Is it possible to make a living just a favorite thing?

Everyone who asked me 2019:

Is it possible to make money on a normal, full-fledged life with a favorite thing, which is associated with craft, needlework, that is, hand-held work in general?

I answered very simple:

-Maybe yes!

In 2020, the same question, which, by the way, is asked more often than before, I answer as simple:


I foresee an angry exclamation:

Are you bad? It turns out nothing changed …

In 2020, everything changed!

Yesterday in the car dealership, I met two of my friends on «needlework business.» One — Blacksmith, the second — potter. Both chose new cars for themselves. Apparently advertising and waiting for the next increase in prices next year did their job.

The first decided to tie with potter. After with the highest permission, everyone was allowed to go to work, took out all the equipment from the workshop in the garage, got a job and now it does not blow on the mustache. Wife works, he works, not a buzz, but the initial contribution was enough. And with hand, he decided to be … Someday … for the soul.

It turns out that he cannot earn a living for life.

The second, all in soap, with a three-story obscene vocabulary to the address … I will not clarify whom, he took him a pickup. The old car was covered with a copper pelvis, and orders, despite the «not season», fully.

He was tired of hiring the car, so I decided to borrow a healthy pickup on credit, throw a generator on it, welding and carrying small structures on mounting yourself. Yes, the car is dear, but for the sake of profits and orders, he went to spend 3.074.000 rubles plus overpayment of jar and insurance.

Khm! So what can, get a favorite thing to earn?

And in the evening, a neighbor came to visit us. She, pulling a big house, raising four children (two of their, two adopted), if there is a husband working at the plant and receiving very good money, graduated from courses of confectioners and in the call of the soul decided the furnace cakes to order.

Orders are full. On the day there is a bake of three pieces!

And again we return to the fact that in the 2020th you can make a favorite thing!

So what is the difference between 2019 and 2020?

The difference is that in fat, the pre-crisis years, many left the office, from the plant and began to engage in something for the soul, maybe it will go. And the presence of cravored money in humans allowed such «freelancers» thin poorly to reduce the ends meet. On a communal and yogurt with an apple grabbed and okay.

By the end of 2020, the strongest, who had behind his back or backup survived, or an additional income, or just clung to their teeth and did not give him to go to the bottom, floundered, fought in all the doors, opened the stores, gave advertising, drove Groups on master classes, led stream and created channels on YouTube, conducted paid training.

The 2020th showed that only one channel of receipt of income is a little — a single master or workshop will be able to survive if several channels organize several channels, including sales. In addition to trade, many began to sell their knowledge directly — they created training courses, master classes lead.

This year clearly demonstrated to all craftsmen that under a laying stone is not the fact that champagne with caviar, but even simple water does not count. This is exactly the difference between the 2019th and 2020th.

So, is it possible to make money on hand?

Definitely yes! Only…

How to shoot handmade products so that the photos are like with a magazine cover

It’s no secret that successful sales of handmade products on the Internet depend on 90% of the photos. Let the product brightly be brilliantly and all of him straightely buy, but the photos are made on a Chinese smartphone curve, there is no focus, everything is gray and ineffect — forget about good sales.

Good photo — sign of respect to the buyer.

Each buyer subconsciously thinks: «If this master did not bother to make good photos, then what to talk about the works ourselves?».

I know at least five masters who could simply break the Internet with their works, but they have photos just seams.

That is why we are wearing every work as with a writer Tuba. For any, even the smallest brooches, the cheapest earrings need beautiful photos. And photographing the glass, I will report you, also hemorrhoids. It is necessary to select not only the desired perspective, background, composition, but also wait for the right light. Some products are removed only with bright sunlight, others only with scattered clouds.

And this is ready for the product, and you sit and wait, when there are on the nebushka, the fucking electricians, they jerk for the fucking chopper and give the right light. But, since I don’t have a Bolt there … About the law of meanness you all know.

