Is it possible to make money with a Cricut machine? Should you consider starting a Cricut-based business? This post goes over all you need to know to decide if it’s right for you and how to get started!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
How to Make Money with a Cricut
While many people use their Cricut for pure enjoyment and to create crafts for their homes and loved ones – there are many who use it for their business.
In the Cricut Support Group, I help run, people are always asking tons of questions regarding Cricut and businesses.
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The best places to buy materials.
How much should they charge?
What are the most popular products to sell?
And, most importantly, can you actually make money with your Cricut?
Well, with Christmas coming and a new year (decade!) about to begin, I’m sure people are both considering whether or not they want to get a Cricut – and if it could financially benefit them if they do.
So in this post, I am going to share all the answers to your burning questions about making money with your Cricut!
I actually conducted a survey of real people making real money to create this post, so I hope it will be helpful to all of you!
Cricut for Business
Can I Make Money with My Cricut?
Yes! You can. There are MANY people who make money with the assistance of their Cricut machine.
With the Internet being as big as it is, it’s easier than ever to get your products out there and reach a huge audience – but there are also still PLENTY of opportunities to make money locally as well.
The amount of money you can make varies significantly based on what you are selling, the time you invest, and your marketing.
But there are many opportunities to use Cricut for your business – even beyond creating personalized items.
How can I make money with my Cricut?
The most obvious way to make money with your Cricut is to assist in creating personalized products for customers.
The Cricut can cut SO many different materials, and if you are creating products for others, it can be an awesome resource.
Another way you can make money with your Cricut is by teaching. Stores like Michaels have Cricut classes and are occasionally looking for experienced Cricutters to teach.
You could also teach local classes at libraries or even your own home/office. Online is another place to teach classes as well – you could create your own platform or find a company that offers online classes and allows you to sell them there.
If you are savvy with making SVG files, there is definitely a market for that. You could create them and sell them on your website, Etsy, local groups, etc. If you sell SVG files, let me know! I’m always looking for new resources to send people to.
Here is a course from Jennifer Maker on how to make SVG files. I have not taken it, but I’ve heard wonderful things.
And finally, you can make money through blogging and YouTube – which is how I make money with my Cricut machines. People are constantly looking for projects and instructions – and there is a huge audience for it.
It takes time to build up a blog and/or YouTube channel, but it can pay off substantially. In fact, I believe it probably has the most potential for earning. When I say that Cricut changed my life, I mean it.
It can be a bit intimidating to start your own instructional channels, but there are tons of free and inexpensive resources. Here are a couple that I offer if you are interested in going this route:
- Beyond the Domain: A Complete Setup for Your New Blogging Business ($29.95)
- From Dream to Business Plan: A Free 12-Day Planning Course for Launching a Profitable Blog (Free)
- The Blog Help with Katie and Katelyn (this is a free blogging group for all levels that I run with my friend, Katelyn)
I know people who run Facebook groups and make money through those and who have created online courses for others to learn from. There are so many ways to make money with your Cricut if you are experienced and willing to learn!
And honestly, even if your business isn’t specifically about Cricut, a Cricut machine can be valuable in so many lines of work.
What Machine is Best?
I always say the best machine is the one you can afford.
The Cricut Explore Air line is excellent – there are a couple of different machines, and they can cut all sorts of materials – including many of the ones you will need to make popular products (like vinyl!).
If you are deciding between the original Air and the Air 2 and can afford both, I would recommend going with the Air 2, simply because the 2x faster cutting is so helpful when creating things in bulk.
The Maker has so much more potential than any other machine. It cuts thicker projects, makes sewing projects so much easier to do, and it has so many different blades and accessories designed to make crafting even easier.
I would suggest reading this post about the Cricut Maker and what you should, as well as this post about the Cricut Explore Air versus the Cricut Maker.
I have an Explore Air, Explore Air 2, and Maker. I rarely use my Explore Air anymore, but I use both my Explore Air 2 and Maker regularly.
How much money can I make?
As with most things, this varies significantly.
For people making crafts and projects for others, some people said nothing, some said a couple hundred dollars a month, and there were some who made thousands.
