Yakima is a place about 150 miles southeast of Seattle (where I am), and I didn’t think there was much there beyond the apple orchards and vineyards. Just thought of it as a small community where there is significantly less rain that Seattle. Apparently there are trend setting home-based businesses there too.
Lee Denise Goll creates and sells home-made blankets and quilts. Her website is www.snugglerscove.com. She’s been making these “snuggly” custom-made creations for quite some time, but has only recently extended the reach of her business to the web.
Ann Bray is a proponent of enviro-friendly cloth diapers. When she first started her business, she complained of not being able to find cloth diapers in Yakima and said that ‘if I wanted to buy diapers, I had to go online’. So she started her own Cloth Diaper website – www.babyclothbottoms.com – where she sells cloth diaper and baby products and has lots of information on why they should be used instead of the disposable varieties.
Alyssa Sali is a proponent of ‘attachment parenting’ and her home-based business is part of a network marketing company. She has a website which has information on a product line called Mother of Eden, centered around attachment parenting.
According to the National Association for the Self-employed, there are about 4.2 million home-based businesses which is up 23% from just a decade ago. In addition, according to a 2004 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, about two thirds of those businesses are owned by women.
I blogged a while ago that Home-Based Businesses are not on Easy Street. They take planning, coordinating, marketing, and hard work just like any business. It’s always good to profile actual working home-based businesses such as the ones run by these 3 women. These kinds of businesses show us that a ‘home-based business’ is not just a catch phrase.
Source: Yakima Herald