The ability to make something with your own two hands is a skill that no one can take away from you. Even though Arts and Crafts have been around for centuries, it was viewed as nothing more than a mindless hobby. However, the craft industry has been steadily growing for the last decade. Despite the increase in do-it-yourself videos, online craft groups, and supply store hauls, there are still stigmas attached to the craft community. Nobody wants to be stereotyped, and crafters are no exception.
Five things people have wrong about crafters:
#1. Crafters make things every day, all-day
True, some crafters spend more time doing projects than others, but they are people with responsibilities just like everyone else. They are moms, wives, employees, small business owners, caretakers, students, etc. Plus, doing something nonstop isn’t good physically or mentally. That is the fastest way to burn out.
Crafters who’ve turned their skills into either a side gig or full-time business most certainly don’t have time to do crafts all the time. Their time is spent on fulfillment, customer service, marketing, bookkeeping, and other aspects of their business.
#2. Crafters have a childlike mindset
Doing crafts does have a way of unleashing your inner child. They can freely express themselves through creativity and function in the real world. Crafting involves problem-solving, focus, and attention to detail. Besides, there’s way more to crafts than crayons, glue, glitter, construction paper, and scissors.
#3. People Who Craft Are Cheap
Actually, craft enthusiasts spend money the fastest. They attend events, upgrade tools and machinery, test new supplies, or rearrange their craft space.
There are crafters who specialize in thrifty/dollar tree crafts. They might pay less than others, but depending on the frequency of craft projects and the number of materials, the cost eventually adds up (Hint: Dollar Tree now retails items at $1.25. The more items in the cart, the quicker the quarter adds up.)
In a nutshell, free and cheap only goes so far. In the beginning, it’s wise to use inexpensive supplies until fundamentals are mastered. Once the skill level advances, things will come at a higher cost. Not to discredit big box stores, but they don’t carry every single item for every craft type. Some supplies and materials are only available at niche stores, depending on what craft is practiced.
Not every crafter is on the lookout for coupons and discount codes.
4. Crafters Love Being Online
Not every crafter wants to post an image or video of everything they make. Neither does every crafter be on social media daily. Of course, some extroverted crafters enjoy collaborating with others. But some crafters just simply love to craft in their own privacy.
5. Crafters Eventually Turn Their Hobby Into A Business
Entrepreneurship has grown, become more acceptable, and glamorized over the years. However, not everyone who crafts has a desire to own a business. Plus, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of crafters who actually love their job. Not everyone works at a toxic organization nor has a horrible boss.
You have makers who sell crafts as a side gig to help pay down debt or a current pay a bill that they don’t want coming from their primary source of income. You have some makers who only sell during the holiday season, and that’s okay. Then some enjoy making handmade items as a gift to others.
There’s more to business than a website and social media pages.
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