If you’re just starting your first ecommerce business and
you’re looking for the perfect product to sell online, making
products yourself can be a great way to start. The good news is
that there are plenty of options. In this post we’ll discuss
over 30 of the best products you can make yourself and sell
from home.

Since you’ve most likely seen a lot of these products sold by
businesses already, when reading through this list think about
the ways you can build a brand around these products that
caters to a different niche, or solves a not already addressed
pain point. Alternatively, find a way to make these products
better or put your own personal touch on them.

Regardless of how you chose to build a brand around these
products, making products yourself is an accessible and
comparatively low cost way to build a business, rather than if
you were to have products made by a manufacturer. It’s also a
great way to “own” your brand, as opposed to wholesaling or
dropshipping where you’d rely on the expertise of other
businesses to sustain your product line.

If you’re interested in starting a bootstrapped business from
scratch, or you just want to build a brand that’s completely
your own, check out these 30+ products you can make yourself
and sell from home.

Table of Contents

Bath & Body

Accessories

Crafts

Homeware

Apparel

ResourcesHow-To YouTube ChannelsCurate & Dropship Handmade ProductsThe Future of an At-Home Business &
ScalingConclusion

Bonus: For further discussion on some of the
products mentioned in this post and more, check out our
previous post Step-by-Step: Home to Start 11
Different Types of Ecommerce Businesses.

 

Bath & Body

Creating bath and body products from home is commonly done,
especially with the rising interest in “organic”, “natural” and
“synthetic chemical-free” products, so there’s definitely a
consumer market for businesses that make and sell homemade bath
and body products, but it’s worth noting that you’ll have to do
your research regarding the rules and regulations that may
restrict or prevent the kind of products you can ship to
customers.

If you’re just looking to sell your products locally you may
not run into the same regulations (although, you still need to
do your own due diligence), but if you want to scale and grow
your brand beyond your local customer ecosystem and ship your
products to customers elsewhere in the world, you’ll need to
research how you can do that. Check out the US Food & Drug
Administration frequently asked questions page for
information on small businesses and homemade cosmetics.

Bath Bombs

Being a super popular bath product, there’s plenty of online
information available to help you make bath bombs from home.
They’re relatively easy to make, comprised of simple
ingredients and can be tailored to suit different scent
preferences and skin concerns, so there’s plenty of marketing
potential for this product. You can switch up the ingredients
to make them suitable for soothing for skin rashes, eczema, or
sunburns and you adjust their scent by using different
essential oils such as lavender for calming or ginger for
energizing. There’s plenty of different ways to make bath bombs
work for your own brand, so research different methods to make
them through resources such as Shopify’s post dedicated to
making bath bombs or YouTube videos.

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Solid Cologne/Perfume

The interest in solid cologne and perfume has been rising due
to it’s practicality, portability and longevity. It’s easy to
apply, lasts long, is easy to throw into a purse or gym bag and
lingers on the skin in some cases longer than a liquid
cologne/perfume, depending on the quality of ingredients. If
you’re interested in starting a business that sells fragrances,
starting with solid colognes and perfumes may be a good place
to start. There’s plenty of online resources to help you make
these solid scent bars, such as this Wikihow page dedicated to making solid
perfume, so make use of these resources and start
developing signature scents and recipes for your brand.

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Beard Oil

Beard oil has been a huge trending product recently and
consumer’s rising interest isn’t expected to fall anytime soon.
With 21st century men proudly growing and maintaining their
facial hair, many workplaces embracing bearded appearances and
a rising interest in male grooming products, this trifecta has
created a perfect ecosystem for beard oils to flourish. If
you’re interested in riding this wave, check out online
resources to help you develop beard oil recipes and even read up on
businesses that have branded themselves on beard oil alone,
such as Beardbrand, who were recently featured as a case study on Shopify.

