& Job Hunting Hobbies
to Turn Your Knitting or Sewing
Skills into a Career
Expertly crafted knitting or sewing
projects can be marketed at local
craft fairs, or online.
who get all warm and fuzzy thinking about knitting or sewing for hours (or can who start sizing
up relatives months before Christmas to get that perfect sweater
completed on time), sewing
may be the perfect way to turn an engrossing hobby into a steady money stream.
Nowadays, young hobbyists stand their best chance of establishing a full-time or part-time career by becoming entrepreneurs and selling their wares at local craft fairs, knitting expos, neighborhood shops, or over the Internet
on websites such as etsy.com.
kinds of jobs, of course, calls for excellent people skills and a head for business. Besides natural talent, your career is almost entirely dependent on leaving your comfort zone and "getting out there."
Marketing or business classes will also help, but an intuitive knowledge of start-up costs, what will sell, pricing, and how to reach prospective buyers can probably best be achieved only by spending time with others in the field.
This may also entail
networking with other knitters in online craft
forums, for instance, or joining professional organizations
or the The Knitting
Guild Association. Sharing your expertise on your website, via illustrated instructions or educational videos, is another way to show off your beautiful handmade creations and will help establish your professional credentials.
Have fun... and good luck!
also see -> How to Start Your Own Crafting Business
More about starting your own sewing or knitting business around the Web:
and Crochet Start work at home business - Been-there guide
to making money from your knitting skills with tips and advice
on buying materials, what sells, preferred venues, plus a how-to
library of knitting and embroidery projects.
to Price Your Knitting to Sell - Helpful advice on scouting
out your competition, keeping start up costs low, and pricing
for profit, plus scroll down for more articles with related tips
on the home knitting business.
as a Home Based Business - Good overview with advice on
the pros and cons including related resources and suggested reading.