So, I'm not exactly sure if this is the right place for this but I'm looking at turning art into more of a career, even if just temporarily and I am really in need of some serious advice.
When I was younger I created this little 'company' called Bumba's Bandanas (named after one of my dogs), which was me trying to sell homemade dog/cat bandanas. I made some really cute bandanas honestly and I almost sold one once, but really I just ended up making some bandanas for my own cats and dogs. It is something I would like to look further into when I'm able.
Currently, my only way of making money myself is from my art. I sell tshirts (and other things) with my art on it, on Redbubble.
Redbubble has been great for me the past few years and I'm finally starting to get a reliable source of income (although very small). As much as I love it, I only make a small percentage from what I sell on the site (a 25$ will give me 5$) and after being on it for years, this month I will have officially made the most money in one month (60$) than I ever have on there (my total amount ever earned is 400$ in 2 years).
Which is why I'm looking to expand.
Knowing what I do, for Christmas my parents went out and got me things to kind of work my business from home. Making tshirts and different products with my drawings on them myself.
The one thing I am having troubles with is figuring out how to go about this. Which is also the problem I had when I was younger when it came to the bandanas.
How do I market these and go about selling them? Do I place ads on Kijiji, or throw a yard/craft sale? Or do I focus on trying to sell them online (Etsy? Ebay?...)? In which case, I'm not too sure how to go about that either.
Besides tshirts, I was hoping to start doing pyrography art to sell as well.
Decorated wooden boxes, wooden kitchen utensils, signs, that kind of thing.
As well as a few other things like paintings.
And if it's not too much else to get advice on, doing art commissions as well. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I attempted to take up Fiverr but it didn't work out nearly as well as I had hoped.
I'm getting married in October and need to try and make as much as I can to actually pay for everything.