It’s a small step, but I can’t tell you how good it feels. For the last month I have been able to pay myself a regular weekly part-time wage from Very Berry. It’s not a huge sum – but it makes a huge difference to my family and is a huge boost to my confidence. Before my boys were born I had an extremely enjoyable career that I loved, and had always intended to go back to, at least part time, once the lads were established at nursery or pre-school. But once we realised that the boys, to reach their full potential, would need a lot more of our time, energy and care than we had expected, I decided I had to find a way to earn money and work from home. So I have been growing the Very Berry business for about 4 years, and up until now, any money that I’ve earned has gone straight back into the business to buy materials, pay for domain names, WordPress fees, shop fees, and advertising etc.,
A few times I have felt like packing it in and going to find part-time work outside the home, but I have always come to the conclusion that *this* is the right way. It works for my family because I can be here when I’m needed. It works for me because it gives me a chance to do something utterly apart from the day to day life (slog? It is sometimes…) of being a mum and a carer, and it’s so important to me to get to mess around with gorgeous fabrics and yarns, even if it’s flogging them to other people! It’s also given me the chance to make contact with wonderfully talented sewers, crocheters, bakers, gardeners and bloggers all over the UK and the rest of the world – which is a huge bonus. So although I haven’t had the career path that I had quite expected, I am having (mostly) a rather wonderful time, and now, FINALLY, I am also getting paid for it! So thank you to all my buyers, friends, followers, newsletter-subscribers, occasional-blog-readers, and all the rest. I really really appreciate the kind words, the comments left, the friendly emails, the forgiving customers (we all make mistakes sometimes…), the money spent and the compliments paid..
So, to honour the occasion, and as a small thank you to all my customers I wanted to do a special offer at Very Berry Fabrics, my Liberty Lawn shop. My next five customers will receive a free mini-scrap pack with their order, along with a 20% discount card that they can use for their next purchase at Very Berry Fabrics.
To entice you, here are some goodies… I’ve got some very pretty new fabrics in… two colourways of the gorgeous print called Tatum, which are both wonderful in very different ways: