Of all the ways that Makers can make a living in a creative industry, providing service to others doesn’t just give you a career – it makes you feel helpful. For me, a driving force in being a business owner has always been to help people. Truth be told, I’m a horrible sales person but when it comes to finding solutions for other people’s problems – that’s where my heart is. If you’re the same, creating a service for others is a sure fire way to feel good about the work you do.
Our example – which has not only been successful but also personally fulfilling – is Long Arm Quilting. I have discussed this in detail before, but as a reminder, we found a pain point for our customers and we filled it. Customers bring their quilt tops to us and we complete it for them using our industrial quilting machine. But you don’t have to invest small fortune in an industrial machine to have a Service Oriented business. Sewing Machine Repair, Memory Quilts, T-Shirt Quilting – these are all ways to create a business out of serving others. A little education and a little talent can go along way.
My biggest recommendation when deciding what direction to go in regards to your business is how do you want to contribute to the world. For me, it’s always been about educating and helping others. If this is the thing that makes your heart sing, I strongly suggest following your heart. It won’t steer you wrong. Ask yourself – What do people ask me for and is it something I could make a Joyful Business doing? You just might find that helping others is your Life’s Creative Calling.