I have had a lot on my “decisions to be made” plate of late. With too many irons in the fire some things just need to be trimmed from my life and time in order for me to pursue other things where my passion resides.
Anyone who knows me is aware I LOVE direct sales. At one point I was a consultant/representative for 7 or so companies. That was narrowed down to 4, 3 of which I basically keep so I can purchase things at a nice discount for myself. I share them at times, heck who doesn’t like a nice commission check when one has bills to pay, but they are primarily to get a good deal on things I use. The only one I ever really worked to any degree is my Avon business.
Now that I’ve launched my Etsy shop, By Hook And By Hand, along with my sister, I really don’t want to mess that much with the Avon. It was good to me, had a team of 52 at one point before I let that all fall apart while racing around the country side on a motorcycle with a 1%er (hey, it was that crazy time after the divorce, we all make mistakes). I love the products etc, but just don’t want to pour the amount of time into that it takes to build a solid income, time I would need to spend away from home. I’m moving my customers all to online ordering and mailing out brochures and samples periodically.
My passion is my crochet shop. Hooks and yarn are like therapy to me, even with custom orders and deadlines, I LOVE to crochet. And with 5 sales already, while having limited inventory, I see the higher earning potential doing something I absolutely enjoy. Higher potential being that I can do this truly from home. Avon and other direct sales rock, but you have to go out and do parties, recruit, sell etc. All good and fine if you aren’t working a full time job that is kicking your tail physically, then want to go out and ‘work’ another job. I put in my work week in 3, 12.5 hour days, pick up an over time shift a week, sometimes more, so the last thing I want to do is get out there and try to do parties etc. I want to relax, and hooking things soothes me. If I can make money on what I crochet, well it is a win/win to me. Hooking just doesn’t feel like work!
Being home means spending time with mom, and that time we have is growing shorter with each passing day. I can crochet my heart out while we talk, sit out on the deck, in front of the fire place (when it is cold), and if she needs to be at the infusion center or doctor, well my hooker bag goes along for the appointment and I keep right on crocheting there too. It simply makes sense to pour myself into what I love and grow this business. I’ve started a blog for the shop in case folks are interested in seeing what we are up too. We’ll also share links to patterns we find so other hookers can enjoy making things, so feel free to follow those writings. And feel free to share it, we love that!
I cannot yet share what the other decision is, but will when it is time. But prayers for the success of that would be much appreciated!
Well, off to work on the custom order, it is nearly finished and will be delivered next week.
Y’all have a fantastic day!