Do you already make custom jewelry, decorative home items or other handmade products for sale or gift giving? 

The Craft Entrepreneurship course at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, set for Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 3 and 6 will teach people how to start an online shop for this unique line of handcrafted items. In partnership with Etsy, a leader in e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, the Hudson Library & Historical Society offers these free classes to help craft makers establish an online business.

The classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the Feb. 3 class from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. People should commit to 12 hours of classes, have at least one handmade craft item ready to sell and have an idea for a related line of products. People cannot have made any sales on Etsy prior, and must have a credit card and checking account. People must have a computer to access and internet connection.

To minimize startup costs, students will be given the opportunity to list 20 items for sale for free on

The classes at the Hudson Library will be taught by instructor Karen Koch, a local mixed media artist who has extensive experience with using Etsy to sell and promote her art. Koch studied studio art and majored in drawing at Denison University. Her studio, Life Needs Art, located inside of Uncommon Art, features modern art inspired by nature and nostalgia.

Interested students will need to fill out an application on the Hudson Library & Historical Society’s website at Applications are due Jan. 1, 2018.

The Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.