So, I am totally obsessed with making stuff. Seriously, just the name Hobby Lobby makes my skin tingle. I walk in there and am pulled in and paralyzed, really by all the things I could make with all the things I could buy. Then I finally actually pick out something (sometimes even with a 40% off coupon!). And I am so super happy about buying it - whatever it is. The only regrets I have are what I DIDN'T buy.
Then I rush home and either put it on the shelf to add to my stash or immediately figure out something to make with it.
I spend so many happy hours working on something, taking it apart, changing it until it is something that I am happy with (sometimes it never works out). But I definately enjoy the process.
I want to spend every free moment either making something or figuring out what to make. Obviously, a career in making stuff is very appealing. I think about opening my etsy shop back up almost everyday.
Unfortunately, the drawbacks make it almost ridiculous to do so.
1.) I am NOT a hustler. I hate to sell stuff. Well, I like making stuff - and I like getting money for it. But I hate to market my stuff. I hate to price stuff. I hate to ask people for money to buy the stuff. It is just an overall un happy experience for me.
2.) Probably the most important reason: it is just not profitable. If I WERE to price something - lets say that bag that I made the other day. I used probably about 2 yards of upholstery fabric - which runs about $15-$20/yard plus the time it took to make - about 4 hours. Then I would have to figure in time to take pictures, write descriptions, and list it on Etsy. Plus the fees that Etsy charges. If I paid myself $5/hour and just ate the listing time and Etsy Fees - (and I was able to get past my hustler phobia) I would have to charge AT LEAST $50.
Now, be honest. Would You Pay $50 for that bag? I wouldn't.
Also, I wouldn't work for $5/hour. Would you?