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31 July 2012 @ 09:17 am
How do you do it?  
Does anyone do extra things on the side to earn cash? Like having an etsy shop or ebay or such? Please share your wisdom and knowledge. Such as:

What do you sell?
What's your approach?
Do you earn anything?
Is it worth the effort?
Cleo the Muse: beady queencleothemuse on July 31st, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
I make and sell jewelry on the side... the making part I'm good at, the selling part? Not so much. I've sold only one piece directly from my Etsy shop, though I had someone visit my site from it and order some jewelry not-listed on Etsy.

That said, Etsy's a pretty inexpensive way to sell handmade stuff. They charge a small fee ($.25 or less) to list an item, then take a small percentage of the sale price if it sells.

I've also sold some of my jewelry at craft fairs and to acquaintances (and gotten some commission orders, too), but overall, I'd say I haven't earned back what I've put into it. Since I've always considered myself a jewelry hobbyist, I'm okay with that; I'd be making jewelry even if I wasn't selling it.

I also have a CafePress store, with a half-dozen designs. So far that's netted me only about $20 in proceeds, but with no cost to me. Having Photoshop, Illustrator, and the skills to use them helps, but it's not necessary.

I have never done home-show sales things, but I had a sister who sold Mary Kay and another sister who sold Southern Living At Home. The Mary Kay venture was a waste of time, and while the SLAH gig brought in spare cash, it was expensive to start, and hard to find people willing to book a party ("Southern Living does PARTIES?")

All independent sales ventures, whether online or off, become successful two ways: lots of time and money, and luck. You have to advertise, promote, and be ready to act at a moment's notice. The luck factor, of course, is completely arbitrary, and is often required even if you HAVE been working hard on advertising, promoting, etc.

Bottom line: You get back what you put in. As a "side venture", most of these things are never going to be more than extra spending money. If you're struggling along, they might be enough to help you make ends meet, but you can't rely on them for the rent.
Ash: Barbie & Kendvshipper on August 1st, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info!!
Yeah, I was mostly looking for something that could just bring me a little mad money. I've been doing etsy for about a year and have only sold one thing. :/ Cafepress is a totally good idea! I had completely forgotten that you could host stuff there.