I have always wanted to start my own business. There was always that appeal of creating something that people would love and making extra income. I always had ideas but they never seemed to go any further than just a thought in my head or a casual discussion with someone. Like anything, starting a business requires A LOT of work and research. So why bother trying to start up a business while pregnant? I think the better question is: why not start a business?
I have always had some interest in sewing. It isn’t something that I would do a lot. I usually would only sew when I was looking for something VERY specific but could not find anywhere. The sewing projects seemed to grow whenever I was pregnant. Each of my boys have their own personal minky blankets and rompers that I sewed while I was pregnant. For whatever reason this pregnancy and the sewing projects just grew. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen that we’re expecting a baby girl this October. You can definitely say that I’m excited to add some shades of pink to our mostly blue household!
I started out with trying to make moccasins and I received a positive response from family and friends. I moved onto headbands and liked how it turned out. I just recently attempted dresses and not only received positive responses but I liked how they turned out too. During my free time (a.k.a. when the kids are sleeping), I’ve been searching for more sewing project ideas on Pinterest. I have also been encouraged by my friends to sell the things I’ve been making.
I decided to take the leap – start a business. Even while pregnant.
I have decided to start slow. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop sometime next month to get my bearings before little miss makes her debut. I have so many ideas and so many things I want to make. After reflecting on things and having MANY discussions with my husband, I decided that pushing things out in increments would be my best course of action. The last thing I would want is to offer so many items at once but not be able to deliver quality products.
Right now my focus is on headbands and I’ve been messing around with extra fabrics. Moccasins are my next goal. I’m hoping to send out some testers out to get some input. Eventually I would like to incorporate clothes once I feel more comfortable. Right now button holes are my nemesis, hah!
I don’t know where this is going to take me. I have never opened up any type of business. I did not go to college for a business degree. Yet I still want to do this. Probably one of the biggest barriers I’ve broken during this process is the feeling that I may not be good enough. If anything, I’ve learned that sometimes your initial course of action does not result in the goal you intended. More often than not, it uncovers something you never discovered about yourself. It leads you to a path you would have never considered.
Pregnant or not, I’ve decided to start on this new path. I know that it’s not going to be easy. I’m expecting set-backs. I know there will be tears. I’m expecting that I have to work extremely hard. Regardless if I was pregnant, I know that the difficulty level, set-backs, tears, etc. are all going to happen. It may seem a little unconventional to start a business at this time. I’m sure that many businesses have started out that way.
I feel that by not trying I will be left with questions that begin with “what if…” Ultimately I want to show my children to not be afraid to take a leap. I would want them to take that leap of faith and try to eliminate those “what if…” questions. I also want to let go of that fear that always manages to convince to not try something new.
So, why not now?
Is there something holding you back from trying something new?