Let’s forget about all of that advice on how to become a successful knitting designer or how to become a successful small crafty biz entrepreneur, because – it’s boring!
I have spent a good amount of time learning about building email lists, designing landing pages and creating funnels of various sorts. Branding, blogging, social media marketing, what have you; good advice, I’m sure, I’ve seen it work. It’s just that following this advice, like sticking to one, and only one, topic on one’s blog bores me to tears. Which explains the lack of posts here.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of making a living doing what I love and I thought that was knitting, sewing, quilting: making stuff, in general. And I actually do love all of that. But I also love reading great books about all kinds of topics, learning new things, experimenting and following random interests down the rabbit hole.
Turns out the important part of “making a living doing what you love” is the love and fun part, not the making a living part. And being bored is not fun.
I already have a full time job that covers my bills. In that I am quite fortunate. I also enjoy many aspects of it, especially those that require a bit of creative thinking to solve problems. Then there are the dreadful parts. They consist mostly of following routines and doing the things that are necessary but mindless in the way like tying your shoes is.
So, following all that good small indie business advice is a lot like my “real” job. I don’t know why this has taken me so long to figure out. And why would I want to press a big portion of what I enjoy doing into structures I don’t like – when I don’t have to?
Well, no more! I’ve decided I’d rather be a happy amateur following her whims than become a professional business owner. So you’ll probably find all kinds of stuff on this blog in the future, most of it still related to knitting and making. The real difference is probably just in my own mind.
I’m curious and excited to find out where this might lead!