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Are you a "hobbypreneur"?

The natural offspring of the do-it-yourself, craft mafia, and craftster mentality, hobbypreneurs may find themselves in fashion for a change!  You probably instinctively know what a hobbypreneur is: if you are currently running a jewelry business, you might well have started this way!

First you start making stuff.  Then you make more stuff.  Then your friends want you to make them stuff.  Then you realize that you can't stop making stuff, but you're running out of room to store it.  And money to finance it.  Next thing you know, your hobby has turned into a nice little business which you only intend (at first) to do in order to be able to afford more beads.

I don't know about you, but I became a hobbypreneur back when I was in middle school.  My daughter beat me, by becoming a hobbypreneur in 3rd or 4th grade.  But whenever you do it, it's a great way to get started.

If you are a hobbypreneur, or you started out your business this way, I'd love to hear from you!  We find stories about "how I got started" very inspirational around here.  If you'd like to have your story profiled, just drop me a line!  Include your name, business name, website or blog link, the story of how you got started in the jewelry or bead business, and up to 3 images of your work.  Email me at cyndi @ (remove the spaces).  Please put Hobbypreneur in the subject line.   

[Note, some of you have asked this in the past, so I thought I should make it clear: if you spend the time writing this up, I will share it.  You don't need to worry about whether or not I'll think you're "good enough".  What the heck does that mean, anyway?  So if you send me something and don't hear back within a few days, leave me a comment here...occasionally stuff does get stuck in my spam filter.] 

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