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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

To Jump or Not to Jump.....

Years ago I attended a party (yes, it was a children's party and yes, I was an adult) where they were making bracelets. I was hooked! I went right out to Hobby Lobby and bought everything I needed to start making bracelets. I started out small, just using stretchy cord, but I slowly graduated to more elaborate things like crimp beads and tiger tail and toggle clasps! You see, I've always loved a little "sparkle" in my life and a whole world of having jewelry for EVERY outfit was opened up to me.


Over the last five years I've had three children who fill my life with "sparkle" and suck up all the extra time I used to use on making jewelry. My oldest boy is heading off to school in two weeks and I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. Yes, I still have two more at home and I will still have the laundry, but we are getting to the point where I need to start pulling some income in as well. It's not that I don't want to go back to work, but I REALLY don't want to go back to work!


I've been trying to brainstorm small business ideas that will keep me at home with my babies! I'd love to do something with craft because I'm a creative type and I like seeing what I've been able to do myself. And I'd like it to be something that I can do at night in front of the TV while the kids are in bed.


I've been talking to my husband and my friends and I've finally got off my bum and done some research on making mother's bracelets. I've done some digging on where to source quality beads and how much it's going to cost to start up this business. I've also done cost analysis on how much each bracelet will cost to make and how much I could sell them for. Today I took a big step and took a mock up bracelet to coffee group to see if people even found them attractive. I was quite pleased with how cool they all thought the bracelets were. Even this blog is a step towards putting myself "out there".


It's kind of scary taking this step, I'm letting people know that I have this dream of staying home with my children and making money. I have a dream of "having it all", staying home and working at something I love. And quite honestly, it might flop, I may never make a success of The Bag Lady and The Beaded Woman.


So, I'm left with the question..... Do I put myself out there and see what happens? Or do I play it safe and go back to teaching?

4 comments:

Deemy said...

Go K. You can do it.

Riche said...

Jump as high and as far as you can. There is nothing wrong with having it all. You deserve it and so does your lovely family.

Nicole said...

I know this is something you have been praying about and I believe when God opens the avenues~you should follow. I also know that God will bless you as you stay at home with your children. Jewelry making is something you enjoy (and you are very good at it!) and God can use that to help your family financially. I say, take a step of faith...

Jane said...

Put yourself out there and see what happens! Hope you can find someone to build you a website soon - soooo expensive eh! But would love to see your work. I love beads. Found you from Breastmates link!