What is Big Cartel? What is Workshop?

Big Cartel is home to over a million makers, designers, musicians, and other artists. We’re an independent, self-funded company full of artists who love to support other artists.

In short: We make it easy to sell your work online.

The longer version: We provide tools to set up an online store in just a few minutes, giving you what you need to manage inventory, sales, shop design, and more on your desktop or mobile device. We’ve been around since 2005 and we love every minute we get to support makers like you.

You’re on our blog, Workshop. We publish essays and interviews to inspire your own creativity, guides to help you grow your side project into a successful business, and updates on all the latest product launches and news from Big Cartel.

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We care more about the people who make this place special than we do about dollars and stats. We write from unexplored perspectives and strive for inclusion.

Learn how to be an artist, or what it means to call yourself an artist. Remember what makes work meaningful, and that often your hometown holds hidden lessons for you. Get ideas on how to grow your business or how to do deal with the envy of watching others grow theirs.

But don’t let our artistic spirit fool you: We’ll also cover lessons on the fundamentals of everything from packaging to dropshipping to payment processing.


If you have a story you’d like to tell on Workshop, drop us a line. If you need to reach our Support team for help, they’re only a click or tap away. If you want to get to know the people who make Big Cartel, we’ve got that, too.

We make getting your business up and running online as painless as possible so you can get back to the creative work you care about. We remember that the indie in independent is made up of people from all over, with all kinds of skills and perspectives. We believe lovingly crafted products can thrive in a world of mass-produced junk. We believe in the artist.

Andy Newman

Marketing at Big Cartel, writer, and dad of three. ✨

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