I have to confess that I am one of those people who if they won the lotto would quit their jobs the next day. Not that it is a bad job. It’s not. It’s actually quite a good job. It pays okay, some days its quite challenging and for the most part my workmates are lovely. I just don’t love it. I work because I need money for stuff. I have thought about retraining to do something else, but really I haven’t seen anything else that I have thought – “that’s cool, I think I’d like doing that”. It’s an awful risk to spend 3 or 4 years retraining to be something when you’re not sure about it. Not to mention the fact that my HECS debt is already the size of the GDP of a small African nation. I don’t think this is unusual. The HECS debt or the not loving my job. I’m sure a lot of people feel exactly the same.
A couple of years ago, in a fit of pique, I actually applied for a business number and became well a business, a sole trader. The idea was to get a number of crafty things going, selling some photos etc. Things that I could build up over time until eventually I could quit my day job. But flooding, life, making a 1000 quilt blocks and other things like that kind of got in the way, and the ABN has been sitting there unused. Until now. Today I set myself a shop up in Zazzle (http://www.zazzle.com.au/helsmart) and made some cards from my photos to sell (http://www.zazzle.com.au/gordon_river_note_card-137091052773246303). Though don’t go looking for them just yet as I think they take 24 hours to load.
It’s probably not going to make me a load of money, but I figure that’s not really the point. If it makes me a little extra to spend on fabric then that’s a good thing. If it makes me enough that I can buy my self a new camera, even better. At the moment I am just sticking to photos but I may even try using the graphics software I have on my computer to create some original designs.
Plus I have finished another couple of quilt tops.