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8 min 33 sec

Father-Daughter Duo Sells Handmade Looms For Fun and Profit

A customer support manager sees her side hustling future looming off in the distance. You’d better be-weave it!
Arts & Crafts Creative Design Etsy Product

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What It's About

A father and daughter weave an even stronger bond with their handmade loom side hustle.

Business Model
Arts & Crafts
Skills Required
Design & Creativity
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

After they sold a few looms, Stephanie and Chris reevaluated their offerings; they found nicer wood options and began offering painted and stained looms as well as a higher-priced full weaving package with their looms.

This is an important part of the side hustling process. After you've made some sales, you can generally tell what is working and what isn't. Don't be afraid to regroup and refine your offerings!

Fun Fact

Stephanie says the “cha-ching” noise you get when you sell something on Etsy is really invigorating and one of her favorite things about the platform. She and Chris call or text each other to celebrate each order—in fact, they still do to this day. Each sale—no matter how small—is a win in their book, and a step closer to the business they are hoping to build.

Notes from Chris

Episode 264

In the summer of 2014, Stephanie Sacks discovered the art of weaving and enjoyed re-creating the unique wall hangings that she saw online. She enjoyed it so much that she started gifting her designs to family and friends...and eventually, she saw the potential of turning this hobby into a side hustle.

Desiring to expand her craft, Stephanie decided to search for a customized loom that would allow her to do even more. She turned to her dad, Chris, who had a penchant for woodcraft. It turned out to be a fun project that allowed them an opportunity to bond over wood shavings and power tools—because you know what they say: the family that sands together, stays together.

As she grew more interested in this market, Stephanie noticed that weaving classes and wall hangings were a becoming a trend on social media, so the father-daughter duo started playing with the idea of making their own looms for purchase.

Like many crafty-inclined side hustlers, Stephanie decided to launch her side hustle under the name Wood Creek & Co. on Etsy first, and it's really taken off!

Their revenue has steadily increased since launch—$19,000 in 2015, $37,000 in 2016, and by mid-August of this year, they’ve already brought in $18,000 with the promise of an active holiday season looming in the air.


MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Wood Creek & Co.: Check out what Stephanie and Chris are up to on their website and on Etsy
  • Etsy Wholesale: The massive marketplace that Stephanie and Chris signed up for so that they could reach more independent retailers
  • Shopify: Stephanie used Shopify to set up the storefront for Wood Creek Co., and they're currently offering a 21-day trial and exclusive discount for all Side Hustle School listeners!
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"The fact that things are hand-made keeps the shop items to a minimum, but it also lets us really enjoy what we do. We have a passion for the hustle and there's nothing like working with your hands."
—Stephanie Sacks #SideHustleSchool

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