Side Hustling #3 – Tee Party

August 25, 2018

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It’s time for part 3 in my Side Hustling series.  This week we hear from a fellow money blogger about how she has turned her hobby into a successful side hustle.  Once again, I will leave it to the expert to explain all.


Tell us a little about yourself

I’m Laura, I’m a 25 year old Londoner and avid side-hustler.  I love a project and always have something going on alongside my day job as a Sales Manager. I have recently started my blog, thriftylondoner.com where I write about millennial personal finance, making and saving money, and making the most of your money in the capital.


What’s your side hustle?

My side hustle that I’m going to speak about is my t-shirt business, Tee Party, where I hand embroider personalised t-shirts and sell them on Etsy. Customers can either purchase my existing designs, or have the option to create something completely bespoke.


What was your motivation for starting?

I picked up some embroidery thread and a hoop one day and thought I would give it a go! After a colleague saw my hand embroidered t-shirt she asked if she could buy one for her friend and it all went from there! I decided to open up an Etsy store along with an Instagram page and the rest is history.


How much time do you put into it?

The t-shirts do take a lot of time to hand embroider, but my stitching has got quicker as time has gone on. I used to put a lot of effort into my Instagram page and creating new designs, but as I try to grow other side hustles (blogging and freelance writing) the business has taken a bit of a back seat. Last Christmas it felt like I was embroidering every spare hour of the day- luckily I love doing it! Nowadays I notice that orders usually come through around payday, so that is when I am busiest, I would say at the moment I spend around 2 hours a week on the business on average.


And what sort of money are you making?

In my first year I made around £800 profit, I was pleased with this as I love doing embroidery anyway- it is something that helps me unwind and you can do it whilst watching TV.


What’s the highlight been so far?

The highlight so far was The Connaught Hotel commissioning some hand embroidery.  I was blown away to work on some very special projects with them. Their bar is rated in the top 5 bars of the world so it was an honour to embroider some cocktail napkins for them. This project all came about through the power of Instagram – I would recommend the platform to anyone who has a craft business.


How about the biggest challenge?

I think the biggest challenge was realising that I had to slow things down with this business to put my focus on blogging and freelance writing which is where I am hoping my career will eventually go. It was a tough decision, but unfortunately hand embroidery is very time consuming and it is not something that is sustainable as a full time income.


What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

Just do it. Set up a store, set up an Instagram and spread the word!


What does the future hold for this venture?

I’m hoping that the orders continue to come through as they are doing now.  I love making some side-hustle money from a hobby that I am passionate about.


And where can we find you?

You can find my blog at http://thriftylondoner.com/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thriftylondoner/

Twitter https://twitter.com/thrifty_london

Etsy Instagram https://www.instagram.com/teepartyclothing/


Are you feeling inspired yet?

I am!  Laura has turned a hobby she loves into a profit.  Combining these two makes making money less of chore and more of a pleasure.  Well done Laura and good luck for the future!


Got more questions?  Comment below!


Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Third part in my series "Side Hustling." This edition comes from Laura who talks about how to make a profit from Etsy selling. #etsy #sidehustle #lookingafteryourpennies

16 responses to “Side Hustling #3 – Tee Party”

  1. Shannon says:

    I absolutely love hearing about all these different side hustle options! And embroidering t-shirts is such a fun and creative way to earn some extra cash!

  2. Ria Parikh says:

    Great initiative, keep it up!

  3. Jen @ Jenron Designs says:

    This is a fun idea for a weekly post, I love to hear about other peoples inspirations and what inspired them for a side hustle. It make me think of how I actually started the blog, which is now more of a career.

    • Charlotte Jessop says:

      There are so many great side hustles out there. I want people to know that there’s something for everyone. ?

  4. Lucy says:

    Wow what a great side hustle. Congratulations and I hope your success continues ?

  5. Sam says:

    great post! can’t wait to check out your site

  6. Tracy @ Cleland Clan says:

    I’d love to see some photos of Laura’s work. I’ll have to check out the links at the end. Embroidery takes so much time!

  7. Sophia Inza says:

    Now I’m curious to give this a try!! Thanks!

  8. Chris says:

    This is cool. I want to do a T-shirt Line as well. I will definitely check out your Etsy shop

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