This is the last day of week 4 of the 2013 31 Days of Crochet Business Blogging Challenge. Instead of incorporating this day into my week 4 post, I decided to write a separate post so that I can track it per the instructions in today’s writing prompt.
Write a post today about why you love your crochet business. Set up analytics for your post and track it for 7 days. Return to the post and share your results.
So this is why I love my crochet business …
I Gave Up My “Good Government Job”
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When I worked for the Federal government many years ago, I always dreamed of being self-employed. But because I was petrified of leaving my “good government job” for the unpredictable world of self employment, it took me a good two years to get up the courage to take the leap into the unknown.
I enjoyed being self employed for a while, but a time came when working for myself wasn’t enough. I’d always enjoyed and been good at writing, which I was doing as a freelance instructional designer, but at some point I wanted more — I wanted to make money doing what I absolutely loved.
Seven years after retiring from my freelance instructional designer gig, I can now say that I have a business which pays me to do what I love.
Do What You Love, And the Money Will Follow
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Actually, I’ve been able to combine three loves – crochet, writing, and teaching – into a micro business that I hope will be profitable as 2013 unfolds. Sara Duggan’s crochet business blog challenge has helped me get organized and set goals for what I want to accomplish this year, something I’ve said I needed to do but never got around to doing.
While I don’t have to rely on this business to pay for essentials like food, shelter, and transportation (my retirement income does that), it doesn’t mean it won’t be an important income generator. I’ve been doing some freelance copy writing to fill in the gaps that my retirement doesn’t cover. Yes, I enjoy writing, but I usually have to write about topics that others want me to write about, and I’m not always interested in those topics. That makes writing feel like a job and not a joy.
Writing about crochet, on the other hand, is an absolutely joy, as is teaching it, publishing patterns, creating commissioned pieces, and doing contract crochet work. Therefore, my goal is to have my crochet business take the place of the freelance copy writing I’ve been doing, hopefully by the end of 2013.
Now Is the Time to Start a Crochet Business
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This is a fantastic time to have a crochet business. Crochet has made a huge comeback, thanks to designers like Christopher Kane who incorporate crochet into their fashion designs. There is a lot of crochet-related work that skilled crocheters can get involved in, including:
- Designing and selling items on sites like Etsy or at craft fairs, in consignment shops, and at bazaars
- Doing crocheted pieces on commission
- Publishing patterns
- Doing contract work such as pattern testing and creating samples
- Blogging about crochet
- Editing crochet patterns.
If you know how to crochet, you might want to take a serious look at how you can profit from your skills. That’s definitely what I’ve decided to do.
Sara Duggan’s Hooking for Cash, (aff) available in the Amazon Kindle Store, is an excellent resource for those of you who want to turn your crochet hobby into a business.
Now it’s your turn. Which of your crochet skills do you think you could create a crochet business around? Let me know in the comment section below.
No, I didn’t forget the last few days of week 5 of the blog challenge.