The thought of putting up your own business can be intimidating, but if you play to your strengths and mix it with hard work, it can bloom into a successful venture later on. For Kessa Thea “KT” Nielsen, it was about turning her arts and crafts hobby into a small business idea from home.
The 38-year-old mom used to have a corporate job before resigning five years ago when she gave birth to her daughter, Viktoria Summer. Since then, she chose to work from home to pursue blogging, calligraphy, and graphic design. “I’ve always considered myself a creative person. But my creative business only started this year,” KT tells SmartParenting.com.ph. “It was just a hobby at first, but as I shared my photos online, I began to receive inquiries and orders.”
Her personalized items are a hit, especially because you can personalize almost anything from clothes, mugs, hydrovacuum flasks, water bottles, stickers, decals, envelopes, jars, cake toppers, and more!
To set up her business, KT invested more or less Php35,000 for the machine and materials. “This is assuming you already have a computer, tablet, or mobile phone,” she shares.
Her main tool is a Cricut Maker, a computer-controlled cutting machine that is designed for home crafters. It costs around Php25,000 and can cut different materials like paper, felt, vinyl, fabric, and more.
She also invested in an inkjet printer choosing one that’s ink-efficient, plus miscellaneous materials like vinyl, cardstocks, sticker papers, cardboard, etc, which total to Php10,000.
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“In order to create designs to cut using the machine, you would need to install the Cricut Design Space on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone,” she explains. “You also need a printer if you want to create stickers using the print and cut option. The machine works via Bluetooth or USB.”
KT shares that while she set up the business to earn extra cash, she was already able to recover her initial investment in under a month of operation. “I can’t say for now how much I earn in a month because this is fairly recent. However, if we base it on the trend when the business was operation, it is pretty substantial.”