Saturday, January 3, 2009

Handcrafting as a Full Time Job

All this while I've been making stuff as I do other things, like my school paper, an office job, part time job, teaching, etc. I've never really concentrated in only making things. As a result, I've not really made anything much, with a very very long list of 'want-to-do's and a bunch of ideas that I've not acted upon.
And now that I've quite decided I'm going to do it full time, (if I don't get this office job I'm stalking or if I don't get any students this semester), I realized that it IS a job that really needs a lot of time.
Really, I wonder how do those other crafters can do it. I mean, in between making commissions, making presents for friends and family, doing personal experiments, how do they still manage to stock up their shops? Not to mention craft fairs, etc.
Damn, this must mean that I've not been working hard enough.
Come on come on, I can do it!!!!


Cashmere said...

Yeah, I'm having a hard time juggling too... I've stopped doing my accessories for awhile now.. Since I'm free now, might restart again after I clean up my! :P

Windmill said...

Hello Melisa,

Firstly, I wish you Peace, Love and Happiness throughout 2009.

There is only 24 hours in a day.
Assuming 10 hours is spent asleep.
Personal body care time 2 hour.
Meal time 2 hours.
Personal leisure 2 hours

That leaves only about 8 awake-hours balance to cramp in all that needs to be done in a day.

Which isn't very much really.

Hence, the importance of Time-Management when managing a self-business full-time. Oh! and of course, a pragmatic daily work schedule or else one might end up frustrated even if one manages Time reasonably well.

All the best to you!

rupr said...

I have same resolution as you. I want to turnmy hobby into reasonable money. I created group on facebook for this purpose, maybe you can see and get some ideas there:
I wish you succesful and creative new year.

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Hi Cashmere, do start making your accessories again. There's really nothing better than to do the things we love.

Hi Windmill, I never really have the knack of managing my time well. Let's see how I got by. (Practice makes perfect???)

Hi Ivana, the link doesn't seem to work. I kept getting back to my facebook home page. And thank you for the wishes, may you also got what you wish for.

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