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  • Is crafting your main Job?

    Hi,

    Jusy wondering how many of you guys and gals craft for a living and how many is it just a hobby for?

    What is you opinion on

    "Is there money to be made in handcrafted items?"
    Blog: http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.com/

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  • #2
    I'm a full time potter. I've been potting since 1982, but have only been doing it full time for a couple of years. I did end my first full year of trading slightly in the black (just) but have yet to actually take any wages for myself!
    Daesul

    http://www.clairemanwani.com
    http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
    http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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    • #3
      I've been a full time crafter for around 3 and a half years now. It has been the biggest rollercoaster ride ever but I don't regret it mainly due to my 'lifes too short' attitude which was seriously rekindled after coming to terms with the death of my father.

      It isn't something to go into lightly and, like Daesul, wages are a distant memory for the time being until things improve considerably. But if you like 'living on the edge' and work well on your own without the interaction of colleagues in a workplace environment, its the best!
      Ali x

      Etsy Shop: aliscraftstudio.etsy.com
      Facebook: AlisCraftStudio
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      @AlisCraftStudio

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      • #4
        Mine is my full time job, since I started though I've added lots more strings to my bow including freelance writing, public speaking and demonstrating, kids parties, painting and other stuff as well.
        full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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        • #5
          For my husband and I it is our only source of income, as said before there is no regular monthly salary with all the perks, no days off, working flat out 36 hours a day, 9 days per week.

          We love it though and wouldn't go back now.

          Jane
          www.just-soaps.com
          Twitter JUSTSOAPS
          FB www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Soaps/258910018463
          Natural Handmade Olive Oil Soaps and Skincare free from SLS, Parabens, and other Nasties

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          • #6
            Crafting is my main job, although I do supplement my handmade cards with Card Kits and Card Making supplies to bring in extra money as my cards are such low-cost items that I would never make anything or cover table fees at craft fairs.
            That said though, I love it so much, it’s my passion and that’s why I dedicate everything to it and know that I am lucky to be doing what I love. All in all, I believe you get back what you put in. (But that’s a little harder in this recession).
            Goodluck

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            • #7
              Annie the Pedlar www.anniethepedlar.com became my day job 10? years ago. A bit hazy over the number as I ran it alongside other part time jobs for a year or two. I've been a pedlar for 15 years. I found out from the tele that what I'm doing is called 'a lifestyle job' which sounds very lardy da. I'm bringing in enough to cover the costs of living a happy, laid back, grow stuff, walk as much as poss and recycle it sort of life. Done the rat race and this is bliss.
              I can't retire. Don't want to. This is too much fun.

              My Chilean daughter in law holds up this role model for me. Her great granny has always had a little market stall. Now she's a crumbling 90 year old, her friends pick her up and plonk on a chair by her market stall where she carries on selling big knickers!

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              • #8
                I'd love my cardmaking to take off so that it could be my main job, but unfortunately that isn't so
                Blog: http://lovinglyhandcrafted.blogspot.co.uk/
                website: http://lovinglyhandcrafted.weebly.com/
                Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ally-S...09704535743430

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                • #9
                  I have been self employed for just over a year now. It's been hard going and if it wasn't for working tax credits I probably wouldn't have stuck it out. but I love what I do.
                  Bert.

                  Website
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                  http://myadventureswithglass.blogspot.co.uk/

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                  • #10
                    Its good to hear that so many of you have made a success at it.

                    I am currently a housewife my youngest is 18 months, and my hubby works, so crafting is really like a hobby. Although I would like to build it up enough so when my daughter starts school i dont have to go back to the "Job", Before I had the two youngest I was a market trader selling hair extensions and cosmetics, I loved being self employed, even though it was hard work, truding round the markets at daft o'clock in the mornings to load up, it just seemed worth it.

                    I have just started a blog last week, so am trying to build that up, going to do a website when i have time, selling few bits on facebook, ebay and have registered with folksy, etsy and tosouk.

                    I am doing a business degree, so i am hoping my learning from that will enable me to think businesslike LOL

                    The only problem with all this is i never have time to get any CRAFTING done
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                    • #11
                      I am full time at my business, it seems however that I am in the minority where I pay myself the same wages every month and the rest stays in the pot, so if you do have a bad month there is money in there for the wages and also for building the business.
                      www.rocksforfrocks.co.uk
                      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocks-For-Frocks/230802980887

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                      • #12
                        In my dreams I run a successful little business selling my creations. In real life I work part time in a job I don't want to give up, and have too many children to have enough time to make stock, and what I do make is always planned for others anyway. But I still dream..........
                        http://crafty-or-dafty.blogspot.com/

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