I am enjoying interviewing professionals and mom bosses about their line of work or their side hustles. Today I am sharing an interview with Samantha of Anchored Wishes Gifts.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business. Why did you select it and how did you get started?
Hello! My name is Samantha Marshall. I am a veteran and mom of 2 little ones. Two years ago my family and I relocated to the northeast. At the time, I was working remotely and was pregnant with my second child. The company I was working for decided to restructure and let me go. Not long after losing my job and 7 months into my pregnancy, I had a stroke. With everything going on, there was a constant thought running through my head, “what do you want to do?”
I’ve always been a creative person. I even planned and designed my entire wedding in two months. Turns out, I’ve had the answer to my question all along. I want to create beautiful things and I want to share it with the world. Or at least my small town? That is where Anchored Wishes Gifts comes in. The push to start my business came out of necessity. My husband and I had just finished remodeling our kitchen and I was in search of custom coffee mugs. Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I made my own. I posted them on Facebook for opinions and received great feedback.
Describe what you do and what you sell for those of us not familiar with your line of work or product.
I create a variety of products for all occasions. I work mostly with wood now. Wood signs, live edge, and my favorite wood flowers.
I can be found on Facebook at Anchored Wishes Gifts and that will link you to my Etsy page. I believe my business helps people that are looking for that extra something.
What are some of your favorite things about what you do?
My favorite thing about what I do is when I hand over my work to the customer and see the smile on their face.
What are some challenges of this business?
A big challenge I have with my business is exposure. It is difficult to be seen when there are so many big box companies.
For someone interested in what you do, can you share what to expect as far as earning potential and effort?
My earning potential is a direct reflection of how much I work. My mind does all the designing but my hands do all the creating. And then there is the time put in to get my name out there.
What does it take for someone to get started with their own side hustle in your line of work?
It takes a lot of research consistency and motivation to start a business.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact Samantha at Anchored Wishes Gifts.
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