March 2018 - Sofia Bailey

It's always amazing to see people that I personally know go after their dreams and start their own businesses. I met this month's entrepreneur of the month my senior year of high school in Baumholder, Germany. Sofia is such a an inspiring person, and she is another example that you can create your own opportunities and live the life you want to live. Check Sofia's interview below!

How did you start crocheting?

I first learned to crochet in 4 th Grade. I grew up in Gerolzhofen, Germany, and it was part of the German curriculum (still is now, according to my little brother). That’s where I learned the basics. After school we always went to my Oma and Opa’s house (German for grandparents,  and it was more of an apartment than a house), when my Oma saw me crocheting, she then taught me another stitch, the double crochet. For the next five years, all I knew was how to do a slip stitch, chain, single and double crochet. And for five years that’s all I did. We didn’t have a lot of money, so I couldn’t always get yarn, so I remember using that same ball of yarn over and over again. Every time I got to the end, I would just frog the whole thing and start over. You’d think it get boring, but it never did. I was getting better every time, and I loved seeing the progress.

What made you turn your crochet hobby into a business?

When we found out I was pregnant, my husband and I decided that I could stay at home with our son. I always knew I wanted to be a stay-at- home mom and my husband supported that. A few months after he was born, I was craving something of my own. I absolutely love being a wife and mother, but I didn’t want to feel as though I was giving up my individuality. Crochet makes me happy and I’m good at it. I’ve had multiple people approach me about making a purchase. I’ve always toyed with the idea of opening an Etsy shop, and this time I didn’t let anything hold me back. Opening the shop and creating my first listings was a big deal for me. Once I sold my first product it almost became an obsession and now I’m constantly thinking about different things to create, promote, and give back.

Do you have any advice for moms wanting to turn their hobby into a business?

Yes! The Present Is Perfect. It’s something I remind myself of constantly. Dreams, goals,

aspiration are awesome, they are what motivate you to put yourself in uncomfortable positions, but it’s so easy to get caught up in where you want to be, that you forget where you are. If you don’t learn to appreciate where you are now and take the time to reflect on how far you have come, you will forever chase the carrot dangling in front of your nose. Because no matter how far you go, it’ll never be enough. The present is absolutely perfect.

What has Entrepreneurship taught you so far?

Entrepreneurship has taught me that every day is Saturday. I don’t have a set time where I get

up (I do have a set bedtime, though), but when I get up, I get to work. Unless I have an appointment or deadline to meet, I have absolute freedom to manage my own time. Similar to Saturdays when you’re working a 9-5 job or are going to school. I don’t know about you, but I always spent my Saturdays cleaning, organizing, running errands, etc. with no particular order, and no particular schedule. Now I live my days like that every day.

Where can we follow you on social media?

You can find me everywhere (facebook, Instagram, pinterest) @SunnySunflowerCrafts. You can

also check out my shop at www.SunnySunflowerCrafts.Etsy.com and read my blog at

www.SunnySunflowerCrafts.com.