Sometimes you have to think outside the box to find the side hustle that works for you- and my personal favourite side hustle that I’ve ever done is starting a craft business. Making money with a craft business can be very lucrative, especially if you branch out to selling your products online, and open a shop on a platform like Etsy. If you have a creative bone in your body, a craft business is likely to be a side hustle that you enjoy doing, and get a real satisfaction from. But, the good news is, you don’t have to have to be skilled in a craft in order to start a profitable craft business.
The rise of ethical and sustainable fashion means that craft businesses are now thriving more than ever, so there’s no time like the present to get started with your own. Clothing businesses on Etsy are going from strength to strength, and one particular thing that stands out is embroidery. Embroidery has been popular choice for adding some personality to clothing for the last few seasons, and shows no sign of slowing down.
You don’t need to spend your time stitching, and you don’t need to be a dab hand with a needle and thread to start an embroidery clothing business. You can look further afield for some help with your side hustle. That’s where embroidery digital designs come in. You can find thousands of pre-made digital designs which means that instead of spending hours pondering each design, and hours of labour on each item, you can add a design to an item of clothing in minutes using an embroidery machine.
The worst part of the creative process is having ‘writers block’ or perhaps, in this situation, ‘crafters block’- where you can’t think of the perfect new design to introduce into your store. However, you can never be short of inspiration when you have access to thousands of digital embroidery designs- saving you valuable thinking time in the long run. With a resource like this, it is easier to stock a wide range of products in your online store- from children’s clothing to fun accessories for pets.
When you start a side-hustle alongside a full time job, your time is limited and so it’s important to create products which you can make efficiently at a high quality. If you needed to embroider 5 tshirts every evening after finishing your day job, you could easily achieve this using a digital embroidery design. However, if you needed to embroider 5 tshirts every evening by hand, this would be almost impossible.
Using digital designs means that you can spend your time working on promoting your business and looking for new opportunities, instead of on labour for the products. Your time will be better spent on great photography, engaging social media posts and on building your audience. This means that you can get a head start on your competitors and grow your business quickly, and perhaps even turn your small craft business into a full time venture- and isn’t that the dream for every entrepreneur?!