And so this heavenly electrician got me that I tried to organize photo-light by collective farm methods in a separate workshop. She screwed the LED lamps, bought just three lamps on ordinary lamps, even hiking tent lamps tried to put on stands.

You know, it is possible to remove with such a light. But the biggest problem is that it is impossible to change the color, shine and all shades of glass: it is yellow, it is blue, then the batteries sat down, then blinks …

Aaaaaaaaaaa died!

Therefore, it was decided to allocate money and buy light. But the way in the distant sight we have a plan to shoot a video, it was necessary to combine three incompatible things. Even five:



Potability photos

Possibility to shoot video

-This could be moved at any time, roll and remove.

I studied the Internet along and across. The problem is that on expensive sets of light reviews is full — it is understandable, dear things everyone wants to spread — promotional feedback mass. And on the cheap sets of light of feedback Rovno 0, no one wants to write about them the truth.

I risked and bought one of the cheapest sets of Light Rekam.

What to say? Not lost!

So, what it is, which gives, what advantages and what minuses.

This is a permanent photo-video light. With him you can do amazing, practically gentle photos, capture shine. And since the lamps are shine in the same range and closed with a thin material, then all colors and shades are simply amazing.

Since it is a permanent light, then you immediately see the light pattern. And it is damn cool! Lamps are shine always with the same force, so you can configure the light diagram once (there are examples in the manual) and forget.

Made a job, put on the table, turned on the lamp and Alga with the songs! All photos are made simply once or twice. The most important thing for any master is time saving.

By quality. Yes Set Super-Diet, but I knew what she went. That is why I took a REKAM. This company does not only cheap, but also very expensive kits, the cost of which breaks through 1 million. So the manufacturer is reliable. Although, naturally, everything is done at the plants of glorious Chinese.

I specifically chose a set in which there were two illuminators of 4 lamps in each. There are sets with three illuminators, but it is already an excess, cumbersome, and expensive.

But the lamps can be turned off in pairs.


The set comes in a box inside which is a large bag. Everything can be folded into it and put in the storage room.

Illuminators (softboxes) are completely disassembled. The main thing is not to put great strength — remember Chinese.

Racks are also harps — a lot of plastic. But, as the lighter lights themselves, there is a margin of safety. Professional racks that stand slightly large load are 9 times more expensive. So the wallet votes for savings.

The huge plus is that the illuminators can work for hours.

Want to take pictures of streaming, you want to shoot a video — no difference. The quality is excellent. So the workshop looks like when we began to shoot a video. The eyes do not blind, but everything is clearly visible on the cameras. Video quality has grown at times.

Now let’s talk about the shortcomings. Their three:

Short power cords.

With long work, the lamps are basked simply!

The cost of spare lamps.

For one lamp, cunning beetles are asked for 1800!

What will you have to buy?


It may be in a cunning Chinese and want to sell the lamps of 1800, but in poor Russia, such money is not ready to pay. Therefore, you can boldly blow into the nearest electrical store and buy 4 LED lamps with a capacity of 24 watts. The power of the illuminator will even increase. The main thing is that the temperature is 5500K.


The commodity widget is inserted for informational purposes, no one forcing anywhere. I bought for my money for my own work. Ask the manufacturer to make me at least some kind of money asked.

Seller in the store: «What did you mishand on Fiskars? In Russia, they learned to make shovels 2 times cheaper and 3 times hard!»

All the autumn and half of winter, the whole South Urals dived friendly:

-Where snow? For a month and a half, only 5 centimeters fell.

-Why so warm? Is it winter when almost plus in the sun.

-We want normal Ural winter!

The prayers of the harsh Urals were heard by someone there on top. Apparently one of the big bosses of the Heavenly Office called where it was necessary and said:

Yes, give them now what they are asked!

Said, done, the winter in the Urals included. For two days, we wondered so much snow that the workshop grew a good such snowdrift, almost a belt. Yes, and the whole yard listed almost as in the movie «Day after tomorrow».

But it is Polwy.

The big bosses from the Heavenly Office called back with his subordinate and shouted into the tube:

Winter asked! Normal winter! And where is frosts?

