Creating can be time consuming, but the process is satisfying. One thing that I have found is that spin-off products naturally occur in the handmade industry. Create one mitten, and the next thing you know, you have matching hats and scarves.
I found this type of creating not only enjoyable, but profitable. The new product might create a new revenue stream for you.
Here is an example of what I mean by that:
I purchased commercial rights to one peacock image and that one image led to several products. Originally, I had selected the peacock for my thimble designs, but it was so pretty that I added it to a pair of earrings, which lead to a bracelet, which lead to a keyring. I am sure that I have a small necklace with this image somewhere, too.
As you can see, there are multiple markets for one design, and they do not always have to be related. I can reach several types of unrelated buyers with the same image. A spin-off product helps you open new streams of revenue.
If you want to know where I go for my art, here is the link to the Creative Market. There is much more than just images; you can buy fonts, backgrounds, templates and anything else creative. They have a freebie Friday, so sign up for your freebies.
If you’re looking for a place to host your new handmade website, try Shopify. I have been with them for seven plus years, and I couldn’t ask for a better ecommerce platform. I’ve been selling online since 1996 and have always built my own sites. I don’t do that anymore with Shopify. I no longer have to spend all my time trying to figure out the latest technology; it’s already done for me, so all I do is sell now.
Indiemade is a platform for handmade if you are not interested in Shopify. I have several handmade friends on Indiemade who have been there for years. Indiemade is responsive and has a lot of perks for a small platform.
Have your own artwork that you’d like to put onto mugs, posters, t-shirts, etc.? I use Printify for all of my print on demand products! Click here to read this post on how to start your own website using print on demand.