It’s time for mompreneur interview number three. And I am super excited because this month’s interviewee happens to be related to me. That’s us, below. See any resemblance? Read on for her perspective on deciding not to pursue or continue a side business.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi. I’m Bethany. I am married and have one daughter, who is 10 years old. Plus we have two crazy dogs. I am a nurse at an elementary school. I work at my daughter’s school and I really, really love being there.
Can you tell us about your (previous) business?
I used to work as a Scentsy consultant. I loved selling Scentsy. I liked doing fairs and meeting people. My daughter, and sometimes my mom and husband, would come with me to events. We would make a day of it. I loved hearing how much people loved their fragrances and warmers.
Why did you choose to stop?
I was working as a home health nurse while I was a Scentsy consultant. I enjoyed my Scentsy business, but I never made much money. I came to a point where I needed to be making more money. I decided to drop my Scentsy business and add more hours at work.
Although I did love my Scentsy business, it was also a source of stress for me. I was never really off duty. I really wanted to please my customers, so I devoted a lot of time to it. Scentsy was very rewarding as a hobby, but also time-consuming and not profitable for me. I enjoyed getting together with other consultants. I had some friends who were more successful with their Scentsy businesses, but it just didn’t work for me and my life.
I made a lot of friends through Scentsy. I have great memories from parties and events I did. My daughter really enjoyed helping me, and it was a fun thing to do together.
Tell us more about your current job.
My current job is less flexible, but more predictable. I know exactly what my schedule is, and exactly how much I am going to make. The set schedule helps me plan my daughter’s activities. My husband has a very unpredictable schedule, so it is important for me to be available to take my daughter to her after-school activities and other appointments. My current job also provides our family with health insurance, and I get paid sick days.
Do you have any advice for other mompreneurs (or wannabe mompreneurs)?
First, I want to say that I loved my time as a Scentsy consultant. I took great pride in my Scentsy business. For me, though, it was really a hobby. I would have loved to be more financially successful with it, but ultimately, I did not have enough time to devote to it.
I would recommend that a mom trying to decide between traditional employment and self-employment really examine her needs, both financial needs and scheduling needs. I would really recommend she check to see how much money she will make from her business at the start, and whether she can survive financially while she grows her business. At this point in my life, I need something that is financially predictable.
The flexible schedule from a home business is great for many moms, including many of my friends. I recommend, however, that with any type of business, that you schedule off-time. It is easy for a home-based business to creep into your personal life.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Hugs to all moms. I think it is such a blessing that moms have so many choices of traditional employment, self-employment, or a combination of the two. I have been lucky enough to change my job every few years to better suit my daughter’s schedule. I love that as moms we can learn what works for our friends and build on that.