My mum thinks I’m quite clever at making things, kind of like doing a craft class every day. But it’s just not a real job is it? No matter how many people actually pay for my wares, how many reviews are done on Zen Designs or how much positive feedback I get, she still doesn’t think it’s something that people do for work. It’s OK if you work for Tiffany & Co. or Michael Hill (similar no?), but doesn’t count if you made the company up yourself.
I’ve found that many homeworkers come across similar attitudes: unless you’re employed by someone else or work outside your home, it’s just a hobby. This can be particularly frustrating when you’ve just had a big win and the person you’re sharing your great news with is less than dazzled, because it’s just not a real job.
Because of this, I’ve found myself sharing my business news with some people more than others, then when something big happens the others almost fall over backwards, “Wow, that was out of the blue!!”.
Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging people is a big plus when you are quite often working solo most of the time, and it makes a huge difference to your own attitude to hear “you can do it” rather than “do you really think you should?”. Of course I don’t expect everyone to be encouraging about everything I do. Seriously, I wish I’d been discouraged about certain decisions on more than one occasion. But being positive when I share something that I’m obviously proud of? Yes please!
Do you come across many people who treat your chosen field as a hobby, and how do you best deal with this attitude?