As some of you may know I am having trouble finding a new job here in my new home. I have put out many applications. The only one I heard back on was for another pharmacy tech job. I know this will sound very selfish in such a poor economy but I truly, truly just do not want to work in another pharmacy. I found it turning me into a very cynical person. Dealing with insurance companies that don't want to pay for drugs that a patient needs, being yelled at by drug seekers, watching a parent smoking in his car while selling him an asthma medication for his child sitting next to him. I really think I am just done with all of that. We moved here to decrease Willie's stress, I don't think I should have to increase mine.
My friend Dawn has given me a lot of good ideas for working from home. This would be a great option. My grand daughter is the light of my life and I don't do well when I can't see her on a regular basis. With two weddings coming up this year, and my brother and father being in fragile health, having a flexible schedule would be the best. Something that I could bring with me, if needed, and do work from Des Moines as need be. I also, being the fair minded person that I tend to be (which doesn't always serve me well), don't think it is right to ask a new employer to give me the time off I need for the weddings and for emergency situations that may arise if my father or brother need me to come home. It's a six hour drive, at best speed. A trip home takes time.
Now, what could I do? There's the rub. I'm thinking about trying to make something and sell it online, but what? I love making things. I just don't know how to make any one thing well enough to sell. So, that means learning something new and practicing until I get it right. I've thought about candles. The thing is, they would have to be unscented. I could learn to make decorative candles, but would people buy them with out scent? I can not be the only person in the world that coughs up a lung when she is around a burning scented candle. I love burning candles but since they almost always are saturated by a thick, overwhelming and yes, throat closing, lung collapsing fragrance, I can't. So, is there a market for beautiful but UNSCENTED candles out there? Maybe, this is something I should find out.
Of course the next problem is that I have no idea how to make candles. As a child in Girl Scouts I made hand dipped candles and sand candles, but a decorative candle, not so much. Must learn. Anyone know any good websites that can help me learn? I googled last night and seemed to only to find sites selling the materials, which of course will be helpful, too, eventually.