I’ve had this photo saved on my hard drive forever, I wish I could remember where it came from, but I suspect it was Apartment Therapy. Anyway, I’ve been having difficulty finding bathmats I liked that didn’t have rubber backings. (we have a cat who likes to… mark… rubber-backed rugs. Anyone have a solution for that?)
Anyway, finding this picture reminds me that I can make my own, and it’s also a good catalyst for getting back in the swing of making projects just for me. That’s a hard thing to remember to do sometimes when you make stuff for a living.
A good friend and I were having a conversation just yesterday about the pros and cons and misconceptions people have when you work from home. I’ve noticed a lot of people think this is all cake and bonbons and lazing about in one’s pajamas. (ok, so I AM in my pajamas, but there’s no cake.)
One of the biggest things I struggle with is feeling like I should always be working on something for someone else. Kind of like the old adage about the Cobbler’s children never having shoes, I tend to forget to keep things for myself every now and again. I’ll have good intentions, but then things just wind up making their way into the tent, or to a friend as a gift. I’m trying to be better at representing my own business, and what better way to do that than by having and wearing my own products? Ha. I know, it sounds so simple. I need to remember it IS simple.
But I digress…
The other thing about working at home, whether you’re a mom raising kids, or someone in business for yourself, is that it really is a lifestyle you have to love in order to make it work. We can’t just pick up and go eat out all the time, or hire someone to come out and rebuild our deck. It’s a big trade-off, and one I don’t think a lot of people think about when they are contemplating going into business for themselves.
To any of my other readers who own their own crafty businesses… what are your biggest pitfalls and how do you overcome them? What are your trade-offs? How do you keep yourself motivated to take care of yourself as well as your business?