Creativity is in high demand. The number of people pursuing creative careers along with crafting and decorating jobs is on the rise. Not only that, the type and number of careers that demand creative people are also growing. Combine that demand with the popularity of crafting sales websites and online marketing, and you have the making of a large crafting community full of people that are working from home while supporting themselves and doing what they love.
If enjoy being creative or crafty and have a love of home design or decorating, being self-employed and working from home can be a good choice. There is little overhead, you can set your own hours and your own pay, and you don’t have to share profits with anyone. Of course, you don’t share costs or responsibilities with anyone either, which could be why many at-home businesses fail.
However, with a bit of hard work and creative energy, you can be successful with a decorating or craft job from home. Decorating and crafting careers are varied and growing, so you have many choices when choosing what you would like to do. Use your creativity and work from home with these ideas.
Crafting sales are a booming business and it’s easy to get started. However, the most successful crafting entrepreneurs are those who have a strong talent and have carved out a niche in the field. To reach the most people with your crafts, the best thing to do is to sell at as many different types of venues as possible – a personal website, online in a store like Etsy or ArtFire, at craft fairs and in local galleries and museums are only a few possibilities. For more information, see About’s Arts and Crafts Business site.
Crafting and/or Decorating Journalism
There is an increasing demand for writers and/or bloggers who possess knowledge of interior design, decorating, crafting and more. If your creative outlet is writing but you also have a passion for a specialized area of design, furniture, decorating, art or crafting, blogging can be a surprisingly great way to make some extra money. Some fulltime bloggers have actually turned blogging into a career. Great computer skills are a must, and you may need to be proficient in HTML though many blogging sites don't require it. It also helps to have a good understanding of online networking and social networking sites, as this will be the key to growing your blog.
If you are outgoing and have a love of decorating or home decor, home decor sales can be a great way to dabble in interior decorating without having a formal education or degree. These jobs are easy to get started in and can also be very financially rewarding to those who possess a knack for sales. For more information on starting a home decor sales business along with a list of home decor sales companies, see our article.
Home organization (aka professional organizer) is a growing field for those who would like to work from their homes and, depending upon what you choose to concentrate on, can be very similar to interior decorating. Even the field of home organization is becoming more specialized with home organizers concentrating only on garages or playrooms or financial papers. You don’t need a degree to become an expert in home organization and pursue this career. Though there are home organizing classes and certifications offered through various organizations and companies, many home organizers are avid do-it-yourselfers whose only credentials are a talent for organizing and a desire to help others who don’t possess the same. For more information on becoming a professional organizer, see our article here.
Home Staging or Styling
Home staging has become a booming business in some areas and the demand for home stagers is on the rise. Home staging is often a combination of home decorating and organizing but knowledge of the current real estate market is a must. There are no formal requirements to become a home stager but there are staging organizations that offer training, resources, a newsletter, meetings and more. Many decorators and real estate agents have taken up the call of home staging but all this creative job really requires is a keen eye, a knack for organization, a warm personality when working with others and a firm grasp of your area's real estate trends. Home staging is a job you can easily do from your home, whether part time or full time. For more information on starting a home staging business from home, see our article.
An interior decorating career would be an easy career to manage from your home. Office space is a bonus but isn’t required. However, most decorating fields require a degree. If you think you are interested in the fascinating world of decorating, see our article on how to become an interior decorator and information on the wide range of jobs available in this field.
Interiors Photography or Illustration
Competition is fierce but regardless, this is still a great field to get into. The top notch photographers get paid big bucks, but not only that they also love what they do. If you have photographic or illustration skills and a love for design or real estate - and a knack for self-promotion - then the first step is to build a portfolio... and get ready to network. Even if the big bucks don't come your way there are plenty of interior and design photographers and illustrators that make a decent living, or at least some pocket cash on the side.
Many who have a love for furniture, decor, art or antiques are attracted by the idea of a resale shop. And yes, you can work mainly from home within this career since you don’t need an actual “shop” to do this. Furniture and decor can be sold through online stores such as Etsy and Ebay, from personal blogs and/or websites, and from other retail spaces such as flea or antique markets that rent booths to resellers. Some experts even sell directly to dealers.
Specialized Interior & Furniture Finishing
Decorative painters, upholsterers, furniture builders, painters and refinishers make up the bulk of this type of interior decorating careers but the choices don't stop there. If you have a talent that fits, the decorating world will take you. Herein lies the wonderful world of decorating, full of talents galore. So you can paint murals on ceramic tile and make a bathroom look like a Roman bathhouse fit for a goddess? Then get going and sell yourself. If you have a talent in an area, use it. The decorating world welcomes you.
Working from home can be lucrative and enjoyable, but before starting any business be sure to do your research and know your market. Regardless of how exciting working from home sounds, your business will still be a job. In order for you to be successful, it must be treated as such. Overnight success is possible but not probable. However, the most successful business ventures are ones where the owner has smart business sense, is skilled at what he or she does and is assertive at offering their valuable expertise to others.