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(Denise’s responses are in blue.)
Was your family supportive when you made the jump to self-employed?
My family was very skeptical when I made the jump into being self-employed. I previously worked in a job that I truly hated. I had moments during my lunch hour that I would call my husband while sitting in my car in various parking lots near my job and I would cry, well, more like sob. I was more miserable than I had ever been. I was good at what I did, and I brought home a nice paycheck. When I handed my boss my resignation, she refused it and gave me a raise. I stuck it out for a few more weeks and finally I gave up and called it quits. I couldn't take it anymore. I've been at this now for 3 years. I sell mostly online, but I do an occasional craft show, and I have my items in a local gift shop.
Do you have a dedicated outdoor area/shop where you do your work?
Oh gosh... it is a challenge indeed! All of my friends of course know I work from home, which means I am interrupted regularly by phone calls. My dad, who is retired and lives 12 hours away in Maryland is the best/worst. He calls me at the worst possible times; it never fails. I answer the phone after I usually let out a groan and then I hear his voice and he typically says, "I'm just calling because I need some sunshine" (that's what he's always called me, then I turn to goo and let him hold me hostage for a while lol. I can't help it; I'm a daddy's girl. So avoiding the phone, cleaning house, cooking dinner, staying up with laundry and getting my work done is very much a challenge. Luckily, my kids are both older (21 and almost 19) so my mommy-time isn't what it used to be, unless they run out of gas or lock their keys in the car, and they need me to save them.
What is the next goal your are trying to achieve? (It doesn’t have to be business-oriented.)
My next goal would be world peace, LOL ok I couldn't resist that. Where to begin! I have lots of goals. Mostly like everyone else it's to become more organized. I did reach one goal this year already; I bought a new larger kiln, yay me! My main goal every year is to double my sales every year which means doubling or tripling my work output.
Yes! I sure do, I have a studio in my basement, I call it my girl cave and I threaten regularly that I'm going to hang a sign on the door that says "No yucky boys allowed" LOL! (I live with my husband and 2 sons).