Meet Rachel from Rachel's Kids Boutique
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What inspired you to begin a shop featuring your own designs?
I began selling baby gifts when a friend suggested I try to make a diaper cake. I didn't have anyone to give it to so I sold it on eBay. I started the auction at a penny and the the price went much higher than I ever dreamed possible. The rest is history. After selling on eBay for several years, I heard about Etsy and wanted to give it a try. I like Etsy better since it is more like a craft expo than a yard sale.
How long have you been practicing your art/craft? 10 years.
What training have you had or are you self-taught? Self-taught
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What is your favorite material to craft with? Baby items, tulle, ribbon, lace and gems.
What has been the hardest aspect of creating a hobby into a business? Getting traffic to stores.
Any advice for other Etsy sellers? Hang in there! Design beautiful products with a "wow" factor and buyers will find you.
What do you enjoy doing in your off time? Coming up with new designs or learning new things (like photoshop!!). I love to read.
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I am a busy work-at-home, homeschooling mom of 6 children (all girls by the way!). I get up at 5:30 am with my husband. I have quiet time while he works out for 30 minutes and then I exercise on an elliptical machine in our basement for 30 minutes while he has quiet time. I shower, get dressed, and get my two youngest girls dressed by 7:00 am.
I fix eggs or green smoothies for breakfast and start homeschooling by 7:30 am. I am currently homeschooling a kindergartner, 4th grader, and 6th grader. My oldest is a college student and the next oldest is a senior in high school so they are pretty much on their own. We work for 2 hours solid and then take a break while I take my 2nd oldest to work or to a class at a local community college. We continue working until lunchtime and then I put the two youngest down for a nap.
I work on tutus from approximately 12:00 - 4:00 each day. My middle two girls help watch my youngest two. Several of us will go to the Y or sports practice in the late afternoon and then we usually eat dinner together as a family around 6:30 pm. We have baths, and a family devotional time before heading to bed around 9:00.
As you can see, I wouldn't be able to manage this without very strict time management techniques and having my girls help. :-) I use the principles from Brian Tracy's book Eat That Frog. I use time blocking and focus on the important things first. God first. Family second. Business third.
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