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Eight Crafts you can Turn into a Home Business

Eight Crafts you can Turn into a Home Business

Current labor market finds itself in a very unusual position. On one hand, after years of recession job opportunities are becoming scarce. On the other hand, 46% of Millennials find flexible work hours that allow them to spend more time with their friends and indulge their hobbies- more valuable than a salary. Is there any silver lining in this situation?

Yes. Starting a home-based business allows you to make a living from your hobbies while spending time with your friends. You see, people are slowly growing tired of uniforms and branded products. As a result, after years of being pushed back crafts are making a very welcome return to the mainstream world. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular crafts and see how to make money from them in 2017.

1. Forging

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    These days, blacksmithing is considered an archaic profession, but the art of forging can be used for creating so much more than horseshoes and rudimental tools. For example, you can earn a lot of money by making replicas of famous movie weapons. (Come on. Who wouldn’t want to have Excalibur or Anduril hanging on the wall?) Or you can open your studio and enter the waters of modern art. Now, getting the basic blacksmithing tools will require some funds. There are many ways to save money, and you will have to spend a lot of time practicing before you finally forge a worthy sword. However, once you get there the feeling will be incredibly satisfying.

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    2. Sewing

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      Unlike blacksmiths who are all but extinct, tailors are very numerous. If you are good at sewing and want to stand out from this bunch, you should put your efforts into some very niche market. Cosplayers are one of the first customers that pops into mind. Convention culture is growing more potent and ostentatious with each passing year. You need only to nail one or two spot-on costumes, and you will get tons of free social media promotion. Alternatively, you can narrow the focus exclusively to prestige items like hats, vests, corsets, and similar clothing pieces.

      3. Knitting

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        Everyone’s first association to knitting was probably the awful Christmas sweaters we all remember from our childhood photos, but if such sweaters are made purposefully silly they can become a very lovely gift. Use your knitting skills to further ruin utterly ugly sweaters with ridiculous quotes, inappropriate movie characters, and heavy metal lyrics. Don’t stop there. Extend your efforts to hats, scarves, gloves, and even iPhone pouches. The investments you will have to make will be minimal, so you lose almost nothing by trying.

        4. Woodworking

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          Somewhat easier than blacksmithing but still challenging to master, woodworking is a gorgeous and satisfying profession that can find an innumerable number of modern implementations. How successful you will be depends exclusively on your will to practice and the niche you will eventually choose. Some of the more obvious choices are making unique furniture pieces, custom chess figures, wooden jewelry, baseball bats, weapon replicas, longbows, and other items. Here’s an interesting idea: Have you ever heard of NBC-inspired Minute to Win It games? You can put your twist on this concept and make something unique and cool.

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          5. Cosmetics

            Although we usually associate the word “cosmetics” with more recent times, the origins of cosmetics go back to Ancient Egypt. Reaching back to these “old ways” can do nothing but help you more easily market your home-made products. Branding the products “eco-friendly” will make this already solid starting position even more favorable. What kind of goods can you make? The list is pretty extensive, and it includes soaps, facial creams, hand creams, deodorants, conditioners, shower gels, shaving gels, makeup, and essential oils. All of them are easy to handle and require only a small investment.

            7. Leather working

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              In its essence, leatherwork is very similar to sewing, but it opens a whole range of new possibilities. For a start, crafting leather is very compatible both with sewing and forging. If you are ready to explore multiple disciplines, you can end up with a better rounded and much more appealing offer (e.g. you can sell your sword replicas packed in beautifully-carved scabbards). If you want to go down a more traditional route, you can still have a lot of fun by making wallets, belts, straps, clothes, and hats. Finally, you can devote all of your efforts solely to carving.

              8. Decoupage

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                The reason why the word decoupage feels so beaten to death is that anyone who has ever tried to master this art went the same old path and used the same old tired style. Does the world need yet another jewelry box with floral motifs all over it? No. But, what about a House Stark wine case? Or a set of House Greyjoy wooden tankards? Or even a Witcher 3-inspired, case-like looking, wooden PC tower? The possibilities are endless. You only have to think outside the boring, vintage, floral box to explore them.

                9. Flower Arrangement

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                  Another craft that has its roots in ancient Egypt, flower arrangement is as casual as it gets. If you like growing plants, you will likely never notice that you are doing it for money. Unfortunately, that is the prime reason why you can count on ferocious competition. Once again, your greatest allies will be clever thinking, out-of-the-box designs, and a healthy amount of pop-culture awareness. For a start, your prime targets will be weddings and birthdays, but as soon as you successfully handle a couple of such events, you can start working your way into the bigger league (corporate events, national institutions, etc.).

                  10. Brewing Craft Beer

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                    Craft beers have always had an excellent reputation amongst rabid bar crawlers. No matter how many craft beers you try, each one seems to have its own unique flavor. It’s safe to say that there’s a lot of room for developing a business here. Starting your journey doesn’t require expensive brewing equipment. For the most part, you can get away with what you already have in your house, but if you want to advance to professional brewing systems, you should establish a very solid customer base and start reaching out to local pubs and restaurants as soon as possible.

                    While all these crafts are very different from each other, all have a few things in common. They require a lot of skill, passion, and endless hours of online promotion. If you are ready to pay these dues, you can develop a very creative, exciting, and fulfilling home business. Leave cubicles to the less ambitious. You are meant for something better.

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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