I am considering starting my own business. I currently deliver newspapers at night, which does give me my entire day free. My son believes I need to go back to working a full-time job because obviously delivering newspapers does not provide much income. However, I have never had a job I enjoyed for very long and I have never, ever had what I would describe as a good boss. I have had everything from the boss that thought it funny to poke me in the sides everytime he came up behind me to the boss that threw things across the room in anger, to the boss who would fudge reports, procrastinate on everything to the point of panic...well, anyway I'm sure you get the idea. So, needless to say, I do not favor the idea of looking for a job again.
So, I've been spending my week trying to decide what to do about this situation. Suddenly, yesterday, I came up with an idea. I love to do crafts - scrapbooking i n particular. I made my 1 year old grandaughter a book for Christmas about animals. I used photographs I took for a year of animals and turned each into an embellished scrapbook page (decorative paper, stickers, large letters for each animal name). For Easter, I am making her a book all about her. I am taking photographs from her first 2 years (1st birthday party, pics of cousins, aunts & uncles, etc.) and making up a sentence or two about the picture for each page. Another idea I have is to take hand written recipes from my grandmother, mother, women who have had an impact in my life and turning them into an heirloom book.
My idea is to turn these books into a business by offering to do this as personal gifts to people. They could provide me with the photos (for the personalized children's book) and recipes and I could turn them into a special gift. My thought is to promote the children's book through Children's Consignment Shops and the recipe book through Bridal Shops as a shower gift.
Of course, as you can see I am in the VERY BEGINNING stages of this. I would love input on both the idea and on what my first steps should be.
Thank you in advance for your input!