easy to see the appeal of starting a small craft or artisan business focused on the things you are most passionate about and in a world of generic mass-market goods, the demand for unique and bespoke products is growing ever stronger.

British online marketplace Not On The High Street has over 4000 small / micro-businesses selling through it and other platforms like eBay, Etsy and PayPal all enable kitchen table entrepreneurs to start their craft businesses.

Many craft businesses remain as small sidelines, although there is the potential to grow significantly, as the following five examples show:

Nasty Gal



Posh Totty Designs

The Letteroom

  • Founders: Sherrie Mead and Jackie Jackson
  • Turnover: Around £1m (GBP)
  • Sells the alphabet in different styles and materials, plus other personalised gifts through Not On The High Street and own website
  • Website: The Letteroom | Not On The High Street store

Advice on starting your own craft business

The following resources provide tips and advice to start and build your own craft business:

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