When Ashley Rieck wants to be creative, she picks up a needle and does cross-stitch. Her husband, Josh, carves guitars and ukuleles out of wood.
Then, the two go to work building their product lines.
“I started making my stuff as gifts for friends,” Rieck said. “I never was going to sell them. People asked to buy them enough where I just said, ‘Sure.’ Right now, I don’t have enough time to make enough.”
The Riecks are among a growing number of people who are turning their skills and passion for making something by hand into full-time and part-time businesses. They’re makers – defined as anyone who makes something.