As many of you probably know by now, I own my own business where I make and sell soap.
There is an incredibly large selection of people who own their own businesses and sale their handmade goods and it is a number that is continually growing as people pursue their self employed dreams.
Now as someone who enjoys making things of all varieties I can understand people’s hesitancy to buy handmade products because I also am prone to asking myself, why buy something that I can make myself.
That being said the holidays are coming up fast and if your like me, you have already begun to start searching for those perfect Christmas presents before everything begins to sell out and the post offices begin to jam up.
Since starting my own business I have found a new appreciation for other handmade businesses and have already begun to search for presents from them rather than other commercial brand names.
And I hope that after reading this blog post on why you should too, that you will have changed your mind.
Eco Friendly | It shouldn’t come as a massive shock that buying from smaller, handmade businesses is a more eco friendly choice.
Even those shops that might not necessarily choose recyclable packaging or green materials still make a larger difference with the environment than bigger brands do.
Their items are not made with production machines or in large warehouses and more often than not, there is a much smaller amount of resources wasted.
And you will often be receiving better quality as well which means that you will get more use out of the items that you buy.
Treating Yourself | There are a lot of things that we buy as a treat for ourselves even though we could technically make those things ourselves.
The same rule goes for when you are purchasing handmade items. Sure you could probably make 90% of the things that, that person sells but you will have to buy the supplies and put aside the time and by the time your done, you will most likely be more relieved than excited that its done.
There is just something much more exciting about placing the order for something that you want and having it arrive in the mail rather than slaving over it yourself.
After all, you aren’t really treating yourself if what you are making becomes a chore rather than a pleasure.
Supporting Someone’s Dream | This is by far what I would consider to be the most important reason for buying from a small, handmade business and that is because you are supporting someone’s dream.
Lets face it, starting your own business is scary and hard and back breaking. The work never really ends and you never know quite what that pay check at the end of the month will look like.
People don’t start selling their handmade products because it’s an easy job or even very rewarding most of the time. They start their own business because they love what they do and they have a dream of having a job that is also their passion.
When you choose to buy from a small business you aren’t just giving yourself or someone you know a gift, you are giving that business owner a gift as well.
The gift of your support.