A couple of posts back, I mentioned we were thinking about selling our house and moving closer in to Atlanta. Hubs works in Vinings and I work in Kennesaw. Our house is in far, far, far West Cobb. The commute to work for me is quite reasonable, but not so much for him. It takes him an hour on surface streets at 6:00 in the morning. You can imagine what it’s like during rush hour.
Anyhow, we met with a realtor this week. The initial walk-through of our property was reassuring. We should realize the amount we were looking for out of the house after closing. Today, we looked at a couple of houses in “Sminings” to get an idea of available homes at different price points. I think we’ve sufficiently narrowed the area down and will probably be watching the real estate listings quite closely over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, THE deciding factor of whether or not to list our house will be the results of a professional appraisal on our home. This will be done next week. Hubs and I both agree that we’ll improve our existing home and he’ll shut up and drive rather than give the house away or rent it out.
What does success look like to you?
A big house in the trendy neighborhood with a late model luxury car in the driveway…
a job that pays enough so you can keep the roof over your head, lights on and food on the table…
simply that you made it through the day without wringing someone’s neck?
Last week, I have to admit the last option was quite fitting. This week was much more productive in that I got some sewing accomplished, collected payment on a completed project and had time to actually work on my business for a change. The last of the pieces of the puzzle fell into place today. My business is truly legit, regardless of which direction I go – sewing instruction, custom sewing or selling handmade items. I now have my sales tax number and was granted a wholesale account by a supplier. I didn’t necessarily have to have a sales tax number for sewing classes, but it will be nice to have as I expand to selling small handmade items or vintage notions on Etsy.
For me, success at this juncture is simply that I’ve actually made a wee bit of money providing a service I truly enjoy providing. I actually enjoy all facets of my business – teaching, custom sewing and selling my handmade wares. In my mind, I will be truly successful when I am self-employed and making more than I do in my current day job.
As earlier predicted, my business this fall has shifted from instruction to more sewing for hire/custom quilts – which is totally okay. Given my work schedule at the day job, it’s a wonder I can devote any time to my business pursuits at all.
Private lessons are still available in my West Cobb studio. For those wanting a group class, I hope to host a kids’ mini-sewing camp during Christmas break at an area quilt shop.
Custom quilts currently in the queue will be completed and delivered by mid-December. Unfortunately, I cannot accept any more orders until 1st Quarter 2013. I am in the process of meeting with realtors and getting the house ready to sell. Lots of excitement around here about the future.