Craft Business or Hobby?

Business, crafts, lady like


How many times has your business been confused with being a hobby rather than a legitimate endeavor? Have family or friends complimented you on finding a craft to fill your extra time?  Then there’s the one person who says, “It’s a great hobby but you can’t make any real money”! Really! I believe the problem lies in the assumption of what constitutes a craft.  I looked at a few of these terms according to Wikipedia:

A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. Hobbies are practiced primarily for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. A business, also known as an enterprise or a firm, is an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers.

There it is, in black and white. The first one for using your skills as a pastime, the second one is simply for enjoyment, and the latter is for making money. When Etsy (an internet storefront to buy and sell handmade items) launched, crafters and hobbyists finally had a venue to showcase their wares. This was the first great opportunity for millions to transform their craft into a business.

My friend Tracey recently shared her perspective, “The contribution that hand crafters make to the cultural stability of our culture, keeps alive and updates crafts that are inherited from family and history. Many crafters today have combined modern technology with ancient skills to make all things old new again.”

The terms we use to define ourselves is how others see us. I am a crafter but I am firstly a designer and creator of handmade fiber products. Whether you are a photographer, painter, card maker, wood or metal worker, or quilter, you are a talented artisan and deserve the respect of the business community.

25 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    Well said!

  2. ladydi says:

    Thanks Christine. Appreciate your input! 🙂

  3. Brenda Young says:

    Hey, Christine took my line! Lol seriously your image sums it all up nicely, so need to pin it!

  4. Brenda Young says:

    Hey, Christine took my line! Lol seriously your image sums it all up nicely, so need to pin it!

  5. Darla says:

    Great post Diana! I love your description of yourself, very impressive:)

  6. Cindy says:

    So perfectly stated… i can totally relate…

  7. great post! It’s because of Etsy that I was able to turn my hobby into a business and I’m thankful for that.

  8. I love this! Sometimes we are our harshest critic and we need to remember that art is art. Thank you for sharing this!

  9. Ann Butler says:

    Great article Diana, you said it perfectly!

  10. Sharon says:

    Love being crafty! I might be here looking around on your pages for a good while!! Thanks!

  11. Gilly says:

    I have so much I want to do, but my passion lies with sketching….maybe some day I’ll move forward with this! You have an amazing line of products that are beautiful!

    • ladydi says:

      Thanks Gilly. My mind just swirls sometimes with ideas. How wonderful that you found your passion in sketching. I would love to be able to just sit and sketch because I’ve seen some incredible artwork on line.

  12. Agreed! And people who think that crafts cannot be a legit business are probably dying to do make the same transition you have. Keep keepin’ on!

  13. jo casey says:

    I love the expertise and skill that goes into creating something unique – and selling those products gives us all a chance to have something special

  14. Beth says:

    Wonderful post and so very true! I am a scrapbooker and have created a business around scrapbooking and my other crafting endeavors are hobbies!

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