I know I have gotten a few new followers recently, and I’m guessing at least some of my followers read my posts through Google Reader and don’t actually see my blog page often. I don’t typically like to “brag” as I might call it or really push things on people, but I guess it would really be considered “marketing”. Since there are new followers and probably some Reader people out there, I was feeling the need to “market” myself and remind everyone of some of the ventures/sites I’m associated with to allow me to try to earn some extra income for my newly growing family. We’ve been lucky with baby gifts so far, but there’s a lot more to buy and pay for as the year continues, and since I currently don’t work and will be a SAHM, I felt the need to try to earn a little something where I could. So, for any of you interested in any of the following, here’s what I’m trying:
1. I have my own Artfire shop called My Style Crafts with my handmade crafts listed. If you have never heard of Artfire, it’s pretty much exactly like Etsy, but without the fees for listing an item. Right now I currently only have some jewelry pieces listed, but as soon as I try out a printing service, I’d like to add some of my photography prints, and whenever I decide to sew again I could offer items such as catnip cat mats, cat toys, and kitchen towels. I currently do not have any candle making supplies, but I love to make candles, and at some point would like to add some of those to the listings or at least take custom orders. I also decorate picture frames, but unfortunately due to some of the materials I use to create them, that particular type of item is on hold until at least summer since I can’t use those materials while I’m pregnant. So, like I said, there’s currently only jewelry and one set of wine charms listed, but the other items mentioned are ones I’d like to add at some point when I have the supplies, ability and time to create them. If you’re interested in something, or would even like to inquire about a custom order (which may or may not be able to be fulfilled, depending on the item), please check out my Artfire shop at http://www.artfire.com/users/MyStyleCrafts
2. I have 2 Cafe Press shops. One shop is called My Style Crafts – Photography Gifts. I have created a few different items with some of my original photography printed on them. Items include coffee mugs, note cards, and tote bags. You can check out the items available at http://www.cafepress.com/MyStyleCrafts
The other Cafe Press shop currently only has one design on a few different products, but it’s called My Style Designs. I created this shop during Breast Cancer Awareness month in order to try to raise some money for breast cancer research. I would eventually like to create some different designs to add to products, but for now all items (which is still everything at the moment) with the breast cancer awareness design will have all profits from sales donated to The American Cancer Society. This shop can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/MyStyleDesigns
3. I am a Say It On The Wall affiliate. Say It On The Wall is a great place to find some awesome gifts or home decor items created using vinyl. They have items such as subway art, wall vinyl sayings, door greetings, decorated glass blocks and so much more. You can even create your own vinyl saying through their website. If you are interested in seeing what they have and helping me out as an affiliate, you must go to their site via my link listed in my sidebar on my actual blog page.
4. I am also part of the Amazon Associates program. I have a shop through Amazon.com where I categorize and list products that I think are wonderful from personal experience or would just like to offer potential shoppers because I think the product seems worthy of promotion. The store is called Steph’s Creative Life Store, since it’s associated with my blog. I currently only have a “Baby” category and “Music” category (all Glee mp3’s listed at the moment), but I plan to add categories such as electronics, household items, home decor, crafting supplies, and more. Look for those categories and listings to be added over time, and if there’s anything at all you want to buy from Amazon.com and would like to help me out as an Associate, but don’t see the item listed in my store, please contact me through my blog and let me know what the item is so I can add it to the store for your purchasing needs. If there is any issue adding the item to the store, I will let you know, and you will also be notified once the item is listed and available for purchase. You can get to my store to see listings through the widget on the sidebar of my actual blog page or by clicking this link: http://astore.amazon.com/stepscre-20
I have also been thinking about becoming an online Tupperware consultant. I don’t like to do home parties certainly as a consultant (not even a host!), but they have a way you can just sell via an online store, or even create online parties for hosts so no one has to deal with the in-home party. This is still up in the air yet, because in the past I thought about being a consultant/sales person for other companies (Avon being the major one), but I know a few people who already sell for the other companies and thought I might not succeed at it for that reason. So, I found out about Tupperware’s opportunity, and I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I’d like some feedback from you. If I had an online way of purchasing Tupperware or hosting online only parties, would you be interested? Would you come to me for your Tupperware needs or do you already have a consultant that you buy from?
That’s all I have for now. If you are interested in any (or all!) of my ventures above, please check them out and help me succeed! Feedback about the Tupperware opportunity will be greatly appreciated!