Side Income #1 – Follow up 1

Following up on my earlier article Side Income #1, my “fun” design has been taken down automatically because it looked too much like the original Yoda face. This makes sense, since I used a high-ranking google image result for “Yoda” to draw my version in Photoshop. I received an email from the redbubble team saying that the owners of the copyright had a history of being very picky.

While looking at other Yoda-èsque designs on the website, I noticed that a lot avoided being very obviously taken out of a picture of the movies. It would make sense that Lucas Film & Co would protect their IP, I just didn’t imagine it would be this draconian.

However, I do enjoy redbubble’s proative approache towards this issue. The last thing I want is an experience at a side income costing me more than just time!

So to continue with my experiment, as I haven’t yet sold anything on the website, I’ve uploaded a new original design. This was something I doodled in Photoshop and uploaded to the website. I don’t expect it to be a great success, but again, this is experimenting. As soon as I get more free time, I might design several t-shirts in the same “style” and see if it’s something that catches on.

Love Me t-shirt
Love Me t-shirt design

Side Income #1

For several years now, I’ve been thinking of ways to get some side income through one or several side hustles. I’ve decided to try several things in 2017 in that regard, and plan on reporting my steps and progress here on this site.

Income Comparison
Difference between the current situation and the desired situation.

Programming is an easy candidate to generate some side income. There are several large websites that put programmers in contact with people ready to pay for their work, and it can be quite lucrative to the point of being a main gig. My problem with this approach is that my day to day job is programming, and I don’t have the energy to program much at home in the evening or on weekends, as it’s not something I can do with my fiancée.

I’ve tried to write some short stories related to the Dungeons and Dragons adventure I run, but as with any craft, it requires experience to get to a point where I am happy with my work. I am no where near that point yet, and one of my goals is to use this site to improve on that front, posting short stories for free before I pursue the road of selling PDFs on Amazon & co.

One craft where I feel like I am skilled enough to justify a price tag is photography. I started in 2010 and have been doing it more or less consistently since. My focus is on people and cosplay, but I do enjoy taking pictures of landscapes on holiday, and enjoy editing those pictures afterwards in Lightroom. It is also a hobby I share with my fiancée, so bonus points for that.

Last night, I had an epiphany while I was browsing the redbubble website and realised that I could also sell some art on this platform. I already have the pictures to upload, and would only need to re-export them in a higher resolution and without the watermark. For fun, I also spent a bit longer than I’m willing to admit in photoshop to create an ugly t-shirt design involving a badly drawn Yoda saying “Great America Again Make”. This is for me to have metrics on political shitposting content vs more traditional content.

redbubble yoda maga
My Yoda #maga t-shirt design

I am currently limiting myself to redbubble and don’t plan on doing any advertisement, but work on tags and updating my store at a regular interval. Since my content is more poster friendly and that website is more apparel oriented, I don’t expect my strategy to generate much (if any at all to be honest). However, this will be a first experience that I will share with here.

Hopefully it will provide moderate success, otherwise I won’t have much to talk about. You can view my store on redbubble.