Bullet journals have become a major trend in recent years. They replace the traditional journal, notebook, and diary and combine them into one. Social media has made bullet journals more popular than ever. They are used to express creativity, plan their week, month, and year ahead, and also to reflect on the process.
A bullet journal may be your first experience with a bullet journal. You might find yourself overwhelmed by the intricate patterns, colours, and artworks that grace its pages. Bullet journal creators might choose a theme for each month. You can add pages that are specific to your bullet journal, which will help you stay on track.
You might add a page to track the time you spend learning your new skill.
You can use your journal to help you be more organized, productive, and achieve your goals. BuJo’s, a term that has been coined by a growing community of creators, are bullet journals that take all the chaos from life and organize it in one organized book.
How can you make money with these popular organization tools? Continue reading to learn more.
Make bullet journals for othersSell notebooksSell accessoriesTrack financesCreate an account on social media
Make bullet journals for your friends
You might be a creative person who enjoys drawing, doodle and creates beautiful designs. Why not make bullet journals for other people to purchase? Bullet journals are not about form but function, but most people would love to see beautiful bullet journals.
Demi is one of these people. Demi, a young Essex woman, recently launched a small business making bullet journals for others. Her artistic talent allows her to create stunning designs that sweep the pages. Bright colours transform the dull pages into works of art.
Her bullet journals were her first love. She spent many years creating and designing her own. This kept her focused on her hobbies, such as reading, exercising, and other activities. She worked hard until she was able to share her knowledge with others.
Demi started her side business to make extra money. She named her company xdemidesigns. Her current job is full-time as a data and system operator at a well-known charity. Bullet journaling was an excellent way to relax after a hard day. Demi decided to pursue a side-job that she loved and was able to retire from work.
What was your first step?
Demi explains that she has been bullet journaling since April 2018 and admires other bullet journals ever since. “Towards 2021, I discovered a creator in the US who made custom bullet journals. “I saw no reason why I couldn’t do it the same way, but I was based in the UK.”
It is clear that she loves what she does, and it is great to see people doing something they enjoy. I currently offer custom bullet journals as well as bullet journal accessories, such stickers and planning sheets.
How do you start?
She shows us a page she made for her sleep tracker back in February 2022. The page is cleanly designed with pink and red tones in the title. It is a page that she uses to track her sleep patterns. This page would be a great resource for insomniacs. She also shows us the equipment she uses in creating such stunning designs.
She tells us that all you need to bullet journal is a notebook, and a pen. “Obviously, I use more equipment because my bullet journals are more complex, with doodles, in different colours.” Demi says that although she used Crayola pens, she has always used higher quality, more expensive colouring pen. They work just as well,” she adds.
You can also see her Instagram account xdemidesigns where you will find watercolour paints and pens in different sizes. She also uses stickers and washi tape. Washi tape is originally Japanese and adds colour and design to blank pages.
What can you offer?
She continues to explain the service she offers. However, because she creates them entirely from scratch, the customer has the majority of the decision-making power. She explains that they are custom-made, which allows clients to tell her exactly what they would like, such as the size of their notebook or what pages they want. This allows me to make them exactly how they wish. They can also choose the themes, colours, and shapes that they want.
This is not an easy task. It takes a lot of effort to create the meticulous designs that Demi makes. She smiles and says, “If I worked on it continuously, I could probably complete it in two or three hours.” However, she explains, “But obviously, working full-time means that they can take a little more time.”
Where can you sell your bullet journal?
She says, “Right now I sell on Etsy. But I’m always looking to other online retailers.” “Etsy charges a small fee to list a listing and takes a small percentage from each transaction.” Demi’s side business is still young and she has yet to set a price for her bullet journal. She charges her client for the notebook and postage, but she is still trying to figure out how much to charge for her services. “Most orders I have received so far were for family and friends, so I am still considering the total costs.” she informs us.
She grins and says, “At the moment I use Instagram to gain exposure too.” “I would love to start a blog or website at some point but I am not there yet!”
She answers when asked how she promotes her side business. “I use word-of-mouth and friends and family to advertise my designs.” My Instagram account has grown quickly in the past few months which is something I am very proud of.
Where is your inspiration?
She tells us that she is active on Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube. It is refreshing to find someone so passionate about their hobby. “I’ll use the client’s ideas and themes if they have them. However, I enjoy looking online for ideas!
Demi can be found on Instagram and Facebook under the username ‘xdemidesigns.
You might not be the most creative person, but this is a great opportunity to make extra money. People need journals to make a bullet journal.
Online wholesalers specialize in bulk selling stationary and plain notebooks and pads starting at 30 pence per volume. However, these may cost slightly more depending on the quality you require.
You can also start selling wholesale products for a small profit. Big Bear Promosells 2,500 notebooks at PS780 This is 31 pence per notebook. You could make a nice profit of PS14.220 if you charge a postage fee if you sold each notebook.
We don’t all have PS780 lying about, but we do have that. It’s probably more practical and easier to start small. Wholesale stationers and retailers like Choice Wholesale offer smaller quantities of wholesale stationary.
You could also sell accessories for bullet journals, such as stickers and stencils. Bead Park sells packs of stencils. A 20-pack costs 28 pence, or PS5.60. Each stencil sold for PS1 would net you PS20, which is a profit of PS14.40.
Alibaba, a huge wholesaler of stickers, sells large packs with hundreds of stickers at very low prices. You can choose from individual large or sheets. For a small profit, you could also sell individual stickers.
There are many options. Your notebooks can be used as bullet journals or accessories for bullet journal accessories. This will attract a new audience that is eager to start their bullet journal journey.
Keep track of your finances
This won’t make money, but it will help you save money and manage your money. You can use your bullet journal to track your finances if you make your own. A bullet journal can help you keep track of your spending, set financial goals and budgets, and even save money.
Magpie Izzy was gifted a personalised bullet notebook by xdemidesigns. She uses it to keep track of her spending and achieve her financial goals.
I love my bullet journal for tracking my spending. It is all in one spot. I am a person who likes to keep track of everything and write down every detail so that I can clearly see what is happening. My savings goals are on a separate page. I mark off the boxes as I reach a certain amount. It’s almost a challenge because it is written on paper. It is also useful for tracking my outgoings, which I find really helpful.”
There are many useful articles on budgeting and savings, including a budgeting checklist and the 50-envelope savings challenge. You can also find ways to increase your savings.
Maybe you already have bullet journals or are inspired to create one. You can follow Demi’s lead and create a social media account like Instagram, Facebook, or Youtube. TikTok can be a great tool to promote your designs, and what you are passionate about.
It may be that you just want to share your designs with others. Bullet journals are a popular social media platform with hundreds of thousands of followers. Account owners make extra income through sponsorships and collaborations that include brands that specialize in stationery.
These are the top Instagram accounts for bullet journals to inspire you.
@notebook_therapy – 1.6m followers@bulletjournal – 371k followers@bujobyvicky – 26.7k followers@bulletjournal_by_danique – 18.9k followers@bulletjournalbychloe – 12.7k followers
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