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Friday, April 23, 2021

How to Make Money with a Cricut Machine

Ever wondered if you could make money using your Cricut machine? Find out how it's possible in this post!

How to Make Money with a Cricut Machine

I'll be the first to admit that crafting is NOT cheap, but it sure is a lot of fun! If you're anything like me, I create just a little too much sometimes and end up with multiple finished projects that need a good home. At this point, have you ever considered selling your work? If you're interested in making money using your Cricut machine, you're in luck! I'm here to do my best to answer your questions and to share some advice to help you be successful.

Find Your "Why"

There are a lot of reasons to want to make money with your Cricut. The most important thing to think about before getting started is your "why", and will it be worth it?
  • It's a great way to justify the amount invested in a Cricut machine.
  • It's always nice to make some extra income!
  • Maybe you see something in the store or online and think, "I can make that!"
  • Maybe you absolutely love creating with your machine and want to do it full-time!
  • SO many more reasons!!

Once you have decided WHY you want to get started, there are some important factors to think about before starting your new business. 

Copyright + Licensing

Disclaimer: I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, so this is NOT actual legal advice.

Copyright infringement is one of the biggest mistakes people make, and will ultimately cost you HUGE in the long run. There are three options I would recommend to keep your business from getting into trouble:

Cricut Design Space Disney

1. Sign up for Cricut Access: With Cricut Access, you have unlimited use of over 100,000 images and 500+ fonts available in the design library. Before selling items made with Cricut Access images and fonts, I would recommend reading through the Cricut Angel Policy carefully. A few important things to note:
  • Most Cricut Access images are included
  • Sell up to 10,000 items using Cricut images
  • Do NOT sell the individual images
  • Include a copyright notice with your projects
  • You CANNOT sell items with licensed content (Disney, Marvel, Hello Kitty, etc).

2. Purchase Commercial Use Cut Files: Before using a cut file for an item you want to sell, be sure to check that the license is for commercial use (as opposed to personal use) and read through the commercial use license to see what is covered. Many designers have images available as personal use licenses, but offer a commercial use license for an additional fee. Check out my collection of commercial use cut files!

3. Create Your Own Cut Files: There are so many ways to create your own cut file images, and it's actually a lot of fun! I personally use my iPad, Procreate (app), and my Apple Pencil to create a lot of images, but also use programs on my computer. Since you are able to upload multiple file types into Cricut Design Space (svg, jpg, png, dxf), you can use a few different programs to design cut files (i.e., PicMonkey, Inkscape, and Canva).

What's Your Specialty?

"So Loved" Cut File

I'm the kind of crafter that likes to dabble in everything. However, if you are wanting to run a business, it's a good idea to narrow down the types of items you want to sell to maybe one or two items to start with. Take some time to find what you LIKE to create, and if it is something that will bring you a profit. Figure in costs of supplies, shipping costs, and how much time you need to put into it. 

Do what you do, and do it well. Once you've made a decision, practice your craft until you have a consistent, high quality product. Bonus points if you can come up with a way to add your own creative touch to the project to make it unique and stand out from the crowd!

Looking for Project Inspiration?

Get the wheels turning for money-making inspiration using each of the Cricut machines! There are so many creative ideas - the possibilities are endless!!

Make Money with a Cricut Joy

The Cricut Joy might be the smallest in the Cricut machine family, but you can create so many amazing products using this mighty machine! I've picked just a few of my favorites to get you thinking:

Phone Cases - Laura's Crafty Life
Cards - Happy Go Lucky
Car Decals - Jennifer Maker
Organization Labels - The Homes I Have Made
Tumblers - Happiness is Homemade

Make Money with a Cricut Explore

There are SO many options when crafting with the Cricut Explore machine. It can cut multiple materials, and is so easy to use!

Paper Flower Wreaths - Artsy-Fartsy Mama
Stickers - 100 Directions
Shirts - Artsy-Fartsy Mama
Vinyl Home Decor - Lydi Out Loud
Doormat - Karley Hall

Make Money with a Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker is the ultimate crafting machine! There are so many incredible items you can make to sell using this machine, and it's pretty exciting!!

Leather Earrings - Happy Go Lucky
Cosmetic Bag - Crafting in the Rain
Engraved Keychains - Doodlecraft
Name Puzzles - The Chic Country Cottage
Home Sign - Everyday Jenny

Where to Sell?

There are many ways and places to sell your Cricut-created items to start making money!

Piggy Bank

Here are just a few options to start marketing your handmade products for your new business:
  • Word of Mouth
  • Craft Fairs
  • Local/Handmade Facebook Groups
  • Personal Website, Facebook/Instagram Page
  • Etsy

I wish you the best of luck in your new business endeavors, and as always, I am here if you have any questions at all regarding your Cricut machine! I would love to hear if you own a Cricut machine, if you sell items made with a Cricut, or have any other tips and tricks that I might have left out.

How to Make Money with a Cricut Machine

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