So there is a large earning potential. The amount you make will definitely depend on your profit margin, the demand for what you are offering, how much time you are able to invest, your reputation, and the quality of your work.
When it comes to sharing your knowledge with others – whether it be through a blog, YouTube, a course, etc., there can be a huge range for profit as well.
I know many who blog and YouTube and make quite a bit of money. It is not for everyone, and it’s definitely not a get rich quick scheme. But there are lots of people who want to learn!
What do I need to get started?
Well, the number one thing you need to get started is…
A Cricut machine! Shocking, I know.
After you have that, you need to have a business plan of what you want to do – and that will determine what ELSE you should invest in.
So if you are planning to do t-shirts, you’ll need iron-on vinyl, Infusible Ink, etc., as well as t-shirt blanks.
If you are doing anything that uses iron-on/HTV, you will need some kind of heat press. There are traditional heat presses that can be helpful for creating things in mass production – but they can be a bit cumbersome. I personally LOVE the Cricut EasyPress 2 and have one in every size. If you aren’t doing mass production, this might be a good option for you.
You should definitely read this post, though, to help you decide – Iron versus EasyPress versus Heat Press.
If you want to create SVG files, you’ll need design software.
I do recommend having a good camera if you are planning to market online so people are visually attracted to what you are selling. Learning photography skills and how to make things look appealing can really make or break your business!
If you are planning to do a blog or YouTube channel, you’ll need a variety of supplies and materials. If you want someone to look to you as an authority, you should have a good handle on all the products and materials available – you may not be able to get all of these at once, but set aside a certain percentage of money from earnings to invest back into your business.
And honestly…one of the biggest things you need is motivation. I see a lot of people start a business and then stop it, and the biggest thing missing is motivation and the ability to push through the growing stage.
Once you’ve decided what you want to do, then you need to decide:
Will your business online or in-person (or both?!)
If you will have any kind of online presence, I would recommend getting some kind of website. You can get a domain name for pretty cheap, as well as hosting.
Where can I find business?
There are so many places to get business – you just need to put yourself out there. Here are some popular options:
- Craft Fairs – pay attention to local Facebook groups, neighborhood newsletters, Nextdoor, school bulletins, etc., to hear about any type of craft fair or event going on in your area.
- Etsy – Definitely a popular place to get customers without having to build your own website.
- Facebook Groups – Make sure you are allowed to advertise in the groups, but Facebook groups can be a great place to drum up business. Be sure to join local groups for your area!
- Personal Website
- Social Media
- Personal Functions – Host your own event at your home!
- Family and Friends – Once people know you are talented at making things, they will often turn to you for customized projects. Don’t be afraid to let it be known what you have to offer.
- Charity Events – You can donate products to raffles, charities, and fundraisers to get your name out there. Obviously this won’t make you money when you donate, but the long-term benefits are there.
How much time will I invest?
This will depend a lot on you. You can invest as little or as much time as you want – but your results will usually depend on what you invest.
In the beginning, you will likely invest more time, and once you get a system going, it will be easier. For crafters and product creation, you will likely have slower times of year where you aren’t working as much, and then other times of year (like Christmas)
There were three main camps in my survey- 2-3 hours, 12 hours, and 40 hours. Obviously, huge variation!
With educating via blog or YouTube, there is usually a pretty large time investment. It takes time to create quality content, edit photos and videos, and promote your content.
Where should I buy materials?
There are a lot of places you can buy materials for projects.
The most important thing is to make sure it comes from a reputable source. There are a lot of deals I see posted that are from pretty sketchy-looking websites.
The good news is, there are LOTS of great websites for buying blanks and materials for affordable prices. Cricut.com is always a good place to buy materials – they are constantly expanding their offerings, too!
I would suggest asking around in Facebook groups for recommendations. Here are some popular places for blanks:
- Amazon! This is always my go-to. I love this post from Sydney about 100 blanks you can buy on Amazon.
- The Dollar Tree
- Cricut for Infusible Ink blanks
- Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, Michaels, etc.
