I'm really excited to see that Etsy is now featuring sellers who have jobs in addition to selling on Etsy. I've always really enjoyed the Quit Your Day Job series- it's SO inspiring to see these sellers who have achieved such success, but that's just not me. However, stories like Working Overtime: Christy Rose of KBShimmer
-I can relate to...well, sort of.
As I have mentioned before, I have a job outside of OnTheRound. By day I am a stay at home fiberiesta...and by night I stir up martini's and pour beer. My two jobs give me the balance that I need to keep my life running smoothly. Allow me to explain...
I started waitressing the summer after my first year of college, and that was possibly the best decision I made in my early adult life. Not only was I able to support myself through college but having the job itself greatly improved my college experience. Working 5 or 6 nights a week kept me out of trouble, gave me the discipline I needed to stay on top of my school work, and allowed me to meet tons of amazing people.
Eventually I moved on to bartending and continued to do that while starting my career as a fiber artist. I even continued to bartend throughout my pregnancy, but had to stop at about 7 months- for obvious reasons.
Once my daughter was about 16 monthes old I started bartending again and have been waitressing or bartending ever since.
Several times I've had customer's say to me, "You have a college degree, and you bartend?" My response, "I sure do! On top of staying at home with my 2 year old and owning/operating a small business." BAM!
For all the reason's waitressing was good for me in college, bartending is good for me now, plus the two jobs really work well together! I live in a community that relies on summer tourism; when the restaurant is busy, OTR is slower, and when the restaurant is slow, OTR is BUSY! Also, I'm able to maximize my profit in the least amount of time, allowing me to spin spin spin up a storm!
The best part about bartending for me is that I don't have to stress about money! I find it's far easier to be creative and stay focused on improving and growing my business when my livelihood is not depending on the financial support.
Will I bartend forever? Heaven's no! But for now it's the best thing for OTR, my family, and most importantly, ME!
Be well, be positive.