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How Much Home Space Do You Need for a Craft Business?

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 30 Aug 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you’re going to be running a craft business from home, then it’s important to consider how much space you need to be effective and efficient.

When you’re running a craft business from outside premises, you naturally have to fit into the space you’ve got, but you can go home at the end of the day and leave everything where it is. It’s a bit of a different situation altogether when you’re working from home, as it’s also where you live and, ideally you don’t want your work space overlapping with your living space. When you decide to start a home-based crafts business, then it’s important to give careful consideration to the actual work space you’ll need and how you’ll organise yourself.

In an ideal world, it’s great if you’ve got a spare room, spare wing or workshop where you can be based, so that you working area is entirely separate from your living area. However, if you’re not going to be based from home all the time (perhaps you want to start your business off working from home, but then want to expand and have premises elsewhere) you may not have a need for a dedicated working area and are more flexible with your working arrangements.

Assessing What Space You Need

The space you need will depend on the nature of your craft business and whether you’ll be making handmade crafts, selling the bits and pieces needed by other people to make crafts or selling yourself as an expert or crafts demonstrator. So it’s useful to assess how much space you need, for your individual requirements.

Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do I need space to work on making crafts?
  • Do I need space for craft equipment? If so, how big and cumbersome is the equipment?
  • How much storage space do I need for craft supplies?
  • Do I need space for computer and other technological equipment?
  • Do I need desk space?
  • Do I anticipate having customers coming to the house and is there space for them?
  • Is there enough space available for my crafts business to grow?

If you’ve realised that you need a lot of space in which to work comfortably, then it may be time to think seriously about where in your house you plan to work. If you’re going to need a whole room, then it may be necessary to shuffle around furniture and change the use of a room. Or, perhaps you think you will be able to function in the corner of an existing room, but will need to equip yourself with plenty of storage solutions to house all your craft supplies.

If space in the house is an issue, another options some business people working from home choose to utilise is a garden shed or having a purpose built office at the bottom of the garden. A shed doesn’t sound that glamorous, but as long as it’s warm and dry, it will give you space away from the rest of the home and family and provides an instant separation between work and relaxation.

Before you decide exactly where in the house or garden your crafts business will operate from, don’t forget to discuss it with the rest of your family. Whether you’re working from a corner of the conservatory, or have your own dedicated business space, working from home may well affect the rest of your family too and they need to be happy with the arrangements as well.

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