Anne-Marie: Is it a part time or full time job? How do you sell your products (example: farmer’s markets or Etsy)?
Christy Rose: Right now I do work full time in Real Estate, so bath and body is part time. I spend nights and weekends working on KBShimmer products. Right now, I sell on Etsy. I have done a few craft shows and have a booth in a local craft mall and product for sale at a local salon. I hope to grow my Etsy business and find more local venues to carry my products.
Anne-Marie: What’s your favorite thing about being self-employed?
Christy Rose: I love the flexibility of creating what I want, when I want. I can decide to spend the whole weekend working, or spend time with my family and work later. The internet has allowed small business owners, like myself, to not have to maintain a retail store- allowing us to be flexible with our time.
Anne-Marie: What was the most surprising thing (or the worst thing) about working for yourself?
Christy Rose: I guess the most surprising thing is how much pride I feel in my products. Every bar, every scrub, and every lip balm I create with my own hands and I want to present it to the public in the best way possible. Until you work for yourself, you may tend to forget that what you do matters. Others will use your product and you are not just a cog in the machine. That, in itself, is the best. When I am working on my formula, and I decide not to sell a batch because the colors are not right- I know that I am making the right choice. Quality matters to me and I hope it shows.