Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Poll - Do you make jewelry for fun or profit ?

By on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4 Comments

Some of you may already have encountered the NYTimes article on how some Etsians are making six figure incomes from their hobbies. (Hat tip to Leslie at the Bei Mondi blog for bringing it to my attention.) The article interviews a couple of Etsians who have been so successful their businesses have taken over their lives and prompting them to enlist help.

On one hand, it seems like a dream come true if you could work at home especially if you have a young family, and be your own boss. But is it really a viable alternative?

So I thought it would be fun to do my first in-post poll to find out how many of you make jewelry just for fun as well as those who have a hankering to do more. Please vote and check for the results! Do also share your experiences by commenting below.

(Update : Poll removed)

Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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  1. I haven't made anything in SO long! At least not jewelry. Although I design things in my head all the time!

  2. Fascinating article and very true as well.

  3. Personally I think those who do this as a hobby and attempt to sell undermine those of us who NEED this for our living. This is my only source of income. I have a mortgage and bills to pay with no sugar daddy husband paying them so I can "play". But when I go to shows, I often hear from non-buying customers "Oh what a fun hobby!" There was a time when you had to prove you had a storefront and a serious business to get into shows. I wish that were still true.

  4. I don't think those who make jewelry as a hobby will undermine those who do it for a living provided they price fairly.

    Too often, there are crafters to charge so little that people begin to associate hand made goods as cheap. The reverse should happen. People need to be educated that hand made is, when created by talented artisans, designer and often one of a kind quality.