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  • Who Sells Crafts Full Time??

    Hi there,

    I have set a business making and selling stationery (notebooks, journals, diaries).
    I have been selling these for a while now via stockists, online and through craft markets.

    I work full time, but would love to do this full time as I need money to pay bill etc.
    Does anyone have any ideas how to increase sales, and boost more income.
    At the moment I have one assistant, who comes every other week.

    I also feel stuck in a rut as I'm not enjoying my job anymore.
    Any ideas at all?

  • #2
    Risk it and go for it? I don't know though and wouldn't want to persuade you. I work part time on tills too, my business is still new though. If you decide to go at it full time, good luck!

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    • #3
      I sell full time but it is very hard and even harder atm, you need money behind you to fall back on as nothing blocks creativity than worry. Most of the business books I have read they suggest you have at least 6 to 12 months funding in the bank to cover all your bills and food etc, just in case the earning is low. I would have said either stick with the job atm or go part time, that way you have a lifeline.


      • #4
        I work at my craft full time. I've been trading now for almost 18 months but I could never have done it if I hadn't had savings to fall back on. My first full year of trading, I made £40 profit but took no wages at all the whole year. I have heard that you have to allow at least 2 years before you start seeing any decent profit. So I have my fingers crossed for this year!


        • #5
          I've just bitten the bullet as it has been my dream for 4 years (whilst working part time and raising my son). I was made redundant though and given enough to pay myself a small wage each month for 1 year so I have my fingers well and truly crossed I can make a go of it before the money runs out!

          Good luck
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          • #6
            Most of the people I know who earn a full living from crafts also teach, demonstrate, sell stock etc as well. Earning a liveable amount purely from making and selling things is extremely hard. It probably varies depending on the craft mind. Card and jewelers for example are so popular that the competition is really stiff. In my own craft I know of hardly any who make a living just from the craft making side of it.

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            • #7
              I do it full time too but up to now have also had a part time teaching job.

              Could you go part time in your current job, or take on an evening job instead, meaning you devote your days to your business? Have you looked into other ways of selling? The hardest bit is gaining the sales. Do you sell online too? You could try it out with a Folksy or Etsy shop to begin with.

              Could you realistically live on less money? The reality of setting up a small business is that you're unlikely to make much money in the first few years.

              It's hard work, but satisfying and I wish you all the luck in the world.
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              • #8
                I'm about to be made redundant, and the thought has crossed my mind about making dresses and selling them, and lots of my friends have suggested I give it a go. I don't think I'm brave enough to give up a salary though, that said the thought is crossing my mind to be a 5-9er, ie: make them and pop them on etsy in my spare time to see how it goes. Although, with the list of dresses I've offered to make friends and family in order to perfect my skills... I don't think that'll be happening any time soon.

                Good luck if you decide to go for it. I hope it all works out well.
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                • #9
                  We make a living from it . Like others have said you need a contingency fund behind you ( definitely at first as it could be a bumpy ride for a few years ) but i do have to to add that we are in the fortunate position of having no mortgage these days and that makes a huge difference.

                  Having your work on display 24/7 is the most important thing... some folks do that on the web, we do it by selling in shops and craft centres/small galleries... that works for us . Craft fairs are great income boosters but not reliable enough for a full time income .

                  Crafting full time is really a 'lifestyle choice' .... sure we all need to make money in order to live but it's very important for me to enjoy what i do for a living too, more important these days than making loads of money.


                  • #10
                    Hi, The same thing has happened to me as well! I started my business whilst on maternity leave and now 3 years after I was made reundant, so I decided to work for myself! Its great but scary at the same time You certainly need that redundancy money to cover these very quiet months!

                    So nice to hear that someone else has decided to do the same thing as me! Good luck with everything! x


                    • #11
                      My contract is ending soon on my job, and I will be doing this full time, along with looking after my daughter and doing Avon. I'm really looking forward to it! However, my husband works full time and we don't have to pay for childcare. It is a daunting prospect, and I don't expect to make much immediately (I have been making cards/invitations since October 2010, and have done quite well so far), but I know I am going to enjoy it far more than being away from my daughter, and in a job I dislike! Just bite the bullet - you only live once!
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                      • #12
                        I'm doing this full time, although most of my time is spent trying to come up with new ways to advertise my business.
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                        • #13
                          I would suggest that the best way for you to think it through is to get yourself booked on some business link courses for people wanting to start up a business. This will help you to think through how viable your business idea is.

                          Good luck with it, the negative side is no regular income, but the positive side is that you have control to do things the way you want to.


                          • #14
                            i tried to do it full time for a few years, but really struggled to pull in the money. i had the offer of a part time job and took it last sep but still working alongside with my craft business. iv now find having a part time job and regular money coming in has given me the confidence to push my prices up a little where i wouldnt have done that before and now im doing better than ever before. im hoping one day to return to it full time again when my little boy has grown up but in the meantime i will continue tweaking my range and prices untill i get it right.

                            good luck with your new business venture.


                            • #15
                              I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave, which made my decision for me. I took the opportunity to set up SewingCafe selling a selection of cross stitch kits. It's been incredibly hard work, but we've grown from selling less than 50 cross stitch kits to now selling over 1000 cross stitch kits, latch hook rug making kits, needlepoint tapestry kits, long stitch kits, embroidery kits and soft toy kits. We're expanding our range all of the time. My advice is to always strive towards offering perfect customer service. For the vast majority of our kits we despatch next day and we always aim to be the cheapest on web. It means our margins aren't huge, but we believe in setting fair prices.

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