It’s the perfect scenario.
Kids sitting peacefully at the dining table, eating a healthy homemade lunch. No one is swearing at anyone. The beds are made, the washing is done. And you are sitting at your sewing table piecing together a huge quilt – the third one you have completed this week.
Later on you will finish off the kids clothes you have been knitting while they hold hands and sing songs together in the backyard.
The sun is shining. The birds are signing. All is right with the world….
Hahahaaaaaaaa. Yeah. Right.
It was fun to imagine for a second though wasn’t it.
Let’s be realistic.
The kids are picking on each other. One of them is throwing food. The other is letting the dog lick his lunch before he eats it. The house looks like a bomb hit it and your sewing machine hasn’t seen any use since you brought it. You haven’t got an artistic bone in your body. You may not have had a shower today.
It can be hard to imagine being able to fit any more into our already chaotic lives. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day just for getting the basic housework done.
But, YOU really need some me time. YOU feel an urge to do something to contribute something meaningful to your life.
That may be what brought you to this site?
Or are you feeling the pressure to help out with the household income. Would you like some extra spending money each week? Let’s face it, there isn’t much left after the bills and the kids are taken care of.
You really love the idea of working from home. But how the hell are you going to find the time? You feel guilty about taking your attention away from the kids and wonder if the household will suffer because you are trying to do something for yourself for a change.
Now you are thinking that starting your own craft business is the stupidest idea you have ever had.
It’s not. And I’m really glad you are here.
I mean it. You can make this happen and still keep the wheels turning at home. We just need to be smart and strategic about this. [pullquote]Starting a craft based business can be very rewarding in so many ways, if you do it wisely.[/pullquote]
Take the craft you choose, for example. Do you have time to make complicated King size quilts for a living? No? What about sewing? No?
Are you a naturally crafty person? A bit Martha Stewart like? No way? (me either…sigh)
Why Candles & Soaps are the Perfect Craft for the Non-Creative Super Mum
I think the non-creative busy super mum needs to look at candle or soap making. Let’s not complicate things. As someone without a creative bone in her body I know candle making was my saving grace when I began my craft business.
Here are my top 4 reasons why these you MUST consider a non-creative craft like candle or soap making –
- Candle & Soap making is the PERFECT craft for those of us who missed out on the creative gene. I find that its actually a lot like cooking! You have a recipe that you have to follow and out comes your perfect creation every time…..ok well I lie, just a little. Things definitely do not turn out perfect every time and there is still some tweaking that needs to be done here and there. But hands down, candles are my favourite thing to make and I’m about as non creative as they come.
- The initial learning curve is pretty small. Candle making doesn’t take weeks and months to learn and you wont need to attend any special classes. You could literally be making candles by the end of today if you wanted to. Although, like anything you will get better with practice!
- They can be made pretty quickly. (Once you pass the initial learning stages that is) Set aside a few hours a week while the kids are asleep or at school. If you organise yourself well you can make a huge batch of candles or soaps pretty quickly and there you have your inventory for the next couple months. You do not need to be up to midnight every day making products for your business. Don’t let me find out that you are!
- We all use them… That means we all buy them…
That means there is demand!
Which is what every good business needs to be viable. Soaps (and candles to some extent) are used by millions of people every day. And unlike a beautiful well made quilt, they don’t last very long. Which means they always need replacing……get my drift?
Don’t make it complicated!
If you want to create a craft business that will give you a decent income from home then I strongly suggest you try making either candles and/or soaps. Perfect for the time poor, non creative mum who just wants to keep it simple, skip the massive learning curve and earn money sooner.
The ‘perfect’ family scenario I described at the beginning of the article might not be happening anytime soon (at least not in my household) but that’s ok. This is way more fun.
Tell me below about your craft ideas for non-creatives like me!…