10 Reasons to Start a Handmade Business
Starting a handmade business was truly one of my best life choices. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I should have just skipped college and started a business instead. Of course, when the timing is right, the universe aligns, and it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I opened my Etsy shop.
If you are at all thinking about opening a handmade business (whether you are 19 or 59), I’d like to encourage you to start. You don’t need a 20-page business plan. You don’t have to know “the right” product yet. You don’t have to have perfected your craft. You don’t even have to have a lot of money. Just start. It’s going to work itself out along the way.
If you’ve been reluctant to start your business, I’d like to offer some points that will help you get motivated.
Starting a handmade business will…
- Encourage you to be productive with your time. You aren’t changing the world binge watching Netflix, are you? Do something useful with your time. When you start a handmade business, you are creating, not just consuming. You are creating a brand, a business, and a product. That product will fulfill some need for others, and that is something to be proud of.
- Give you a creative outlet. I’ve found that I need to incorporate creativity into my life every single day. It makes me happy. Surprisingly, making your craft will not be the only creative part of your handmade business! You’ll need to be creative with your marketing, copy, and photography as well.
- Transform you into a boss. If you are an employee, you have a boss. It can get old. When you own your own handmade business, you are the CEO, CFO, and the creative director. You work for yourself. You have the freedom to do whatever you like.
- Allow you to produce something tangible. My day job of teaching is rewarding, but sometimes it’s hard to see how I am making a difference. When I build something, I see it. I can touch it, and it takes up space. (In a good way.) It’s satisfying to see something I made hanging on a wall!
- Give you knowledge and skills. When I started my handmade business, I knew nothing! In a few short years, I devoured any and all information I could to help my business grow. I learned marketing, accounting, SEO, website design, photography, copy writing, and graphic design. If you are an education junkie like myself, starting a handmade business will give you the motivation you need to learn all the things!
- Provide time to perfect your craft. So you’re not the best crafter around…Who is? It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the skills to make something that someone else will appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, you shouldn’t sell junk. What I am saying though, is that when you make tens and hundreds and thousands of an item, you will become an expert at that craft.
- Forge connections with others. Whether you are talking to customers at a craft show or connecting via social media, your handmade business will provide opportunities for you to connect with like-minded individuals.
- Serve others. When you start a handmade business, it’s easy to think that it’s all about you. What is important to remember, however, is that your business is all about others. Your product either solves a problem or adds beauty to your ideal customer’s life. Successful handmade businesses serve others.
- Grow confidence and pride. Owning a handmade business is something of which to be proud. You are bringing something positive into the world and sharing your gifts!
- Earn you supplemental income. While it’s not the only reason to open a handmade business, making extra money can be a motivating factor for many people who want to save up for something special or simply pay the bills. I’ve found that running my handmade business is an optimal alternative for me working part-time for someone else.