My first priority has always been my kids and, when I started my boutique, it gave me the flexibility to work from home. My two youngest kids were in middle school and high school when I started and it was very important to me that I was available to them while I was also bringing in an income to pay for college for my oldest. One of my daughters also had some health issues so it was vital to me that I was able to be there for her when I needed to.
2. Be My Own Boss
I was 48 when I started my boutique and I had had multiple careers. I was old enough to know that I wanted to be my own boss and call the shots.
>>> I was also confident enough to know that I needed to learn new things and confident enough to know that I could teach myself anything that I needed to learn. <<<
I had been in positions where I KNEW what was best for the company and had to sit back and watch someone make the wrong decision. It's an awful feeling and I never wanted to deal with that again.
3. Support Other Women
One of the first things that drew me to a clothing boutique was that it was size inclusive. I LOVED being able to serve women of all sizes in the same way! I had always been either borderline plus-size or plus-size and I knew how humiliating it was to have to go to the "other" section of the store while my mom or my daughters shopped the "regular" section. I wanted better for all women! And I realized that I could help the community by holding fundraisers. I could make a difference!
4. Build Something
I loved the idea of building a business and being completely responsible for how it was built! I had total control over all decisions and I could choose who to surround myself with! Plus, my kids were watching! They had seen me choose other careers and then leave them and I wanted them to see me build something from the ground up and enjoy it!
5. Be Creative & Have Fun
In 2004, I discovered scrapbooking and fell in love with the creative side of myself that I had never known existed! That was quickly followed by a love of photography, digital design, quilting, and crochet. Being creative became a huge part of who I was and it filled me up like nothing else. Working with clothes, making outfits, playing with patterns, and choosing accessories all filled the creative side of me! Work was fun!
>>> Work was fun! That was HUGE! <<<
If you've ever thought of owning your own business or you already do, let me know! I'd love to chat about it and I'd love to know what draws you to it!
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