Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Goals: My Little Cottage Industry

Developing secondary streams of income is one of my goals for 2018.  Since the first of the year I have been brainstorming, praying and thinking about how I could use my skills to create a secondary source of income.  I tossed around several things but always came back to the same thing so, after much prayer and preparation, on Friday of this week, I'll be launching my little cottage industry ...


More to come later, but I've been working hard on some really cute pillowcases for children and of course some for us older folks too!

 This is a really big goal for me to be getting ready to check off my 2018 goals list and I am excited.  Your prayers are appreciated as I work toward finalizing this launch.

(I'm working on creating another 'secondary stream' of income that I'll be sharing more about in a few weeks after I've gotten Pillowcases by Patsi off the ground!)

Do you have any secondary sources of income, little side jobs or things that you do to bring in extra money?

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45 comments:

  1. These are so pretty Patsy. The pink floral is DIVINE. Well this sounds like a very good little business project. Patsy we are so blessed that with an online store or business we have really endless possibilities of free advertising and promotion! This makes the world your shop! It is incredible really.
    It is clear we all need several income streams at least... as you never know! xxx

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement Annabel and yes, we all need more than one stream of income for sure!

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  2. Ever since Bluey and I first got together, we have been building a share portfolio. There were times when this seemed a step too far but we always had an eye on this being future income. Now that we are both coming into our retirement years this is providing us with a bit of 'extra' income. It gives us the extra we need to be able to survive as a couple, on a single part pension. This is because Bluey is so clever in his purchases.
    Patsy I wish you all the best in getting your cottage industry set up and making an income stream for yourself.

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    1. Jane, I don't know what a share portfolio is but it sounds like you all have done well with it. Thank you for your well wishes and encouragement.

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    2. A share portfolio is stocks and bonds bought on the stock market.

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  3. Congratulations, Patsi! I'm so excited for you. Shirley near Seattle

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  4. I do alterations in my home and I make a pretty good income. It is nice because my health is not always good and I can some what control the schedule.

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    1. Out My Window, that was one thing I had to take into consideration when choosing what I would do. With this, I can have some control over the hours I work.

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  5. I love your pillowcases! Nothing feels so good as a soft new case!!!! You have a wonderful day.

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  6. Patsy you have done a good job and the pillowcases look beautiful :).

    Praying that it will all take off for you and brings in some extra income for you and your family. We can all do with a bit more income to help purchase things that would not otherwise be in our budgets and I don't know about you but I find sewing really relaxing too.

    We find the extra income we bring in helps immensely.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Thank you Sewingcreations15, you are an inspiration to me both in your little business and in your can-do attitude.

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  7. Definitely praying for your success! Have you looked at all the ways to market these yet? The more ways you get the word out, the better! Will you do craft shows, online marketing sites,etc? The more you get the product out there for people to see, the greater your opportunity for sales!

    We’ve found that record keeping is critical so we know how our customers found us and, conversely, which ways were not fruitful so we could focus on marketing effectively.

    Sorry for the ramble! We took a free 12 week course our Church produced to Create and Grow Your Own Business (part of their Self Reliance initiative).
    It is available free to anyone and we found it to be really valuable to moving our business along! Here’s the link to the manual ad there are also videos. It is done with our Christian perspective, but I think that it can be beneficial to anyone.
    https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/topics/self-reliance/2017/14678_sgmb_book_eng.pdf?lang=eng&download=true

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    1. gardenpat, I plan to do craft shows for sure but haven't thought much beyond that. I need to do a lot more research in this area. I'm going to check out the free course you mentioned. Thank you so much, you too, are an inspiration to me!

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    2. One thing we found from networking with others in our Self Reliance group was how to get the equipment to take credit/debit cards for payment (we use Square) as well as applepay and PayPal and Venmo. We don’t take checks and it opens up a wider expanse of customers if they can use electronic means of paying rather than cash! Our friend who sells soaps finds it increases her volume of sales at craft shows because she can take credit or debit cards or even Apple Pay! I’m sure you’ve already thought about that!

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  8. I love your pillowcases! I do survey sites for extra income - I treat it like a part time job and get up an hour earlier than I need to - and devote that hour to surveys, free samples. I also provide respite care to foster children. My husband and I refinish furniture that has been discarded to sell.

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  9. sew cute! Love them and aren't they just about the easiest things to make???? Good luck, prayers! I am interested in your venture too....specifically shipping costs. I want to get my Etsy store up and running again. yay!!!

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    1. Barbara, on the agenda today is to visit the post office and get some ideas about the cost of shipping/mailing.

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    2. You can sign up online with the post office for a business account and you can order (for free) regional priority boxes which can be cheaper than flat rate priority ones. You can weigh your package and then pay and print out your shipping label and either take it to the post office or arrange for them to pick it up from your house.

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  10. Great idea, and lovely pillowcases! I do a lot of little things to earn extra money. I am the person everyone calls when they have leftovers from a garage sale, or want to declutter or downsize. I haul away all the stuff, sort through it for anything I may need, then the rest goes to a local thrift store and consignment shop, and I make a bit of money from the sales. My son and I walk our country roads and pick up cans and scrap to sell--plus we get exercise with the walking, reaching, etc. I bring items to a lady at church (plain bowls, vases, etc). She paints them, sells them, and I get a little cash. I occasionally clean houses for people who are getting ready to move. I wrote a book of poems and essays. I print and bind it myself, and I go to churches to do readings and sell the book--hoping to put it on Amazon soon, which may generate a little more income. I do odd jobs--mowing, hauling hay, etc. It all adds up, and I get to decide what I do and how I do it.

