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Username Post: Work from home        (Topic#1585913)
obbeachbabe22
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Hello! Anyone out there sick of thier corporate job and want to work from home doing what they love and make a living? I'm desparately trying to find a way to do just that but i need help. Anyone out there work from home doing scrapbooking? Work in the scrapbook field? Any tips on how to get started? Any companies hiring? I need to find a way to get out of the corporate world and do what I love! I'm new to the site but already, learned so much and been inspired. Can anyone steer me in the right direction or offer a tip or two?

Thx!


 
Henri Jean
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In response to obbeachbabe22

That's a tough one - I think that is the dream of a lot of people here.

The closest I've heard of people making money at it is to sell Creative Memories or other products.



 
angiegirtz
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In response to Henri Jean

I agree. Would love to make a living at this! What a wonderful life that would be... I love this site - so amazing! Interested in hearing some thoughts...


 
CommaHolly
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In response to angiegirtz

There's a ton of things you can do to make a little cash,,,,,,

scrapbooking
card making
custom invitations
start a store
draw digis (if you're artistic)
create altered items
go work at Michael's for minimum wage,,,,,possibly more if you have management experience,,

to name a few,,,,,,,

the question is usually will you make ENOUGH to leave your job??

I'd say that MOST people find the answer is NO. You may (and probably could) make enough to support your addiction--er habit.

But to pay the MORTGAGE and the electric and put food on the table?

Not impossible,,,,,,,,but it would take a ton of work, many long hours (Perhaps more than you work now for less $$),,,,,,I imagine, like any fledgeling business, one would probably have to expect the first year to be pretty much a bust with most of your income going back into the business,,,,,and zero take home pay for yourself.

Can you afford to do that?

Some can,,,,,and it's worth the effort,,,,,,

some can not,,,,,,

You could start a business part time and keep your current job until it gets on its feet,,,,

but again, that's double work,,,,,

and then,,,,,what you love,,,,,,becomes WORK. A lot of it.

It just depends if that's worth it to you,,,,everyone's answer might be different.


Edited by CommaHolly on 03-10-13 11:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
scrappercaz
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In response to CommaHolly

As Henri said, that's the dream of probably at least half the people on here and while not impossible, lets say difficult.

If you do - let us know and good luck.





 
RedSquirrel
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In response to scrappercaz

How about becoming an SU! demo? It wouldn't pay all the bills, but it might pay for your scrapping bills if you have plenty of scrapping friends.


 
chocolateaxel
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In response to obbeachbabe22

I'm right there with you, would absolutely love to leave my corporate job! While it would be nice to be able to use my creative talents to make a living, I have not yet found a way to do it. In my case, I provide the benefits for my husband and myself, and in jobs like SU demo or any of the companies like that, since you're not an "employee", there are no benefits. And on the wage the craft stores pay, it would probably only pay for benefits with nothing left over.
If anyone does come up with a viable option to the corporate world, I hope they let me know!


 
dwelch
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In response to chocolateaxel

With the cost of scrapbooking supplies, it would seem to be nearly impossible to actually make a living just doing scrapbooking for people. I made a scrapbook at my brother's request as an anniversary gift for his wife. Because I was being reimbursed for supplies, I kept track, and was amazed to discover that one scrapbook cost over $400 to make (paper, embellies, adhesive, page protectors, book itself, etc). Considering all ofmy time I spent doing the book, I can't imagine how much I would have actually had to charge someone in order to "make money" on the project.


 
t-scraps
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In response to dwelch

Just keep in mind that sometimes when you turn something you love to do into a job, that love turns into work and it's not so much fun anymore.


 
catzscrapper
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In response to dwelch

I do know that those conventions that come around like Creating Keepsakes, have a program where you work at the convention and get free scrap supplies. I did it for 1 day and worked 2 shifts of 4 hours and it was fun and I got freebies galore! I was TA in a couple classes and the instructor gave us TA's a kit or 2 for helping. Plus you got the benefit of the class for free. Then the convention had a gift bag they give you after your last shift that had a paper trimmer, glues, paper/cardstocks and other scrappy items.
So if you live near where they have the conventions you could do that for a day or 3...you get to choose when you want to work at the convention. If you want to work every day they are open they let you do that when I did it. If you go to their convention site, they post when they are looking for help and you sign up for the days/hours you can be there. They were so nice and friendly and the job was just all about being friendly and helpful. My other shift was at the front desk answering questions from people attending the convention. Stuff like 'do they sell lunch here?' 'where do I find my class?' 'I lost my kid somewhere here, can you help me find her?' It was fun for me, you have to be a people person but that is easy for most crafters I think
You might try different little shops and see if they take consignments. Like Baby shops~ many people go in there to get shoes or whatever but some cute baby themed paper piecing framed pictures might get them shopping for your hand made items! Or scrap books or cards! To many people who are not crafty, to get a picture frame done like a scrap page and all they have to do is put their child's pic in it is what they want! That is what my friends used to tell me anyhow. Might even work at the bigger stores, tho they may want you to supply the whole chain with items. You never know till you ask. Take samples of the items so you can show them what they will be getting too, visual things they can hold are very appealing. Just remember they usually take a percentage of $ you earn for your work/item.
That's all I got, hope there is something here that helps.


