Owner, Maker, & Designer
at Prick & Peaches
Where I started
I had my oldest at 21 years old. It was just the two of us so I had to find a solid career & had to find one fast. I decided to put myself through an accelerated course to become a Respiratory Therapist. No research, no questions, just dove head first. I really loved it but I was 24 when I graduated & a completely different person then. While pregnant with my youngest I had every intention of returning to work until the moment I first held her. I know all of you mamas out there know that feeling of missing your child while you are literally staring at them as they sleep in your arms. I was so overwhelmed by the thought of leaving her but it made it worse because we didn't know anyone personally to care for her.
Unexpected New Beginnings
Realizing that I started a career out of necessity & also being plagued with severe separation anxiety I had the talk with my husband. I didn't have a solid plan but I knew I couldn't return to a workplace. I have always been pretty independent & making my own money was & still is important to me. I was given this gift of being able to navigate & truly decide what I wanted to for a living. It was my time to do something that I truly love but I didn't know what that was yet until a Facebook moderation gig landed in my lap. That took me down a path I never imagined.
After starting a crafting business working mostly with wood I realized how freaking expensive it is just to create & how time consuming it all is. I didn't factor in the selling aspect of it all either. There is social media, websites, SEO, content creation, marketing, etc... SO. MUCH. TIME! Then I realized, I have this knowledge & background of designing websites, SEO, and social media management so why not incorporate that with my tumbler business?! After doing some research on the average cost to have someone design a website & it is bank breaking! As a mama of teens, dogs, & a toddler with only one stable income I understand the importance of making the dollar stretch while investing in our business so we can create financial freedom for ourselves.
My mission is to help other creators, artists, and crafters become a business at an affordable price. Yes, you can run a successful business on Etsy but there are also many cons to solely relying on Etsy to scale your business. I shop on Etsy ALL. OF. THE. TIME! As a small business owner I prefer to support other small business owners as much as possible. I have found a lot of sellers list a few items in their shop but will offer a discount if you shop on their website. Then when you navigate to their website you find a lot more products that they don't have listed in their Etsy shop. If you have a good amount of traffic on your Etsy shop I do recommend having both while you transition off Etsy all together or only post your best sellers.