I have always had some sort of part time job on top of my regular job which is an easy way to earn some extra money. Currently I sell cards and prints through this website and some art galleries and shops in my locality. I have chosen this route for a couple of reasons.
It allows me to have a back up option if I am made redundant from my job or decide to change a career path .
It keeps in touch with the art and design community and adds an extra skill to my CV.
I can dedicate just a few hours each week to packaging, invoicing ect which can easily be done after work or in the evenings around my other commitments.
A classic part time job such as bar work wouldn’t be suitable for me as my job operates on a shift basis and often includes evenings and weekends.
This approach allows me to make up to £1,000 of Tax Free income on top of my regular job annually as it comes under the tax bracket of being a ‘Sole Trader’ in the UK. I design my original prints at home and then use a local Printer who specialises in small orders to create my cards. This allows me to keep my operational costs low and also to support local businesses in my lovely local community.
*Sorry being sick all over myself for using this horrendous phrase.