Maintaining a work/life balance from the home office; conversation is key
By: Karen Locker
Why being a small business owner works for me…
Being a small business owner affords me the luxury of working on my own schedule. I have young children and when my daughter was born in 2006 I decided I wanted to stay home with them and be able to do all the fun things that mommys do. I had worked for others most of my life and as a single parent to my oldest I missed a lot of his growing up years working 100 hours a week to pay the bills. Now I have the time to be involved in field trips and field days, the PTA and school councils. I don’t have to find a baby sitter when one is sick, I no longer have to try and race out the door with a toddler that doesn’t want to go to day care that day.
One of things I didn’t expect when I decided to work from home was the eventual need for adult conversation. I was thrilled when I discovered twitter in 2009 as I met a lot of great people that were doing the same things as I was trying to do. Joining in the conversation I learned so much. Interacting with other e-commerce sellers taught me how to move my business forward in ways I never expected. I learned that by listening, learning and sharing there are so many opportunities out there. Over the years I went from selling my kids outgrown clothing and toys to having my own product line and working in partnerships with some of the coolest e-commerce people I know and I still get to be here every day when my kids get home from school. So to me it is the best of both worlds.
Karen Locker’s eBay Seller ID is MommysBazaar1 and you can follow her on Twitter @KarenLocker. Karen started selling on eBay the same month that RBH joined the company – January, 2008. Karen is a certified eBay Ink Social Media Seller.