And after two-day snowfall, we turned on frost. After -5, the thermometer showed -17, smoothly sank to -25. Half of the townspeople already seed:

-What is it so cold?

Why so much snow? You can’t drive anywhere on the car, but they do not come true!

What they wanted, then got! And for tomorrow we are promised all -31. All according to plan! They scored winter — enjoy.

Worst of all that frost frost, and the courtyard to clear from the augide snowdrifts in any case will have. And if so, you have to get my favorite shovel for snow Fiskars.

Fiscars, as much in this word for the heart of Russian merged!

But, unfortunately, nothing is eternal. Last winter, I seriously «erased» my favorite. Over the summer, everything was about to buy something in the substitution, but then the hands did not reach, then there was no money, then the price tag is inadequate.

So I went to the store for a new shovel.

Naive! No on sale! While I was going, half of the city all shovels dismantled. The price tag is, there is a place under the shovel, and there is no shovel — they dismantled everything. While I stood and admired the price tags from the shovel, another couple came up to the shop window — Troika Manyikov:

-What is there no more?

-No! All disassembled!

-And the seller asked? Maybe there is a warehouse?

Let’s ask.

Conscable seller-consultant:

-Do you have fiscars shovels?

-No, all disasted?

-What will be?

-I have no idea! And in general, what did you interfere with Fiskars? In Russia, they make shovels 2 times cheaper and 3 times tight!

-Come on! How many of the analogs took one normal did not come across. All disposable.

Try the last time, take the cycle.

What managed to know and why I bought these shovels for myself.

The cycle is our, purely Russian enterprise, developers and production — everything is in Russia in the city of carpets. And this, I will say honestly, pleases. They produce many things for gardeners, summer houses, house owners. One of these things is shovels.

I bought (for my personal money!) For a house in the city and for the village house there are two shovels.


I’ll tell about both.

The first shovel is the cheapest.

She cost me 450 rubles and called the Cycle Standard merchant. On the Internet it is sold for quite adequate money. You can find suggestions much more pleasant to what I gave. True, the question arises how much it will pull out with the shipment, maybe one thing on one will come out.

This is quite good, high-quality shovel.

Without delights. Almost accurate copy of Fiscars. They even coincide with weight.

Nothing does not let go, does not dangle, not cracking, does not creak.

Plastic is very rigid and thick.

The edge of the shovel is closed by an aluminum cutter.

I really liked the shape of her bucket — it is deeper than Fiskars, so you can safely throw the snow over the fence, without fear of snow to grab a portion of the collar.

The rumble of rigidity at the bucket is much higher, it gives hope for a long and fruitful work with this shovel.

Despite the suspicion of my dog, the shovel showed themselves well done. In the battle with snow at the workshop, she turned out to be the winner. His money, exactly three times less than the Fiscars, it is definitely worth it.

And about the second shovel I would like to say a little more.

This is the cycle Expert Varyag. I do not know why such a long name? I bought it for 790 rubles by an ordinary construction supermarket. On the Internet, naturally, it is cheaper.

I will start with the fact that the handle on this shovel is cast from plastic and additionally rubbed. This mega is convenient and this is not enough fiscars. Nothing slips, put on the gloves and go with the songs!

Plastic bucket is thicker and tougher. That is quite natural, since the price for Russia is not so small.

The edge is also protected by an aluminum cutter, which has a very interesting dihedral form: it seems to further cut the snow below.

Looks like a razor vest!

There is no complaints to clean the snow, you just get fun.

But most of all I was struck by the shovel handle. She is composite. Plus, behind the bucket there is a special fastening — it is enough to pull it out and the shovel decays into two parts: the knob itself and the bucket. These parts are convenient to carry in the car.

Of course, in two days of operation, far-reaching conclusions are stupid. But, in general, I liked the shovels. These are not at all the children’s crafts that sell in the wholesale bases of 300-400 rubles.

