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I have been thinking about this off and on for several months now. I would like to know if you have found it worth your while to be a WAHM, particularly those who are making and selling things.<br><br>
I know there is a huge amount of competition out there for craftily made baby items. I also know it's much fun to make craftily made baby items. I have sold items to several friends and that is fun, low key, enjoyable. But sometimes I think I want to go bigger, do an on-line business, really get into it. But then there's the issue of spending more money to advertise, set up a website, etc etc., more time devoted to making things to keep up the supply (assuming there's a demand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> ).<br><br>
So, if anyone reads this who has done the whole start-up baby-supply business, is it really worth it? (and why? what makes it worth it to you? the big bucks (!!!) or just the fact that you're doing something? )<br><br>
Thanks a bunch!<br><br>
-lizabird
 

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I love staying home with my son. I am not making big money. I had to put out so much to get started. It will be a few years before I break even! Ugh. I don't know what to tell you! :LOL Did I say I love staying home with my son?
 

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I agree with Jesse. I make a little money here and there but for the most part I spend my earnings on making my business better. I just love staying home with my kids and being a WAHM I feel like I am helping out a bit financially. Honestly though I would probably earn more working part time minimum wage LOL. I just really enjoy what I do, I am very passionate about my business and I am happy where I am. So I think its totally worth it for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Heck yeah, it's worth it to me. It's my creative outlet, my way of being a strong and capable woman. I love having a successful business and knowing that <b>I</b> am the one who made it a success.<br><br>
I've been in business for 4.5 years. I started out really slow, eased my way in. At times my business has been booming, at other times it's been dead. Depends on how much advertising I'm doing, how hard I'm working to promote the business.<br><br>
As for money, the first year & a half I lost money. Now I'm making money. I've had great years, where I worked REALLY hard. And just good years where I make a a little extra pocket money. In general, I find that my return is based on how hard I work on the business.<br><br>
I'd be a SAHM regardless, but this gives me an outlet for me as a woman (not 'just' a mom).
 

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I think this is the essence of it all for me, too. I love spending the day with my son, and if I wasn't sewing on the side, I would be doing something else, plus it's nice to bring in a few dollars here and there. Doing a lot of advertising is so intimidating, the cost of advertising is so $$$ and it's always a gamble- will anyone see your efforts and choose to buy from you over another WAHM- especially when just starting out.<br><br>
A lot to think about, for sure!
 

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I agree with much that has been posted, but to bring in an additional point, I think I have a timeline. I'm the kind of person who needs to see some measure of success (whatever that is defined as.. for me right now it is to make some money) because sewing is not my passion. I really enjoy it, I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my products and creating new ones and i am finding the whole business aspect to be fascinating and great for building my skill base. *but* if i was given a whole day and no need to make extra money? honey, sewing would not be it. I do feel like it is doing a lot for me to be productive in the adult sense of the word in addition to building some pretty creative block towers :LOL
 

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I started really slow and worked my way very, very slowly to where I am now. I never expected to have a full-time biz, but I do and it's extremely challenging and rewarding. And I am making a decent living to boot. It's just VERY hard work. I work work work work and work some more. I am constantly helping customers and dreaming up ways to run the biz better and more efficiently. Oh and somewhere in there I popped out a baby - LOL.<br><br>
So sometimes I just envy the heck out of my friends who are SAHMs with DHs that work jobs with benefits. But most of the time I thank the universe for the gift that has been dropped into my lap that allows me to not have to teach high school anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have only been in business a few months, so my advice is limited. (And I am not making a ton of money yet.) However, I find it necessary to have a creative outlet, and covering my expenses is actually part of the fun. It is sort of like putting money back in the bank for something I would just be doing for fun anyway. Most months I am lucky if I can cover my supplies, but I can't say that I have learned to be a really smart business woman yet - it is more a crazy (unstructured) creative outlet, as I said. BUT, I have started slow and I have learned enough to know that I CAN build my business into something - as a few others have said: the harder I work (advertising and such) the better my returns - a direct cause and effect relationship is a good thing to be in. Oh, and I would be staying home anyway – I wouldn’t be able to support us on it for at least a couple years (if EVER make it big enough to keep us living at current standards).
 

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For me, I didn't want to leave my newest baby, had good ideas, and a big dream. 6 months later I think I can see Gypsy Mama really growing into a viable business, and it's so exciting! But staying up til 3am sewing when there are orders to finish and a teething baby and a 2yo who still won't sleep through the night waking up my 5yo -- those nights I would say, nope, not worth it. But in the morning the sunshine makes it right again.<br><br>
I'm finding a tremendous creative outlet and alot of personal satisfaction that outweigh even the monetary benefits of having a little biz. I can see this growing into a full time thing. TBH, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that ... and when I look at mamas like Kristen (Hotslings, below) or Kelley (Kozy Carrier) who had babies recently but just kept on going (what's the story? The women who squat in the fields, strap the baby on their back and go right back to work?) -- I think, wow, you people are superwomen. For me, having a biz I'm passionate about is KEY. When I was a semi-WAHM selling Home and Garden Party (like Tupperware) it sucked. I hated it. It was definitely NOT better than working outside the home. I was thrilled when I quit! But this ... babywearing is the center of my parenting, of my life right now. It's just, what I do. If you have something you are equally passionate about, or a drive for finances, then yeah, it's worth it. If I was a single mom I'd be working nonstop making everything I could imagine selling before putting the kids in school/daycare and working outside the home.<br><br>
OK, rambling now, must stop typing!
 
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