Thinking about this this morning I decided it was time for a reality check, not only for me but for all these other ladies also, to put things into perspective.
As a single woman supporting a household and maintain my same standard of living (which is not extravagant and currently paycheck-to-paycheck) I determined at my current pricing I would need to sell the following:
500+ cross stitch patterns PER MONTH
375+ piece of hand-dyed fabric PER MONTH
1,000+ sets of buttons PER MONTH
various combinations of any or all of the above
Running a business I've already figured my supply costs along with fees to Etsy, PayPal, etc. But what you really don't think about when you're all excited about being able to have your passion as your sole source of income...you'll no longer have employer sponsored health insurance (much cheaper than buying your own), you'll no longer have a 401k with employer matches, you will now be responsible for paying 100% the taxes your employer pays (social security at 100%, unemployment taxes, etc.).
So, how many of you are totally depressed now that your dream may never be your reality? NOT ME! I will NEVER give up on my dreams. One of the things I did when I started making "lifestyle changes" about 2 years ago is got my one and only tattoo...Vivi Con Passione...live with passion. Cross stitch is my passion and even if I never get to have it be my sole source of income it will always be a source of happiness in my life.