 
Henri Jean
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In response to catzscrapper

Just a thought but don't know how much you would make - my husband has suggested that if I want to do something on my own I should get rates from hotels and put quarterly crops on in the hotels banquet facilities. I go to one every quarter and its $100.00 to crop friday night, Saturday and part of Sunday. They really pack the room and it was 2 years before I could even get a spot. I think they host about 80-100 at each crop.

The furnish munchies on Friday night, some soft drinks and cold water in pitchers, and sandwich stuff Saturday afternoon.

They also give you a goodie bag with the supplies for the make & take that weekend.

If you have experience in event planning this could be a fun and would let you work from home to organize it. If there are already a lot of crops in your area it may not work well, but if so - then its good.

The one we go to is sponsored by "She Scrapbooks" and is 10 minutes from the store so we can run get things. ALso, the Saturday lunch is served in the scrapbook store so people by things too. Seems we get a discount that weekend also.

Another thing some have done is put up a really great website to sell scrapbook supplies. That would be a conflict here so you would not be able to direct traffic from here to your site but still, that is a thought.

I but a lot of supplies here but I do buy a few from some other sites.

I think it would be easier to make a living on the retail end of the supplies or hosting crops than on selling items you crafted.


 
meezerpleaser
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In response to dwelch

ITA. I'm making a baby scrapbook as a shower present, and just considering the materials used... it's a whopper of a cost. And considering what my time is worth at my corporate job, they couldn't afford me!!


 
obbeachbabe22
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In response to meezerpleaser

Thank you all for your wonderful advice and encouragement


 
olleharr
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In response to t-scraps

I agree with t-scraps. I don't know if I'd want to turn my favorite hobby into a job. Seems like it would just suck the fun right out of it.


 
Vae
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  • Vae on 03-11-13 08:26 PM
In response to olleharr

I agree, I think doing a crop or something retail would be more fun than making your own stuff.

The owner of my LSS - which just opened last summer - said it very well. She said sometimes she enjoys shopping for scrappy stuff as much or more than the actual scrapbooking, and having a store of her own is fun because she gets to buy lots of stuff. But she also has mentioned several times that the store is not making enough money.

I think in my area we have an over saturation of direct sales people, but your area might still have a need for that. Craigslist here is flooded with people selling their stuff for their "at home" scrapbooking businesses like SU and CM. They are selling all their consultant bags and supplies and getting out of it. Maybe you can check your craigslist and see if there are people selling. It could tell you if there are too many people doing it, and if not, it might be a way to stock up on some of that stuff if that is something you decide to pursue. Also, I know several ladies who sell multiple types of things... scrap stuff, makeup, candles, so that they have multiple businesses to bring in money, but they are all pretty much the same process.

I used to make stuff for other people but it stopped being fun, for a few reasons. One, my pride got hurt when something I put a lot of thought and time into went unappreciated. Either they just kind of gave it a once over and a superficial "oh this is nice" and then continued on to the next thing. I'd be like "but...did you see the... did you notice how... look at the detail here..." but a lot of people just don't appreciate things as much or don't notice them. Two, the things people did really like, I found myself doing the same exact things over and over again and got bored with it. It's been quite a long time since I've made things for other people. I also found that unless you're buying in bulk, it's really hard to get the materials at a low enough cost that you could sell for a profit but still keep the price reasonable for the customer.


 
BoysKeoghMom
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In response to Vae

I work from home testing data and software.
This enables me to teach on the side at a LSS. Since I dont have a commute to an office I have more time to scrap and teach. It's not the perfect solution you are looking for but it's a start.


 
chocolateaxel
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In response to BoysKeoghMom

I would be happy with any type of job that let me work from home, it doesn't have to be scrapbook or arts related. However, my problem is how do you find those work at home jobs? I've searched all over the internet and careerbuilder, places like that, and have a problem knowing which ones are legit and which ones are just a scheme. I don't want to get into sales of any kind or phone work, but would dearly love to find some sort of data entry or similar job and work from home. I considered medical coding but don't have the time or inclination to go back to school. Ugh, where do you start?


 
Mama2Thomas
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In response to chocolateaxel

One of my friends left here job in law enforcement to be a stay at home mom. They were doing OK on just her hubby's income, but not rich by any means. She is a very talented jewelry maker, so she recently started own business making and selling handmade jewelry on Etsy and on occasion has set up a booth at a public event (i.e. farmer's market, local church event, etc). Seeing how much detail goes into her pieces and the prices she charges, I think it's safe to say it will not replace her former income. But she gets to do what she loves while making some extra spending case.


 
dwelch
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In response to Mama2Thomas

I certainly agree with t-scraps. I used to decorate cakes and I loved it. I did a couple wedding cakes per month as well as party cakes. I moved to a town that didn't have a bakery and decided to actually turn my hobby into a business. I discovered I could no longer be as creative as I wanted and my time was no longer my own. A couple years later, I found myself selling all my decorating supplies. The joy was gone!


 
DittoBabyGirl
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  • olleharr Said:
I agree with t-scraps. I don't know if I'd want to turn my favorite hobby into a job. Seems like it would just suck the fun right out of it.




It does! I've always been crafty and my hubby would always try to get to me to sell my crafts. Did it a few times and HATED it. I love scrapbooking but hate scrapping for others. Luckily I do get to use my creative talent at work from time to time. And I'm in the insurance industry-who knew? lol


 
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