A couple of years ago, I started talking with my husband about starting my own business. At that point it was more about "doing my own thing" instead of being employed by another large company. I had always wanted to start a business, but had never done it. Additionally, I was beginning to grow weary of the workload, stress and expectations of the job I had been in for a number of years.
It was time for a change. And, from that, we started Beads-N-Style. Our goal is that once business is stronger (both for this business and my husband's company) I will quit my "day job" and do this full time. Hopefully, with a little more control over how much business, etc, it will provide more flexible work hours and more time for family. Yes, we do know that running your own businesses can be stressful, too... nothing is perfect. But, we see many positives in this for us as a family.
As these types of things usually go, it has been a slow change and one that is still in progress. We have tried to seek the Lord's will every step of the way. While this is something that I really want to do, I also know that it will never be right unless it is the Lord's will.
The business is growing slowly, but it is growing. Over the last 6 months, we have seen a small increase in sales each month. And, just 2 weeks ago, we began working with our first reseller which has already brought in almost as much sales over the last two weeks as we normally see in a month.
So, this week, I am thankful for God's encouragements. I have seen many in this area over the last few months. It seems this is God's will. And, until He shows us differently, we will continue to proceed in this direction. Watching and waiting for each of His signs of encouragement.. whatever direction He may be leading.
To join us in sharing our thanksgivings this week, visit Iris at "Grace Alone...".