The Best DIY Business Ideas to Embark on in 2021

Due to the globalization of the business world and the ongoing pandemic, many individuals are coming up with DIY business ideas to build a passive stream of income for themselves. The more you can make income independently, without relying on the full-time, conventional form of employment, the more you can move towards financial freedom. It has become a norm for young and old people to look into popular things to make and sell.

With the availability of website builders and tools, it has become relatively more accessible than before for anyone who has DIY business ideas to start an online DIY business.

As everyone struggles to increase sales with DIY business these days, let’s discuss 10 great DIY business ideas.

10 Great DIY Business Ideas for 2021

1. Furniture Makeover or Home Decor

Making and selling home decor as a DIY business has been a trend since 2017. Individuals interested in home decor and furniture makeovers learn the required skills by watching Pinterest posts and YouTube videos and start off on their initiative. Rustic style or farmhouse has mainly been popular among things to make and sell online. Those creative in coming up with DIY business ideas find cheap materials for making furniture makeovers from online apps or local thrift stores and passionately work on their initiative. If they successfully get a good number of sales, they also often become a YouTuber to further promote their products by teaching their DIY skills to others in Youtube videos.

2. Greeting Cards

Among the most fantastic DIY business ideas is to become a greeting card maker. Many people have hidden card creativity that can be unleashed by designing your own cards at home and selling them online through a simple online store.

Making greeting cards requires minimum material and can be made in various designs if you have creative talent. They can be sold at competitive prices from either your own website or third-party sites like Shopify and Etsy.

Besides the usual greeting cards for holidays, birthdays, and major life events, you can get more creative and offer cards for pets, such as dog cards. The image below is a screenshot from a website selling puppy milestone cards, rescue dog cards, and naughty dog cards.

A DIY website screenshot selling dog cards

Image taken from Strikingly user’s website

3. Artificial Jewelry and Accessories

If you are into jewelry and accessories, there are specific DIY business ideas that you can cash on from the jewelry industry. Nowadays, a jewelry business can be run entirely from a website. And if it is a DIY business, you don't even need a jewelry supplier, as you will be making the jewelry you sell on your own.

Designing and creating your own jewelry is not so difficult if you have a passion for it. You can use beads and other simple supplies to design different necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Decorate them with your favorite kinds of artificial stones, and you are ready to go. You can find all the supplies you need either online or at a craft store in your locality.

In Strikingly, you can build an elegant jewelry website, and sell your jewelry from there. Our features allow you to upload quality photographs, select suitable payment gateways to accept credit card payments from customers, and showcase your products beautifully on your home page.

4. Handmade Pillow Covers and Cushion Cases

These are among the trending things to make and sell. Some people are into stitching and embroidery, but they don’t exactly like to stitch clothes. They are more interested in doing DIY business with pillow casings, bed covers, children’s blouses, belts, and table runners.

If you get more creative, you can utilize services like Redbubble to upload the designs that you make and print on pillow covers, cushion cases, and other products. You can also choose to customize casings with people’s names for selling them to specific customers. Either way, this is one of those fun DIY business ideas that you wouldn’t feel like stopping once you start, even if you don’t get many customers right away. Remember, a good product photography is the key to getting your first few customers for an online DIY business.

Screenshot of a Strikingly user's site selling DIY cushion covers

Image taken from Strikingly user’s website

5. Scented Candles

The list of things to make and sell while you’re at home continues with home decor items like scented candles. Scented candles are popular among the kind of products people like to purchase online from Amazon and Etsy. The basic supplies needed to make scented candles can be found at local stores, and creative candle designs with different aromas can be prepared from the comfort of your home.

6. Homemade Soaps and SPA Products

For those interested in the beauty and cosmetics industry, it is not difficult to come up with SPA-related DIY business ideas. Just like scented candle makers do, you can combine a few basic ingredients and scents to prepare homemade soaps. Homemade soaps often come in creative shapes and designs. When you are running a DIY business, there is no limit to your creativity. Have fun molding the customizable materials into different fun soap shapes, and sell your soaps through a well-designed ecommerce website.

