There are communities in many parts of the world where arts and crafts are still made by hand…and markets in other parts of the world ready to pay good money for them. Bringing them together is the perfect way to create an income for yourself while enjoying a life of travel or living overseas at a lower cost than back home.
Judy Miranda has been sourcing folk art in Latin America for years and selling it on for profit from her own stall at events across the U.S. Expats Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button found the low costs and local crafts of Nicaragua perfect for their online retail business.
John Stephenson heads up one of one of Colombia‘s most successful crafts export companies, Artesandinos, while Hannah and David Crouthamel enjoy a life of travel in the U.K. and China from where they import antique furniture to the U.S.
All of these people are tapping into the potential of this vast market. Globally, exports from traditional craft nations are on the rise. India exported $2 billion worth of handicrafts in 2012…the export of fine art and handicrafts from Vietnam is expected to surpass $2.5 billion this year…and shipments from the island paradise of Bali in Indonesia reached $202 million in 2012.
Some people dream about moving overseas and living their lives like this but Jonathon and Quinn found the courage to do it…at the age of 25. They had just embarked on corporate careers in California and decided the life was not for them.
Get Incomes Abroad to find out how they researched their plans and are now living the life they really want, in Nicaragua.
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Find out how the opportunities in handicrafts can be as small or expansive as you want them to be—depending on the effort you want to put in. You simply become the broker between artisan and retailer, ensuring that you make enough to pay yourself in the process.
“The amount of income depends on the amount of time you give your business and where you sell,” says Judy Miranda. “My business—Global Hands Artisans—is part-time, mostly selling at large weekend gift and craft shows, making up to several thousand dollars per show.
“I’m willing to drive reasonable distances to get to large shows that welcome fair trade importers. I love the challenges…the independence as a business owner…finding markets to sell the art…and, of course, the income.”
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