Name: Lauren Boehm
City: Mobile, Alabama
Main Hustle: I am a mom to three (Lainey-9, Ford-6, and Sarah-6 months) and a marketing assistant for an insurance agent.
Side Hustle: Monogramming and Embroidery
How did you get started?: When I was pregnant with my second child, I started taking sewing lessons with a group of friends. I bought a small, single-needle sewing machine that also had embroidery capabilities. I started monogramming little things for my children, which turned into things for my friends, neighbors, and so on! I soon found myself fulfilling orders all day. The little, single-needle machine was not cut out for the workload, so I eventually purchased a 6-needle commercial machine and launched my business.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I work out of my home. My husband turned our outdoor “shed” into my sewing room/office. I spend the majority of my day and part of my night in my little sewing shop.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: My biggest challenge is managing my time and not biting off more than I can chew. Since I am the only “employee”, I obviously do everything from taking orders, updating social media sites, invoicing, shipping, and the actual sewing, while also being a mom and marketing assistant. I also have a hard time telling someone “no” when they ask for super quick turnaround when I am super swamped. Honestly, I work better under pressure.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?:
The greatest reward is when a satisfied customer continuously returns. It’s also very rewarding to be able to stay at home and contribute financially while enjoying what I do everyday.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My greatest supporter is definitely my husband. When I convinced him that I could stay home and do this full time, he was very patient with its very slow start. When things are very busy (especially during the holiday!), he helps with the kids when I can’t seem to step away from the machine.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My children are my greatest source of inspiration. I often rack my 9-year-old daughter’s brain for age-appropriate ideas. She has a creative brain!
Have you received recognition for your work?: When I first started my business, a sweet lady wrote an article about my little business in our local newspaper.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: My dream for my business is to remain successful so my satisfied customers will keep coming back!
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Follow your dream and listen to your heart…Anything is possible!