When I left corporate to start my career as a Stay at Home Mom I had visions of creating organic, non-GMO, home-grown and hand-made baby food while my perfectly behaved infant watched in wonder.
Come to think of it, there was also gingham and sunshine everywhere.
Then I discovered not only is motherhood completely devoid of anything or anyone perfectly behaved, it’s also devoid of any mental stimulation. This spurred me to create a small ebay shop (before etsy) called “I Can Do It” kids charts and organizational items. I made one sale.
Later on, I tried consulting in the insurance field and later, writing children’s curriculum. Fail and fail. The reasons were varied, but they all failed.
Then I heard about this ‘blogging’ thing. If a country girl like Ree Drummond could do it, how hard can it be? I made a whopping $0.82 that first year. In the process of learning how to blog (unsuccessfully) I began tweaking my WordPress site. When I couldn’t find a theme I liked, I would go digging into the code.
Once I delved into the css, I had to learn HTML, and when I couldn’t twist that to my liking, I had to learn templates and PHP.
It was a giant jigsaw puzzle and I was in heaven! This coding thing was the antithesis of cleaning smooshed cheerios off the highchair and listening to Barnie for hour after mind numbing hour.
When I started helping friends with blogs, I thought I hit the jackpot at $20 per blog. A year later it was time to go back to work. Or start treating this designing-thing as a real business.
I ordered a dozen or so books on the subject of small business and began studying. I followed every single word of Chris Brogan, Michael Hyatt, Five Minutes for Mom, Desperately Seeking Sanity, Copyblogger, Problogger, Brian Gardner and many others.
I hit the jackpot again when I landed a complete stranger as a client! Yes, she was the mother of a client, but I didn’t know her!
Fast forward nine years and I’m very happy to report this small business endeavor has finally stuck! Not only is there always something awesome to learn – there is flexibility to raise my kids; and a comfortable living.
Of course, I have BIG dreams for this year and the next and the next. Follow along and see what happens!! 🙂
Cathy Tibbles (& family)