*This post was sponsored by Firefighter Letter Art
Have you ever thought about working from home? Being your own boss? You CAN!
It is possible to start a business doing almost anything now! This week I wanted to share this awesome success story. It is particularly special to me because this awesome entrepreneur also happens to be a professional paramedic/firefighter, like my husband.
James first started his business 10 years ago in Missouri under the name “Hometown Image.” He got the idea from a wedding gift his mother had purchased that spelled out his sister’s new married name in letter art. With no prior photography or business experience, he launched with the following pitch.
“I’ll come to your church, school, home, farm, etc. and get the letter art from meaningful places in your life.”
Of course you could always go to Wal-Mart or similar stores and have generic art made, but chances are you would never know where those photos came from. He added a very personal touch to this form of home decor and people LOVED it!!! His idea spread around via word of mouth, he didn’t even have a website. He very quickly began building up stock photos from University of Missouri and several churches in the area so it got to a point that for many orders he didn’t even have to go out and take the photos anymore because he already had a set saved!
“One day one of the guys at my firehouse asked me to do a firefighter themed one, I said “of course”, and obviously the rest is history.”
Before running with the idea, James did his research, he noticed a few similar products on Etsy, but nothing yet on social media platforms; so he went for it and found great success. His Facebook page, Firefighter Letter Art, has reached 60,000 organic followers. In fact, his first sales were courtesy of his Facebook page. Since, he has built a website and old over 8,000 pieces of Firefighter Letter Art worldwide. In the coming year he has plans to exhibit his work at several major Firefighter trade shows, like FDIC.
While he loves creating these pieces and sharing them with Firefighter families across the country, he said the best part of this business venture is being able to work from home and be with his family. Due to their unique work schedule, many firefighters have a part-time job to help make ends meet. Prior to Firefighter Letter Art, he worked the night shift on an ambulance which was really tough on his wife and family, especially having a newborn.
“Firefighter Letter Art has allowed me to stay at home with the family. The kids are always hanging out in the shop with me , and my wife helps package and label when we get really busy. It’s truly a family business!”
If you love a firefighter, please be sure to check out his Facebook page and website! He is so kind and has offered you all a 20% discount code: mamasewcrafty. This code DOES NOT EXPIRE and you can use it as many times as you like!
If you have started a successful home business, I want to hear about it!