I am enjoying interviewing professionals and mom bosses about their line of work or their side hustles. Today I am sharing an interview with Kimber, who runs her own crafting business called Crafting In Chaos!
Tell us a little about yourself and your business. Why did you select it and how did you get started?
I’m a 26 (almost 27) year old MilSpouse, my husband is active duty army and currently deployed, stay at home mama, and small business owner. I am the owner of Crafting In Chaos, a home decor and personalized items craft business. I specialize in wood signs but dabble in just about all things crafty.
Describe what you do and what you sell for those of us not familiar with your line of work or product.
I create custom, personalized, items for your home. Most items are done on wood; I cut, sand and stain everything myself! #girlpower. However, signs aren’t all I do. I have done everything from custom coffee mugs to baby onesies and even homecoming signs.
What are some of your favorite things about what you do?
Using power tools! It’s SUPER empowering! I love that this has opened up so many doors, and how many people I have met from this. I also love seeing the reaction when people see their signs for the first time, I can’t tell you how many times I have cried because my customers have cried when receiving their items. I am so fortunate to be doing something I love. I also love working with fellow spouses who do the same thing I do. Being able to brainstorm or have someone I can rely on for creative criticism is awesome.
What are some challenges of this business?
Being ahead of the next BIG trend. It’s constantly changing, so being adaptable is key.
For someone interested in what you do, can you share what to expect as far as earning potential and effort?
You get what you put into it. But my biggest advice would be ‘know your worth and charge it’ and what I mean is, make sure you are charging for your time. YOU are worth it! This goes not only for my field but all small business owners. Make sure that you are doing something you love and you will never work a day in your life. As far as startup, it cost about $1000 for all my startup equipment and supplies. I work my butt off about 60% of the time with picking up lumber, then cutting, sanding and staining.
What does it take for someone to get started with their own side hustle in your line of work?
Determination and commitment. There are likely other doing exactly what it is that you are doing. It’s not about doing it better, it’s about staying true to you ‘why’. Making sure that you keep consistency with your product it important to, quality is what the customer is looking for. Always think about the customer.
If you’re interested in learning more about Kimber and her crafting business, visit Crafting In Chaos!
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