I don’t know if it was something in my upbringing, or the fact that I’ve always had a suspicious, cautious nature, but I’ve always been very self-sufficient. I grow practically all of my own food and even make most of my own clothing. A few years ago, I discovered that it was possible to use my crocheting and knitting skills to help me earn the money I needed to over my expenses.
I’d love to tell you that I was able to earn enough from the projects I create to keep my bills paid, but that’s not strictly true. While selling hand knitted items makes up the bulk of my income, I still don’t make enough from my crafts and handmade clothing to support myself.
In addition to knitting sweater and crocheting heirloom quality tablecloths, I also spend a great deal of time dreaming up new crocheting and knitting patterns. Once I’ve perfect the pattern, I turn to a few online resources where I can market the pattern. It took a little time for people to find my knitting and crocheting patterns, I had to do some marketing, but now that I have built up a sort of following, I can easily expect to net about $100-200 every month from pattern sales. It doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up. I’m hopeful that this portion of my knitting and crocheting business will become little more lucrative each month.
I also teach knitting and crocheting classes each month at the local community center. When I first agreed to do this, I liked the idea of the fee I’d receive even though I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the teaching. I was surprised to find that I loved it. Not only have these classes made it possible for me to meet lots of interesting people, but some of my students have even become close personal friends of mine. Plus, it’s another group of potential customers.
It was one of these classes that eventually led me to the Prepping survival guide. One of my students happened to leave a copy of one of her Prepping guides on the table after leaving the class. I didn’t want it to get lost, so I tucked it into my purse, so I could return it during the next class.
A few days later, while waiting to get the oil changed in my car, I pulled the book out and started to read through it. I was intrigued by the amount of information it contained. While I’ve never considered myself much of a survivalist, the Prepping guide contained some useful information that has helped me change the way I do things, both on my little homestead and with my knitting and crocheting business. The Prepping blog contains some really good ideas. Now, my very own copy has it’s own special spot on my bookcase.