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Body Lotion

Another popular product, body lotion is an item that has
withstood the test of time. Around for decades, if not
centuries, its practical uses and soothing properties are
attractive to men and women alike. Since it can also serve as
an ointment for topical skin ailments and its scent can possess
aromatherapy properties, there are endless ways to create a
body lotion that stands out from the crowd. Focus on texture
(whipped, gel, milky, light, etc.), properties (soothing,
moisturizing, fast-absorbing, etc.) and ingredients (aloe,
coconut, jojoba, shea butter, etc.) and scent (fruity, nutty,
floral, unscented, etc.) to create the perfect concoction to
please you and your customers. There are plenty of resources
online to teach you how to make body lotions as well as
homemade lotion recipes.

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Soap

Perhaps not the easiest of bath and body products to make
yourself as the recipe must allow the soap to hold together
under water while still having to work up a lather, but it’s by
no means impossible. Like most homemade bath and body products,
the ingredients to make soap are easily accessible and there
are plenty of ways to customize soap to make it the perfect
blend of texture, ingredient properties and scents to appeal to
you and your customers. If you’re interested in starting your
own soap businesses from home, check out this Wikihow article to learn how to make
your own soap.

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Exfoliating Scrubs

As an incredibly versatile product that can be used for the
face, lips, body and feet, exfoliating scrubs are a popular
bath and body product used to buff away dead skin cells,
stimulate blood flow, reduce the appearance of cellulite and
make skin feel soft and smooth. There are plenty of ways to
make these scrubs such as with salt, sugar, oats and baking
soda, and the properties of the scrubs and the scents can be
customized to fit the needs of the customer. Again, there are
plenty of online resources for this bath and body product but
this article rounds up the
specific properties of exfoliating scrubs that are
currently on the market to help you get a glimpse into what
customers are looking for in a scrub and this article shares different
recipes for exfoliating scrubs.

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Hair Products

There’s virtually an endless amount of hair products you can
make from home and start a business with whether it’s shampoos,
conditioners, hair masks, hair perfumes, oils, etc, so get
creative and start building a repertoire of recipes customers
will love. It’s the properties of the product that’s going to
mean the most for the customer whether it’s coconut oil for
moisturization, argan oil for shine, lemon for lightening,
castor oil to promote growth, or tea tree for antiseptic
properties, for example, so do your research and develop
products that solve pain points for your customers. There are
plenty of resources online such as this article that discusses
the benefits of coconut oil for
hair or this one that lists various oils and their uses for
hair, so take your time researching ingredient properties
as well as hair product recipes.

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Accessories

There are plenty of different types of accessory businesses you
can start from home as many are easy and low cost to start up
and even require minimal skill. Some of these accessories are
great to pair together when making a business, such as bow ties
and pocket squares, as they often appeal to the same audience,
complement one another and are produced using the same
materials.

Belts

A popular fashion accessory for both men and women, belts
continue to serve a practical purpose as well as a stylish one.
Whether they’re used by the wearer to hold up a pair of
trousers or to cinch in the waist of a dress, there’s plenty of
different styles for businesses create and sell. Making them
isn’t as hard as it may seem, and it’s definitely something you
can do from home with accessible materials. Use online
resources such as this one from Reddit: How to Make a $100 Belt
on the Cheap, practice the techniques, develop your own
style, use high quality materials and start building your own
belt business from home.

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Bow Ties

Bow ties have increasingly become a trending product and as
Shopify documented in their What to Sell Online: 10
Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now article,
online searches for men’s bow ties have almost tripled in the
past three years. The good news is, it’s possible to make them
from home and there’s lots of room for individuality and style.
Find a pattern online or from a craft/fabric store, source some
unique fabrics, and use a sewing machine to put it all
together. Take a look at businesses like Cursor & Thread and Fitzy that specialize in accessories like bow
ties to see what’s on the market and how consumers are
responding to it.

