Today I’m posting about what can sometimes be seen as a touchy subject – the cost of handcrafting things and how to sustain your creative outlet.
Lately I’ve been really interested in the topic of entrepreneurial handcrafting. There is a lot that goes into having a business, let alone a business around your creativity and productivity. So I have been reading a lot about the cost of handcrafted goods from a business perspective.
Then there’s the personal perspective of the cost of handcrafted goods. I was reading this blog post about the true value of making a quilt for a gift.
First there’s the raw materials that go into a handcrafted project, sometimes they need a large investement. Then when the time spent on the project is factored in the ‘true’ cost of a project can really add up.(especially in countries where the minimum wage higher than the international average)
Anyway, why am I talking about this? You may notice a few changes around here at SimpleFibreLife in the near future. I’m going to be adding adverts and affiliate links to my blog. Let me explain…
I am currently between jobs. I have been for awhile. It is hard to sustain my creative outlets without my own disposable income. So putting adverts on my blog and having affiliate links are a way to raise some funds to put back into my sustaining my creative projects. Which I will not doubt share with you. It’s the circle of life blogging.
All this came about because I’m writing a bunch of book reviews this year and I wanted to link to the books themselves on a website that I would buy the books from myself. When I looked into it I learned about affiliate programs. I would usually buy my books from Book Depository so, where possible, I’ll link to them using affiliate links.
I should add here that these books I’m going to be reviewing have not been gifted to me. I have purchased these books myself using my own money or gift vouchers that have been given to my buy friends or family.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t expect to make a million bucks out of this exercise. I make things because I love to make things, but the reality is that materials that go into making things cost money. Hopefully this ‘commercialisation’ of my blog will contribute to those costs.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I’m all about transparency and if I were in your position I’d like to know what’s going on.
How do you sustain your creative outlet?
Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂
P.s. Yep. I totally drew that image. I’m pretty rad with MS Paint 😛