Considering Working at Home?

Learn from my mistakes. Please.
Considering Working at Home?

"What business are you in?"

It was an innocent question from James, the kind, starched-shirt banker who was helping me close out my business checking account last week.

"Hmmm . . ." I hedged, drawing the word out a while to buy time to think.

I know what I do now. I write. I edit. I speak. Suddenly, though, I couldn't remember what wares I'd been hawking when I opened the bank account 10 years ago.

"Ummm . . ." I stalled, "That's a good question. I'm a writer now, but when I opened the account, I was probably selling something."

Because so many of my work-at-home businesses had failed, it was suddenly hard to remember how I'd begun.

Was it custom magnets for wheelchair-accessible vans? Personal puppets that matched their owners, like American Girl dolls? Jingle bell necklaces? Wonder Woman figurines strung as weird, bulky necklaces? Hand-painted toilet plungers? Because so many of my work-at-home businesses had failed, it was suddenly hard to remember how I'd begun.

I continued to babble, "I'm a stinky business person. I really shouldn't be allowed to sell stuff."

It was the first useful thing I'd said to James.

Now, as I mentally scanned the two-decade-long entrepreneurial train wreck, I realized that I actually had learned something about being a work-at-home woman.

Time is money

My first business—featuring a stick-figure logo that looked a lot like me grinning and waving "jazz hands"—was Starstruck Creative Clothing. In 1991, I cleaned out every San Diego thrift store of denim jeans, jackets, and overalls, then dyed these garments rich shades of purples, pinks, greens, and oranges. I then embellished them by stitching psychedelic fabric from groovy 1970s dresses onto them. I'm not going to lie: These one-of-a-kind creations were delicious.

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Margot Starbuck

Margot Starbuck, award-winning writer and speaker, is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary. A TCW regular contributor and columnist, Margot speaks regularly on discipleship, justice, and living love in the world God loves. Connect with Margot on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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Today's Christian Woman, April Week 4, 2014
Posted April 23, 2014

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