Wouldn’t everyone like to make money at something they truly love doing? While my kids were growing up, I was a stay at home mom who did just that! I wanted to be there for them and still make some money. My kids are now 17 and 21 and I’ve moved into a more full time online career, but for those earlier years quilting was perfect! Check out my street fair booth in Seattle .
My business began with making windsocks and selling them at local bazaars and smaller venues. I evolved into an art quilter, selling my work at local art fairs, summer street fairs and a local quilt shop. In these times of unemployment and uncertainty, it may pay to take a look at the kind of business you might create from home. My advice is to start small, research your idea/market carefully, get a business license and find your unique niche.
Southwest Strip Pieced Landscape Quilt, By Alice Rudolph
You’ll probably find your work will evolve over time until you find an artistic look that you’ll be identified with and you develop a following. Take your time to play, find inspiration, take classes and grow as an artist. I’ll do a series of posts on various aspects of starting a small crafting business to discuss in detail some of the concerns involved.