Sep 6, 2011

What it means to be a WAHM/SAHM with a job :)

I have been gathering sponsors for the upcoming Auction for Izzy (opening Sept 7) many of whom I have contacted have been smaller businesses or work at home mom/dad/grandparents businesses. Not all of them hand-make their products. Some aren't even products at all, but services provided to others. I will be doing an individual sponsor spotlight on each one throughout the course of the auction, but for now I wanted to post on mostly what it means to be a Work at home --.

Overall Dickinson Custom Furniture is a run by my hubs, Aaron. He is the work horse, working 12-16 hour days. Most days! Yes we are self-employed and can make our own hours and pay ourselves, but the customer still wants their projects completed in a timely manner, if they don't get done we don't get paid, etc.   What that really means is, we work hard and get very little monetary compensation, but love what we do. I am a WAHM, I take care of our kids (3 yr old Little Missy and nearly 6 month old Bubby), run the website , manage our etsy, facebook, art/craft  show schedule and I also scroll saw and help out in the shop when I can.

One of the most common comments I get is "Wow you have your own business. You can do whatever you want!" The truth is, Yes we have our own business, but it is a customer/sales business so we do what the customer/client wants. Many times potential clients don't understand as a small business or a hand-made business most items are custom made and take TIME. If you are a WAHM you may even have kids to tend to and quite possibly another job.  Many don't have weekends off, if we have orders they have to get filled.   Though we are a Family business, so we try and take our family time as well.  If their is a need in the family, then family comes before business.

Please know that small businesses and WAHMs need/strive to have great quality and customer service to allow our business survive.  We take our time producing the item(s) that YOU specifically want so that you will be happy with the lasting quality of the item and the money you spent on it.  If you, as the customer, are not satisfied and give a bad review, then others will see it and may not buy from us, thus causing our business to collapse.  If you have a problem with an item, please contact the maker and try and get it solved, don't just assume all their products are bad.  Fabric, wood, plastics, fibers, etc can all have unseen flaws that may only show after use.  Since most businesses do not use/test every product they make some flaws are bound to be sent out to customers.  We do not do this on purpose, we are not trying to cheat you with cheap products, etc.  

So through all of that a quick break down of what it means (to me) to be a WAHM/SAHM with a job:
Lots of Work that we, usually, love.  We don't HAVE to do it, most of the time we have to work hard to be ABLE to do it.  We want to be able to stay home with our kids, to do that most of us still need to try and make some we start up/work with small business.  We strive for excellence in all aspects of our little business and life.  We can't get so caught up in work that we miss our kids growing up.  That defeats the purpose of being a WAHM.  Many of us get things done while the kids are napping, at school, etc.  I do a lot of my computer work with Bubby attached nursing away. (oh and typing with one hand is quite difficult with Bubby flailing his arms!).
Some pictures of what it means to be a WAHM (my kids working with us, at craft shows, etc):


Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own.  They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody.  However this is my blog :P

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