A year ago next week, I finished working for Weight Watchers to work for myself making bags and hopefully selling them. By September my website was live. I gave myself a year which is now up, so where do we go from here and what have I learned from the decision I made last February?
Well firstly it is the best decision for my family as I am not dashing out in the evenings and weekends to work, not constantly on the phone to my manager or sorting out stock in the garage. Plus we now have a garage which can house bikes and other garage intended items rather than weight watchers stock.
I am a creative soul and so making things keeps me happy. I love yoga so yoga bags are incredibly fulfilling to make.
I am writing once again. Marvellous.
So all good so far then!
Hmm, yes so far. However what I did do when I resigned was say goodbye to a good monthly salary and although luckily we can survive without it, I feel incredibly guilty at not bringing in a steady wage. Any money I make has to go back into the business to buy fabric.
My website isn’t doing particularly well although does have visitors and I have had sales and orders because of it. My product however is good and I am confident in the bags that I make, I just need to get my arse in gear and publicise the website.
A few weeks ago I had a mini midlife crisis and started applying for every job under the sun that would fit into our lifestyle – two children in school and a husband who works overseas a lot. Application forms I have found are pretty soul destroying after so long out of the office 9-5 environment. The fact that I had a thriving career in the city 10 years ago makes no difference now.
Thankfully though, I had a chat with myself and realised how fortunate I am to be doing something I love. I adore sewing and lots of people would love to be able to do something they love. OK so I cannot afford new clothes very often but I am there when the children come home from school. They sit and do their homework whilst I am writing or sewing. My mini midlife crisis not only brought clarity but a desire to further my skills and explore how to broaden my horizons with sewing and bag making.
So not only am I attending some courses to improve my skills (I am completely self taught) but have started to hold workshops to teach others how to sew. Many people have sewing machines in their loft or spare room that they would love to know how to use. The first of which is on the 13th March. A truly back to basics session including winding the bobbin on and choosing the right needle. I am extremely nervous but also incredibly excited.
Sometimes you have to go through these crisis of confidence to determine what it is you truly want.