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Posted by Alissa on June 25, 2002 at 15:37:00:

In reply to: I was hovering, now diving in. posted by Bene Gesserit on June 24, 2002 at 22:54:08:

I totally love your avatar, BTW.

Glad to hear the henna has called out to you, all of us here have
certainly found Her a blessed presence in our lives as well.

I also decided to go professional due to family planning. I started
as a professional last spring while pregnant, and then managed to
pick and chose appointment/work times while the baby was in his early
months. A good babysitter or grandparent can help tremendously if you
need just an hour or 2 free (unlike asking them to babysit for a
typical 8 hour workday).

For close friends, home apts. allow you to keep your baby in his
regular environment and still help you to keep growing your biz. I
often did friends who came over to visit for free (I always seem to
have henna that will go to waste if not used soon) and they would
give my biz card to anyone who commmented or complimented it. This
allowed me to slowly grow my clientele and spread free word of mouth
publicity in a way that was totally convenient for me.

And, it gave me something besides baby to think about and be occupied
with, which was really a relief as well.

My point is there are lots of options, and I encourage you to see if
motherhood and henna will mix nicely for you as well. It aint easy,
don't get me wrong. Your whole day is dictated by the baby's naps,
and the free time you can find. But it can be rewarding, so I do hope
henna treats you well too.

CCJ's biz rant is essential reading. Work like mad right now to get
your duplication skills up to par before you take on your first
public event or street fair, etc. Working with the public at large is
stressful, and it's often difficult for new moms to find long hours
away from the baby anways (especially if you breastfeed, and what I
preferred to do as well). It allowed me to keep developing my art,
trying different powders, recipes, tools, at a pace that I could
manage, and with the growth potential managed totally by me. That was
empowering.

Once you are ready for fairs, go for it... they make you the best
money in the most compact amount of time, which is crucial as an
artist.

There are moments still where I find myself amazed that I can bring
home such an income doing something I totally love, instead of what I
totally hate.

It sounds like you have a strong spiritual calling to it as well - no
matter what the religion, I believe henna enriches one's spiritual
life as well, if you chose to follow it there.

Best wishes to you Monique as you start your new business, and your
new family!! Keep us up to date on your progress!

 


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