What’s Up? The handmade crafting business!

Have you heard? You can earn money at work and play? This is true for Liz Batts and many other working women, and it can be true for you too!

Liz Batts is a registered dietitian by day and crafting queen by night. Together she and her husband run BattsCrafts, an Etsy shop that features handmade gifts and items for the home that can even be personalized. She is just one of many women in the workforce who are also aspiring Etsy-preneurs.

Etsy-prenuers are sellers or pickers who utilize Etsy as a platform to promote sales. The participate in the start-up process of launching and managing an online store. They sell everything from handmade goods to vintage finds and even photographs.

Although not all crafting businesses are on Etsy, their intentions align: to sell what their talents and hobbies produce. Many businesses utilize Facebook or word-of-mouth. There are also craft shows and certain shops who are willing to support local handmade products.

Platforms aside, I can promise you the crafting itself is not as easy as it looks! This week I, too, attempted to be apart of the crafting business. Tweeting along the way, I followed self-made business woman and full-time college student, Kailey Mattarella. With her direction, I was able to explore the handmade hobby culture and the business that accompanies it.

What I learned is that a craft business takes a lot of planning, effort and time – something that for college women like myself is hard to come by after classwork and campus involvement. Truly, crafting business women are some hard-working gals!

Here is some Etsy-preneurial advice I gathered this week:

  1. Maintaining a craft business on the side is time-consuming. “It can be like working a part-time job on top of a full-time job,” Abigale Lemke, a lamp-crafter and working women says.
  2. Your craft business is just like a start-up small business and needs to be taken seriously. Thankfully there is help! “(S)tarting a business on Etsy is just like starting a small business,” Batts says. “You have to keep track of all your finances very well.”
  3. If you’re serious about starting a craft-business, go for it! “If you’re interested in selling them at stores, be intentional and be persistent,” Mattarella says. “You never know what doors are going to be opened if you just keep on trying.”
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