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Pocket Squares

Another trending clothing accessory, pocket squares have risen
in popularity due men embracing more metrosexual attitudes
towards style and fashion and women embracing more androgynous
clothing pieces. The pocket square exudes a dapper appearance
for the wearer and since it makes up a small part of an outfit,
wearers are more likely to chose pocket squares that are made
of unique and fun fabrics, patterns and textures. From a
business standpoint pocket squares are an excellent choice
because they’re small, easy to ship and easy to make. Have a
look online or at craft/fabric stores for a pocket square
pattern, and look at stores online that specialize in
accessories like pocket squares such as Mrs Bow Tie to get an idea of what
styles consumers are interested in.

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Scarves

There are plenty of options when it comes to making scarves
whether you choose to knit, crochet or make them from fabric
and there are plenty of styles you can create such as blanket
scarves, neck ties and infinity scarves that can be made to
withstand any type of weather. To start your own scarf business
from home choose a method (knitted, crochet or fabric), a style
(blanket scarf, neck tie or infinity scarf), find the materials
you need from a local craft or fabric store and develop your
skills and techniques. There are plenty of different ways to
customize scarves to make them look unique and stylish, whether
you use embellishments such as beads or luxurious fabrics like
silk, so experiment and find a style that you can build a brand
around. Find online resources such as patterns or videos such
as this one on How to Sew an Infinity Scarf to help you
create your product.

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Headbands

With so many different ways to create a headband there’s plenty
of choice for you to build a businesses around them. They can
be made from fabric, elastic, woven threads, yarn or a hard
plastic. In fact, they can also be used as a foundation to
create other headpieces such as fascinators which are typically
worn by women for formal events. Think of how you can use
embellishments to make your headbands unique, such as by adding
appliques like bows, flowers, lace and beads to make a unique
product. Also think of which niche market your headbands will
serve; will they be for babies, children, women, athletes, or
headpieces for formal events? For more information on how to
actually make headbands, check out this Wikihow on 4 Ways to Make a Headband.

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Socks

These are another great product to stock as an online business
since they’re small to ship, easy to make and there’s lots of
room for creativity. Even if you don’t posses the capability to
make the socks yourself, you can print designs on and dropship
socks through Printful’s sock dropshipping
service, which is a less hands-on approach to actually
making the products, but it allows you to focus on other
aspects of building your business such as customer service, web
design, product selection and more.

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Enamel Pins

Enamel pins have erupted into the fashion space lately as a
means to express individuality whilst appearing kitschy and
often in a collection on jackets and bags. They’re a fun and
unique way to express political or societal beliefs and
opinions and are often made to look like animations or cartoons
and sometimes include quotes or sayings. If you’re interested
in making your own enamel pins and creating a business of it,
check out Shopify’s Guide on How to Make
Enamel Pins.

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Tote Bags

Due to the rising awareness of the harm plastic bags play on
the environment, reusable carriers such as tote bags have
become a practical alternative. Since they’re lightweight
they’re easy to add to a purse or backpack, or they can just be
carried around for whenever they’re needed to hold groceries,
books, supplies or food. As they’re often made of a thin canvas
material, they’re commonly printed with quirky cartoons or
sayings which different institutions, clubs and businesses have
now been making use of to promote their own brands or
manifestos. If you’re interested in creating a product that
caters to the environmentally conscious niche or you have other
ideas for how tote bags can be used, try making them yourself.
Alternatively if you want to focus less on the creation aspect
and more on the design process, check out Printful’s tote bag dropshipping service to
get tote bags made and shipped out to your customers for you.

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Hats

Hats are obviously a very popular and practical accessory and
while they may not be the easiest product to make from home,
there are services you can use to make that process more
accessible. If you’re interested in making hats, whether
they’re snapbacks, 5-panels, dad hats, mesh backs, beanies or
bucket hats, you can utilize Printful’s hat dropshipping
services to help you make these products for your business.
You’ll be able to create custom embroidery for your hats so
they’ll be unique and true to your brand, and instead of
focusing on how to actually construct the hats themselves,
which can be a time consuming and laborious project, you can
direct your focus to other aspects of building and growing your
business such as new designs, a larger product selection,
different hat styles, customer service and more.

