No matter how old you get, hobbies are incredibly important. Hobbies enrich our lives. They grow our skills, help us build confidence and build new neural pathways in our brains, helping our brains to stay young and healthy regardless of our years… All while giving us a sense of true purpose and fulfilment and allowing us to feel like ourselves in a way that our day jobs rarely allow. Making time to indulge your creative mind can be difficult when you work full time and have kids to look after, but no matter how hectic your schedule, you owe it to yourself to spend an hour a day or so doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.
Not only can your hobby be a wonderful activity, it can also be an enjoyable and rewarding way to make money. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology people all over the world are making money alongside their day wage (or even replacing their day wage) by peddling their wares in the enormous marketplace that is the internet. If you yearn to turn your passion into a side hustle, it really can be easier than you’d think...
Build a portfolio
Firstly, it’s time to prove that anyone can be an artist. Building a portfolio of work will not only help you to hone your craft and find your voice creatively, it will help you stand out from the amateurs and chancers looking to make a quick buck. Whether you turn your talents to crafts, graphic design, painting or photography, you must have a healthy body of work to be taken seriously.
By the time you’ve built up a substantial body of work, you’ll know which works are worthy of selling and which you should keep to document your growth as a creative.
Choose a platform
When you have your portfolio of work assembled, you need to choose the right platform to enable you to sell your work quickly and easily while enabling you to keep enough of the money to make the process of selling worthwhile. You’ll also need a reliable courier like Shiply to ensure that your items (even large or heavy items) reach your customers intact. There are numerous options open to you;
- eBay- Quick and easy to use, with a potentially massive potential market for your work. There’s also a lot of competition and more fees than…
- Etsy- Etsy is the go to site of choice for those who want to buy and sell art but while it also brings with it a huge market, there’s also a lot of competition. Plus Etsy’s search algorithms make it hard for new artists to get noticed.
- Shopify- Many people who struggle with Etsy have found success with Shopify. You can even port your inventory from Etsy over to Shopify quickly and easily.
- Your own online shop- If you’re prepared to put in the time, effort and money to build your own online shop you’ll be able to keep more of your earnings… But you’ll have to grow your own audience.
Being active on social media is a great way to grow your audience while engaging with a wonderful and supportive community of your fellow artists. Post pictures of your work in progress as well as any items you have for sale. You should also start up a blog allowing your followers to peek behind the curtain of your creative efforts, so that others can learn to better their craft through your endeavors. You’ll organically grow a market of appreciative repeat customers.