DIY dollars for your pocket
Hiring professionals to get jobs done around the house may be convenient, but it also can set your budget back quite a bit. Instead, consider doing it yourself — not only to save big bucks but also to showcase your creativity. Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement is a major trend that will pay you back many times over.
Do-it-yourselfing is a hobby that many find relaxing, and can be good for the mind, body and soul. For an enjoyable diversion in your spare time, consider reinventing items around the house for a DIY project that you and the whole family can appreciate. Have an old dresser that could use a bit of TLC? Add a coat of paint in your favorite color and update hardware to make it look brand new. The once impressive chair that your parents passed down also may be in need of a makeover — find a fabulous fabric that matches your design style and use it to reupholster the seat for a fresh look. These projects not only will look good, but will provide a great sense of accomplishment every time you look at them.
By recycling items instead of buying brand new, you can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars. In addition, perusing through thrift shops can reveal hidden houseware gems with high potential. Adding your special, creative touch to these items will make them one-of-a-kind. Some home improvement tasks on your checklist also may be more feasible to DIY than you think. The closet shelves you’ve been pondering, or that patio flower garden you’ve dreamed of, can come to fruition in just a weekend, with a little research and the right supplies. However, for the more technical work such as plumbing, structural and electrical work, you may want to enlist a professional.
As social media surged in popularity over the last 10 years, so have independent businesses. Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook all provide a platform for self-promotion and many do-it-yourselfers have used this to their advantage to display their projects for sale. In addition to selling via social media, many opt to sell on websites such as Etsy or Ebay. These websites provide a win-win situation for both the consumer and the do-it-yourselfer, as the buyer often can request custom items for special occasions, typically unavailable at retail stores. Plus, the seller is able to earn cash based solely on their crafting talents.
Do-it-yourselfers also can expand their business and increase profit by creating a blog with tutorials on how they completed certain projects. It takes a lot of passion and patience, but if the website garners a sizable audience, bloggers can make a living from advertising and sponsorships on their site. Bloggers also may have the opportunity to partner with a corporation to use their product in various posts in exchange for compensation.
There are infinite reasons to venture down the DIY path. In addition to cost savings and the rewarding satisfaction of creating pieces on your own, there’s always potential to turn your passion into profit. For more inspiration, visit frogtape.com.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.