- Craft Chameleon
- Jiffy Shirts
- My Vinyl Direct
- Primary.com (this is a great place for great quality onesies and children’s shirts, sweatshirts, etc. Not the cheapest place, though).
Be sure to check out places local to your area. I know a lot of people have good luck buying local.
If you do buy online, just make sure you read lots of reviews!
What projects should I make?
The sky is really the limit here. So many awesome ideas out there – try and think outside the box.
You can always look an Etsy for trending products, though make sure you don’t outright copy someone. Put your own twist on popular products, quotes, and designs.
Here are some different responses from the survey I did:
- Personalized gifts
- Holidays personalized gifts
- Infant onesies
- Floral arrangements
- Icy Pole Holders
- Shell bags
- Water bottles
- Holiday plushies
- Papercraft memorabilia
- School designs and initials
- Pot holders
- Card sets
- Personalized Clothing
- BowPainted wood signs
- Tea towels
- Custom totes
My friend, Sydney, wrote this awesome post about 50 things you can make and sell with your Cricut. Be sure to check it out for more ideas!
Here are some different materials that are popular that might get the juices flowing:
Here are a few projects here on Clarks Condensed that might sell well!
- Baby Milestone Blanket
- Month by Month Baby Onesies
- DIY Christmas Shirts
- Thanksgiving Tray
- Magnetic Birthday Calendar
- Magnetic Chore Chart
Where can I find designs?
A lot of people create their own designs in Design Space, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, or ProCreate.
However, if you aren’t particularly good at that aspect (me!), you can use SVG files and fonts that you find online. Just make sure you check the license agreement for anything you buy or download to make sure it can be used commercially.
Never just find something off of Google and assume you can use it!
How do I decide what to charge?
It can be so hard to figure out what to charge for your products.
You want to make sure it’s reasonable – but you also want to make sure you are being paid for your time!
Several years back, I did tech support for other bloggers. I prided myself on having the lowest prices…but I got SO burnt out. People take advantage of you, you end up spending way more time than you initially anticipated, and it’s just not worth it.
In the survey, several people suggested taking the cost of the materials and multiplying it by three.
So if you a shirt costs you $8, they would sell it for $24.
A few people said they doubled the cost.
Here are some other ways people calculate pricing:
- Look around for what others are selling similar products for in their area (if you are selling locally, this can be really important. Prices can vary so much in different areas of the country).
- Size of the product
- Experimenting at craft fairs with different pricing
- Check average pricing from other sites and on Etsy
Here are some helpful resources others suggested:
- Other Crafters – Facebook Groups
- Get your clients to do referrals.
- Utilize cheaper blanks from department stores over stores created specifically for blanks
- I am dutch and therefore I love Teddie B on Youtube
- Scrapbook.com and cricut.com
- Etsy education
Tips for Getting Started
Here is some advice for getting started with creating products from others that came from my survey:
- I’m still learning myself and starting off so I know everything isn’t perfect like I want but I will get there
- Don’t give up. People may be reluctant at first to buy when you first are starting out.
- Just remember we make things on our time and from our heart so no one can beat a price for things made from ❤
- Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook are your friends
- I found new product giveaways helped build my business. Occasionally announce a new product & run a giveaway for the personalized prototype
- Just do it!
- Do lots of research on what you want to do and make sure it’s feasible for you.
- Research your target area
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Be creative & know your local market, offer unique/exceptional products rather than challenging a current business in your area
- Stick with your commitment to complete orders on time.
This is so important for any type of business! Make sure you keep good records.
If you are creating products for other people, ensure that you have a system in place from the start to keep track of orders. One of the best ways to grow your business is by referrals – and if you are reliable, people will be willing to share their experience with others!
Keeping sound financial records is also important. You want to make sure you
I recommend using an online financial software like WaveApps.com (which is free!) or Quickbooks Online to keep track of things better.
Try, Try Again
This is my philosophy with most things in life -, especially with my business.
IF something doesn’t work – try something new. Most things DON’T work – but when you find the one thing that does…well, it’s a pretty sweet moment.
Don’t try and copy someone else. Look to others for ideas and support, but at the end of the day, people come to YOU for a reason. Give them a reason to think you stand out from the rest.