“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali
It was 2011, pregnant with my baby girl the one thing I knew for sure, was I wanted to stay home with her.
My yarn business was going okay, but I wanted to start creating patterns and tutorials so I could keep my love of crochet alive.
Then, I grabbed the small camera we had, propped it up on some books and began making tutorial videos.
No hesitation, just full on head first gangsta style. That allowed me to stay home with my baby for almost two years!
But I got tired. Really tired. The videos were doing well (they still are) and I got a few more patterns published, but getting a handle on my time was hard. Something was missing.
Although my crochet income allowed me to stay home it was a struggle to get things done every day. No matter what anyone says, it’s not easy building a business at home with a young child.
Almost two years passed and I still didn’t have the business I wanted so I put it to rest and went to work. Commute, frustration, the feeling of failure, I had it all. None of what I wanted.
Quitting wasn’t an option so moonlighting became part of my reality. But if being home with a baby and building a business was hard, being home with a family, working all day and moonlighting was harder!
In 2015 I invested in myself, not my business, and got a coach. I’d heard how a good coach could help your success, and how the most successful people in the world all have coaches, but I resisted.
“How could I afford a coach?” In that question, was the answer.
For so long I didn’t ask questions, I just said “I can’t afford _______.” When I changed the statement to a question, things changed.
Having a coach helped everything come into focus. It was the first time everything I did didn’t seem useless. The skills and the desire were always there, but the mindset and the encouragement, well, that was minimal.
So getting coach was like turning on the light. I needed help not because I wasn’t motivated or capable, but because I needed someone to keep me on track, accountable and to help me see the bigger picture.
The investments I made in a coach, books and webinars shifted my mindset. They helped me become more self-aware.
Coaching gives you the space for self-reflection and self-direction we all need.
Life is busy! Which is why it’s so important to have someone there to nudge and cheer you on.
Have you ever been to a football game where your team was losing? The more quiet the fans were the harder it was for the team to play well, right?
We need encouragement, information and help to stay on track. If we didn’t, no one would have a personal trainer, teams wouldn’t need coaches and there would be a lot less success in the world.
After years of frustration, fits and starts, feeling guilty and feeling like a failure and finally clarity and success, I’ve learned a ton!
So I want and need to share that information with you.
My mom used to tell me “you don’t need to make the same mistakes as others, you can learn from theirs.” Let me teach you how to sidestep the pitfalls I fell into on my journey.
The “Inner Loop” is where we’ll connect and get you on track. Choosing to invest in yourself is a first BIG step in being successful in your business.
It’s fine to invest in your business, but if you’re not learning, growing or if you’re more frustrated than fulfilled, you’ll burn out.
What I’d like to do is help you get to your success, whatever that looks like for you in your yarn business. You don’t have to make my mistakes, but you can learn from them.
How it works
I’ve chosen a group format for the Inner Loop because:
- It gives you the opportunity to get group support
- The investment is more manageable for a starting business
- The opportunity for collaboration is high
- Learning is reinforced by interaction with a group
- It gives you a stepping stone into coaching
There’s an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far go together.”
At it’s core, the mission of the “Inner Loop” is to help you go far in your business. Just like me, you may feel like you’re getting far, only to get burned out and frustrated all over again.
Every month we’ll have a new theme on a subject that can cause pain points in your yarn business. Here’s a list of the topics we’ll cover in the coming months:
- Self-Care for better productivity
- Pinterest for better exposure
- Pricing for profit
- Monetizing your blog
- Email list building
- Targeting your true audience
And so much more. . . .
You can find more information and a registration link at the “Inner Loop” page. I really hope you decide to join us! I’ve watched so many people struggle needlessly because they didn’t get the help and support they needed. Don’t let that be you. . . Oh, one more thing, I want to make it easy for you to join and try it out before you commit, so your first month is only $10. . . Click this link to learn more and get your questions answered!
It’s a great time to be living and building your dream. I’d really love to help you do it!