What to say? Well done, learned to do, and I am very glad that this is our, domestic, purely Russian manufacturer. For which not ashamed!

After all, we can like it!

It’s time to admit honestly and openly, that with Miliard Tritarmey Comrade Si Neither the Master of Handmade, neither small, nor the medium, nor even a major business from Russia, can not compete. Do not want to work for a cup of rice, and that’s right.

In principle, in China, they also do not want to run for a penny, the average salary in the PRC over the past few years has grown very well. Of course, the average salary is akin to the average temperature in the hospital, plus a huge amount of benefits for manufacturers, so the work of the Chinese worker costs the employer much cheaper than we have in Russia. Therefore, reduce the price of the product produced in Russia. There is no sense — the Chinese will devote the price of their goods even lower.

Well, at least somehow you can fight with them in the field of trade?

In fact, you can!

First of all, quality. And in the second and subsequent — the release of such products that the Chinese will not want to repeat themselves.


Achilles fifth many Russian handmade masters engaged in the production of decorations is

Many masters do not bother and riveted decorations from Chinese junk. Quality is so-so. Considering that the Chinese themselves make decorations from their own fittings (as they died, they put them on the pole!) And all this is worth a penny, then buyers often do not see the difference between Chinese lots and products, I do not want to offend anyone, some Russian masters.

The motto «If there is no difference, then why pay more» it works like never!

Therefore, the only option is to distance themselves from Chinese products — to make high-quality decorations with domestic or European fittings. The Chinese are also not flashed and over the quality began to seriously work, for example, actively mastered the manufacture of surgical accessories from surgical steel than heavily by the Koreans. Those two years have been crying crocodile tears, they simply put them from the market.

Our masters-jewelers engaged in accessories for jewelry recently have recently joined the race for the consumer. And, judging by the company «Russian Filigree», they are not bad to catch up and even to overtake the Chinese work.

Masters-jewer know perfectly, which question most often ask buyers of decorations: and the metal will not darken? Will not fall off? And if in the case of the «China» truthful answer to give it difficult, then when using domestic fittings, the answer will be unambiguous: nothing will take it, nothing will fall off.

All this suggests that quality for people is in the first place.

The consumer does not want to give money to the hard work for poor-quality cheap. Let it be more expensive — yes better!

And the second way, with which you can distance from Chinese products — the manufacture of such accessories, which the Chinese will not want to repeat. A vivid example is our Russian filigree.

It is no secret that the low cost of Chinese products is due, among other things, the maximum simplification of technology, the use of as much qualified labor as possible, streaming (conveyor). With Filigree, this focus will not pass, it is for a long time, requires a certain level of skill and, ultimately, it will be too expensive even for the Chinese.

On social networks and on the pages of this blog, other masters often ask us «with what accessory work?». I will answer honestly. For some, the most beautiful jewelry that our workshop «Glass Fairy Tale» is bought out the fittings of production of Russian Filigues. Things look for five-plus. And you know, with what pride, to the buyer’s question: «What kind of fittings» we say: «Patriotic! Russian!».

I think that this company has something to be proud, for a year and a half the use of their products we did not receive a single complaint from the buyer! No one! This is already talking about something. And it’s great!

And in the conclusion of the article a slight retreat. Let’s immediately agree (I feel in one place that they will appear in the comments «Expert Experts» and «Valid Provons») — this article, like any other in my blog, never advertising! Filiginists about its existence do not even suspect. If I’m talking about someone or something about something, then it is interesting to me and I just want to share my thoughts. Even if someday, in a distant and bright future, advertising will still appear, it will be mentioned honestly, right, openly. And the advertising product will be tested by me personally, told everything honestly, without sticks and comfort, with all the advantages and disadvantages.

Soon there will be 5,000 thousand subscribers on the channel. Another spring was asked me — write about yourself. And I gave a stamp, as will be 5 thousand subscribers — I will write. We will get acquainted. I’ll tell you about myself, about my wife, family, the workshop, why this blog was created, for what purpose and on what principles it is leading.

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