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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just do it. Set up a store, set up an Instagram and spread the word!
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.
You can find my blog at http://thriftylondoner.com/
Etsy Instagram https://www.instagram.com/teepartyclothing/
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!
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