Just wondering how many crafters on Folksy are full-time? Would love to hear your stories Just started on Folksy today myself, but have been selling (non full-time) for ages (on & off)
This is what I now do full time.
Congrats! How long have you been doing this full-time and any tips for the rest of us aspirers?
I’m a full timer
3 and a half years now. I miss paid holidays lol!
Couldn’t have done it without working tax credits, as for the first couple of years I made very little actual profit. Now I have found what sells best for me, and am starting to make more profit - yay!
I’m full time too. I’ve been running my own business full time for around 6 years.
The most important thing to get right if you want to be a full time seller is your pricing.
Selling my jewellery has been my main source of income for the past 2 years but on what my other half has described as an ‘all hours, no hours’ basis as there are times of the year when it is very quiet so I do other things but in the run up to Christmas I seem to work all available hours as I have to cash in on all the present buying that people are doing. Don’t expect it to be quick or easy at the beginning - first year I made a loss, second year I made a tiny profit, this tax year I think I’ll make an ok profit but not what I’d call a living. Be prepared to have to spend as much time on photographing items, promoting and other back room chores as you do on making things.
Hopefully not put you off your venture.
I would love to do it full time but unfortunately I can’t afford to give up my part time job. Hubby’s had some bad luck with jobs recently and is earning less than half what he was 5 years ago…so we rely on my income.
I would happily sew etc. for 7 days a week if I could earn enough…but I can’t at the moment…maybe in a few years if I have built up enough regular customers, who knows?..
slightly off topic- but i remember folksy listing top sellers - does anybody know how to find out who top sellers are and then was also wondering if the top sellers are full-time.
I made it on there earlier this year (back in April) by selling one of my more expensive necklaces.
My husband and I are both self-employed and we both end up working really long hours for quite a modest income, but …we both look forward to going to work.
We made sure that we cut our outgoings to a minimum. So the earnings go as far as possible.
@SallyandtheFreckles on the list of top sellers for 2014 quite a lot are full time. http://blog.folksy.com/2015/01/15/the-folksy-charts-2014
thanks for the info.
is it best seller in a certain time period or bestsellers ever?
The bestsellers gets up dated nightly , for sales income in a seven day period
thanks - sorry didn’t actually read the list properly.
is it number if items sold or in terms of amount made?
Amount of money made
I made it to the top sellers list a couple of times, but I am not a full-time seller because I can’t afford to live on what I make. I am happy that I sell enough to buy materials, but it wouldn’t pay the bills or put food on the table. However, I am entirely self-employed and I love my other jobs too, nearly as much as I enjoy creating so I am quite lucky that I can be full-time self-employed and make a living but not a full-time seller/painter though. But it took me nearly 5 years to get here, as for Folksy, it was only after I went for the plus account and updated my photos, titles and descriptions that I started to sell regularly and I still go through quiet periods no matter how much I promote my shop.
Congrats! 3 years is amazing!! I’m sure even more profits will follow soon What are working tax credits?! (Obviously have a lot to learn!)
It’s a top up credit for people on low incomes. Ideal for those becoming self employed, as although it’s not a lot of money, it’s something guaranteed each week.
Congrats! Any pricing tips to share?
Profitable in the 2nd year sounds amazing Thanks for the tip- yes I’ve realised that about photography!! Been pulling my hair out about it!