So this week I thought I’d talk about balancing The Sewing Pixie and a day job.
Owning my own business has been a dream of mine for several years now, but I never thought I’d actually be able to do it. I had rent to think about after all. My husband is self employed, and for the first few years of his business there were some tough times, financially, and we wouldn’t have been able to manage if I wasn’t working full time.
Since those days though, my husband’s business is doing much better, and so, when I had a breakdown a few years ago (more on that in next weeks blog post) and decided to make some major life changes, he was able to support me both emotionally and financially.
I switched from working full time for a coffee shop to going part time so I could start The Sewing Pixie.
The nice thing about still working for someone else is I know I can pay my half of the rent each month, but also have time for my dream.
Also, despite having worked in retail for my whole adult life, I discovered I still have a lot to learn about running a business! This will be The Sewing Pixie’s third year, I have yet to make a profit, and I am still building a customer base. It’s such a steep learning curve, but I’m loving every minute of it, because The Sewing Pixie is what makes me happy.
I am very fortunate to have an understanding manager, and we were able to work out a schedule that works for both of us. I usually work in the coffee shop in the afternoons, as that way I have the morning free to work on my commissions, or blog posts, or other business related things. I found that if I work in the mornings I have to be up around 5 or 6, and finishing at 2, and after that I’m too tired to sew.
Like with limited space, I find having limited time can make me more focused. If I know I only have four hours before I have to leave for the coffee shop, it becomes easier to know what to focus on. Having a whole day free can sometimes leave me feeling indecisive and in the end, less productive.
What about you readers? How do you balance your working life with your creative life? Or are they one and the same?