I’m sure if you are a maker of art or craft you have probably heard the comment “it’s not a proper job”. I’ve even been guilty of saying this myself. So what makes a proper job?
Is it about money?
Is a proper job defined by earnings? Take a brain surgeon, I think we would all agree that his job is a ‘proper’ one, but then nurses are paid far less but they do just as valuable job, so the amount paid doesn’t constitute a proper job.
Is it about time?
Most people will work about 35 – 40 hours a week in full time employment. I spend all my waking hours working, apart from a few hours a week shopping and doing housework. If I’m not making I’m doing one of the whole host of other tasks associated with being a designer maker selling online. It’s not just 5 days a week either, if a commission comes in I work on it over the weekend, and there’s trips to the post office, and keeping the books. Even when I do allow myself a trip out I’m looking for inspiration, and taking photo’s, it’s all part of the job. It’s a way of life really.
So is it about working from home?
I think I answered that in the question above, I do know if I went out to work my house would be a lot tidier and my life would be easier.
Could it be about flexible working?
That could possibly have been so once upon a time but now lots of people work flexible hours, and even from home.
What else could it be then?
Could it be about job satisfaction and a feeling of worth that you get when you create beautiful items? If so then I have that in abundance, I love what I do and get an immense feeling of satisfaction from what I do.
So I’ve got to thinking maybe it comes down to a lack of understanding, our work is unconventional, but so are we; as artist’s we strive to be different and find our own voice. So maybe when people say it’s not a ‘proper’ job what they really mean is that we have an unconventional one?
I’d love to hear your thoughts …………