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Handbags

Perhaps not the easiest of products to make, but one that can
turn out beautifully with time and effort, creating handbags
from home is a potential business idea for those committed and
passionate about the finished product. To learn more about how
to create a handbag from scratch, check out this resource:
Messenger Bag Process: From
Sketch to Finished Product. In terms of creating an
ecommerce business around your own homemade handbags, think
about how you’ll stand out within an oversaturated market.
Plenty of retailers sell handbags to consumers at both premium
and low end prices, so think of how you can market your
homemade handbags to compete for some of the sales.

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Phone Cases

Phone cases are a really attractive option for businesses to
create from home as they’re relatively low cost to produce,
it’s easy to hold inventory, there are many different styles of
cases, an endless amount of options when it comes to case
artwork and they’re small and easy to ship. This Shopify
article dives deep into the intricacies of How to Start a Phone Case
Business by discussing the types of phone cases, how to
choose which devices to focus on, where to get phone case
artwork from and how to get your cases made. If you’re
interested in starting a phone case dropshipping business
Printful offers a phone case
dropshipping service that’s an easy and convenient way to
get started.

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Jewelry

Jewelry is a massively diverse category when it comes to
products as there are so many different types, styles,
materials and niches to cater to. The good news is that many
jewelry businesses were started by the founder making the
jewelry from home, so it’s an accessible businesses model that
can be scaled to fit whichever stage you’re at. If you already
have some jewelry making skills then you’re on the right track,
otherwise you may want to start learning and refining some
jewelry making techniques. We recommend starting off with one
product whether it’s earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings
and doing it well instead of trying to do it all right off the
bat. Start thinking about how you can produce high quality
pieces that can be sold to customers, what type of niche you’re
going to cater to and how you’ll source enough materials to
make your products consistently enough to meet demand. For more
information on How to Start a Jewellery Making
Business and Shopify Burst’s How to Sell
Bracelets Online, check out these resources.

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Crafts

Being crafty can serve you well when it comes to making
products yourself. If you already possess skills that enable
you to create things, whether it’s beading, drawing, weaving,
etc. think of how you can use your skills to create products
customers can buy. Otherwise, think of learning a craft and
developing a business out of it. Here are some resources to
help you learn:

Greeting Cards

A great product you can make from home with very accessible
materials are greeting cards. Most craft stores have plenty of
supplies for card makers including paper, stamps,
embellishments, speciality scissors, stickers, ribbon, glue,
glitter, etc. which can be used to create beautiful, bespoke
and professional looking cards. Depending on the types of cards
you want to make and how maximal their aesthetic, the initial
investment into supplies may be costly, but once you have a
foundation of materials to work with you can usually make at
least several cards from one piece of supplies.

Before you purchase the whole craft store though, we recommend
starting small and trying out different card making techniques
and styles before you fully commit to it as a business venture.
Card making can be laborious and tedious so make sure it’s
something you really love if you haven’t tried it already. If
you’re ready to start building your own greeting card business
and already have the skills and techniques to create cards that
customers will buy, check out The Greeting Card Association
Starting Up Guide to help you build your business.

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Knitting

Whether you can knit clothing, blankets, toys for children,
homewares, etc, knitting is an accessible skill to learn with
plenty of online resources available to help you learn, such as
Love Knitting. Think about the kind of products
you can knit, or the types of materials you can use to make
unique products that serve a niche or solve a pain point for
customers.

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Crocheting

Similar to knitting, but a completely different technique,
crocheting can also yield an array of products such as
clothing, blankets, toys, homewares and more. There are also
plenty of resources available online to help teach the craft,
such as Love Crochet or simply conducting a Google
search will bring up plenty of results. The appearance of
knitted products and crocheted products can be very different,
so educate yourself on their difference before you pursue one
or the other to make your own products.

