Friday, June 25, 2010

Making Money Doing What You Love

Niche II
If you have worked through the previous questions of finding your niche, you should have yourfoundation for creating your business. Let me say this now, this will not be the only time you willhave to think about your niche. This process can change even after you’ve started your business. I’m still working on mine.

Knitting and crocheting is such a broad category, there are so many different items one can make, some time consuming, some quick. I think about all the items I’ve made and try to figure out which ones I derive the most enjoyment from (one that I can do over and over again). I’ve found that I have done more shrugs than anything else, so this is truly my niche anything else I do is secondary. I can also see that shrugs can easily turn into midriff sweaters and possibly cardigans in the future. With all this said this is one way of adding to your niche. But remember, one item at a time as to not be overwhelmed.
Keep a notebook with your projects in mind and add to it as often as needed. Take a look at what it is that you enjoy, note it. Next think in terms of adding to it slowly, over a period of time and figure out what are the other possibilities over time. Nothing happens over night. There is nothing wrong with working at a slow and steady pace to get your business where you want it to be. The key is not to give up or get discouraged. For insight feel free to ask family and friends for input or insight, food for thought and outside you can be good for business. Even if you don’t like some of the things you hear, try and keep the answers in prospective, they may come in handy later.
SCORE is also another good place to start for help and objective input.

SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit organization with about 400 chapters in the United States. They have volunteers who provide training and one-on-one business consultation at no charge.

We are in this to make a living doing what we love.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Making Money Doing What You Love

This is the beginning of a series of writings I will be doing for a while I hope you will find beneficial and fun.


I had spent a couple of years struggling with this word when I first started New Day Crochet.
It always confused me, it sometimes saddened me. It became a horrid

word. It seemed it was always given in terms of finding a box to fit into. After years of dealing

with this I found a better definition for me when used in personal terms, a situation or

activity specially suited to your interests, abilities, or nature.

Find a particular interest or ability for making or doing something.

Here are some key questions to help find your niche:

1. What do you enjoy making? Your craft should be based on what you like making,
touching, and being surrounded by. Is it candles, ceramics, jewelry, etc?
What medium do like, clay, fiber, wood?

Or maybe your niche is teaching or holding seminars on what you love as opposed to sells.
(My enjoyment is crocheting, knitting and I also love to sew.)

Choose a craft that you’ll love making over and over again. Make it challenging but easy enough
to produce in a reasonable amount of time. For me a reasonable amount of time would be two

2. Do you know how to make it well? The one thing you cannot compromise on is quality of
craftsmanship. Find the time to learn more and new techniques about your craft, via classes,
books or the internet. The more you do a thing the better you become.

Last but not least….

3. What will your first product be? Yes, one product. This keeps one from becoming
overwhelmed, too many things to make, having your energy and focus going in to many
directions. As time passes you can always add to your line.

Your see finding your niche can be as simple as choosing your college major. Do what you love,
that’s it, that’s all.

I must revisit these 3 questions. It never hurts to start over, it hurts not to start.

What are your answers to the above questions? I would love to hear them.