Today I want to introduce everyone to Paige who runs the kick-ass Awkwood Things business in Sacramento. She specializes in hand-burned home goods and wood accessories (and some really great screenprinted designs). I affectionately refer to her as my booth wife because somehow we always end up next to each other at market events!
Do something you truly love and it will help push you through the hard
How did you get started with your business?
I’m a working homeschooling mother of two, and the work I was doing was difficult and unfulfilling. I started Awkwood Things to do something I’m passionate about, working with my constant desire to create and finding ways to use reclaimed, sustainable, and upcycled woods.
What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
Being able to truly enjoy what I’m doing, to the point that it doesn’t always feel like work. Also getting to collaborate with awesome women!
What’s the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
Not knowing how much you will make for a profit from week to week. It can be incredibly stressful.
What's the best advice you have for women who are just starting out?
Do something you truly love, and it will help to push you through the hard times. Also try not to be extremely self critical, which I still work on.
What is one skill you have that unexpectedly benefited you in your line of work?
I wouldn’t have ever called it a skill...but, I used to love to carve little bars of soap in the tub when I was little. I’d use the back of a comb, and make little animals and things. Kinda just a funny kid thing, but I had a custom order that I just couldn’t get done in any logical amount of time with the tools I was using. I had a kit to carve wood just for fun, and to share with my kids to see if they’d enjoy it. After swearing at a piece of wood, I took a deep breath, and tried to carve/whittle it. I actually sort of knew what I was doing after all those years! It actually worked, and I got the job done!
Huge thanks to Paige for sharing her story today and be sure to check her out on Instagram @awkwood things and say hello/show her some support!