There seems to be a lot of talk about the home-based knitting and crochet businesses. It seems half of the people are saying you can't make any money with a craft business. The other half are trying to convince you that it is so easy you can get rich overnight with no effort at all.
I am one of the middle folks. You probably will not get rich, unless you became a very exclusive designer. But even so you if being a designer is not in your future you can earn a decent income with your crafts. I say this only because I have done it.
Knitting scarfs, knitting hats and Christmas items of all kinds. Creating crochet baby patterns and loom knitting patterns were all a part of my business.
With some baby crochet patterns and a used knitting machine I began knitting hats and to crochet baby afghans to sell. Of course starting out was slow but as time pasted and my items became known my home based business increased.
My business was started in 1986. Yes I am now retired and no I did not get rich. But I did add to the family income. Also I was able to stay home and raise our children and work my hours around our family life.
It was extremely hectic at times and a lot of work but also a great deal of fun. When you do something you love the big dollars are not always your main goal. My goal was to help with the family budget and still be available for our family life and activities.
My children are now grown with families of their own. I do not regret a moment of being at home with them.
We still have many laughs about when the orders would come in so fast, that all four of us would be pitching in. We would have the living room full of pom poms trying to finish up all the orders for the holidays.
I would knit during the day while they were at school. In the evenings I would do the handwork while we all chatted and watched TV.
The kids tell of fond memories of me always being home when their school day was over. We always had enough money for what we needed. My income helped for all the many extras for the family.
Yes I do recommend being a stay at home Mom, if at all possible. But also do try the craft business you have always dreamed about. You will never be sorry you tried, but you will regret never trying at all.
You know what! We are rich from my home-based business. We never went without and we are rich with many fond memories and no regrets.
About the Author
LindaLS is retired now but had a knitting and crochet business for over 35 years. She is also author of "Looney for Looms" patterns for loom knitters. You may also find more free information about a craft business at http://www.knitting-n-crochet.com "Knitting-n-Crochet for Profit"