Maintaining Healthy Boundaries While Monetizing Your Craft
Maintaining healthy boundaries while monetizing your craft is crucial. Your mental, physical, and emotional health will suffer without appropriate boundaries. In addition, declining health won’t allow you to put your best effort into taking your hobby to the next level.
Whether you’ve decided to start an online shop to sell your goods, are exploring the craft fair circuit, or sell in a brick-and-mortar store, it will take a lot out of you. However, keeping your mind in pristine condition can help you flourish despite the toll it will take on your personhood.
Here’s how handcrafters can preserve their mental health while peddling their products.
Making a living off your craft is absolutely possible. However, it’s essential to be realistic about what it takes to go from a hobby to a product-based business that makes real money. It will take a lot of time and effort, in particular.
You mustn’t get swallowed up in long hours, lots of work, and having to wear many hats. You must maintain balance in your life. Establish a quitting time for creating and selling each day and take frequent breaks while you’re working to keep your mind fresh.
Immerse yourself in your personal life when you’re not working on making money with your craft. Spend meaningful time with loved ones. Work on personal passion projects. Implement self-care activities too.
Whenever you feel overwhelmed by what you must do for the day, take proper steps to clear your mind. For example, you can create a mind map to work through your anxiety. It’s incredibly helpful for identifying the core reason you’re feeling a specific emotion and creating a plan for working through it. In addition, taking a break from building a business with your craft is always a viable option for resetting your mind and body.
Monetizing your craft can mean a lot to you, but it can’t be everything.
Set a Schedule
Setting a schedule can also help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, as mentioned above. Not only can a schedule contribute to mental wellness, but it can also ensure you’re productive each work day.
As honorable as overworking yourself in the name of your craft may seem, it’s actually way more harmful to your mental health than anything. So, choose a specific block of time during the day to work on monetizing your hobby.
Once that block of time is done, wrap up what you’re doing and leave it alone for the day. Your mind needs time to completely unplug from work, rest, and recharge so that it’s ready to give 100% to the next day.
Limit Time Online
Limiting your time online is critical to creating healthy boundaries to protect your mental health. Spending a lot of time building your brand through digital marketing and selling your merchandise in your online store is tempting because it seems like the only way to get momentum.
But staying online all day can lead to digital overload. When you start to feel tired, anxious, depressed, or irritable after doing a lot online, you’re probably experiencing digital overload. None of the above permits you to work on monetizing your craft with the intention it deserves.
Taking regular breaks from screens can prevent digital overload and burnout. Also, determine how much time you’ll spend on your online store and digital promotional activities daily to ensure you don’t spend every minute on a device.
Designate a Room to Create
It can be particularly challenging to set healthy boundaries when working from home. For instance, your children may be unable to honor your “work hours.” Your pets may want to snuggle, or another home-life obligation may distract you.
Designating a room to make all of your wares and do all your selling in can help keep those distractions to a minimum. You can let your kids and spouse know that when the door is closed, it means you need privacy. You can also set the room up in a way that inspires creativity and eases business activities.
Rely on Community Support
There’s nothing like community support as a handcrafter. People love to support local businesses, artists, and makers. In fact, they tend to buy from local businesses over big brands when the choice presents itself.
Relying on that community support can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health. They can uplift you when you aren’t making the money you’d hoped for. They can share opportunities and resources with you. Also, local businesses, in particular, can be potential homes for your products.
So, grow those community relationships. The more people you have on your side supporting your efforts to elevate your craft, the better.
The above tips can help you maintain healthy boundaries and care for your mental health while monetizing your craft. When you have a healthy mind, body, and spirit, making money with your hobby is much more doable and enjoyable.