Woman's home-based businesses productive
Raven Valdes runs two home-based companies.
jewelry, handbags, belts, belt buckles and tops from Los Angeles . She sells many
items in shows and some through an online catalog.
company in which she promotes and/or hosts public and private parties and charity
events. In April, she co-chaired a party at a north Scottsdale home to benefit Soul
Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center and shelter. Earlier this month, she was involved
in a benefit in Scottsdale for the American Stroke Association.
architectural firms in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area. I got really tired of the
corporate world and wanted to combine my creative and business sides. I'm right
brain and left brain. I taught myself how to make jewelry and got to the point where
I had a product good enough to sell. Raven Events didn't become a business until
about a year ago. Before that I was just doing it for my love of creating fun for people.
Q: What's the benefit of a home-based business?
A: It allows me flexibility. I have a 7-year-old son with autism.
I can be here for him.
A: That it's almost better to work alone than to work with a large group
of people because despite the fact you might have more hands involved in
getting things done, those hands can be very counterproductive. I do
have help from friends and my ex-husband does my Web site and
creates new software that I need.
how did you overcome it?
A: Doing things for people that I didn't get commitments from in writing.
They didn't pay me or didn't live up to their part of the commitment.
the agreement in writing, even if it's just an e-mail.
A: I spent the first five years painstakingly creating very labor-intensive
designs, which would take me hours or even days to create. I'd have a beautiful
piece, which could cost $200 or $300 on up, but there's a small market for it.
I've learned that I need to tap into the whole spectrum of the market.
also have things from $5 on up, some things I may not have made.
A: Always honor your word. If you make a mistake, do whatever it takes
to make it right. Never burn your bridges.