If you’re already working full-time or most of your time is taken up with parenting, you might wonder whether or not you’ll be able to get your craft business off the ground at all, never mind have the time to build it up into a successful business venture.
The good news is that it is possible to do just that, even if you’re already juggling work AND parenting together at once. And you don’t have to be superhuman either. In this post, we’ve put together some tips to help you grow your craft business alongside your other commitments, without going insane.
1. Set business goals and milestones that you want to achieve
Sometimes it can seem like there is so much to do, it’s virtually impossible to know where to start, let alone get everything done. You might have some big ideas you want to explore for your business but if time gets the better of you, perhaps you never seem to get around to doing those things.
This is where goal setting can be incredibly helpful. Setting goals for your business gives you something to work towards and enables you to check your progress so you can see how far you’ve come.
Figure out the things that you MUST do to grow your business and the things that you WANT to do and set goals for each of those things along with a deadline for achieving them. Write them down!
Be specific about goal setting. For example, rather than writing down “Set up Etsy shop” or “Make 5 new products”, write down how you’ll do those things and by when. Like this:
“Work on setting up Etsy shop online - decide on shop name, think about branding ideas, get a logo created and write up detailed shop description by (insert date).”
It’s easier to get things done when you know exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals.
2. Work out how much time you can dedicate to your craft business
With all the best will in the world, you can only work with the time that you’ve actually got in a day. Have a think about where you might be able to slot in a couple (or more) hours into your day in between your other commitments.
Perhaps you have an hour before work in the morning? Or you can spare an hour after dinner or after your children have gone to bed? You might even be able to sneak in half an hour during your lunch break!
Once you know how much time you have spare to work on your craft business, you can then hopefully be productive during those times. Speaking of productivity…
3. Plan, schedule and be productive
Get yourself a diary or planner of some kind - it doesn’t matter whether it’s on paper or online. Working at least a week ahead of yourself, schedule in the time slots you’ve identified where you can work on your craft business.
Looking at your list of goals, decide which ones you can work on in the weeks ahead, so that you’ll always know what you need to be doing at the right time.
The challenge will be in making sure you’re being productive enough during those times that you’ve scheduled in to work on your business. You can boost your productivity by getting plenty of rest in advance so that you’re not too tired and eating the right foods so that you’re not hungry. When it comes to actually working, break down your tasks into smaller ones and cross things off your “to-do” list as you go to keep you motivated.
4. Ask for help
Sometimes, life just gets too busy! It’s ok to ask for help if you need to. Speak to a friend or family member and see if they can help you out with some other jobs at home. Or if you have plenty of holidays to take at your day job, why not take some time off and catch up on the work you need to do for your business.
5. Evaluate your other commitments and cut back on them if possible
There will hopefully come a point where your craft business is going really well and you need to decide whether to spend even more time growing it. If so, some crucial decisions may need to be made about whether you can cut down your hours at your day job or even give that up altogether.
If you have children, it could be worth looking into a few hours childcare for them now and then if you feel comfortable with that so that you can develop your craft business further.
6. Accept that life gets in the way
It’s tempting to give up when things get tough or you get tired of trying to juggle everything. Something has to give in these cases and if you’re already working full-time or are busy looking after your children, your craft business may need to take a backseat for a while.
If this happens to you, don’t worry! You can always pick things up where you left off at a later date. Life does get in the way sometimes, but as long as you hang onto that vision that you had for your business and revisit it when you’re ready, you’ll never have to start from scratch again.
We hope you found this article helpful if you’re struggling with time for your craft business right now! You may also want to take a look around our business tips section for more articles like this. Please take a moment to share this with your social media followers.