what I’ve learned from being in the handmade biz (and knowing/talking to lots of peeps who are also) for a few years now, and is my number one word of advice, is to be selfish

if you want to make a living from this

if you want to make money off of it

be selfish

if you want to be unique and make a name for yourself

be selfish

don’t tell people how you do it, what you use, etc.


be very careful who you talk to about it and what you say

make sure they really are a friend (and will not use this information for their own benefit) if you give them sensitive information (such as your patterns, materials, etc.)

and again

be selfish