I’ve met so many people who turned their favorite hobby into profit. So I want to just touch on some tools that might be helpful!***
As the introduction says, I have met so many people that have taken their favorite hobby and turned into a way to make some money. I think that’s fantastic. I also know it can be tricky trying to do it “right.” I don’t really know a whole lot about business, but I know there are lots of resources out there. Some of these I use, others I have just heard of, but think would be great to try.
So for those of you who, like myself, monetize your craft but are lost in some areas, maybe these can be of use to you!
Using a site to host your own site is such a breeze and an easy, inexpensive way to get a presence. I say “other platforms” because there are so many to choose from, so look around.
Canva is a website that creates free fliers, documents, Pinterest or Facebook images, banners, etc. for whatever you need. They have fonts, backgrounds, designs, and the opportunity to upload your own photos. I use it all the time.
Pixlr is like a knock-off Photoshop. It’s free (just have to deal with some ads), and you can edit photos to your heart’s content.
This website is the bomb. This site provides tons of free stock photos under the Creative Commons license (meaning that in most cases, you can use the photo for commercial use and don’t have to credit a source). There are many stock photo sites, but I like this one, so I’m going to recommend it.
Moo is this neat little website that helps turn all that your business is into paper: business cards, flyers, pamphlets, etc. It’s at the top of my list.
Fresh Books is a popular accounting software: tracks sales, expenses, prints reports for different times, sends invoices, etc. I’ve yet to try it, but it’s always on my radar.
Tax Act/Other similar site
If you’re just starting out, you might not have an accountant or are friends with one. Sites like Tax Act can help you manage your taxes, depending on what you’re filing as (contractor, self-employed, etc.) It’s an option if taxes aren’t your thing, but there are lots of great sources for tax help. Just do your research! I personally am friends with a CPA, so I haven’t used a tax service, but it might be right for you.
Ship station is a software designed for online retailers that helps you manage your shipments. I’ve never used them as a seller, but as a buyer, I’ve been a part of it. From what I can tell, it seems to be a great system. You can use pretty much any carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) to ship your products and keep track of them.
Asana is a scheduling system, perfect for teams. Also, haven’t used it, because we don’t have much of a “team” (it’s just a handful of us), but for bigger teams that might not be in the same location or can easily get in touch, it’s good for project management.
I hope these can help get some of y’all going in the right direction. I know this post isn’t for everyone, but I know some folks in my circle that could use this information. Hopefully others can, too!
***Images/logos are not mine. I don’t own them or have any part in them whatsoever, nor did I in anyway edit or change them. I just wanted some visuals for readers , visuals that I myself could not just “get.” I found them from the following sites via Google Image search:
WordPress logo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oakleyfamily/4919659112 (Photo by Phil Oakley)
Canva logo: https://twitter.com/canva (Twitter profile picture)
Pixlr logo: https://pixlr.com/web
Moo logo: https://www.moo.com/us/about/moo-promise.html
Freshbooks logo: https://www.zendesk.com/apps/support/freshbooks/
Tax Act logo: https://twitter.com/taxact (Twitter profile picture)
ShipStation logo: https://www.shipstation.com/
Asana logo: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asana-organize-tasks-work/id489969512?mt=8 (weirder source, but gave me a better image!)