Who Am I?
My name is Sophie Wilson and I am a 34 year old mother of 2. I currently own and operate a successful internet based business selling hair accessories online. My business is called Sweet and Sassy Hair Accessories and has been a dream come true, allowing me the flexibility of doing what I love and from the comfort of my own home.
How It All Started For Me
I used to be a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. It is actually where I met my husband Jeff, who is a pilot for Delta. I was 24 and he was 30 and we met on a 3 day assignment to Asia, which gave us just enough time to get to know each other and fall head over heels. It didn’t take long and we were married and trying to juggle the hectic lifestyle of both of our jobs requiring us to fly all over the world, often with little advanced notice. At first this was fine, but when I got pregnant with our first child (our now 4 year old daughter Greta =) ) I knew that it was time for a career change that allowed me a more constant schedule and the ability to be closer to home.
I stopped flying at almost 8 months into my pregnancy and had a lot of time on my hands while Jeff was away on assignment. For something to do I started to make my own hair bands and clips to use in my short hair. Well as soon I started wearing them I was getting so many complements on them and tons of people asking where I had gotten them from. All this positive feedback and interest in my hair products gave me the inspiration to start selling them. I knew that I didn’t want the hassle or expense of opening up my own store, so selling online through my own website was the natural approach for me. All it took was printing off a few business cards and then with friends wearing my products and then word of mouth I quickly had a steady clientele.
Honestly it was amazing. I was getting my maternity package for the 3 months and supplementing it with accessory sales. In fact things were going so well, that when my mat leave was over I decided that I didn’t even want or need to go back to Delta because I had a good thing going right from the comfort of my own home. Greta would go down for her morning and afternoon naps and I would just spend a few hours at the kitchen table gluing the flowers onto my clips, ribbon onto the hair bands, or whatever funky trend I was feeling in that particular moment. I was easily making the making the money I did as a flight attendant and as the months went on this just continued to grow. Now that Greta is 4 and is in kindergarten I have my days free to dedicate to my business and he husband loves it because when he has days off, we can spend them together. I couldn’t ask for a better life and it is all because of my home business!