Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
People from middle and upper middle class can say these things and get away. People who don’t know what starting capital is can say these things. People who literally don’t know what its like to have nothing or to live in poverty can say these things.
You can’t follow your dreams without some start up cash from somewhere. And most people don’t have that. Like if money was no object and people could just ~live their dreams~ then why are there children starving in 1st world nations
It’s the social economic version of “just stop being depressed”
Oh my god. Seriously, don’t do this. This comic pisses me off on multiple levels. Especially, as a knitter.
The sentiment behind it is nice. Do what you love. However, the reality is that you can’t make money doing everything.
Look, I’m speaking from experience. I knit, I crochet, and I make hook rugs. I love it. I love doing it. I love seeing people’s impressed faces when I give them their requested items. I am in a lucky position because people pay me to make things for them. However, I can not make a living off this. This is unfortunate, but it’s a reality. As much as I would like to move out, and live off my knitting money, I can’t. It provides some nice pocket change, but that’s about it.
Also, telling me (especially knitters) to “just open a store” is irresponsible and demeaning. Unfortunately, knitters are a dwindling bunch. Wool stores do exist, but often there are not many because they don’t get enough business. I live in a big city, and we have approximately 2 wool stores in the general area. Furthermore, they struggle because other stores like Michael’s and Walmart typically (not always, but often) have better prices and selection. Also, I can’t run a store. I would never be able to get the start up money to run a store. I doubt the bank would back this, wool stores are most likely considered a risky investment.
Here’s an ACTUAL OPTION if you want to make some money with your knitting talents:
1) Become a knitting tutor. Really, I have taught people how to knit. People have payed me to show them how to knit.
2) Make things, and have people buy them. This can be done in various ways. You can make things for friends and family, or you can make a bunch of things and then go to a local craft fair. I have done both of these things. Craft fairs are exhausting, but kind of fun.
3) Make stuff, and then sell the items on etsy. Personally, I have never done this (I do pretty well locally) but I know people who done very well on etsy. Hell, I have bought multiple patterns on etsy.
tl;dr You may not necessarily make a living doing the thing you like. You might have to bite the bullet and get a second job to support yourself (I am not in this situation, I like my job). However, you can still do the thing you like and make some money out of it. HOWEVER, be realistic.
Also, I’m in the middle class.