When I married my husband, Steve, I knew I was marrying a struggling entrepreneur. I was fine with it. In fact, even when his business closed, I was excited to be married to someone who was self-motivated enough to try out new ideas. A person who has that kind of drive is generally a prince or a pauper: he has been both.
Steve is a haberdasher by trade. He has been selling custom clothing for men since he was 16 years old. After a couple of years of trying out new career options, he decided to give up and do what he loves. Not only does he love it, but he is excellent at his craft. Yes, I’m his wife and I’m proud, but this dude should be selling clothing on Rodeo Drive and not in Huntsville, AL. He is really that good. Ok..enough of the bragging…
Steve opened his new store, “Traditions by Steve Calvert”, in April of this year. It was about that time that I started considering opening a photography business, but I wanted to wait until he had gotten settled into his new spot. By May, I sprung this news: I’m selling all of my music equipment and buying photography equipment. I’m starting my business. He was amazingly supportive! He always has been, so, I’m not sure why I was surprised.
Our son, Asher, is now 10 months old. He is a bubbling bundle of joy. Due to both of us starting a new business, we are unable to afford daycare. This presents daily challenges, but we have struggled our way through it and found a way to raise two businesses and a baby. The rewards are endless, the challenges are astounding, and the excitement is unimaginable. If someone tells you that running your own business is better than a “real” job, agree, but keep in mind that this is a road which is not easily traveled. It is, however, well worth the trip!
Steve’s Facebook page: Traditions by Steve Calvert (I’m working on getting him more internet marketing savvy 🙂 )