It's not always easy to make the leap. Our quiz can help you decide.
Admit it. You've thought about it. If you love crafting enough to design and sell your own products, you've probably daydreamed about making it your "real" job. But are you ready to take crafting from sideline to full-time? Here's a quick quiz to help you find out.
1. It's a typical weekday morning. You’re most likely to be:
A) Finding it hard to focus because your mind is so full of ideas for your next craft projects that there's no room to think about work.
B) Focused on work, but planning to finish up a craft project at lunch and swing by the craft store to replenish supplies on the way home.
C) Thoroughly engaged in your job, though ideas for new designs often pop in to your mind on the way to work and at the coffee machine.
2. Your money-management style is:
A) Practical penny saver: You know exactly how much you need to live each month and you stick to your budget. Comparison shopping and saving to reach long-term goals are part of your strategy.
B) Sensible splurge: You've got a good handle on where your money goes, but you sometimes put off balancing your checkbook or forget to record small expenses. You occasionally indulge, but you've saved enough for a rainy day.
C) Can't-be-bothered creative: When it comes to dollars, you have ADHD. Your approach to budgeting would best be described as "abstract." After all, there are more important things in life than money.
3. You've just walked into an amusement park. The first ride you head for is:
A) Something exciting—the rollercoaster.
B) Something that gets you where you want to go, like a train around the park.
C) Something safe and family-friendly, like the carousel.
4. Friends and family would most likely praise you for being (choose one):
5. Your company's biggest client wants a major shipment a week early, and half your team is out with the flu. You're most likely to:
A) Stay calm and devise an action plan. You're good under pressure. You can handle this—and more.
B) Stress out, but force yourself to stop sweating and solve the problem. You won't like it, but you'll burn the midnight oil to get the job done.
C) You don't do stress. Even surprise parties freak you out. You'll probably panic, and then find someone else to take over and talk you off the ledge.
6. Which of the following sounds most like you?
A) You've written a business plan for your crafting company. You've also written a marketing plan, financial plan and mission statement.
B) You're developing a business plan. If you haven't started yet, you've done some research and know how to write one.
C) What's a business plan?
7. At work, you're a:
A) Compulsive clock-watcher: You count the seconds until the workday ends so you can get back to your latest crafting projects.
B) Pragmatist: You're not unhappy in your job, but you don't take it home with you or talk about it on weekends. If this doesn't work out, you know you'll find another position.
C) Consummate professional: Your job is rewarding and you like your workmates. You generally find it easy to stay focused and productive both at work and in your crafting.
8. You'd most likely describe yourself as (choose one):
9. Right now your crafting business is:
A) Booming: You've got so many orders you can barely keep up.
B) Building: You're developing a following online and getting nice reviews from buyers.
C) Budding: Friends who see your products love them and offer to buy them. You're still in start-up mode, but people have been saying you should start a business.
10. To make your crafting business succeed, you would (choose one):
A) Do whatever it takes, even if it means giving up vacations and dinners out.
B) Sacrifice some luxuries, but not give up all the finer things. but let's be reasonable.
C) Work hard.
11. In order to fit crafting into your life, you (choose one):
A) Feel like you're working two or three jobs. Getting it all done is exhausting.
B) Devote some late nights and weekends to crafting. You're busy, but not overwhelmed.
C) Set aside a specific number of hours every week. You'd like to devote more time to crafting, but you're not sure you'd want to give up other enjoyable activities.
If you answered mostly As:
Odds are good that you have the self-discipline, organizational skills and business savvy you need to run your own company. Entrepreneurship is unpredictable—it's often more like a roller coaster than a stroll through the park—but you've got the quick thinking and crisis-management skills to make it work. You're passionate about making your dream a reality, and you've built a solid customer base so you won't be starting from scratch.
If you answered mostly Bs:
You may feel torn between committing to a crafting career and remaining a maker on the side. You're focused, practical, resourceful and have the ability to budget your time and money—all of which suggest that you have the potential to succeed as an entrepreneur. But do you have the drive and dedication you'd need to make a go of it? Would crafting become a chore if you devoted yourself to it full-time? Would you miss the security of a steady income? Weigh your options carefully before you decide.
If you answered mostly Cs:
Creativity is a wonderful asset when it comes to designing crafts, but makers are often surprised to find that running a business requires more mundane skills, like time management, money management and organization. Also, starting your own company can mean spending a lot of time at home alone. If you're a social animal, you might feel isolated. Still committed to making crafting your full-time job? Consider taking a mini course or reading a few articles about business basics first.