When I first started my sleeping mask business, I lived in a house in the suburbs of northern California. I started it more as a hobby and as a tool to keep me entertained while also keeping my online business senses keen.
I never imagined I would have to turn my home craft business into a location independent one.
My unexpected nomadic life
Yet here I am, 1 year after leaving the safety of our suburban life in silicon valley California. My husband and our 3 kids have no permanent home for the first time in our lives. We live semi-nomadically between Maryland and Montreal. We stay with family mostly but we’re planning a year long sabbatical to France. Maybe two.
Your typical location independent business person.
Most location independent business people are digital warriors. They just need their laptop, a smart phone, paper, pencil and a bag for their clothes. Oh and an internet connection.
My unusual business toolkit
I have to lug around all of the above, plus what normally stays put in the comfort of ones home. A sewing machine, needle, thread, bobbins, fabric, measuring tape, scissors and more. It’s a lot to carry around which is why most home craft businesses stay in the home. I’m lucky, I’ve devised a way to carry around just what I need with me to make my sleeping masks on the road.
Oh, and my husband and I have 3 kids so we all have our own things to bring here and there.
It can be a challenge but somehow it all works out.
Been there done that
For the most part, I’ve done most everything concerning my business myself. Even when I didn’t know how to do something, I taught myself to do it. I’ve been at this for a few years now and I’ve encountered almost every problem imaginable so I’m pretty good at what I do and It really does seem like I’ve done it all.
From teaching myself to sew to designing my masks and making them. I’ve learned to take professional product photos, write interesting product descriptions, make simple graphics for my website, run my own ecommerce shop. I also handled all of my own (SEO) Search engine optimization. At the time of this writing I should be on the first page of Google for a select set of keywords like “cute sleeping mask”, and a few others.
Transitioning and expanding
I’ve leaned that I enjoy the process, the marketing, the maintaining and learning as much as the actual mask making. I’ve also learned that I want to be more mobile and travel more lightly.
Which is why I’ve decided that I will begin outsourcing the production of my masks and begin to offer coaching and mentoring to others who are interested in setting up their own artisan or craft business.
Don’t get me wrong, I love designing and making my fun sleep masks, but it I want to travel lighter. As I said, we are hoping to live abroad in France for a year or two and I want to be able to pick up and go without lugging around all my tools and mask making supplies.
If you want to start a home based business based on your craft you can do it too. I can help you sort through it all and give you some clarity.
One on one coaching & mentoring:
One important lesson I’ve learned from doing it all myself and being on the road, is that time is valuable. There’s a lot of information out there and half the battle is trying to sift though it all. Especially the technical stuff. there is a big learning curve and I have spent hundreds maybe even thousands of hours learning to do what I do.
Now I want to help others get their own home business off the ground. And I can, More quickly, easily and less painfully then if you were to try to learn to do it yourself.
So if you have ever dreamed of setting up your own home business and need help, I’m your woman.
CURIOUS: Here’s my location independent craft business toolkit
In the mean time, you may not want to run your business on the road like I do but you may be curious as to how much stuff I have to take with me and why I’m willing to do it. I’ve made a short video which you can check out at the end of this post. I’m at the beach with family and friends and I walk you through my location independent toolkit.
So go ahead: Watch the video at the end of this post to get the full scoop.
In this video, I show you my travelling craft toolkit. I’ve turned my home business into a semi location independent business. And you get to see what I bring with me.
Update: I no longer run my craft business because we moved to the south of France. It was too hard travelling with suitcases and kids so i’ve turned my entrepreneurial skills to a more portable one. I’m now a hire able corporate and travel writer for blogs and business as well as travel mentor. All I need is my laptop and an Internet connection.
Thanks for watching. Hope you are intrigued and would love to hear your comments. I’m always open to suggestions and advice… Sleep well.