An Alternative Towards Financial Independence: Handicrafts


A young person is certainly to be faced with financial needs. As a student or even as a graduate, it is normal that one would turn to one’s family for the basic financial support. At a certain moment tough, one feels bound to take part in providing for one’s self. Accordingly, it is all about the desire to achieve financial independence.

Let’s take the common case of a newly graduate living in a precarious economical situation where statistics emphasize a slight chance for them to be employed. A chance made slighter by the prevailing opportunism characterizing such economies. If at last employed though, it is very unlikely to be in one’s field of years’ studies.

The purpose is neither to give further description of the situation nor to give a scheme for a solution to the complex phenomenon of unemployment. The aim is to suggest that adaptation is possible and that the energy of our thoughts has got to be oriented towards ways and forms to cope with the given facts of our economy.

The gap in the labor market is not only due to a quantitative disproportion between supply and demand but also to a qualitative mismatch. What graduates have to offer is not what the companies are seeking.

It is most criticized that young people remain bounded to university, being the safe and wrongly the only place where they’re expected to fulfill their human potential. Consequently, they remain afterwords confined to the fruit of that conduct:  a diploma not of much worth or promise. The socially inherited expectations about diplomas are no longer valid.

The narrowness of expectation regarding the one vocation a young person ought to carry out is as taking up the one paved path and neglecting how interesting other paths can be, only because paved is considered “neat”.

Taking up a different path, making a reorientation… are forms of adaptation; it is also a sort of pursuit for opportunities, chances and prospects. The latter will be open to those who choose to be different enough to notice and value them.

What about creating a small business? As small a business as small can be. Not finding another option, starting small is actually a good thing not only because it broadens the knowledge span along with appealing prospects for growth, but also because the risk associated is negligible and in case of a glitch or miscarriage, one can easily reestablish or flexibly modify things. Therefore, the concern about funds is not really justifiable; it’s the idea that matters the most, and once one has found the right idea and the right way to communicate it, support will be at hand.

In this context and from an entrepreneur’s point of view, I would like to suggest a standpoint that might be considered as an initiation to take up simple activities as potential small businesses:

Activities such as handicrafts represent a mine of unexploited value namely in Tunisia that is abundantly rich with a diversity of crafts that still surviving in spite of difficulties in the sector. While the modern economy is exceedingly obsessed with the notion of efficiency, a modern consumer tends to want better than standardized items coming out of the manufacturing line. Handicrafts, through handmade, time-consuming items, offer something special and unique which makes these items of a high added value.

By choosing a handicraft –maybe one that’s relative to one’s region, investing time to passionately learn it, one will acquire a skill that doesn’t need an employer to acknowledge. Some won’t take much pride in working using their hands while it must be natural, after all, when academic intellect simply won’t do.

Giving one’s self a chance of exploring a different world of conduct, that is exploring handicrafts in the light of a small business, is not supposed to stop at productively exploiting a cultural heritage the way our grandparents did. It is supposed to be taken to the next level through creation and innovation. Such a small business along with adapted marketing and continuous effort for extension is likely to develop into an excitingly expanding enterprise that wasn’t necessarily expected at the first place.

Taking up such path is no longer a means of adjustment; it is about proving one’s aptitude to do something different, proving that the human potential is unlimited and that we deserve a chance to explore it though openness to various experience. Being a wide and diverse field, handicrafts are not the only alternative, nor the only source of inspiration for small businesses. It is one perspective that I find particularly interesting and that can serve a young person’s passion for creating a value and achieving financial independence regardless of university and the labor market.






This entry was posted in Entrepreneurship and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s