One of my favorite work-remotely buddies is another arts-entrepreneur.
Bev is the owner of Linkouture, and creates modern chainmaille jewelry for women that is sold online and at local craft shows. Her jewelry combines beadwork (she has a bit of an obsession with pearls), some wire working, and most recently set stones that she has found in her travels around the world.
Why did you choose to work for yourself?
Working for myself wasn’t something I had ever intended to do until last summer when the idea got into my head. My husband and I had just returned from a five-month trip traveling around South America, and I found that it was very hard to find a job in my field (human services/educational nonprofits). After spending a few unsuccessful months job-hunting, I realized what I really wanted to do was pursue my jewelry business full-time. It’s hard work, and I find myself working more than I did when I was not self-employed, but I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge!
What do you like most about working on your own? What is challenging?
I love the flexibility of it. I really enjoy making my own hours (I’m such a morning person and I love to get my day started as soon as I wake up), deciding how I want to spend my day and what to focus on. I like deciding what to do each day, taking breaks when I want and going to a gym class in the middle of the day, and taking classes that help me with my business that I would not otherwise be able to take.
For me, the two most challenging things are having to fully run a business while dealing with an unsteady income. Being a small business owner, I need to know how to do everything, from making the products to marketing. Sometimes it can hard to balance it all and know where to focus my energy. I have found it is so easy to get overwhelmed by social media and marketing that I forget to make jewelry!
Can you offer advice for other women business owners?
Network, and connect to other small business owners. Working for yourself can be so isolating sometimes. I love being around people, but I spend the bulk of my day by myself. One of the things I love about The Boutique is doing work with my fellow business owners and connecting with people who get what I do. Networking is also great for sharing information and resources–I have learned so much from connecting with others.
What do you like to do with your free time?
Obviously I love making jewelry! But I also really enjoy reading (I’m in a bookclub I started), traveling, exploring, taking Zumba classes, blogging, doing craft projects, and spending time with friends.
Stop by Linkouture’s blog to learn more about Bev and her beautiful handmade jewelry!