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How to run your own craft making business

Julie Lord

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Running a craft making business is a great way of turning a hobby into a career. Imagine doing something you love all day long and getting paid for it? Your only limitation in starting a craft business is your own imagination. It also allows for the possibility of working from home which is a low-cost workspace, and you can choose your work hours.

Organising a craft space

Craft businesses can be run from a studio, your own home or even the garden shed! Many people find that home is the cheapest, and most comfortable, option. If you decide to work from home, you will need to work out how you can fit the trappings of your business into the space you have got. It can be tricky to avoid work life spilling over into your relaxing space. If you have a spare room this is a great way of compartmentalising but it will require some thought as to layout and you will probably need to move some furniture out. If you're not ready to part with the spare bed/sofa/wardrobe, cheap self-storage can be a sensible solution. Of course, it depends what type of crafts you will be making. Paper based crafts will take up less space than pottery or weaving and the bulky materials and equipment associated with them.

The finished product

Most crucially you will need somewhere to store the finished products once they have been made and are ready for sale. If your storage space is cramped or you have pets or children running around the house you may want to keep the completed crafts out of the house altogether. A shed, cellar or garage could be an option but may be at risk of damp or flooding. Self-storage units may be a good solution as they are secure and dry.


Homeworking is great for flexibility and entirely cuts out the daily commute which would be a huge relief for many. It can however be difficult to find motivation to work when you are surrounded by distractions. It may be helpful to structure your day as if you were going into the office, getting dressed in the morning and setting core hours. Set yourself goals for the day, week and month.


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