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« on: January 24, 2006 11:20:20 PM »

Is Crafting anyone's primary soure of income (not necessarily for the family, but for you alone)? I've just been wondering this lately. & I am thinking of starting a business & this would be my source of income.
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2006 06:59:48 AM »

Like any other business, if you want to be successful, you have to work very hard for it.

You can infiltrate and dedicate your life to the craft show circuit, or go the commercial way with production staff and a bit of factory space. I don't think anyone can maintain a "successful" crafting schedule all by themselves for long. Eventually there's a point where you would have to hire help and spend less time crafting (you could still design) and more time selling.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006 12:53:36 PM »

I finally am legal to work in the US (silly immgrations taking forever!), but before that my only income was from crafty things. My husband has been supporting both of us for a year.

In all honestly, crafting (especially when you first start selling) alone doesn't bring in much money. As I'm sure you know, it's so time-consuming, and it can't immediately take the place of a regular, hourly-wage paying job. To start, I would suggest having a regular job to pay your bills, and then build up your craft business slowly.

It seems like a lot of the well-known crafters who have successful businesses are also freelance illustrators, and some have admitted that it's the freelance gigs that actually pay their rent. I think this is something important to take into consideration... for most people, crafting alone can't cover all your financial needs.

I know it's hard to accept that you can't just dive right into it, but building a successful business (of any kind, not just crafts!) takes a long time. Years, even! It's a slow process, and then ideally one day you can stop working full time, take a part time job and work hard on your art in your new free time, and then one day, it is your only job! That's a goal that a lot of us are working towards.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006 07:07:43 PM »

... (silly immgrations taking forever!)...

Bleh-- I hear that!  Sad (Waiting on my K1)
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006 08:26:20 AM »

Thanks alot, Ladies! i guess I know what I am getting into then!
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