A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: You can now organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 296,655
Currently Running With Scissors:
643 Guests and 16 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 ... 5 6 [7] 8
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Full time crafting?  (Read 10203 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
mignonette
Offline Offline

Posts: 17
Joined: 18-Jun-2004

j'aime bien une garconne correct...


View Profile WWW
« Reply #60 on: December 18, 2006 07:56:26 AM »

I took the plunge and quit my job to work on my biz full-time, but now i am freaking out.  has anyone else done this and can they give me some advice?  i am so ready to turn around and take the first part-time job i can find out of sheer panic!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Mignonette - la pastie de la bourgeousie.
http://www.shootoutthestars.com
http://www.tnzine.org
Solorn
Offline Offline

Posts: 124
Joined: 08-Sep-2005

Doesn't play well with others


View Profile WWW
« Reply #61 on: December 18, 2006 08:42:23 AM »

As long as you have done all of your research and preperation you should be fine. The hardest part is finding the self dicipline to get on with it and not just fall in to a 'I'll get round to it' situation.

Great going on quitting on the job and I wish you tons of luck:)
THIS ROCKS   Logged

mignonette
Offline Offline

Posts: 17
Joined: 18-Jun-2004

j'aime bien une garconne correct...


View Profile WWW
« Reply #62 on: December 18, 2006 08:52:33 AM »

thanks!  it's true that i'm going to have a tough time disciplining myself to sew all day rather than watching tv or cleaning the house.  i need to find fellow new yorkers who are crafting during the day and build up my network of people!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Mignonette - la pastie de la bourgeousie.
http://www.shootoutthestars.com
http://www.tnzine.org
rhythmgrl
« Reply #63 on: December 18, 2006 09:09:53 AM »

you know you have people here who will crack the whip for ya  Wink
I'm proud of you, it was a big decision!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

mignonette
Offline Offline

Posts: 17
Joined: 18-Jun-2004

j'aime bien une garconne correct...


View Profile WWW
« Reply #64 on: December 18, 2006 11:16:18 AM »

thanks rhythmgirl! 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Mignonette - la pastie de la bourgeousie.
http://www.shootoutthestars.com
http://www.tnzine.org
max
Offline Offline

Posts: 71
Joined: 29-Apr-2004

Hooked on Purses


View Profile WWW
« Reply #65 on: December 19, 2006 04:30:35 AM »

You have nice stuff. Good luck to ya!
max
THIS ROCKS   Logged

rhythmgrl
« Reply #66 on: December 19, 2006 09:55:53 AM »

I think another big thing, perhaps, would be drafting a business plan.  Where do you want to be in a year?  Where do you want to be in five years?  Also, make a schedule for yourself.  If you know that you're not getting out of bed until after the Tyra Banks show, for example, start your day at 11am.  Are you more a more creative thinker at that time or in the afternoon?  Schedule some loose time for drafting vs. sewing time.

Just my $.25... because I can only afford a quarter right now Wink
THIS ROCKS   Logged

stereoette
« Reply #67 on: December 19, 2006 04:38:13 PM »

heh, we all must be on the same wavelength - that thing i was posting about on the NYCCM boards is going to be a write-your-business-plan session thing... but details are still being worked out (aka location). should be very cool and helpful, even for those who have a plan already and just need to update or refine it...
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.stereoette.com

handmade with my headphones on
AllStix
Get Your KNIT ON!
Offline Offline

Posts: 60
Joined: 30-Oct-2006

Handmade Knitting Needles -As Unique as you are!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #68 on: January 02, 2007 10:15:17 AM »

I also quit my full time (good paying) job to craft from home. I quit last September to have surgery and started my business in late October.

The first things I did were to file for a business name, get a tax id number and sales tax permit. I also got a website and business cards. I cleared out a big space in the garage and set up shop (I had mainly been working from my kitchen table!) I went to Staples and picked up a few office items such as files, a hanging file box, Avery labels and a new ink cartridge (Save those receipts!). I did lots of research on what sites to sell on, what sites to post on, what sites to advertise on, etc. I also made myself a daily schedule. It helped a lot to see my day on paper. I have a time to check and respond to emails, to post in various forums on different sites, to fill orders, to pack and ship, to work on new designs, etc.

I've gotten some offers to sell my items on consignment and wholesale. They're now listed on the web in online stores! I also just got an offer from someone who had seen my work to rep my line of knitting needles to various yarn shops across the east coast! The point is, get your work seen - everywhere you can. You can do it very affordably, too.


GOOD LUCK!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Handmade Knitting Needles- as Unique as You Are!
www.allstix.com
AllStix
Get Your KNIT ON!
Offline Offline

Posts: 60
Joined: 30-Oct-2006

Handmade Knitting Needles -As Unique as you are!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #69 on: January 02, 2007 10:18:09 AM »

I forgot to add that I wrote down monthly sales goals. I did quit my job so it was imparitive that I have an income to pay those pesky bills!

After I figured out my monthly sales goal, I calculated how many sets of knitting needles I needed to sell to achieve it. Then you can work like crazy to meet your goal. It's kind of a work backwards from your goal kind of thing.

I hope this helps!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Handmade Knitting Needles- as Unique as You Are!
www.allstix.com
Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 ... 5 6 [7] 8 Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Spotted: Kristen Stewart in Plaid - Twice!
Emilia Wickstead Spring 2014 London Fashion Week
Fashion Palette Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week
Emilio De La Morena Spring 2014 London Fashion Week
2014 SAG Awards Red Carpet
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Teacup Bird Feeder
Winner of Craft Challenge #100-Pottermouth
July 23, 2014 Featured Projects

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.