When I set up Conscious Crafties, I was still managing to work part time, so I absorbed the many (many!) thousands it cost to give us a safe website and community to sell our crafts and skills. When I lost my job after my health deteriorated further, I was sadly going to need to close the website. However, it had become a lifeline to the Crafties, so they begged me (bullied me into!) charging a monthly fee. Because the fee is so small, it doesn’t yet cover the HUGE costs associated with running a website of this size. It is a struggle as I live off PIP (disability benefit) alone, but I have based the fee on ‘a little from a lot of us’, will one day cover the costs.
What does my small membership fee go towards?
Website plug ins
Facebook page adverts
Facebook post boosts
Craft fairs and disability conferences
Marketing materials and merchandise
Postage for happy packages