I have thinking of writing on this subject for a couple of months as I often meet people who want to talk about how to make money from quilting.
I decided that I will break the subject down into chapters and share with readers my experience from the past couple of years. Which have all lead to my Carols Quilts website and business of creating, manufacturing and selling templates and tools for quilters. I will try to add chapters as time allows.
So here goes …..
Chapter One – Do you really want to make money from your quilting hobby?
These are thoughts to think about before taking the next steps.
The advantages of making money from your Quilting Hobby.
- You will be doing something you love, and when you do that, its not work!
- You will be doing something you are good at.
- You could be putting your real life talents into building your hobby i.e. if you are a sales person or a computer whiz, you can bring those skills to your business as well.
- You could build a business in your time and place with a low risk.
- You could build yourself something for your future.
- Your business can pay for your hobby (assuming you make money first!)
The disadvantages of making money from your quilting hobby.
- All of a sudden its not a hobby any more, its a business, will you get the same enjoyment out of it?
- You will need to learn some small business skills. (In a small business you cover all bases.)
- You will need to free up time, think about how much time you have available for this. (it will take more time than you think.)
- Even if you are doing something you love, there will be some tasks you dislike doing. (that’s life!)
- Your days are going to be more planned and structured than before.
- Is your family behind you, it will affect them. You might not be so available than you were.
Think seriously about if you still want to go ahead, the key point is the one about being able to still enjoy your hobby. I have often spoken to Quilt Shop owners who started a quilt shop because they loved quilting, but then found they no longer had any time for their passion, because they found themselves with a business instead.
And if you decide not to go ahead on the business side of quilting, remember that there are lots of opportunities where you can expand your quilting hobby, such as: making quilts to give away to community organisations, volunteering to teach quilting at schools and other groups, volunteering to help at your local quilting guild or setting up your own quilting group in your area if there isn’t one.
Chapter Two will cover “How much money do you want to make?”. So follow my blog and see what happens next. And feel free to add comments on this Chapter from your own experience.