Patti always had a talent for and interest in design and spent most of her professional life as a graphic designer for a number of companies and organizations. From an early age on, she was also a avid sewist and two years ago she took the plunge and combined her passions and talents and started designing and sewing her own line of linen home products and home decor items and selling these handmade items.
The channel she is using for sales currently is Etsy where she runs a small shop; other channels such as arts and crafts fairs will follow in the near future.
In our interview Patti talks about her process of creating, where her inspirations come from and how much time it takes to run a one-woman shop and do everything from product conception to design, manufacturing, marketing, customer relations and finally shipping by herself. Despite all the hard work she puts in, one can’t help but getting the impression that she really enjoys her work.
Whether you are looking to make selling your own work a job or a part-time opportunity to make a bit of money on the side: have a listen to Patti and be inspired to get started!
Etsy is an online platforms where people can sell their own creations, art and crafts. If you want to check it out further please click here.
You can find Patti’s Store Heart Made Linens Gifts here.
There are other ways to sell your creations online, for example
- CafePress, a site offers print-on-demand service
- Zazzle, a site to upload your designs and then have products with that design manufactured for you
- ArtFire, another site to sell handmade items, well-known for jewelry and works with Amazon’s wish list
These are the top 3 site of a list of 40 alternatives to Etsy that can be found here.
This interview and the show notes do not mean to be an endorsement of one online marketplace for handmade items over another. If you are interested in selling your own products online please do some research and find out which platforms works best for you.
I do not receive any compensation from Etsy directly or from any seller on that platform or from any other of the online marketplaces mentioned!