If you go back and read the original MAI blog post from May 21, 2013, like most things in life, you will find there have been many changes since then! Owning a small business is sort of like that: Things are always changing, and as a business owner, you have to learn to adapt and grow. That's what I'm attempting to do as a person and as a business owner. It's not always easy, but with prayer and the proper attitude, anything is possible!
So where have we been and where are we going? Our store opened for business mid-September 2012. I started out writing our blog back in May 2013, when we designed our original site. I only lasted two months before I realized my daily tasks were overwhelming me and I wouldn't be able to write often enough to keep updated content. Amy Lovett stepped in and did a wonderful job on the content of the blog and kept it going while I was figuring out how to manage all of the tasks involved in running a small business, but more importantly, managing our home life, which includes taking care of our beautiful daughters!
So how did I get to where I am today? I am a certified court reporter, turned upholsterer and antique dealer. How did that happen? I would freelance report depositions and cases during the week and sew on the weekends. After my second daughter was born, I was trying to figure out how I could work at home. It was a great experience of growth for me personally, dreaming and praying about what I wanted to do the rest of my life. The Lord led me to the field of upholstery. Several things about upholstery piqued my interest (which I will share with you one day.) I took a course in North Carolina and started upholstering for friends out of my garage. You can find my original blog here, where I would share different projects I was working on. I eventually rented a booth (at what was then called Montgomery Antique Galleries) in order to sell some pieces I was upholstering. About a year or so later, my husband and I purchased the store and called it Montgomery Antiques & Interiors, with the idea that we will always sell antiques first and foremost, but also would like to offer fine interiors.
About eight months ago, there again, as business grew and changed and as a way to grow in the future, we decided to launch an e-commerce site. As nothing is ever easy, we learned we would have to completely redesign our site. We worked through the summer on this monumental task, and it is still a work in progress. However, we are making progress every day. Progress, not perfection. We are simply thrilled about the prospect of selling antiques and interiors online! You will hear me talking about that a lot!
So here we are! I now have made a goal and plan to get back to the blog that I have missed terribly! Please read the About the Author section in the right margin of the blog page (which should be up in the next day or so) for more about the content I am planning. My husband Jere and I believe in prayer and hard work! We have seen many blessings through our prayers and efforts. It's not always easy running a business and managing family life, but as Zig Ziglar said, "if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!" Go aim for something great today! I believe in you:)
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