Looking for some ways to make extra money this summer? If you’re the crafty type, you can put your talents to work and turn a side hobby into a side income. And who knows? If you dedicate yourself, it may even become your full-time business!
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Candlemaking is a relaxing and fun way to spend your free time. It’s also a great way to earn a side income. You’d need to invest a decent amount of money up front for equipment (I think I spent between $100-$200 for all supplies in my candlemaking days). But if you’re good at it, you can sell them for around $15 a pop depending on the type of candle.
You’ll want to study up on candlemaking before you begin. Potential pitfalls you may run into include problems like your wick burning faster than your candle and your candle not smelling how you imagined it. Or smelling at all.
But if you can nail down your formulas, you can make a variety of different candle products like votives, jar candles, and wax melts.
You can even go a step further and decorate your candles and jars, or hustle candle holders.
Sites to help you get started include:
2. Board Signs
If you’re any good at calligraphy (or want to learn), board signs are a very popular home decoration many women are after. That rustic barn house look is super popular right now. Especially on Pinterest (*cough* *cough* Etsy shop *cough* *cough*). Board signs are a fun and crafty way of earning you a side income.
Think of different phrases and designs you can make that will stand out among the sea of board signs. You could always go with the cheesy common phrases like Love Lives Here, or Live Laugh Love, but to make your board signs really shine, think of some clever, but unique catchphrases.
You could also host a board sign party where you serve wine and appetizers to your guests while they view your collection. Or throw them up in your local Facebook Marketplace to avoid online shipping fees.
If you’re interested in learning how to create these gorgeous board signs, check out Board and Brush. They host workshops all across the country to teach people the craft.
You could go as simple or as intricate as you want with this one. You could be the girl people go to for cute and unique bracelets and earrings. Or you could be a vendor at a festival and charge a few hundred dollars for detailed wraps and rings.
Of course, practice makes perfect and you’ll have to start at the bottom if you’re new to jewelry-making. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your beginner pieces and continue to charge more the better you become.
This is another great Etsy product as people like to visit to find unique fashion accessories. You may find some loyal repeat customers in this niche.
Some great jewelry making blogs to follow include:
4. Screen Printed Items
Of course, you’ll need to invest in a screen printer if you don’t already have one, but this is a great way to earn a side income. The sky’s the limit with the different designs and pieces you can make. You may even end up starting your own clothing line!
You could be the girl people go to for event shirts, holiday and birthday gifts. Or if they’re simply looking for some new pieces for their closet or bedroom.
Need help learning how to screen print? Check out these blogs to get started:
5. Repurposed Furniture
This is another fun money-making hobby that won’t cost you much to startup.
All you need is some paint supplies, old furniture, and any extra parts (like knobs and handles) you want to add.
This is a great way to earn a side income if you have time to spare, but not much money to invest in the beginning.
If you don’t already have any furniture to paint, drive around to see if you can find any furniture people may be throwing away. Or hit up your local thrift stores or garage sales to see what they’ve got for sale. You may find some gems for next to nothing!
Get some serious repurposing inspiration and how-tos with these blogs:
Are you interested in graphic design? Offer up your services to businesses and individuals looking for help with their logos and brand design.
You could even start a website and sell custom brand kits to bloggers and other online marketers.
If you’d rather sell your designs in person, rent out a booth at a festival or flea market to sell your artwork.
People are always looking for help with graphic designs or finding cool digital masterpieces to hang on their walls.
Fiverr is also a great website to sell your services.
Is building and designing websites your passion? Start a freelance web design business and find clients who need your services.
Many businesses don’t have time or interest in learning all the ins and outs of web design. They’d much rather outsource the process so they can focus on more important business matters. If you have the skillset and can handle meeting deadlines and understanding your client’s vision, then this could be a very profitable and rewarding market to enter.
Given that a website is an important part of a business, potential clients will want to see your work to see if you’re a good match and know what you’re doing. You should already have your own website at the very least. But if you can start building a portfolio to share with possible clients, the better your chances are of scoring the job.
Starting a web design business is no joke. And being both organized and prepared is vital for your success. And your reputation.
If you’re serious about starting a web design business, check out Nesha Woolery’s course, podcast, and blog.
She knows the potential pitfalls you may experience and the frustrations and miscommunications that may arise between you and a client. Her course completely prepares you so you can confidently take on new projects without overloading yourself or losing a client. She’ll also walk you through all the programs and tools she uses for her own web design business.
8. Homemade Scrubs, Balms, Lotions, and Soaps
Do you love to pamper yourself and others? A great side hustle for those who love a little TLC and relaxation is selling homemade skin care products.
There’s just something special about buying crafted goat milk soap wrapped in a small ribbon that makes you feel like you’ve found a little hidden gem just for you. Or getting gifted a sugar scrub your friend found at a little boutique.
How cool would it be if you were the person people went to for these homey gifts?
You could make so many cool skin care products while making some extra money.
And, of course, you’ll want to experiment and put your products to the test. Which means extras for you!
Awesome blogs to follow for inspiration and recipes:
You can also learn how to formulate more than just scrubs and lotions with these books:
- A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation
- The Healing Power of Essential Oils
- Hello Glow
- Milk Soaps
- The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making
9. Kitchen and Home Decor
Are you a home decor DIYer? Why not turn your love for furnishing your home with handmade artwork into a money-making side hustle? You could go crazy with this!
You can really go whatever direction you want, but consider the season as you create. Home decorations like indoor planters or garden accessories can be a hit through the summer months. Or create useful items like spatula holders or iPad holders for the kitchen counter, which can be used year-round.
Get creative and start off small. See what items are selling the most and which ones aren’t. Create more of what’s selling quickly and nix those that don’t. Get customer feedback and offer to make items people request from you.
Not only will this allow you to enjoy creating new products more often, but you may end up with many return customers.
Check out Pinterest’s DIY Home Decor section for some inspiration on what to make.
10. Office Stationery
Bloggers, small business owners, and those who spend lots of time in an office want to be surrounded by nice office equipment. Sure, they could always shop Amazon or Target for cute office decor. Or they could accessorize their space with unique handmade pieces made by you!
A great way to sell office stationery is on Etsy. People are always looking there for decor that’s one-of-a-kind.
Do some research on all these sites to see what type of office decor is popular and focus on keyword research to help people find your products easier.
Selling Your Crafts
If you’re serious about starting your own shop, consider opening up your own Shopify store. You can get an e-commerce store up and running within a day and focus all your efforts on creating great products and promoting your site. Shopify cuts out all the technical work in starting a website.
However, if you don’t mind building your own website, you can install the Woocommerce plugin onto your WordPress website. But keep in mind you’ll have to find a hosting provider and pay for hosting your website. With Shopify, hosting is provided with any plan you choose.
All of these hobbies can be fun ways to earn a side income. And who knows, if you dedicate yourself to your craft and promotions, it may just become your full-time business.
Which hobby would you want to turn into a side income? Let me know below!
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