This topic has always had some appeal for me. I am definitely a more artsy, work from home, crafty, outdoorsy, experimental type of girl. I have to wear black pants, a white button up shirt, black shoes, and a black apron that makes it look like I’m wearing a fancy vest to work. Needless to say, this does not express my creativity very well. I often times feel very confined in my work outfit. I love jeans, t-shirts, and flowing dresses. Give me jeans (shorts or pants), flip-flops, and a v-neck t-shirt and I’m good to go. I feel like it adequately shows my personality too. I’m super easy going, and love to have fun and get outside. That does not really come across in black pants and a white button up. Haha!
Another reason it appeals to me is because I love making things with my hands! I like making things that appeal to me and to people around me. I do not like to follow protocol when it comes to making things, I think it should flow from creativity. Now, don’t get me wrong, having a pattern or some sort of guideline is good but having to follow protocol or else is not my style at all. I love knitting and block printing and I’m working on the art of sewing. (Although, that is not coming naturally haha!) These are things that appeal to me. I love sitting at my table, working on a project, and looking out my windows to see the sunshine and the fresh air or even working on my projects outside! That is what inspires me to keep creating.
So, now that you know the reasons why this topic appeals to me, I have been reading some books and checking out some websites, and blogs about this topic. I have learned that it is not an overnight deal. It takes time but eventually I would love to quit my day job and work in the craft business. The one lady that I linked to yesterday is a lady who is seriously doing my dream job. She along with her mom and grannies, make everything that is sold in LN Knits. Her pieces are just wonderful. You can also check out her blog here. She travels, she knits, and her products are just gorgeous.
I also hang around on Etsy quite a bit. If you do not already know about Etsy, it is basically an online store where people from all over can come and buy and sell either their handmade wares or vintage wares or supplies to make handmade wares. It is just wonderful. Their site is super easy to use and navigate. I highly recommend checking it out if you have not already.
Along with blogs and Etsy (Which there are other blogs on Etsy that you can check out that will also guide you in starting your own homemade wares business.) I also have been reading some books on how to start a business as well.
These are two that I own. The How to Make Money Using Etsy book has been super helpful. I am still reading it and I am sure I will be rereading it several more times because honestly there is so much information packed in there and it is just a wonderful read! The other book, “How to Start a Home-Based craft Business” is also a great read because it really helps teach you more of the financial side as well as the administration side of running your own craft-business. Both books are super helpful in starting you and me on our journey to starting our own craft-businesses.
I am by no means an expert on this subject, but it is something that really appeals to me and I am working towards. I love sharing what I’m learning and this is what I am learning so far. If you have any tips, comments, advice, horror stories, or what have you, please feel free to share! I would love some advice! I want to do this right and getting help will help me do that!
P.S. I finished the bag that I had shown you the start of at the beginning of April!!! It is so great! I am going to use it tomorrow to carry my rock climbing gear when we go out tomorrow. I will show you pictures of it in use tomorrow. But here it is all finished!
I love it and it will be so useful in carrying my shoes and chalk and water as we go climbing tomorrow!