Corporate Trainer turns hobby into a business
Once upon a time I was a globe traveling corporate trainer with a big salary, stock options and hundreds of thousands of frequent flier miles. Working for one of the worlds leading hotel companies provided me a lifestyle I never dreamed of where fine dining and 5 star hotels were the norm and having friends and colleagues around the world was my reality. It was a dream job and I loved it for over 10 years. Then I got married and 3 years later I had children, well 4 children actually. At the same time. Otherwise known as quadruplets. Yep, 4 and all girls at that. After my maternity leave I went back to work and I think that is was saved my sanity in the beginning. Having 4 babies at home was hard and being able to leave for part of the day was a blessing. But soon the blessing became a bit of a curse and frequent travel was no longer a perk, it was a chore. About a year after my children were born I started actively thinking of ways I could continue to work outside the home but on my own terms. I made my first photo book for my wedding and another to showcase the millions of pictures I had of the girls. While showing the baby book to some work friends at a conference, several mentioned how they would pay someone to do this for them. An idea was born and I wondered if this could be the business I might be looking for. I started a side business, Scrapbook Mamma with a make it yourself website and a few sample pictures I took myself, but with a full time job and 4 little ones to care for, it did not get much attention. I might never have made a real go of it, afraid to take the leap as it were, had it not been for the 2008 recession that left me without a job for the first time in more than 20 years. Rather than starting over with a new company that might make me travel even more, and miss out on more of the milestones, I jumped into to the entrepreneurial pool with both feet. It started with personal photo books for individuals and I was happy with that. It was creative, I loved helping people celebrate their memories and I was in charge of my schedule (well the girls were, but you know what I mean). As time progressed, so did Scrapbook Mamma, and I started doing more volume orders, like yearbooks and team memory books.