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    1. Evelyn, look at you, you've given me some more ideas!!!

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  11. They are beautiful Patsy! May God bless you abundantly in your new venture!

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  12. I was a hospital dietitian and I thought I'd do some part time work in my field when I retired....but sometimes you just need a change. At first I felt guilty because I could make a lot of money, but my husband and I talked, he has a trade that he could make a lot too....money isn't everything and we are done.The biggest reason? Our kids live in other states and when we worked we didn't see them much. Now I rent a booth in an antique mall and sell mostly vintage Pyrex and other dishes, plus things I make out of vintage fabric and also painted furniture. I go to thrift stores and garage sales. I also sell on Facebook and Ebay a little (hubby sells tools on ebay and if I find something kind of valuable he lists it for me). We also make money by moving haha. Seriously, we are both handy and have fixed up many houses, sold or rented them out. At least half of my retirement money in the bank came from that. It has always been our side job and we are still doing it. You might think about starting a page on Facebook for your pillowcases. Then you can list them on Marketplace or local Facebook selling things and link back to your page and get followers. If you are going to be at a craft show you can advertise it on your page and put links. You can also sell to people far away from your page.I feel like it is a good base while I try different selling methods.I am planning to start selling from it and shipping soon because I get requests. My Facebook page is Gloria's Vintage Vignettes if you want to look at what I'm doing. I have gotten some regular buyers. And it's all free!

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    1. Gloria, thank you for sharing the name of your Facebook page. I have been working on mine but wasn't sure if I was doing it right. I am! You are one smart woman, fixing up houses and selling them, now that is smart!

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  13. Good for you! Some sisters in my town make and sell pillowcases and they seem popular at craft shows, especially ones with fun kid prints. I also like to make a little money here and there when I can, making soap and selling it at craft shows, and also making Easter and Christmas cut-out cookies for a few people that ask me every year. ~Amalia

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    1. A Housewife Writes, thank you for sharing about the sisters and their pillowcases. I kind of felt like the fun kid prints would sell good.

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  14. I wish you the best in selling your pillowcases. It is a good idea, because you are probably pretty quick at making them by now. I'm sure you are thinking through on how to price them--that would be the hard part for me, because some fabric is super expensive, some can be gotten for free, or at yard sales, or bought on sale, so the price would vary and it takes 2 yards for a pair. So, I'm interested, as always, to see how you handle that part:)

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    1. Becky, pricing is indeed the tricky part. I hope I've settled on a good one!

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  15. Congratulations. They look beautiful. I sell stuff on eBay/craigslist. I also do surveys and $apps. My daughter has an Etsy store.

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    1. Marybeth, an Etsy store is in my future if all goes well.

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  16. Your pillowcases are lovely. They make me want to take a cozy nap! I wish you well in finding ways to sell them. I think they are really something different than what I have seen at craft shows.

    My biggest income is 50 to 60 dollars every month on Swagbucks. My husband earns that much, too. I have always considered my money saving ways to be income here since our grocery bill is half or less than everyone we know. My treating friends with the kinesiology has always been a ministry and even though our income dropped by half on disability I hope to keep it that way. We did have to stop doling out our oils though because we don't have the means to replace them anymore.

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    1. Lana, How do you earn that much doing Swagbucks? I wished you lived close enough to treat me with kinesiology, I'd gladly pay you. When I lived in the area where one was and went regularly, I felt better than I have at any point in my life.

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    2. We earn Swagbucks by running the video apps on two inexpensive smart phones that we only use on wifi for that purpose only. The apps can also run on a tablet. We bought WalMart gift cards with Swagbucks to purchase them and each spent about $75 for the two phones. If we run all the apps and do the activity list and a few other low point activities we can almost always meet our first goal for the day. Then anything else like surveys is just money in our pockets. Also follow them on Facebook and see them first so you see what is going on such as swagcode extravaganzas like is going on today. If you sign up to get notifications on your smart phone you will know when the bonus codes come come up everyday.

      If you ever want to travel for treatment I really recommend the practioner who trained me and she may not be out of travel range for you since she is in the SC upstate. She is $150 for the first visit and $75 for followups. What I know is absolutely nothing compared to her. I went from being chemically sensitive to the point of hardly being able to leave my house, sensitive to every food, a non functioning thyroid, chronic asthma and living on a cocktail of expensive drugs to allergy and drug free under her care.

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  17. Hi, Patsy! You do such beautiful work, i’m sure you’ll do well! If you were in my neighborhood, i’d order a set or two from you. I can’t bend over a machine for any length of time so everything I make is by hand. And frankly, I won’t be making myself any pillowcases by hand as I have a new grandbaby coming who needs a new quilt!
    For extra income, i’ve been selling a few things on eBay. I also watch a few young children for a few hours a week after school. In the Spring, I work a seasonal job, which is full time all through the Summer into Fall. Then, it’s back to spending less while saving more.
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, a new grandbaby, how special! Spend time with new grandbaby or sew pillowcases? Yep, new grandbaby wins every time!!!

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  18. I am so excited that you will be offering these pillow cases for sale. They are absolutely beautiful!

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  19. Those pillow cases are lovely! I wish you well with your new business!

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  20. I look forward to purchasing some of these beautiful pillow cases when they become available!!!

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