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Scrap-booking.  Card making.  Paper crafts.  Decoupage.  Digital art.  Backgrounds.  Headers. Classroom labels and resources.

Whatever you do.  There’s something here for you.

Enjoy!

Turning my hobby into a business

For a while now I have been into card-making.  I think I finally found my craft baby.  I love making cards and  it has been a very relaxing hobby and I did sell a couple of cards on the fly.

Soon, orders started coming in and in June 2014 I realized that I had to start treating this as a business.  I took up the challenge one day by sitting down with pen and paper.  I wrote down all the materials I had bought and the cost of them. These fell into different categories:

Tools: cutting mat, hand blade, guillotine, trimmer, tape runner, punches, stamps and pad, glue gun  (I do not have a lot of tools)

Materials: cardstock (plain and patterned), glue, tape, ink, embellishments, ribbon, stickers, card kits, envelopes, bags

Overheads:  light, heat, internet, subscriptions, transport

Labour and time

I had to ask some questions:

How much is the actual production cost?                                                                          How much material should I use?
How much is my creativity worth?

I also had to do some research on market standards:

What is the cost of beautiful handmade cards online?                                                        What sizes are they?                                                                                                               How are they packaged?

I also kept these to the fore of my mind:

New businesses need at least two years before realizing profits.

It was a hobby first so keep on enjoying it!

Be passionate and love your own work!  (Let each card be one you will want to receive)

Acknowledge God and let Him work through you.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.