Today we have an interview with the woman behind one of my favorite crochet websites, Tangled Happy.
Hey there… I’m Sara, a wife to a wonderful husband and a mama to three lovely girls. These four are my favorite people in the whole wide world. I love my family to pieces!
I learned to crochet in 2010 and fell head over heals in love with crochet. Soon after this little love affair started Tangled Happy was born. There you will find hundreds of free crochet patterns and a few of my original designs.
What is a typical day in your life?
A typical day is pretty full! In addition to wife, mama and blogger I also own and operate a house cleaning business locally. A typical day looks something like this… Drop my girls at school, clean a clients home, blog/design or crochet in the afternoon, pick up my girls from school, help with homework, make dinner, hang out with the family, put the little girls to bed, blog/design/crochet or hang with the husband and then bed.
My husband and I share a work space in our home. We turned one tiny bedroom into an office for the two of us. This seemed like a great idea at the time… This arrangement quickly became quite distracting! So, although my pretty little desk is still stashed away in the office I find myself blogging from the kitchen table and crocheting in random places around the house.
What is your favorite thing about running your own business?
When my youngest daughter was born (7 years ago) I quite my 8 to 5 and started a house cleaning business. Sending another baby to day care was not an option! I wanted to be with my girls. What I love most about running my own business is having the freedom to choose when I work and having more control over how much income I can make. Self employment has been a huge blessing in my role as a wife and mama.
What is the hardest thing for you in running your business?
Running a business is hard work. My biggest struggle… Time management! Finding the perfect balance is nearly impossible. I do my best to balance all the roles I have been given and although I don’t do it perfectly I’m much happier working for myself than I ever was punching the time clock for someone else.
What surprised you the most when you started your business?
How quickly things can get going. Quitting my 8 to 5 was scary but I knew I had to go all in if I wanted to be with my girls full time. I hit the pavement and passed out flyers daily until I had enough cleaning clients to make up the income I needed. It didn’t take long to fill my schedule and things have remained pretty steady since then.
Tangled Happy has a similar story. Just like most blogs Tangled Happy started out getting a handful of pageviews per day and within a few months grew to thousands. That was definitely a pleasant surprise!
What advice would you give to other business owners out there?
If you’re just getting started or thinking about starting your own business consistency is key. Make a plan and work the plan.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Creative blogger inspire me! Tangled Happy was created was initially created as a way to keep track of patterns and inspiring people I came across online. Have a quick browse around my blog and it won’t take long to see what and who inpires me.
If you were invisible, where would you go?
Inside my teenage daughters head so I could figure out what’s going on in there…?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
Hmm… I really love Kansas! I think I would stay right here for now.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I make the best baked potato soup on the planet.
I’d like to thank Sara for being willing to talk to me today and share her business with us!
Do you know a business I should consider interviewing for an upcoming Small Business Spotlight? Leave a comment or email me with a link to their information and let me know! Wish I would have asked a different question? I will be changing up some of the questions in the future, so if you have something in particular you would like to know be sure to let me know!
Thanks everyone, Happy Tuesday!