You know that itch you get to work for yourself, set your own hours, be your own boss? That's nowhere close to what we expected when Allison's brother sent us a text asking us to make some decor for his house. That was about 11 months ago... and it's a whole new world now.
Just before finishing her Psychology degree, Allison realized her plan of being an Art Therapist was not the route she wanted to take. What does a college grad do when her career plans get turned upside down? Thanks to the booming area oilfield economy she lands a nicely paying job in the industry.
I was (and still am) working for a combination fire department in NW Oklahoma, and spending my days working for a local contractor, who is also a volunteer firefighter. One of the many great things about working in the fire service is the ability to work a side job, which has always left a fire burning inside of me to be an entrepreneur. After finishing college with two degrees I was almost certain I'd never use, I found myself gravitating toward side jobs that involved working with my hands.
Just a few months later we decided to take a huge leap; by our son's 1st birthday Allison was officially a stay-at-home/work-from-home wife/mom, and I was working at home on my days off.
That all sounds too good to be true, right? Were we really able to replace her income with painted signs? No, it's not too good to be true. No, we weren't able to replace all of her income - I told you it was a leap. Luckily, years prior we had picked up a Dave Ramsey book and were living with no debt, except for our home (which will be paid off in 10.5 years & may be a later topic) and our rent house, then more recently adopted a Mustachian lifestyle* (living off ~55-65% of our income), which meant we didn't have to fully replace Allison's income to make ends meet. So... we didn't replace her income; we replaced enough of her income.
Here we are just short of our one year anniversary, and things look far different from last year;
Has it been difficult? Yes, yes, and yes. Do we still work our butt off? Yes. We may not work 8-5, but we definitely still put our hours in. Many times we trade early mornings or late evenings for time spent with our son and each other during the day. Is it worth it? Absolutely! The ability to be at home and watch our child grow has been amazing. I'll gladly trade starting work at 6:00 am for an afternoon bike ride with the kiddo.
In one year's time we've pumped out 400+ items and created a life changing experience for our family. We're constantly mulling over what's next for the 3 Nails team, which is what has brought us here to this blog. We love creating artwork and will continue to do so as long as we're passionate about it and there is a market for it, but you know what else we love? Remodeling our house, DIY projects, family, and finances. So that's what next for the 3 Nails teams; we hope to chronicle our remodel and share our insights into other projects and ideas that may be on our mind.
Stick around to see what's next!
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