Kelly here, back with OML's QOTW. The life of a small business owner isn't an easy one. The hours are long, the responsibilities are never-ending, and you'll probably never be a millionaire. Yet, ask the boss of any handmade shop, and they'll give you 100 reasons why they wouldn't have it any other way.
Whether our business ventures are something on the side while we still head to our "real" job five days a week, or we've taken the plunge into the deep end of full-time small business life, we are often motivated by the same things. So why do we do it? What are those reasons? What is the best part about having a knitwear business?
Of course, it seems impossible to choose just one thing, because it's all those little pieces that make the bigger picture so great. But, some pieces might shine a little brighter than the rest.
For some, it's the customers. Makers are people-pleasers by nature. We thrive on the idea that folks out there are happily choosing our accessories to accent their attire. We work to go above and beyond what's expected to ensure everyone is happy, because a happy customer means we've done our job right. And that feels pretty darn good, doesn't it?
Others enjoy the challenge of the entrepreneurial world. The planning, designing, and building of an idea from scratch to form something unique is satisfying. Being a small shop owner also means being our own boss which, although frightening and intimidating at times, is something to be proud of.
Let's not forget the maker community itself.
Here's what Tanya of T's Crochet Shoppe, Chelsea of SeaCapsbyChelsea, Whitney of Meek & Merciful, and Lianna of Salemstyle had to say about what they love most when it comes to running their business.
What is your favourite part about running a handmade shop?
What is YOUR favourite part about running a handmade business? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us with #ourmakerlife on our @ourmakerlife IG with a cool pic for a chance to be featured on our feed!
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Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.