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So what’s it like playing with yarn all day? Well, first of all, I don’t play with yarn all day. I know bummer 🙁
In all seriousness when I set the goal of being able to work my crochet business full time I knew that I would not be playing with yarn all day but I do like the way it sounds when people ask me what I do. I have been selling my crochet items since November 2011 I didn’t really start thinking about it as a business until around 2013 and didn’t think I could really do it full time until 2016.
I do want it to be clear that I did have a plan for transitioning from my full-time job to working my business full time but things did not go according to plan but I am happy to say I am making it work.
One of the things I was and still am really excited about being able to work my crochet business full time is having more time to crochet and get orders out more quickly which leads me to the number one lesson I learned in my first month…
I Suck At Time Management
I already knew I had issues with time management but a huge spotlight was put on the issue when I didn’t have the “day job” excuse anymore like seriously how did I get anything done when I did have a day job because I am struggling (If you have some good actionable time management tips please let me know).
Which leads me to the second lesson learned…
Setting Boundaries and saying NO
When you tell people that you are working your crochet business full time the automatic assumption is that you are not working and that you are available to be at their beckon call or just hang out whenever. I’m not going to lie I actually do like having the freedom to go to lunch at my favorite restaurant or go yarn shopping in the middle of the day but I also know if I want my business to be successful setting boundaries and saying no are a must.
This Is Hard. Really Really Hard
but it is worth it. I have never been this happy and content with my decision and even though every day is like a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Well maybe a bit more profit but I do believe the money is coming and July wasn’t a horrible month, see a snapshot of my July income and expenses below.
I will go back to my more detailed income reports next month. I should also note that the expenses on this income report also include the expenses for attending the Crochet Guild of America Annual Conference. There are a lot of things that I am learning on this journey and I will continue to share as much as I can. Make sure you are following my Facebook Page as I do live videos there every Tuesday with tips on running your crochet biz.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and until next time happy crocheting.