We’re back with another installment of Nannypreneurs! Highlighting nannies that have created a product or service during or after their nanny career. Today we introduce Christy Bean and her homemade products.
How long have you been a nanny, or how long were you a nanny? I was a nanny for a total of 6 years, for two families.
What is a highlight of your nanny career? I just loved watching my charges learn and grow. I loved the funny things they would do and say. It was a joy caring for them.
How did you come up with the idea for your product/ service? I lost my job and needed to do something to fill my time while I was looking for work, so I decided to learn how to can. I had a purple basil plant that needed to be harvested and I wanted to do something besides put it in an oil or a vinegar. I decided to see if I could find a unique recipe for it, and I found a jelly recipe. I had never canned before, but thought I would give it a try, and purple basil jelly was born. After some friends loved it and told me to market it, I began to think of other unique flavors of jelly. I now sell a variety of unique jams and jellies, including jellies made from wine and beer, and I continue to experiment with more flavor combinations.
What is your level of monetary investment and have you seen a profit? I had $100 to start with and I have made a profit from that. Every new sale makes my profit grow. It helps to have low overhead.
What is the purpose of your product? Its purpose is to taste good, without high fructose corn syrup or preservatives!
What do you wish you had known early on, that you’ve learned going through this process? Don’t try to make marmalade with key limes!! Read my blog at http://auntchristyscountrykitchen.weebly.com/blog.htmland you will understand!! of wisdom do you have for others, who may have a product/service and wish to expand its market? If you have a dream or an idea, explore it and don’t let others tell you it isn’t worth it. Don’t be afraid to experiment with things that may seem different. Be prepared to be successful, but don’t be afraid to make a mistake here and there, because if you don’t try something because you think it will fail, then you will never know how great you can BE!