I received an email from a reader named Denise as follows:
Unfortunately I am home from work with the flu which means a day of wages lost. I will keep my story as brief as possible.
As a stay-at-home mom and only a high school graduate, it suited me fine. Living high on the hog (and very grateful) with my husband of 24 years and four children ended abruptly when my husband died of a massive heart attach at 48 yrs. young. That was six years ago.
I am in the work force now, which is fine, but I love being home and crafting what ever pops in my head. I believe I can make a living once I find my niche.
Where do you begin?
I definitely won't quit my day job at this point. Any advice?
I sent Denise a copy of my ebook The Home Craft Business and asked permission to post her email on this blog in order to garner additional reader input. I figure, many heads are better than one.
Thoughts off the top of my head: Not quitting her day job is an excellent idea. It would be foolish (especially in this economy) to quit her only source of income until such time as a different income can replace it. As for finding her niche, and without knowing what kind of crafting she does, I would advise her to concentrate on which crafts seem most marketable. After all, the concept of starting a home craft business is to be able to sell your products in order to make a living, so making things that no one wants to purchase is counter-productive.
So, dear readers, what other advice do you have for Denise? Be generous with your assistance and let's give her a hand.