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Homeware

If you have the skills and abilities to create artwork or
designs either by hand, photographs or electronically, a great
way to create an ecommerce business is to print your work onto
homewares. Whether you actually print your work on a canvas or
have it printed onto household items such as pillows, mugs or
blankets, you can tailor your products to appeal to your niche
market whatever their interests are.

Posters, Art & Canvas Prints

This is a great business to start from home if you are a
skilled artist or photographer and want to sell your work to
the public. If you’re interested in selling your art online, Shopify
has a comprehensive guide on the details and realities of
the business, but if you’re interested in outsourcing the printing process,
Printful offers a variety of services to have your work
printed on paper, posters and canvas which then can then
dropshipped to your customers.

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Terrariums

As a trending home decor item, terrariums have burst onto the
homeware scene thanks to their low-maintenance but beautifully
aesthetic properties. Usually represented as mini ecosystems
contained in small glass jars, bowls or containers, they’re
easy to make and attractive to customers. If you have an
interest in plants or an interest in learning how to put
together terrariums (it’s relatively simple!) then this could
be the business for you. They’re portable so they’re a good
item to sell but think about the shipping and handling
requirements of the glass jars and any regulations that may
inhibit shipping plants around your country or abroad. Shopify’s guide on How to Make a
Terrarium can help you answer some of these questions.

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Candles

This is an attractive product both for consumers as well as
businesses for many reasons: consumers are interested in the
aromatherapy and atmospheric qualities of candles as well as
various materials used to make them that have come into trend
recently such as soy wax and wood wicks. Businesses are
interested in candles as a product because they’re easy and low
cost to make, customizable, and the ingredients and materials
are fairly easy to source. Shopify has created a guide on
How to Make a Candle Business if you’re interested in
pursuing it further, but make sure you think about how your
candles will appeal to your niche market, what ingredients and
scents you may want to create and the shipping rules and
regulations you’ll need to adhere to.

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Mugs

Mugs are easy to customize and appealing to many different
niche markets depending on their design. Even a simple mug can
be special with a funny quote, heartwarming message or quirky
artwork, so if you’re skilled in any one of these areas
consider turning your work into mug designs. You don’t even
have to have the machines or materials to print on mugs if you
use Printful’s mug dropshipping
service, which can be a convenient way for you to focus on
your designs rather than the printing and shipping aspect of
your business.

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Pillows

As a useful homeware, throw pillows are meant to be decorative
and inject a pop of colour or artwork into a space. This means
that they’re the perfect product to have custom artwork or
designs printed on them as customers will likely appreciate
their unique appearance which they can showcase in their living
or bed rooms. Printful provides a custom throw pillow
dropshipping service, which is ideal if you have designs to
print on a pillow but aren’t necessarily interested in
purchasing printing materials or learning the printing process.

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Beach Blankets

Depending on where you’re located, beach blankets can be an
attractive seasonal product or an all-year product you can
print your artwork or designs onto for your customer. Using
Printful’s beach blanket
printing and dropshipping service they’re easy and low cost
to make and can be a fun product with colourful and bold
designs for both you and your customers to enjoy. If you’re
interested in starting a beach blanket business from home,
think about when your customers will be using beach blankets
(will it be all year, just in the summer, at their summer
houses or on holiday?) what kind of designs they’d like to see
on them (would they prefer bold and bright colours or muted and
neutral colours?) and what kind of designs you can print on the
blankets to enhance their beach experience.

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Apparel

Selling apparel is a great first business as there are very few
shipping rules and regulations, it’s a very accessible product,
easy to store inventory and small to ship. The main drawback
with selling apparel, however, is that it’s a very
oversaturated market so you’ll have to really hone in on a
niche market to cater to be able to compete within the market,
even as a small retailer. Be aware of rising trends in style,
fit and design and see how you can incorporate it into your
business.

