Welcome to the August edition of Small Business Moms! Small Business Moms is a monthly post where I feature a different work at home mom. Each mom is a little bit different in what they do for work. Some moms have a craft based business, some work for as a consultant for another company such as Thirty One or Pampered Chef, and some have online based businesses such as being a virtual assistant. Whatever the business is, my hope is to not only gain them exposure but also to encourage other moms who are considering beginning their own work at home business.
This month we get to meet Meredith Amand. Meredith is the owner and creator of the Etsy shop, The Papery Craftery.
Hi, Meredith! Welcome to Small Business Moms. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Meredith, born and raised in Delaware. My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years. I’m a mom to 2 crazy-awesome kids, who I call Moose and Beanie. They are 4 and 1 years old.
I’ve always been crafty and artistic. After I graduated from art school, I fell across quilling and I’ve been hooked ever since!
Tell us about your business:
I am the owner / designer / chief paper person behind The Papery Craftery, my quilling paper home decor shop on Etsy. I also have a paper crafting blog, where I feature original quilling templates and tips!
My shop features plenty of ready-to-ship creations, but I really enjoy working with my buyers to create custom orders. This past year, I’ve been able to create a vintage nurses cap, a beehive, and a skull & crossbones, all out of quilling paper! I like to say, “Anything is quillable!”
How did you decide you wanted to run your own business?
I started quilling paper after running across the craft online. At first I sold some pieces at a local arts alliance where I was volunteering, then after my son was born, I decided to start on Etsy. I love being able to create custom work for my buyers and quilling everyday objects, like cupcakes and fruit into modern, but whimsical paper art!
What are your top three favorite products that you sell?
What do you love most about being a work at home mom?
Of course, I love the flexibility and the freedom to work for myself, but one of the best parts, is having my children watch me pursue something that is truly unique and important to me. They might not understand now, but someday, I hope they’ll think mom’s work is really cool!Check out the featured August Small Business Mom, Meredith! Click To Tweet
Do you have any advice for moms thinking about starting their own business?
Go for it! Even if you don’t think you have a lot of time to devote to a business right now, the seasons of life are always changing, so whatever you can do now might just laying the groundwork for something bigger and better in the future!
Can you share a favorite “mom moment” with us?
One night at dinner, right before we found out we were having another baby, my son was talking about his two sisters while we were eating dinner. He went on and on about “his sister and his other sister”. My husband and I didn’t think much of it, until we found out we were having our baby girl a few months later! Somehow, my boy knew already!
We don’t have any plans for another baby, but if we do and it’s a girl, I won’t be surprised!
Anything else you would like to share with us?
I love connecting to fellow small business mama’s, either for collaborations or just to chat! Anyone can shoot me an email at Meredith@ThePaperyCraftery.com anytime!
Meredith has been generous enough to offer you all a discount on all order through 8/31/16 on her shop. Enter code SUMMERTIME at checkout to save 20% off your entire order. She also offers free shipping for US shipping so you’ll be saving 20% on top of that!
If you are interested in being a monthly feature on Small Business Moms, go here to get more information and to fill out the form. If you are featured, in addition to a a blog post featuring you and your business, you will also get a month long sidebar ad and social media mentions during the month you are featured. All businesses will be considered as long as the are family-friendly. Can be an Etsy shop/other handmade site, consultant for a company, web site designer, virtual assistant, whatever you do!Come party with me! Here are all the link parties I do each week.