From Hobby To Thriving Business – My Story

It’s funny how at the moment you don’t realize where something might take you. From the moment you enter into this world experiences shape you into what you will become. Everyone has a unique story and beginning.

This will give you a small look into how a girl with a love for rabbits turned her hobby into a business. Encouraging other wives to chase their dreams and live a life of purpose.

My Beginning Starts At A Young Age

Beginnings can start anywhere. How they started really doesn’t matter. Its what we do with our beginning that makes the difference.

At the age of 10, I acquired my first heard of Jersey Wooly rabbits. They are very small (under 3 pounds) rabbit with wool-like an angora. They were perfect for my age and size at the time.

I don’t know how I got the idea but something triggered in me to see if I could sell them. I printed up flyers and posted them on local bulletin board and sold a few rabbits while my family had yard sales each summer and any other event that seemed appropriate.

Living in a town with a population of 2000 people you can imagine how well that went. I sold a few but not a lot.

It didn’t happen overnight and looking back I wasn’t all that good at it. But I did the best I knew how and somehow I stumbled on showing rabbits.

As time went on I the online space was becoming more user-friendly and there became ways for people to build websites for free without any coding.

That was the biggest learning curve of my life. At 12 years old or so (it was so long ago I can hardly remember) my dad and I sat at the computer trying to figure out how to build a website!

I laugh now because he can hardly make an order on Amazon.

A Desire To Learn

I always had a passion for learning and I poured through every piece of information I could get my hands on. Learning everything from rabbit care to building a website. Though I did not understand everything I the passion to learn was fierce.

Change Is Good

As I transitioned into my middle teen years I outgrew the breed but was not sure what was next. So I sold the heard and all the equipment thinking I was done in the rabbit world. That did not last long because less than a year later I had found the amazing breeder who got me starting in my current breed.

She spent hours talking with my mom and I as we made trips to bring more animals to the herd.

I bought my first three French lop rabbits at that age of 17. After meeting with her and seeing the breed, I was in love. They are big, beautiful, and sweet animals.

french lop rabbit

It Starts With A Passion

After I found the breed there was a spark in me that grew into more than I ever thought possible. You know when you try something new and it fits right into place?

I was so driven and loved it so much it didn’t seem like work.

The saying “Find a work you love and you will never work a day in your life” is so true.

First Steps To Creating A Thriving Business

I am a very planned and determined person. Sometimes so much that I can take things too far in the sense that I don’t take a day off even for fun.

I jumped back into learning mode once again and worked to start improving on the breed and building a name as a breeder. Of course, I didn’t realize at the time that was what I was doing.

I first realized I had something that could really work as a business after about 8 months of having the breed. I had started posting on Craigslist in addition to building a new free website. I was getting contact form submissions left and right and people asking about future litters. The breed was very popular yet hard to find.

Being Strategic

Then I found the magic of Facebook. It still does wonders and I have a lot of people finding out about the rabbitry through FB but if you have used Facebook for your blog or business you know it is not the same as it used to be.

I soon had a waiting list that was full up to one year out.

One thing that helped me create a constant stream of income is creating the waiting list. I explain the power of a waiting list in this article below.

Read this post about creating a waiting list. 

I learned very quickly that you do not rely on the buyer to call you back. Life gets busy and they forget or they find someone else to buy from. Not because they didn’t want to buy from you but they can’t find you or did not remember they talked to you.

When someone knows they are on a waiting list they are far more likely to hold off buying from someone else. Once they contact you offer to add them to the list or direct time to where they can get on it. Once they are on the list you now have their information to contact them. If it has been some time since they got on your list send out “check-in” email to make sure they are still interested. This helps to keep you top of mind and also give updates with new litters and upcoming breeding’s which builds excitement.

Learning To Get Past The Hard Stuff

Life is not always easy

When working with any animals there are things you can’t control. If you are thinking of starting a rabbitry or raising livestock, be prepared that not every litter or animal is going to make it. Learning to deal with loss is not easy and does not go away with more years under your belt.

People will confront you

It took people a long time to accept the shift of buying animals online. There was one time where I got chewed out for people buying animals online. She was missing out on buying animals because she wanted to see them in person before purchasing. Which I totally understand wanting to do. BUT when you have people ready to buy, saying no for a “maybe” purchase is just not smart.

There are also those who think there is only one brand of feed you should use. Or that their way of care is the right way. In my opinion, if your animal is healthy it is not my business what brand you feed.

With anything you do, there are people who think it is their way or the highway. Learning to not let “trolls” as we call them in the online space ruin your day takes work.

Don’t hide in the background because you are different

It is easier now but being so young people often overlook me thinking I was too young and I don’t know what I was talking about. And I understand that. But I could have given up and stopped trying but I would not be where I am today.

At the age of 27, I have 17 years’ experience raising my own animals and 10 years running a successful business. You have to know what you want and be willing to work for it no matter what other people say to you or about you.

Now I get to talk to thousands

In early 2018 I quit my job and started building this blog into something that I never thought possible. I get to talk to thousands of women who want to run their homes, have a side hustle, and love on their families well.

Chase your dreams even if the path is not clear and you are not sure where it is going to lead. You might be surprised.

Be visible and talk to others and in the online space don’t be afraid to private message someone. The worst they can do is not answer it or say no.

Do the work and will build a successful business. Keep going and put one foot in front of the other.

Even if others don’t see the potential.

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