Message From Kasey:
Hello Everyone!!! How was your Labor Day Weekend? I went to NYC. It was a lot of fun but now I am struggling to get back into real life and real responsibilities. *SIGH.*
Throughout my life, I have lived on both sides of the country along with family and friends. No matter who I talk to, there will always be the argument over why one place is better to live in than the other. No matter where you live or where you go, beauty can be found everywhere. Beauty is in every city full of concrete buildings and structures, twinkling lights and thousands of people. I also find it in places similar to where I grew up. Rolling hills everywhere you look, with lush vegetation and trees. Beauty is also found in the dry and rugged landscape where I live today. I am in awe every morning when I wake up and see the beautiful majestic mountains in the distance. Absolutely breathtaking! Not only do I love the beauty of these places, but also the different people and their ways of life.
As I mentioned earlier, it was a REALLY fun trip but it is hard to get back into the swing of things. I am not saying I don't enjoy what I do, because I DO! It's only that I go from having people do everything for me (cook, clean, do your laundry, carry your bags etc.) to having to do it all by myself again. So, even though I got off to a slow start this week, I finally got into my groove, by working on this post.
I am excited to share with you how I was able to make $3K per month or $100 per day as a SAHM Etsy Online Design business owner within 6 months. Now, I realize 3K isn’t much compared to other online designers but, this was a huge amount for our family and it really was a blessing for us.
When I was first handed this topic, I had a knot in the pit of my stomach. I resisted at first. I didn't feel this was valuable content to share. Many others online have made much more than I have so why would anyone be interested in my story? A marketing friend of mine (who knows her stuff) told me once that it doesn't have to be a huge success to help ONE person. She also said there are some that are now in the same position I was back then where $100 a day makes a BIG difference.
As a SAHM myself, I have been feeling the need to speak directly to SAHMs. Today’s post (Part 1) will focus on how to determine if working as a SAHM is right for you. We'll address money and the stigma sometimes associated with starting a business and how to get past it. We’ll discuss the process of finding your passion and the one business idea that is right for you. I hope this post will help you to determine if launching an online design business is right for you. I have included some mindset exercises, that will help you break through your own mental barriers. Allow me to inspire you! Learn how I went from making nothing to making $100 a day in 6 months as a SAHM and how you can TOO.
WHY START AN ONLINE DESIGN BUSINESS?Money Isn’t Everything, But It Sure Does Help!!!
Let's be clear. Contrary to what many people believe, starting a business isn't all about money. While money is a huge perk, it isn't the entire reason that I started a business and continue the business today. When I left my corporate job in marketing, I was working 50 - 60 hours a week, including holidays and weekends. Many nights I wouldn’t make it home until very late. But, we needed the amazing benefits, including maternity leave, so my husband and I decided I would stay until after our baby was born. We always planned that I would stay home with the baby because it has always been what I wanted to do. Like any family with one income, things were a bit tight on the pocket book. Am I right? Been there, done that! Not to mention, we were (and are) paying off doctorate student loan debt, which is a lot! Trust me. There were many financial reasons to start a business, but money wasn’t the only reason.I needed more!!
I also felt a deep yearning that there was something else I needed to be doing. I love being a housewife and a mother but my mental health and happiness needed something more. I am a natural busy-body. Having my own business has provided me with a sense of accomplishment, as well. Many women and SAHMs, myself included, frequently wonder if we are good enough and often struggle with having self confidence. It’s easy to fall prey to negative thoughts. We sacrifice our needs for the needs of our little ones...for good reason...but at the same time our mental health takes a hit. Even now, I often experience similar struggles in my life. Therefore, owning a business for me is much more than just making money. It helps me be a better mother, boosts my mental health and it makes me feel good.It’s okay to want money...It’s hard to live without it!
I am not saying that money shouldn’t be the only reason to start a business. Money is for the most part, your business' end goal. How many businesses are still around after 5 years of not making any money? Zero Zilch! None! Money is a good thing. If we make more money, we can help more people and impact more lives! Not to mention, it is getting harder for one income families to make ends meet. Paying bills, having health insurance, sending kids to good schools,etc. the list goes on and on. Having a little cash in the ol’ pocketbook feels great! Okay, so now that we have answered the WHY of starting an online design business, Let’s move on to the HOW!
PASSION + NEED = SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
What Is Your Passion?
Many businesses fail because there is a disconnect between what the owner is passionate about doing and between a true need in the world. I don’t know about you, but I cannot succeed in a job that I don’t enjoy doing.
I can honestly say I love what I do. No, I don't do it ALL THE TIME, but I don't find myself on social media or watching as many shows as I used to prior to starting my business. If you asked me 5 years ago, if I saw myself giving up my Netflix series binge nights, I would have answered "Heck To The No" (censored for little ears who may be listening). So, basically, designing cut files and everything that comes with it, doesn’t feel like work to me. Well, I mean it is work, but it doesn't feel like it. It's my passion. I love designing and creating so, making hundreds of cut files, in the beginning, wasn't as big of a burden as it would have otherwise been. Once you find your passion and you are halfway there!When you don't like what you are doing, it literally feels like work. It's heavy. It's a burden. What if your work felt more like play? Would you be more willing to do it during your spare time? Hasta La Vista Netflix! Okay not completely but you get the picture.
What Is The Need?
The second step is to find a need that you can meet within that passion. Notice I say "within" that passion. It doesn't have to be your exact passion, just in the same category for you to be happy doing it! If you are a designer, look at all design areas, even ones that you might not even consider. This will help broaden your options.Design Is My Passion. SVG Cut Files Is The Need!
There was and continues to be a need for good, quality designs due to the overabundance of cutting machines on the market and ongoing upgrades to their cutting capabilities. Therefore, cut file design is the need I could meet within my passion for design. But for you it may be teaching, or maybe it's starting a podcast because you love talking! Whatever it may be, you first need to find out what you love, then identify a need within that area. Anything can be a passion. From skiing and working out to doodling. The key is that YOU ENJOY DOING IT!!! Even though you can’t imagine taking that step and turning it into a true side gig, TRY IT, anyway!Professional or Not?
So, here’s the thing. Many people don’t think of themselves as a professional until AFTER they start down that road. For years I told myself I wasn’t a good enough designer. I finally realized that it didn’t matter if I was the best. I just needed to love what I do. In other words, you don’t have to be the best at something to make it a profitable business. Overcoming the fear of not being the best helped me to move forward and my business continues to grow exponentially each year. The fact that I continue to love what I do, is icing on the cake! I don’t like to think about what would have happened if I had let that doubt creep in and prevent me from trying. You and I know this would have never happened.
Okay, that is it for this week. I hope I have inspired you to start your own design business or at least to start thinking about the possibility of one. What are your passions? What other questions do you have about design businesses? Respond below. I love your feedback! Identifying your passion is the starting point to launching a successful online design business as a SAHM. Questions to ask yourself include 1) What do you enjoy doing each day? 2) What are your hobbies? And, more importantly, 3) What would your friends and family say that you are good at? 4) What would they say describes you? Once you have answered these questions, the next step is to look inside these areas to identify a need people have that you can provide. Now you are ready to move on to part two!
I will see you next week with part two of this post!
Have a good one,