Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience, marketing, Poetry

More Than A Writer

IMG_20180905_191932I named this the “Life As A Writer” blog because this website focuses mostly on my career as a freelance writer – but that’s not all I do. I am more than a poet. I am more than an author. I am more than a freelance writer. I am more than someone who puts creativity into stories, and more than someone who turns the written word into art.

I am an artist. I am a crafter. I am a creative soul.

This year I have slowly, and progressively, been launching The Art Of Dreams And Divination. This is a small business that combines my love for arts and crafts with my passion for divination and spirituality. I do dream interpretations, make dream catchers, and handmake divination items… and so much more!

I have a few items up in my Etsy shop, sold a good amount of items at the Indie Flea Market in October (a local Grand Rapids event that hosts local artists and crafters), and I signed a lease for a 6 month spot at a new shop opening up early 2019 in Hudsonville, MI. I plan to do more… but it takes time.

book_coverNot only do I work with numerous clients each day, but I also have to find time to work on my books and my crafts. This means organizing my time and giving into the creativity bug when it bites!

I love to write – but I also love all things creative. No matter how many times I’ve tried to only be a writer, I always find myself lost in other creative pursuits as well.

Welcome to the life of a creative entrepreneur!

Posted in art, marketing, selling

Making Money Online (and Off)

There are all sorts of places to make money online (and off). It really depends on what you’re selling, or what you want to make to sell.

When it comes to selling online and creating things that I also want to sell, there are a few sites that I like to go to. There are also some options out there where you can share your smarts (in a way) and make some money.

Selling

If you have stuff to sell, there are endless online options. I stick with one site. Mainly because that site has worked for me in the past and because I don’t like to spread myself too thin online. I’d rather stick with one online sales outlet and then spread my product out offline, locally.

That one site that I use is Etsy. Here is a link to my shop – Glass Goat Publishing. Etsy has fees. There is a standard fee for posting items and a fee when your item sells. Your stuff is up for a limited time, but you get a lot of benefits with an Etsy shop – including the fact that people like to shop there. Etsy is strictly for vintage, handmade, and craft supplies.

Worth looking into – Etsy isn’t the only place you can sell. I’ve heard good things about the Facebook Marketplace, though I haven’t tried it out yet. You can try eBay. There are also sites that connect with your own website (or stand-alone) that cost a monthly fee, like Shopify. That’s a good one IF you already have a steady stream of regular clientele. Opting for any of these sites opens up the ability for you to sell anything you want, whether or not it’s handmade or vintage.

Earning

Want to make some money even when you’re not doing direct sales? You can try to earn funds to launch a new product or new business on a crowdfunding site – like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. The newest fad is Patreon, however.

On Patreon people sign up to pay you a monthly fee for something in return (as little as a thank you on social media to as much as something cool in the mail each month or every few months). I am on my second Patreon. My first was somewhat successful, but I stopped doing that “business” and launched something new.

There’s no charge to get on Patreon, though they do take a cut when someone becomes a paid Patron. Here’s a link to my Patreon, so you can take a look around.

Making

Whether you want to make posters, bookmarks, stickers, or something even cooler; there are all sorts of options online for creating marketing style materials. I have two favorites.

My main go-to for marketing items (whether I’m selling them or giving them away) is Vistaprint. It’s where I buy all of my business cards and it’s where I order posters when I need them for selling/signing/author events.

I recently ordered bumper stickers and bookmarks from them and was extremely impressed. I also get cards and postcards from them that sell well.

The other site I like and sometimes use, which is similar to Vistaprint in some ways (but offers so much more) is Zazzle. You can make wrapping paper, material with your own art on it, and tons of other cool things. It’s not cheap, but they make quality items. I’ve ordered buttons and stickers from them, and they never disappoint.

 

Where do you like to sell, earn, and make online? Where should I be looking? What am I missing out on?