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Highs and Lows: March Meet The Maker Day 16

March Meet The Maker Day 16: Highs and Lows

The highs and lows of running a business can be pretty extreme. Here’s a list of some of them.

The HighsThe Lows
I can be flexible with my working hours at short notice. I can go to lunch with my husband, or meet my friends for coffee.It’s difficult to take real extended time off. The longer the break, the more sales I could lose.
Working from home means no commute and I can work at the time it suits me. I can do a little housework in the middle of work if I’m eg. waiting for yarn to finish.Working from home with no dedicated space means I’m constantly surrounded by work and end up thinking about it most of the time. It takes up a corner of my kitchen and most of my living/dining room.
Exhibiting at yarn shows means I get to meet lots of people and be surrounded with a creative atmosphere.Exhibiting at yarn shows is expensive and tiring. There’s always the risk I won’t make back what I paid to be there.
I have creative freedom. I can play with colour and texture, and release products that I enjoy as much as I think other people will.Sometimes a colourway or yarn base I love isn’t popular. It sits on the shelf for ages, taking up space and funds until it finally sells.
I have control over everything that goes on in the business.I have to do everything in the business. (I’ll talk about this more on Day 23: Reality)
The feeling when I receive a good review, a lovely comment, or someone shares what they’re making with my yarn on social media.Postal delays & snarky comments (mainly at shows).

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