Best Side Hustles For Fashion Industry Professionals
Fashion Industry professionals might take on a side hustle for a variety of reasons. They might want to make some extra cash. They may want to get more experience in a certain area. Or they may want to work on other outside projects simply to stimulate their creative juices if their day job is leaving them a bit stale.
Three Things To Consider Before You Side Hustle
- Make sure your side hustle does not interfere with your day job. If it leaves you tired or overstressed then it is not a good idea.
- Make sure any extra work you do is not in conflict with your current employer. That means you cannot work for a competitor or even a company’s licensee without explicit ok from your employer.
- Make sure this extra effort is going to contribute to your future. Does this give you more experience? Does it give you exposure in another area that will be valuable? If it’s just for cash you may get burnt out fast.
Now that is out of the way let’s talk about the most popular side hustles fashion industry professionals tend to take on!
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of crafting a fashion career job hunt in just one post! This article is part of a 7 part Fashionable Job Hunt Series. If you want to learn how you can build a successful career in the fashion industry check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook group called PickGlass Fashionable Careers. See you there!
Top Ten Side Hustles For Fashion Industry Professionals
1. Seasonal Help
Make some extra cash this holiday season and also get to know your customers at the same time by working directly in your company’s retail stores over the holidays. Stores always need extra help and they would love to have a pro there to help.
2. Pay It Forward
Fashion marketing and design professionals tend to be very tech savvy. Look for teaching gigs at local trade schools or local colleges and share your knowledge. Teaching is actually a wonderful way to really become an expert in a technology.
If you are super handy with a sewing machine, needle or thread start to offer your services to friends and family. You can do these mends in the evenings or on the weekends while you catch up on your latest trash tv.
4. Brand Ambassador
Big brands are always looking for assistance with their grassroots marketing. If you are really into a certain lifestyle brand ask them about becoming a brand ambassador. You can earn some cash or some cool swank in the process. Again, be careful not to have any conflict of interest.
5. Selling on Etsy or Amazon Hand Made
Many design professionals sell their own crafts via Etsy or flea markets in their local area. Think of what you can make and sell to the public that you are particularly good at? This project has a bit of an upfront cost, but if you are keyed into your customers you can make it back in no time.
6. Textile Design
Many creatives love to work on art projects. Use your creativity and make some extra cash by designing original textile designs and selling them to industry professionals. See article on Textile Design.
7. Sweater swatch Design
Are you an amazing knitter? Whip up some unique design swatches and sell them to industry professionals. See article on Sweater Swatch Vendors.
8. Graphic Design Services
Most creatives in the industry are pros at Adobe suite or other graphics programs. Think of what other services could you offer using these design applications? Think logo design, business card design, or wedding invitations, etc. Or you can bid for design gigs using online companies such as 99 Designs.
9. Personal Shopper
Who else would someone intrust most with their wardrobe than a fashion designer? You have the savvy trend knowledge and skills to make your friends and clients look their very best. Plus, you get paid to shop using other peoples money.
10. Mystery Shopping
Companies hire you to go into their store and shop. You give your opinion on the customer service and experience. You can usually do this in your spare time.
- Make sure your side hustle will not make waves at your day job.
- Find a side hustle that you get more out of than just extra cash
- Test the market to see if this side hustle is right for you.
Fashionable Job Hunt Series
If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to properly get started looking for a job in the fashion industry you can read the entire series here. Learn how to plan your job hunt and make the right first impression.
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