I always dreamed of having my own business, but fear stopped me. I was a single mom, with two kids – there was no room for failure.  In 2016, I took a leap of faith and walked away from my job as a judicial assistant after 13+ years. I wouldn’t recommend that for everyone, but for me it was the right decision! My kids were now grown, I had been sick with Systemic Lupus, and there were some stressful things going on at work. When my doctor said it was time to consider doing something else, I called my employer and told them I wouldn’t be back.

Fear immediately set in! What was I going to do, what had I just done? I prayed about it A LOT. My doctor placed me on disability for a year, and I began looking for a new career.  With spare time on my hands, I began to make wreaths. I joined wreath making communities where I listened, watched, and learned. Not only did I learn to make wreaths, I learned that there were several needs in that community that needed to be filled. People wanted custom wreath attachments such as witch legs, custom or unique signs, or simply to learn to turn their own hobby into a business.

My first endeavor was making witch legs – hence the birth of my business Jane’s Front Door Décor! I set up my own assembly line in my daughter’s empty bedroom. I worked endless hours creating items for clients and building up my business. It wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen overnight. I was able to take than first $25 investment and continually reinvest it into my business, getting me to where I am today. I didn’t go broke building a business, I spent my money wisely and really listened to what people wanted. In fact, I was so in tune with what people wanted that I had my first Etsy sale within 18 minutes of listing. How? I did it by seeing a need in a hobby that I loved and finding a way to fill it!

When one product didn’t work out, I changed it to something else.  When I grew tired of making one thing, I made something different. I never expected to make a business out of a hobby, but it happened for me.  I still have moments of fear –  fear of failing and fear of succeeding. I don’t think that will ever go away completely.  However, the one thing I am not afraid of anymore is to TRY!

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