So I have this thing. I think it’s a desire to start my own business, though I’m not quite sure. Whatever I find myself doing, be it making Christmas cards or baby shower gifts or clothing, I always get, “You should sell that.”
It’s great, really. And it’s flattering and it makes me really proud of my stuff. And in my head I picture myself in an uptown studio surrounded by color and inspiration while making a living off my art. Yet recently I’ve taken a few steps back and thought, “What if I never sold anything?”
The art of the hobby has somehow gone by the wayside. At least in my world and in my heart. If I use my designs and my creativity to start a business, the “for fun” aspect becomes a little less prominent. Sure, I’ll still enjoy it, but if you’re going to charge people money for something, it better be good.
I’m sure I romanticize hobbies as much as I romanticize owning my own business. But when I think about life as we know it, how often do we leisurely do anything? Must everything become a money-making endeavor?
I know we have many creative readers out there. For those of you who have taken your passions into the world of business, what made you decide to take the leap? Do you miss having a hobby, or have you loved following your art into the world of business? Where should we draw the line?