When I was a child, I remember people asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m pretty sure I never once responded to that question by saying, “I want to be an entrepreneur.” Yet, here I am, sole proprietor of Elaine Searer, Sewing & Alterations, and I’m loving it!
My top three reasons for becoming an entrepreneur are the opportunity to work in my own home, the privilege of setting my own schedule (except during my busy season), and the satisfaction of doing work that is appreciated by my customers.
It’s difficult to put into words the satisfaction that I experience when I take a garment that someone couldn’t use and turn it into something that fits and works for that person. I feel the same joy when I take two pieces of fleece fabric and make a car seat poncho that will keep a child warm all winter long.
My husband and I have created a comfortable, practical sewing studio in the basement of our home. It’s one of my favorite places to spend time, and I am very thankful that I can contribute financially in a way that is enjoyable and fulfilling.
Before I became an entrepreneur, I was a high school English teacher. I liked that job, and especially enjoyed being in the classroom with my students. I did find, however, that I was not well-suited to running my life by a system of bells, and I craved an opportunity to be more in charge of my own schedule.
Owning my own business doesn’t mean that I can work only when I feel like it, but my schedule is flexible. My husband, Jack, and I start every day with coffee and a “business meeting” in our living room. We both very much enjoy being involved in a small business. We love our local customers whom we see face-to-face. We also enjoy following our packages that are sold in my Etsy shop as they travel across the U.S.A. and Canada to customers who make our day with their orders and positive feedback for my products.
For right now, I’m fully convinced that I’m doing exactly what God created me to do right here in the space that He’s given me. If anyone would ask me what I’d like to be doing with my life, I’d proudly tell them, “I’m already doing it!”