When you decide to take a hobby and make it a potential side income, you have to worry about finding the time to focus solely on that undertaking. Its not just the time to make the product(s) in question because in theory you were already doing that – it’s taking the time to set up and launch your shop, market, brand and network so that you’re new shop gains exposure. Without traffic, you are not ever going to get a sale, and you are not going to get traffic unless you either have a highly in demand item that people are already actively looking for regularly OR you get out there and pound the proverbial internet pavement.
When you take this, and couple it with already working a full time position, AND taking care of a family/home, it can seem rather overwhelming and daunting!
This is why I decided that I would try to punch out one doll a weekend. On average it takes me a few hours to do my repaint, then about a half hour to set their hair and then I can let them dry overnight. This has been a workable schedule for me and also conveniently schedules me time to just work my craft and appreciate the time I have for that for myself.
Now that I’m thinking of adding new things (making clothes for the dolls as well as miscellaneous items like cell phone dust pins and other asundrey items!) I have to look at what time I have available and work them in. The clothes alone are going to take a bit while I get accustomed to sewing by hand as my machine is broken.
Thankfully some of the item I’m considering are those that I can work on while I watch my favorite shows at the end of my day. When I can multitask like that I truly feel that I’m making the most of my waking hours.
Also thankfully, social media has made it relatively easy to pound said pavement in the ether-web. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Tumblr and especially Pinterest have been wonderful avenues for promoting your brand, as well as the items themselves to your targeted audience. Without them, I’m not sure I would have much success at this venture. Networking on them, in and of itself is something that I should forewarn you can and will be a part-time gig!
Mainly though, I think that the point is you should take something you love and share it with the world. If you are able to make money off of it in the process than that is a wonderful idea! Make a little time for yourself and see what it can do for you.