Name: Breanna Ramey Daughtridge
Military Branch Affiliation: Navy
Years as a Military Spouse: 5 (and 4 years before as active)
Children: 2 a 10 year old daughter and a 3 year old son.
Business Name: Untamed Rose
Year Established: 2011
Tell Us About Your Business:
I’m a glass artist. I take plain glass rods and turn them into beautiful jewelry and sculptures like roses, starry nights, and Christmas ornaments. I also do custom work, including memorial pieces.
Did you always know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
Always is a mighty long time! I have been self employed since I got out of the military almost ten years ago. I had a real estate company before getting into glass.
What motivated you to start your own business?
This one was pure passion; I fell in love with this art form. There is an element of magic to it, the heat from the flame, the glow of hot glass, the millions of colors. My work is fun. It seemed like the perfect job for me.
What is the best part of being an entrepreneur?
I often get really wonderful feedback from my customers. It’s a really cool feeling to be told that I’ve done more than just make a pretty thing. I made something that really touched someone.
Once I made a bride a blue rose to be the center piece of her bouquet. Inside the glass rose were her fathers ashes, so he could be there to walk her down the aisle.
What are the biggest challenges you face as an entrepreneur?
Time management. I can get a bit distracted creating and get behind in the managerial side.
Do you find that being an entrepreneur fits well with your role as a military spouse (or does it even factor in)?
I think so, my time is my own and my job moves with me. (Though the movers don’t like seeing all that glass!)
How do you blend working from home and your family relationships? Craziest moment?
It’s all really blended together. I don’t have “this is this time” for that kind of schedule. My husband really is my rock; he pulls me away from work when I need to be doing other things. Holidays are absolutely crazy-busy enough, but being self employed on top of all of that makes for basically two months of crazy!
Biggest lesson learned so far as an entrepreneur:
Take the jump. Really. You’ll never do it if you sit there counting the risks.
Best piece of advice for a budding entrepreneur:
Find your passion. If you really love what you’re doing, the rest will just fall into place.
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