Leggings

To start a legging business from home, think about how you can
stand out within an oversaturated market. There are plenty of
athletic-wear companies that specialize in leggings for both
sports and homewear, so you’ll need to target a niche market or
solve a pain point for customers to purchase from your brand.
If you’re interested in having your leggings printed for you,
Printful’s legging dropshipping
service is worth looking into as it’s one of the easiest
and low cost ways to start your own legging business from home.

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T-Shirts

One of the most well-known ways to start a business easily and
inexpensively from home, t-shirts are a great way to get your
foot in the door to owning and operating your own business.
They’re a low maintenance product to create, sell and stock
which makes them attractive for businesses, customers love them
because they’re practical and with the rising interest in
at-home t-shirt businesses there are plenty of services you can
use to help create your t-shirt business right from home.
Printful is our first recommendation to
create custom printed t-shirts as their product selection
is great and their service is easy to use, but there are plenty
more out there. By using a dropshipping service you save
yourself a lot of time and money sourcing materials and
laboriously printing the shirts, so it’s well worth it to
outsource it to a company like Printful so you can focus on
your designs.

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Bonus: Read about our experience here on how
we started our own t-shirt dropshipping business in
24 hours.

Dresses & Skirts

Starting your own dress and skirt business from home is very
similar to starting a t-shirt business in that it’s relatively
easy, low cost, and there are many different services that are
able to print and fulfill them for you, just like Printful’s dress dropshipping
service and their skirt dropshipping service. When starting
this business from home, again, think about what kind of
designs will appeal to your niche market, how you will stand
out within an oversaturated market dominated by large retailers
and how will you market your products to make your brand
appealing to potential customers.

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Resources

There are plenty of online resources that provide excellent
advice, tools and guides to help makers build high quality
homegrown ecommerce businesses. Even if you’re bootstrapping
your business and making your products yourself, there are
plenty of resources out there that can help you build the best
business you can, whether it’s by walking you through the
entire process of turning an idea into a product, insight into
how to create the best packaging for your product or connecting
you with mentors who can coach you through whatever stage your
business is at. These are some of our favorite resources:

Etsy Manufacturing: Find production
partners for your creative business in categories such as
apparel & textiles, machining & fabrication, jewelry
& metalsmithing and printing.

Love Crafts: An online community for makers to
share projects and advice as well as purchase supplies.

How to Design Packaging for a
Handmade Business: Tips, advice, ideas and inspiration
for creating packaging for your products.

The Design Process: A
useful blog post outlining the process of taking a product to
market, including advice and resources.

Maker Mentors: An online community dedicated
to connecting creators to the resources they need to build
their own business. Includes webinars, workshops,
newsletters, a blog and more.

Ponoko: Bespoke laser cutting and engraving
for creatives and businesses.

Guide to Product Design &
Development: This comprehensive guide outlines the entire
process of designing and developing a physical product.

The Product Startup: Product development for
small business.

The Product Startup Podcast:
Listen to industry experts give their best advice and how
other small business owners launched their products.

108 Resources & Tools to
Turn Your Ideas into Products: The Product Startup’s
guide to the resources and tools you can use to turn your
ideas into products.

How-To YouTube Channels

There are many YouTube channels dedicating to DIY projects or
making things from home that you can use as inspiration or
instruction for your own business. While many of these channels
may not be business focused, they’re still a valuable resource
to help you learn skills or techniques and they’re an excellent
source for ideas. These are just a few we’ve discovered:

I Like to Make
Stuff

This channel is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people
that may lack the skills to create items through woodworking,
metalworking, 3D printing and more. It’s also a great source of
inspiration to show you how to make items that you can create
and sell for your at-home business. Take a look through the
videos and think about what you could learn to make and then
use the tutorials to develop skills and refine your technique.

