So, this year things were a little different. I'm now working from home being my own boss and it was time to enlighten her on what I do. Little did she know what all was involved with this little business mom called her job. My husband thought it was a great idea to open her mind to the thought of being an entrepreneur one day. She can be anything she wants so why not, right?
We discussed emailing, Twitter, blogs, and Facebook and the importance of networking with other artists. Then we talked about creating a website and how the Etsy shop works and all the cool features. Next we decided it was project time. I gave her some supplies and told her I had a client (grandma) who wanted a specific design and it was her job to create it for her. She made a wonderful necklace that she then took photos of. She then wrote up a description, name, and a price. We then listed the item on Etsy so she could she her hard work in action. She then packaged up the necklace along with addressing the envelope and sealing it with a nice ribbon and handwritten note. We were then off to the post office.
We later itemized all the pieces she had used and she estimated the time spent on making the piece. We found out her price was a bit less than what it was supposed to be and she came up with ways to bring the price down.
I hope the experience helped her learn to understand what small business owners responsibilities are and maybe she might want to try it for real one day. But, of course, when dad asked, "What did you learn today?" her response was, "I learned how to make a necklace and shop on Etsy." Oh well, maybe I didn't rub off on her exactly the way I had hoped but I think she did learn something :)
Here's the necklace she created for grandma all on her own! Oh, and these are the pictures she took too!
Have a wonderful weekend!