WAHM Featured Friday #27-Aaron H.

Name:  Aaron H.
Business:  Artsy Aaron
Social Media Links:  Artsy Aaron on Facebook
Tell us a bit about yourself, your family and your business.
I am a stay at home mom of 3 girls, ages 11, 7, and 2. I am a part time Art teacher for Jr High. I am married to a paramedic/operations manager of the local emergency services. I make crochet items such as hats, scarves, blankets, slippers, baby photo props and several other different baby items, and many more. I am hoping to expand into making sewn items such as dresses, skirts, and culottes by Christmas. Also, I hope to make some artwork to sell soon.
What inspired you to work from home?
My oldest daughter was born 3 months early. They told me that she might never walk or talk or have a very high cognitive ability. I had to stay home with her to help her develop and to stay healthy. Today, she is a very smart 11 year old and has had very few problems throughout the years, despite many surgeries and hospital stays. In staying home with her and my other daughters, I learned that my favorite job in the world was taking care of my family and helping my children grow. I have worked several part time jobs along the way when needed, and have just finished a year of full time work. I recently decided to stay home again. With my husband’s crazy schedule and long hours of being on the ambulance, it makes it even more necessary to be home to take care of everyday tasks around the home. I took up crochet as a way to make gifts for people instead of spending money on gifts. I realized that I love doing it, and with the handmade market skyrocketing, I was making a few extra dollars to help out with expenses.
Why did you choose the company/method(s)/business, etc… that you use?
I do what I love. I only started crocheting because I was trying to find a way to save money on gifts. It turned out that I truly enjoy making beautiful things for people and love the challenge of difficult patterns. The money I make is just an added bonus, although it is nice when business is good!
What do you feel makes or helps you be successful?
I give my 125% in everything I do. I have been told that I am ” too dedicated” and my work ethic is “unheard of”. I am not going to sell a product that I wouldn’t buy myself. I make sure its the best job I can possibly do. Also, I try to give the fairest price possible. Sometimes yarn is expensive, but I usually charge by how much I pay for supplies plus a price that I feel is fair for the time I spent making the item. If I can find supplies on clearance, I lower the price.
What do you struggle with?
Time!!!! There’s never enough time in the day to do everything!
What tips would you offer someone contemplating your business adventure(s)?
Do what you love for the right reasons.
Do what makes you happy.
God made a mother for a very special reason and your kids need you Proverbs 31, READ IT!!!
ALWAYS make sure its what God wants you to do!!!
What 3 books/websites/bloggers have you found to be the most helpful with being a WAHM and making ends meet?
And she is not on the internet, but my mother-in-law…she helped me with things when I had NO CLUE where to start!!!
If possible, please share a breakdown of your work week or day.
This is my plan for this fall when school starts up again….whether it happens exactly this way or not, we shall see!! 5:30 am: wake up and do a 30 minute workout
6:00: get girls and husband ready for school/work
7:15: drive girls to school (30 minute commute)
8:30: get home, do outside yard work/feed animals (we have chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, dogs, and will soon have pigs) – any leftover time, or days when it rains, will be spent doing flashcards or workbooks with my youngest. 10:00: shower for me/ bath for my youngest and put away toys/clutter
11:00: lunch, clean up kitchen
12:00: nap time for my youngest. Work time for me- Sewing, crochet, checkbook, organizing paperwork, menu planning, etc
2:00: youngest wakes up. Do some cleaning (I will be making a daily cleaning schedule) and spend time with my youngest
2:30:(2 days a week) I will pick my girls up at school
4:30 (the other 3 days a week) I will pick my girls up from school after volleyball practice.
Nights are spent doing homework, making dinner, baths, and also, volleyball games will take up a lot of nights between November- February.
None of this counts days when I go to church services, go to the nursing home to sing with my church, take care of the flower beds and other things at the church, including clean once a month. It also doesn’t count time for laundry, mowing the yard, field trip days, grocery shopping, or my days when i teach Art. I have been going day by day for years with just a general plan, because, as we all know, plans CHANGE!!!
Share any additional tips or info you feel would inspire others. This can include ways you save, plan, products you use, quotes, memes and more.
  • *”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13
  • Read Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” just to help you get an idea of how to control your money, even if you don’t use his method.
  • Track your spending for 3 months down to the last dollar and figure out where you can cut back.
  • Sometimes you don’t know how much you’re spending on something until you see the numbers.
  • Don’t get upset when your plans aren’t exactly on track. Life happens and sometimes you just have to roll with it. So what if the floor didn’t get mopped for 2 weeks because you were so busy? It will still be there when you get the time.
  • Time with your family is the most important. Your kids won’t remember that you mopped every week, they’ll remember the time you spent with them and the memories you made.
  • Before you buy something you WANT, think about how many groceries that could buy or how much of an extra payment you could put on a bill…puts things into perspective when its something you don’t NEED.

 


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