Tips and Tricks on How to Make Money with xTool Laser Cutters
I have had an xTool laser cutter for about a year now and I absolutely love having it! I love creating things with my xTool machines and coming up with new ideas and designs. Since having my xTool, Being a creator and blogger, I get ask same question all the time, “Can you make money creating?” and I always answer it the same way, “Yes you can!”. Since having my laser cutter, I have been able to enough money to cover the cost of it and it’s supplies and then some. Now I won’t say that it was super easy and I was able to do it within a couple weeks of getting the machine. But I will say that it is possible to make money with xTool laser cutters and that anyone can do it!
In this post I am going to talk about the tricks and tips I use to make money with my xTool laser cutters. The two xTool machines I have and have used to make money are the xTool M1 and the xTool S1. xTool has so many different machines available, with different functions and features. Each one of the xTool machines has a laser but there are different kinds. Some of them have diode lasers and some have CO2 lasers, plus there are several different watts, ranging from 10W to 55W. If you are looking into making money with xTool, anyone of their machines will do the trick!
The majority of the projects I have made were with the xTool M1 10W. The M1 differs from the other machines because it has a blade in addition to the laser. With the blade, you can cut vinyl and heat transfer vinyl, so you can make signs and shirts in addition to cutting and engraving wood, metal and/or leather!
Alright let’s get to all the tips and tricks on how to make money with xTool.
Here is the first tip on how to make money with xTool laser cutters. One word sums it up: CUSTOMIZE.
Trying to make money by selling homemade crafts and projects can be pretty hard to do because you are competing against the whole internet. You have to be selling something that you can’t just go to the store and pick up and buy. Customization is the key to that. If you have a name like me, Kaysi, then you can’t just go to the store and pick something up with your name on it. I’ll never find my name on anything. There are so many ways to make custom gifts and crafts. Using first or last names is a great way to start! Here are the things that I have made and/or sold.
To add a little more pizzazz, I added lights to the back of it.
With customizing, each piece that you make will be different. It will take time and work, but worth it! Everyone loves a personalized, unique gift.
This next tip is the opposite of customization, use one or two designs and duplicate it on different items.
Creating local school spirit gear has been really good for making money because it’s not readily available, something that you can’t just go to the store and buy. I have had a lot of success making shirts and other fun things for all the schools that my kids go to, elementary, middle and high schools. Whenever I come up with a design, I try to make it so that it can be used for any school. I just change out the name of the school and the colors and just like that I have more spirit gear for another school, super easy!
There is a copyright issue when using school logos. When you create a design for a school, you have to have permission to use the logo. If you don’t have permission, then you should not use it. That is why I create design like these instead with the school logos. Plus it’s easier to use it for multiple schools this way.
I made up a couple designs for our high school’s music department. From one design I was able to make shirts, beanies, jewelry, water bottles and much more all with the xTool.
For the beanie, I engraved a leather patch and then sewed it onto a beanie.
You can see a full tutorial on how to do that here.
I also made jewelry with one of the designs.
The 20W laser of the S1 made engraving metal a breeze. You can see how to engrave jewelry here.
Here is another example of how you can use the same design but change it up a little to fit another club or school. I made the same band design for orchestra and choir.
Another tip I have for making money with xTool is to not be afraid to think outside of the box. I’ve talked about how you are competing with the whole internet, so you may have to come up with something unique or special. I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: it has to be something that you can’t just go buy at a store. People won’t want to buy something from you if they can go buy it from a store. You need to wow them some how. This may be one of the hardest tips because there isn’t an easy answer to it and it may take some work. Here are a few examples of projects that I thought outside of the box and that are pretty unique.
There are many other ways to make money with xTool, these tips are what have worked best for me. It’s always nice to find your niche and go from there. If you are wanting to make money by selling handmade things, xTool is a great machine to have. The machines are affordable and you can do so much with them! Plus, if you ever want some inspiration, you can always check out all of my tutorials using xTool :).
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