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Crafts & Hobbies Industry

Crafts & Hobbies Industry

Crafts and hobbies business

This publication provides Crafts and Hobbies Industry links and resources to assist your startup or small business.  Additionally, you can also receive free professional business advice and free or low-cost business training from your local Small Business Development Center!

Industry Overview, COVID-19 Impact and Recovery

The crafts and hobbies industry is part of the creative economy, which is made up of two segments: creative industries and creative occupations.  Creative industries are business that produce goods and services for arts and culture.  Creative occupations are workers employed in occupations of any industry type.

Creative industries employ 8.8 million workers and produce sales of $1.7 trillion a year or 4% of the goods and service sales.  Creative occupations segment is responsible for 4% of total employment and 15% of monthly average earnings.

The Brookings Institution reports the creative industry lost 2.7 million jobs and $150 billion in sales of goods & services nationwide, which accounts for a third of all jobs in the creative industry and 9% of annual sales.  For comparison before COVID-19, the creative industry created 8.8 million jobs and produced $142 billion in sales.  As for creative occupations, 2.3 million jobs and $74 billion in earnings were lost due to COVID-19.  Of all creative occupations, photographers had the most losses in employments and earnings due to social distancing and postponement of large events.  Musicians and singers, writers and authors, actors, and fine artists round out the rest of the top five occupations most affected by COVID-19.

With supply chain disruptions and decrease in consumer spending, COVID-19 will undoubtedly leave a profound effect on the creativity sector for some time to come.  Over the past 18 month, there has been several private and public sector resources to support the sector. The public sector support includes SBA financial assistance through PPP loans from the CARES Act allowing self-employed creative workers to receive federal assistance.

The pandemic, specifically local stay-at-home orders, caused many people to find new things to do with their time. For many, this led to a renewed interest in crafting. Now, whether as an extra source of an income or as a career change, people turn their passion for crafts or hobbies into a business. The following links provide trade specific resources on many crafts and hobbies sectors to help you in your small business endeavors.

Industry Resources and Associations by Crafts and Hobbies Type

Art

Photography

Writing

Pottery, Ceramic, and Glass

Woodwork

Metalwork and Jewelry

Textiles

Sewing

Floral Design

Sculpting

Scrapbooking

Genealogy

Crafts and Hobbies Industry Associations

Crafts and Hobbies Industry Publications

Craft Selling Platforms

  • Etsy – online marketplace for artists and makers of handmade products
  • Amazon Handmade – platform for handmade artisan goods from Amazon
  • Artfire – marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage goods, and craft supplies
  • Storenvy – marketplace specializing in small independent brands
  • Aftcra – marketplace exclusively for Americans selling handcrafted goods
  • Big Cartel – platform catering to artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs
  • IndieMade – platform for artists to create a website with a store, blog, and galleries

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Additional Small Business Resources

Already in business or thinking about starting your own small business? Check out our various small business resources:

Remember, you can also receive free professional business advice and free or low-cost business training from your local Small Business Development Center!

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