If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading the blog a while you will know that a lot of my side hustle income is generated from our Etsy shop, BebeMakes. Whenever someone asks me about a good side hustle they can start from home I will nearly always suggest at Etsy shop and people will nearly always reply, ‘oh I would but I’m not very creative/arty/crafty/can’t use photoshop’
Do you want me to tell you a big secret? Something that a lot of other crafters wont tell you? You don’t actually have to be arty or good at programmes like photoshop to run a creative business, you just need you machine of choice, a computer and access to a marketplace like the Design Bundles family of websites!
In our Etsy shop we sell all manner of personalized items and the hardest bit of the whole process is making sure that the vinyl is applied straight on the finished product! The design process is so straight forward, come up with an idea, mock it up and then, the thing that will set your product apart from everyone else’s is…the right font choice!
Don’t believe me? Let me show you
This is one of our most popular items, a personalized drinks bottle. It looks pretty simple and thats because it is! But what sets our designs apart from others is the fact that we use a nicer font! I’ve found that any time we sell an item that is personalized with a nice handwriting font then it sells so much better! Lets have a side by side look…
The fonts on the Left look fine, you can read the name and they are clear but the aren’t anything special. As soon as you go for a handwriting font like the ones on the right it instantly has more appeal (we have found this to be especially true when it comes to the wedding market, put something with ‘bridesmaid’ on it in a cursive or handwriting style font and you will sell it so much quicker!)
We find all of our fonts on the FontBundle website, there is so much choice because the fonts are created by independent designers and the best bit is that you can get commercial licenses for the fonts so you can use them on as many products as you like.
The website is really easy to navigate and you can also get access to some amazing font ‘bundles’ which save you a ton of money and give you more fonts that you’ll know what to do with. If you find a font designer who you really like you can click through to their profile and check out the rest of their work.
You can check out the full range of letters, symbols and accents in a font file before you purchase it just so that you can make sure it includes everything you need and then once purchased you’re able to download in tff. or oft. file formats meaning that they will work on whatever computer you use, we’ve got some of the fonts we used downloaded on a Mac and a PC and they all work perfectly.
With websites like FontBundles anyone can run a creative business sidehustle with little to no design experience!