Using your talents to work from home

I started small, working by myself, creating smaller window panels, all kinds of gift items and slowly grew. I was asked by the school to teach the same course I took the year before:) and then another one in a different town. I also started my own Beginner’s classes at my studio which was a large barn attached to our home. At that point I had to borrow some money to purchase supplies for my students because they were buying them somewhere else. I had about 30 students and every one spent at least $100.00 at that time, some much more. It was a good beginning in what turned out to be a very successful business. My studio “Heidi’s Glashaus” ended up being one of the largest ones in New Hampshire:) believe me, I worked at it!

At this point, I make some gifts for friends, but I don’t have the business anymore,  it is now a hobby again:) and that’s OK.

Can you use your talents and start a business? Of course, we live in the US and it is fairly easy to start your own business. I am a reader, I just love to read books, so my advice is always “get a book on the subject” and research it. We now have the internet, so you can use both.

If you are interested in learning how to create stained glass feel free to ask me questions. I can suggest suppliers (perhaps even in your area) and many of them will ship. If you live in New England, a visit to Whittemore Durgin is a must:) They have a very unique catalog and it is an interesting store. They carry  just about everything that has to do with stained glass, and they do have a great selection of stained glass.

There are also several stained glass suppliers that will ship to you. You can check out this website for more information.

So try turning your hobby into a business. You can check out this website if you would like to sell your crafts online. You could always try ebay or craigslist as well. Another really great way to sell your crafts are in a co-op. Check  your local areas to see what you can find. The nice thing about a co-op is that you pay a monthly rent for your space, and you may have to work a day as well; it really depends on the owner. However, you will not have to pay a commission!  Another way to sell your crafts are at craft shows. Check with your local chamber of commerce for a listing or search online for shows near you. I used to do about three quality shows per year. This would be a great time to get into one.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about his, especially if it has to do with stained glass.



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