On March 11, 2014, on the day of my 30th birthday, I found out I was pregnant with Zoe. Who knew 6 years later, I’d be writing about how my Cricut helped grow my business. Who knew that I’d even have a business I knew life would change, how could it not? I honestly had no idea exactly how much it would change. Within 3 months, I’d be leaving my full-time job, starting a blog, and dreaming of starting my own online business.
Rewind to maternity leave with Ava, I had dreamt of starting a blog and online shop but at the time, it truly was not even an option. Having mostly retail and bar experience, I didn’t necessarily consider myself a creative person. Starting a blog? What are the chances that I’m going to make money writing?!
I was on bed rest for 6 months while pregnant with Ava due to a complicated pregnancy. Then I had that year’s maternity leave that we get in Canada. I finished off that year and a half with pre & postpartum depression, anxiety, and all the things so chasing the entrepreneur life was not an option. I didn’t have many nice things to say about myself.
In January 2014, I was home visiting my parents for Christmas when I asked my Dad, who had been making his own leather items for a number of years if he would teach me how to stamp on leather. I bought my first set of stamps, made a few items, and put in on the back burner for that next time I had time to be creative. In March, as I mentioned, I’d find out I was pregnant with Zoe. By June, I’d be taken off work due to that same kind of complicated pregnancy that I’d had with Ava.
If there was ever going to be a time to do the things I wanted to do, it was in that moment. I started the blog and then one why falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I found some items I just knew I could make for the ‘baby nook’ we had set up for Zoe. A friend suggested I start my own shop to sell some of the items I had made and the rest became history and now I”m able to share how Cricut helped grow my business.
3 Ways Cricut helped grow my Business?
1.Cost of goods went down– I was buying the keychain kits from Tandy leather and as the orders kept coming in, I realized that I was spending a lot on the kit and not making much of a profit. Over the years, I’ve done a ton of research and tried many different ways of cutting different leather shapes without having to invest money that I didn’t have in a cutting machine. With the Cricut Maker, I can upload the .svg file for the Classic Round Keychain shape into Design Space and cut out the middle man saving me money on cost.
2. The creative juices started flowing again with new designs- It was really easy to settle into the same old pattern of making the exact same keychain all the time. Cricut helped grow my business by allowing me to design my own shapes and with my knife blade that you can only use with the Cricut Maker, cut clean and effortless shapes every single time. One of the most requested designs has been a heart and thanks to my Cricut Maker, I can sit down and cut a bunch one night or simply make them on the fly!
3. More time with the family and the ability to contribute financially while caring for my family– With the Maker in my corner I’m able to spend more time with the family and cricut helped grow my business in a way that I’m able to financially contribute more to the family while building an empire the girls can look back on and be proud of!
From one single keychain style, Cricut helped grow my business by expanding into several different shapes and new items. From Home Decor to the newest office Decor, I’ve ever added plant decor. The possibilities are endless for growing my business thanks to the Cricut Maker!