We love handmade. Our crafts are ‘made with love.’ And so many of us start selling our crafts so we can make a living doing what we love.
But does loving the work we do mean it’s worth any less? Too many crafters sell their goods without giving themselves a ‘living wage.’ If the work you love can’t pay you at least £6.31 an hour after material costs, are the other benefits worth it? Are the highs worth the lows of getting paid less than minimum wage to deal with accounting, taxes, National Insurance, marketing, and an incredibly competitive market?
NO. The highs don’t make up the numbers. Love doesn’t pay the bills. Crafting and designing is worth a living wage.
There is value in the work you do that goes beyond it being work that you love. (Enough that you’re willing to pour blood, sweat, and tears into it. Now that is love.) Sometimes we forget that.