As somebody who has been working from home for the last decade or so, the current lockdown or trend of remote working didn’t really come to me as a shock. On the contrary, my age-old wish to start a business online from the inside of the secure walls of my house has become a reality.
It took me more than a decade to call myself a homepreneur, and not just a homemaker anymore. It has taken years and years of hard work, dedication, ongoing depression cycles, fatal accidents (Yes, I’ve survived them as well) and being constantly pinned down. Despite being a Masters in Computer Science and having a background in technology, it wasn’t my degree that came to my rescue amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
It was my skill as a DIY crafts blogger most certainly that came to my rescue. At a time in history when I see more and more businesses being shut down every single day, the DIY Content Crafts segment is actually booming, its reason being, people are sitting at home, pursuing their inner peace, and investing time in being more productive. The one industry that hasn’t taken the hit at all is the content industry.
Despite the global economy being hit badly, and well-known businesses being affected adversely, the content industry is booming. More people are sitting at home, constantly on the internet, trying to find things of value. This is the age when online platforms and portals are providing authentic information, and value-based skills are dominating. Years of my hard work is actually reaping benefits now.
As a homepreneur and a DIY crafts blogger, it makes me feel useful to be interacting with people online and spreading a positive message. If my blog is transforming into a positive place where people are not just picking up skills but also feeling productive, it makes me positive as well. I see a daily spike in my blog’s Alexa ranking and visits despite the platform being recent. I work even harder now, because the world might be annihilating, but I have just arrived.
As most parts of the world are witnessing a lockdown, more and more people are working from home or being restricted to the indoors. I see even the most uninterested individuals taking up DIY crafts. By actually utilising your brain in doing artistic things, millions across the globe are finding their peace and balance.
In fact, crafts even reduce chances of stress, anxiety and depression significantly. I am not making a wild claim here, a study conducted by Harvard actually backs my claim. Therefore, I personally feel really happy and proud of the fact that over the last few years, I have been investing in mastering the skill of DIY crafts.
After slogging for years, listening to age-old gender stereotypes, fighting patriarchy, raising two wonderful children, and mustering the courage to find my long-lost identity, I have finally launched my online business – Crafts Xpress. I will be blogging about DIY crafts extensively, and will also provide Zoom sessions for online tutorials in countries around the globe.
Who would have thought that the beautiful but taken-for-granted DIY skill would help me achieve so much? Well, I didn’t ever give up on this skill, and it is now paying me back. Never allow other people’s opinion of you become your reality. Fight hard for your passion, and no crisis in the world can stop you from making it big. The current COVID -19 catastrophe will come to end and the world economy will rise. And with that will emerge thousands of inspiring stories. All you have to do is decide whether to be a part of that inspiration or fear. I choose the former.