It is funny how all throughout the week I throw these little 'mini' tantrums around the house and then when it comes time to write about a tantrum I can't think of anything to write about! I have chosen one of you today though, it is relevant to many of my fellow crafters/artisans and home run business owners.
When someone asks me what I do - I have come to say "I run my own company". This has come from many years of saying "I am a work from home mom" which got me that little 'I understand nod'. Until my son was born over 7 years ago I worked in Corporate America. I was very active, had a great job and a very large network of friends, clients and business partners. Then, I decided to stay home and dedicate my time to my own company. My value in the work force dropped from maybe a 10 to a low 2 over night! I am not sure how this happens.
No, I do not and never have home schooled my kids. For the most part (once my son got big enough) I put my kids in day care! That is right, I stayed home and still payed for day care.... why? Because I am running my own business, not just sitting around watching TV every day.
Most people say that crafters/artisan can't make a living at their trade - and most are right. I would NEVER have been able to do this without the love, financial and emotional support of my hubby and family. I am one of the lucky ones that has a hubby that not only has a great job (two actually) but also has benefits that come with that job for the entire family. This means that I do not have to get separate health benefits. This has added to the ability for me to stay at home.
Now I also contribute my children being able to go to after school activities, weekend camps, birthday parties and even the park - almost daily - because I am 'staying at home'. They would NEVER be able to do most of those things when I was working, they were in day care all day.
I have a routine that I follow every day. Now that I have started working outside the home (part time) it has really thrown my schedule off. I am not sure if I even knew how much time I put into the company until I started taking some of that time away. I love the outside job, and it is perfect for me, but it is amazing how I have to learn - all over again - to schedule my day and my life. If I thought I was busy before......
So, what do you say to those who ask - what do you do?
Yesterday I posted these wonderful new creations - Cell Phone Charms for iPhones and other Smart Phones - and sold the first two I listed almost before I could list them. I have 3 more still up and more 'studs' ordered. I just love how these turned out. Yes, I am using one myself! Mine is PURPLE, what else could it be?
I also listed a new creation for the CreationsColorChallengeGroup. Our colors this week were Red and Purple... here it is!
Today closing words are simple -