Monday, May 20, 2013

Don't Give Up Your Day Job Just Yet

As I work hard trying to finish up my latest wholesale order it occurred to me that having your own business does not always mean you are better off than the 9 to 5 jobs. Sure you set your own hours but most of the time it ends up being 70 to 80 hours a week. So, why be self employed?

I am sure several of you do not rely on your craft to pay your bills. I on the other hand do. This is my life. Yes, I get by and the bills are paid but it isn't easy. There are days when I end up working 18 to 20 hours and some weeks there are several of those days.

This week I will be writing about some of the things you should plan for if you decide to take your hobby to the business world. I would like to know how many of you are actually full time with your craft. I don't mean as a second income I mean as your main income. Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know. Perhaps together we can all grow our business or hobby a bit more by sharing our experiences.

As always feel free to leave a comment or question here or in email to And by the way, there are several questions recently asked. I am working on articles to answer those questions so don't think I have forgotten about you!


  1. My patterns are my main source of income. My other shops help, but aren't serious money earners.

    I agree; 60+ hours a week go into making, shipping, and Etsy promotion. I'd love to see any tips on making my business grow!

    1. My Tangled Metal store is my main income. Market My Shop store does not sell enough to even be considered a hobby. :)

  2. My last "permanent" job gave me up almost 5 years ago. I'm registered with several temp agencies and have had about 2 years of assorted temp gigs since then. I'm starting to think about moving to someplace less expensive (different part of the country). I know that day job pay would likely be less there, but if the cost of living is less, then if or when I had to rely on my savings to piece it all together, at least that would last longer!