Definition by Merriam-Webster
1)an industry whose labor force consists of family units or individuals working at home with their own equipment
2)a small and often informally organized industry
3)a limited but enthusiastically pursued activity or subject
Do you love to knit? Do people consistently compliment your finished products? Are you interested in making extra household income? Starting your own cottage industry might be right for you!
Let me help you learn all of basics (and advantages and pitfalls!) of starting a cottage industry right in your own home. In this book I will share my experiences with you, and provide guidance so that you can make an educated decision as to whether this opportunity will work for you.
Not only will you receive tried and true advice on finding (and keeping!) clients, how to set your pricing, and staying motivated when you’re feeling overwhelmed, but you will also have access to all of the forms you will need for your new business: invoices, contracts, proposals, feedback postcards, inventory sheets, and price listings.
My husband and I left the hustle and bustle of a hectic life in central New Jersey for “the country life” in scenic Upstate New York. We bravely ventured into the fiber world, raising alpacas and angora rabbits on our small hobby farm.
I worked in the medical field as an administrator my entire career, and used the knitting skills I learned to love as a child to help me relax. In addition, I taught knitting classes for over three decades, both privately and formally. When some extra household income was needed in our new life, it just made common sense to use what I know and develop a successful, home-based knitting business!
Will this venture make you rich? No, but it will certainly bring in a steady income. As you know, knitting is a time-consuming art, but it is treasured and respected by those who still want hand-crafted goods. It is an ideal way for you to supplement your family earnings while watching TV, talking on the phone, queuing up in lines, and attending your children’s sport games.
There is plenty of work out there for knitters, and I am honored to share what I have learned through my own trial and error to help you develop your own successful at-home business.