Our Picks:

Make Something

This channel focuses solely on woodworking and places an
emphasis on design and originality to show that woodworking can
be a creative skill. There are plenty of great tutorials
ranging from beginner to advanced levels that you can follow
along with and learn how to build a handmade product.

Our Picks:

How to Make
Everything

This channel specializes in understanding manufacturing and
production processes and then using that knowledge to create
everything from scratch. The mission of this channel is to take
the items that we use everyday and take for granted, and then
learn how to make them ourselves.

Our Picks:

Home Made Modern

This channel is a source of design inspiration and knowledge,
focusing mainly around items that can be used in and around the
home. Although beautiful, some of their tutorials including
stone tables or concrete benches may not be practical for an
ecommerce business to create and sell, but they also have
plenty of tutorials for smaller sized items that would be
perfect to make, sell and ship to customers.

Our Picks:

DIY Creators

This channel focuses on making woodworking projects simplified
and accessible while still being practical and beautiful, which
is perfect if you’re a beginner woodworker. Some of the
projects may be too large for an at-home ecommerce to make and
ship to customers but there are many great smaller projects you
can try out for yourself, some of our favourites we’ve listed
below.

Our Picks:

Modern Builds

This channel has an array of tutorials that would be great
options to turn into products you can make for your at-home
business. These tutorials are aimed at the beginner level so
anyone with some time and creativity should be able to follow
along and create some beautiful DIY projects out of wood or
concrete.

Our Picks:

Curate & Dropship Handmade Products

Suppose you don’t have the skills or abilities to hand make
your products or you really don’t have the time to dedicate to
making products yourself, but you still want to sell handmade
products. Enter, Spocket.

Spocket is a relatively new software that enables Shopify store owners
to connect their stores with Etsy sellers to drop ship
products to their customers. Since it’s a completely automated
process, the Shopify store owner simply selects any products
they want to sell from any Etsy sellers and once a customer
places an order through the Shopify store the Etsy seller
fulfills and ships the product to the customer. As the Shopify
store owner, you make a commission for facilitating the sale
between the customer and the Etsy store owner.

As Etsy is the largest marketplace of handmade and vintage
goods sold by independent sellers, there’s a massive amount of
products to choose from, and Spocket allows you to create a
curated selection of these items that you neither have to make,
full or ship yourself and yet you’re still a part of the
homemade product experience for your customers.

Check out the Spocket
App for Shopify

The Future of an At-Home Business & Scaling

One of the main drawbacks to building a business from home with
products you make yourself is the issue of scaling in the long
term. While we advise against worrying about how you’re going
to scale in the future before you’ve even started, it’s
something to keep in the back of your mind.

If you manage to build a successful brand and have trouble
keeping up with demand for your products on your own, you’ll
eventually have to outsource your production to some type of
factory or manufacturer. They could be based locally or
overseas depending on your preferences and requirements, we
recommend doing your research between the two options. Check
out these resources:

It’s likely you won’t need to outsource your production
immediately, so don’t rush into finding a manufacturer to help
scale your business. Start making your products yourself, build
your business from home and work out your own processes and
systems before you outsource to anyone else. This will help you
develop and solidify your brand, work out quality control
expectations and be able to respond to customer feedback
quickly.

Conclusion

We hope this roundup of 30+ products you can make yourself and
sell from home has given you inspiration into the types of
businesses you have the ability to start from scratch and build
with whatever materials, skills and techniques you have
available to you. Building a business can be accessible, low
cost and high quality if you invest where it makes sense and
stay bootstrapped where it’s necessary.

There are so many useful resources online for creators, so do
your research, be thorough and take time to learn and
experiment. The more experience you have the better your
products will be and online resources can help get you there.
Don’t worry about scaling too much at the beginning, just focus
on creating great products, building a solid brand and reaching
out to your target customers. By creating your own products and
building your business from home you have the ability to run
your business how you choose to, whether that’s just as a side
hustle or if you eventually want to make it your full time job.
It’s up to you, just get started first.