"If you crochet / knit so often, why don't you sell?"
It’s a hard question to answer, but one that I get often.
It’s also something I have toyed with, opening an Etsy shop that is. Who knows, maybe its in my future, but at this point, it isn’t something I want to do.
Now, let me go all psychology student on you for a minute and explain this from my textbook’s point of view. (This post is brought to you by exam time and writing this is my counts in my study time)
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation:
Intrinsic Motivation is what I feel about knitting and crocheting right now- the desire to do something because you enjoy it. Extrinsic Motivation is doing that activity because of external rewards, like money or pressure from others.
My textbook goes on to talk about when you start doing something for fun, when an extrinsic factor is applied, all exciting intrinsic motivation can be totally lost. This is what I am avoiding.
-I have a part-time job, so I earn money to pay for school and life that way
-I am already too distracted my yarn, I don’t need the pressure to please customers making me put my school work to the side.
-Right now, I don’t want the pressure on me to make just for the sake of selling. I don’t want to miss out on all the learning I can do.
This is not to say I won’t ever change my mind. I might. I do take requests and charge a little over the price of yarn. Right now I have bigger dreams than selling my crafts, which is why I am sitting at university and reading textbooks (and telling all of you about what is in my textbook, apparently).
How do you feel about this subject? Do you sell your products? Do you want to start? Leave a comment below!
- - Bee