When To Make The Switch: Working 9-5 or Doing What You Love

+ real, raw advice & experiences from small jewelry business owner, Janice with Charmed Coast Jewelry located in Orlando, Florida. 

Knowing what you want to do in life is normally a pretty common concern amongst most people. We experience different scenarios, education, occupations and just general LIFE duties that put us in a place where we always want to know—is this what I should be doing with my life?

Feeling Like Your Job Is Just That? A JOB.

It’s hard for me to feel like working in the corporate world Monday through Friday from 9-5 was my calling or what I was born to do. Not knocking anyone working in that sort of field — the bills must be paid, I get it. Make that money and work hard! I knew I wanted something that utilized what I have a true passion for in some way. I went from working in customer service for over 10 years to today being a full time work at home/stay at home mom creating cinematic wedding films and makeup artistry. 

Making The Switch-It’s Hard Sis

I made the switch in March of last year and one year later I’m still pushing. Do I have it all together yet? No. Do I have faith that I can build my businesses more and learn, aspire, create and eventually educate? Ahem… ABSOLUTELY!  Change is GOOD and I’ll always look at change as a beautiful thing.

Janice from Charmed Coast Jewelry knows first hand this craving for change just as well as I do. Charmed Coast Jewelry is not her first rodeo! After her attempts at running two other shops and those not quite taking off in the direction she wanted, she was able to gain strength and a better understanding of how to be a better business owner. She was able to reflect, and discover that her true passion was there all along in working with healing crystal jewelry! In the midst of creating her new and improved jewelry business she attended college in which she earned her A.A degree and later became a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist. She also used to work full time, but with pure perseverance and full commitment to making Charmed Coast Jewelry everything any customer could want, she is now able to spend less time in the office, and more at home in her studio working on her best pieces of jewelry. 

I’m asking her some of the most commonly asked questions I receive myself as a small business owner and today we’re talking all things change. Janice is giving us insight into her life right now with making a few shifts towards making her time more dedicated to what she loves! Check out what she has to say below.

Janice was so kind to send me a few pieces of jewelry in collaboration with this blog post, and they’re some of my new favorites! I get SO many compliments on the opaline necklace in particular, everything is so gorgeous!

– How do you keep your life balanced with your own business and family life? 

My family consists of me, my husband, my cat and my dog! I can’t say I have it as hard as mothers and fathers out there who are trying to make their small business their full-time source of income. The hardest part is that I am still working as a dental hygienist and some nights I will come home at 6pm and be up until midnight making orders. But I love making jewelry and working with healing crystals—so, it’s still not that bad. My husband and I pre-plan our meals on Sundays and we have a calendar on the fridge that has my dental hygiene schedule. He’s great about being considerate and cook and takes care of our fur babies on those nights that I work at the dental office…as you know, cooking is probably the last thing any of us want to do after coming home from a 10hr workday! 

 – When did you feel it was time to start working more at home than at your normal job? 

The moment I realized the store was steadily bringing in a week how much I make in a day at the dental office– that was when I knew I could cut back 1 day from doing dental hygiene. Recently, it has doubled, so now I have cut back 2 days from dental hygiene. It’s still scary—or maybe I’m just a scaredy cat—but I don’t know if I can completely stop working at the dental office. 

 – Why jewelry? 

Believe it or not, Charmed Coast Jewelry, isn’t my first store! I love working with my hands and I’ve learned to work with so many mediums from my grandma and my dad. I opened my first store when I was working in the operating room as a surgical tech. I loved making my own surgical caps with my sewing machine. I even started making some for my coworkers. That was when I decided to open the store, but it didn’t do well so I closed it down. My second shop was purely out of my love of crocheting and knitting—if you haven’t tried, it’s great for anxiety and so relaxing. I made beanies, beer cozies, coasters and hot plate mats. The same thing happened with that store and I closed it soon after opening. I don’t think I really had my heart set on those stores and that’s probably why I didn’t push so hard to develop them– or maybe I just wasn’t ready. During those times I was getting deeper into my chakra meditation practice and found myself accumulating healing crystals. I wanted a way to keep them on me, but some of the healing crystal jewelry I saw were kind of clunky, I wanted daintier ones. Then this lightbulb turned on and I thought– “Hello! I can make them– I love working with tools!” And so, Charmed Coast Jewelry opened! 

– What keeps you motivated? 

At this point in my life, being my own boss, getting to spend more time with my husband, my parents, my fur babies and being able to give myself time off whenever I need to–that keeps me motivated! When I worked in the O.R., I was at work at 5am and didn’t leave most days until 6pm. I couldn’t take as much time off either because I didn’t have enough money, or I couldn’t find someone to cover my shifts. I saw my parents once or twice a year, if I was lucky. I was tired, underpaid, and unhappy—to be completely honest, I cried almost every day. Don’t get me wrong, that job had its fun times as well, but I just knew it wasn’t for me and it wouldn’t be forever.  

  – Advice for others thinking about starting their own business?    

I think the best advice I can give is to be persistent and to not give up on yourself or your goals. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I would also advice not to quit your day job right when you decide you want to pursue your dream. You need to make sure you have a way of supporting your dream. If you know you are meant for more than working that nine to five job, go to your passion. I love quotes so this first one is by Beth Kirby, “What are you doing when you should be doing anything else?” Another quote somebody told me, before I even started pursuing my own business and has stuck ever since is, “Sometimes, we have to take a moment and listen to the universe when it is trying to push us out of a certain job/career/or path that has seized to serve a purpose.”

  – Where do you see your business going in the next 5 years? 

My goal is to continue growing as a business and to become more of an influencer in healing crystal  and minimalist jewelry. I want to continue making and curating jewelry that people can enjoy wearing and giving to loved ones as gifts. I allow for people to add their own personal notes to their orders at no extra cost and this along with one of my dainty birthstone pieces can become such a thoughtful gift.  I want to keep providing an enjoyable shopping experience with the utmost customer service I can provide. I want people to know that when they buy from my store that they can feel comfortable in contacting me, should they ever want to. I hope the passion that I have for my customers and my craft continues to come through in every piece that I make. 

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