13 Business I Have Tried


Today´s list isn´t quite so positive. But I have to admit that every business I have attempted has taught me something. Some of them failed dismally, others just broke even or I lost interest in them.

1. Lemonade/Cookie Stand. My sisters and I did this when we were fairly young. It was hot, thankless work, but we were thrilled to earn a bit of cash, although we had a terrible location . . . beside a highway!

2. Bakery. This one was an evolution of the lemonade stand. Our cookies sold better than lemonade, so we started selling them door to door and taking orders for bread, cakes, etc. It was short lived and didn´t work well.

3. Avon. Yes, I used to sell Avon. Unfortunately, I was a super shy teen, so I never got too far. I sold a couple of things, messed up on my math and ended up losing money and that was that.

4. Baby clothing. When I was 16, I made some very cute jumpsuits for babies and sold them in the local artisan´s market. In order to buy the fabric, I had a small loan from my father (who took the opportunity to have me do a proper business proposal). I sold enough jumpsuits over the summer to pay him back and not a penny more.

5. Creative Memories. I used to teach people how to scrapbook. It was a GREAT job, but since you have to order a certain amount each month, it ended up being too much for me. Plus, I was really bad at selling . . . still am, for that matter!

6. Teaching animation. My father and I studied 3D animation and I actually used to teach classes in it to people on our island who were interested. It was rather dull, I preferred to be animating myself, but it was money.

7. Seamstress. For a while, people would bring me their clothing to be altered. I would patch holes, sew hems and simple stuff like that. It didn´t pay much, but at the time I had no other real income, so it was a nice way to earn.

8. Jewelry. During the Christmas season, I would join my mom at craft fairs and I would sell beaded jewelry. It just was pocket money.

9. Chocolates. More Christmas craft fair stuff. Truffles were a big hit.

10. Video recording. This one started with my dad. I would help him with his music videos and we did a lot of recitals, plays and the like, too. It was fun and he eventually turned pretty much everything video over to me and stuck to music and editing. I plan to start that one up again at some point.

11. Store. My store here in Antigua was called Hodgepodge and that´s just what it was . . . crocheted baby items that a friend of mine made, sewn dresses, jewelry, painting, crocheted shawls, etc. Unfortunately, I never had enough product because I had a very short time to decide whether or not to grab the locale. It turned out to be a terrible location (once extremely popular) and I only lost money.

12. Hodgepodge revived. After the store failure, I taught English in a school. During this time, I was inspired by Avon to make a catalog for my Hodgepodge items. It was actually very successful considering how small it was. I had a team of about 5 women selling for me, but I was also quite pregnant with Dorian and in the end, I had to drop the catalog idea and stay home when he was born because of his medical problems.

13. Custom sewing. Again with the sewing! This was all here . . . I would do custom jobs, like curtains for a spa, cushions and sofa covers and once did some curtains for a chicken bus!

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