Make your own merchandise

It’s a tempting vision: using your existing design skills to make a bit of extra cash by branching out into your own line of unique merchandise. What could be easier than getting a few T-shirts printed up and putting them on your website to sell? The answer, according to Stereohype co-founder Tomi Vollauschek, is nothing, so long as you’re prepared to become “your own PR machinery, project manager, sales rep, investor, client, accountant, intern, courier, and so on... Oh, and last but not least, an editor, designer, illustrator and artist.”

Nevertheless, it seems that everyone is at it these days, and many of them will have been inspired by the success of ventures such as Stereohype. Since launching in 2004, the London-based online store founded by Vollauschek and Agathe Jacquillat has splashed both the duo’s own and a host of guest artists’ designs across exclusive ranges of T-shirts and badges, as well as stocking prints, books and many other items. In 2009, the pair also authored Made & Sold, a book showcasing more than 500 self-initiated products created by designers – all whilst still running their visual communication studio, FL@33.

Stereohype’s badges tend to retail at £1.50 each, or you can buy a box of them for a tenner

Stereohype’s badges tend to retail at £1.50 each, or you can buy a box of them for a tenner

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