Hello Crafty Lady! How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

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Raise your hand (from your laptop) for a moment if you fantasize – on Monday mornings in particular – about ditching the rather mundane nine-to-five paycheque to start your own creative business. Yes, even if you’re already making a few bucks with your one-of-a-kind bags, beauty products or bling, it can be hard to make the leap from doing something as a hobby to doing it for a living.

Fortunately for those who fall into this category, Jenna Herbut has walked in your mid-heel work pumps. That’s why the founder of ‘Make It: The Handmade Revolution’, a crazy-cool craft show/party that hosts events across Canada, recently came up with a new idea: Make It University, a program designed to help “crafty entrepreneurs” take their hobbies to the next level. Herbut’s been making her way in the world of business since launching a line of fabric sash belts (Booty Beltz!) fresh out of university. And in the eight years she’s been her own boss, she’s gone through all the highs, lows and mistakes that come with being a business owner. So how can aspiring entrepreneurs turn their creative efforts into cold, hard cash? Check out Herbut’s top tips in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/IiQQT6

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