7. Knitted and Woven Items

There are tons of handwoven items that you can make and sell through an online store. These are so rare that you wouldn’t even face much competition and be able to set the prices in such a way that you can make a good profit margin. DIY business ideas for knitted and woven items include making blankets, sweaters, baskets, wallets, hats, gloves, scarves, mufflers, table cloths, mats, and rugs.

Screenshot of a Strikingly user's site selling woven and knit products

Image taken from Strikingly user’s website

8. Abstract Art and Paintings

Do you make really nice paintings but never pursued art as a career? This is the time for you to take advantage of your creative skills. Build your own painting studio at home and sell your paintings online. Glass painting is also a good option.

DIY business ideas like this need to be embarked upon as soon as you think of them. If you feel like making paintings, go for it and upload them over the internet. See if anyone shows interest. Upload them on your social media profiles as well. Spread the word about your new DIY business, and who knows when you start making sales.

9. Home Baked Bread and Cakes

Some DIY business ideas are delicious, such as baking bread at home and taking orders online. If you enjoy baking, you can even take orders for making birthday cakes and selling them to the people within your locality. This could be a fun DIY business. You can try out different recipes to come up with different flavors of bread and cakes. Once you have a whole series of recipes that you have practiced enough, you can prepare a menu and post it on your website and social media profiles.

Tools like Strikingly enable you to keep track of all your orders in an organized way. When you are selling perishable products like bread, you need to know the status of every order you get to deliver to each customer on time.

Screenshot of a website selling homemade bread

Image taken from Strikingly user’s website

10. Photography

You can build an in-house photography studio and sell your photography through a simple photography website. Just like there are so many DIY business ideas, you can develop so many different kinds of photography ideas. If you are into landscape, you can do landscape photography. If you like to explore other cultures and lifestyles, consider lifestyle photography.

Photography used to be an expensive hobby, but now you can do DIY photography with relatively cheaper devices. For example, you can experiment with pinhole photography. This means you capture images without using a camera lens. You figure out other creative ways to capture the light, such as coffee tins and matchboxes.

You can even begin by taking photos with your smartphone. Once you grow your business and get some good clients, you can invest in a DSLR camera and take your DIY business to the next level.

Screenshot of a photography studio website built in Strikingly

Image taken from Strikingly user’s website

Selling DIY Products Using Strikingly's Simple Store

Strikingly allows you to set up a simple store section on your website. We provide you with feature-rich tools that not only enable you to upload your product photos, but divide them into categories, showcase them on your site’s home page, and sell them online by selecting suitable payment gateways.

We also provide you with an order management feature that enables you to keep track of your orders and payments. If you make and sell different product versions, you can add options for different sizes and colors on the product page.

With Strikingly, you will have the option to change the language at the checkout page so that your store is customized for selling to customers from different locations. If you are making international sales, you can set up international shipping rates.

Once your online store is ready, don’t forget to create a subscription form to collect the email addresses of your site visitors. You can then send out newsletters to your subscribers to keep them informed about your upcoming products. Sending newsletters also keeps your customers reminded about your DIY business.

If you have any DIY business ideas and want to implement them, you need to first build a website in Strikingly. It is very convenient to sell your products from your very own online store instead of relying on third-party ecommerce sites like Amazon, e-Bay, or Etsy.

Strikingly is a website builder that enables you to develop and maintain an e-commerce site of your own, where you can update your products and edit your content any time you like. It is fun to carry out a DIY business when you have a mechanism to do everything on your own from the comfort of your house. Our features allow you to manage everything from setting product prices and handling orders to tracking site traffic and interacting with your customers from your Strikingly dashboard and editor. Moreover, our support staff is always available through our live chat feature to help you out with any issues you might face in implementing your DIY business ideas through your Strikingly website.