It’s been way too long since I last gave you an update of how my life as a sewing entrepreneur is going. Since so much stuff has happened lately, I will split this update into several posts. And remember to check out my other business posts too if you want to learn more about my journey (and the struggles!).
Back to a day-job
Yes, this spring I made the decision to get a a day-job again after working full-time on my business for over a year.
To give you some back story, in case you don’t know: About a year ago I left my career in communications for a large non-profit organisation to focus solely on The Last Stitch.
The decision was partly driven by the fact that I was severely burnt out after years and years of juggling a full-time job with a growing business. So something had to give, and I decided to take the leap and jump into uncertain waters.
Finding my footing
For the first ten months or so I loved working full-time on my business, but after that I began to feel a bit alone and also missing the structure that an office job provides. But I didn’t need or wanted to go back to full-time work. Plus I am still struggling with the aftermath of said burn-out, and I didn’t want to get myself into that hole ever again.
Luckily a part-time opportunity came up and it’s been great! I get to hang out with people again, do work that I really enjoy, and get an extra financial cushion too. The latter feels extra important right now, when a lot of signs are pointing to a recession or at least a substantial cooling of the economy. It’s not a permanent position, so who knows what the future holds? But for now, this is a great solution.
Juggling two jobs again
With all that said, getting a day-job again has definitely slowed down my business progress. So most of my business time right now, apart from all the admin, is devoted to working on the book about pattern fitting for knits. I will do an update about that book project in another post, so stay tuned.
So the work/work “balance” is yet again a challenge, especially since I don’t ever want to work myself to the ground again. But hopefully this slower paced progress will yield great results eventually.
I have so many ideas and projects planned for The Last Stitch, including my first sewing video course! It is all filmed, but has yet to be edited, which I just can’t find the time for right now. But it will be out this fall, I promise!
Keeping it realistic
So there you have it. It’s not all roses and a steady upwards progress, running your own business. Sometimes there are steps sideways or even backwards, but those are important to embrace and talk about too. And for me I find a lot of solace in sharing those aspects, and hopefully some of you reading can relate
M-CJune 13, 2022 at 4:17 pm
It’s not a step backwards. Those of us who have run such a business, alone, completely understand the isolation and uncertainty that can be part of it. Especially in the midst of a pandemic. Best wishes for a happy balance in the future 😁
Tracy FrostJuly 29, 2022 at 3:12 pm
We started our family business 30plus years ago. Its a lot of work and it keeps evolving. If this new situation works for you then keep at it. I have all your books and have two of your patterns. I am busy working on the Eivy Cardigan, your patterns are great and I haven’t had to change much on them to fit me correctly so well done.
LeslieAugust 1, 2022 at 9:38 pm
The important thing seems to be that you have accomplished a good work-life/business balance for now. As you note, economic headwinds may be coming. Having a bit of cushion makes ALL the difference bewteen enjoying life and being able to sleep…and not. Love your books and your site. You do you and we will all be happy to see videos whenever they are done!
Cecilia NilssonAugust 25, 2022 at 1:07 pm
Huvudsaken är att man trivs med det man gör! Att ha sociala kontakter är också viktigt! Själv tog jag tidig pension, syr (kläder, quiltar, broderar med maskin, väskor…) all min lediga tid och har kompisar att dela hobbyn med, har aldrig varit lyckligare. På tal om något helt annat, jag fick ett underligt svar idag från en kommentar jag gjorde på en av dina tidigare poster (om din nya bok som jag inväntar med spänning :-)), jag undrar om ditt konto har blivit hackat? kanske bäst att kolla.