Our Story – How We Started A Successful Online Store Selling Wedding Linens

The year was 2007 and my wife and I were victims of a dreaded condition known as complacency. If you’ve never heard of this terrible condition before, it’s a disease that leads to spending 10 hours a day at a job that you don’t particularly like.

SteveKidsIt’s an illness that stops you from pursuing your personal goals and aspirations because you can never find the time.

It’s a debilitating condition that causes you to trudge through each day doing the daily grind as life quickly passes you by.

Back then, my wife and I used to get up early in the morning, go to work, eat dinner, sleep and then wake up again the next day to repeat the cycle.

Days quickly faded into weeks, weeks dissolved into months and months soon became years of the same routine.

Even though we both made a pretty good salary from our day jobs, we were coasting our way through life like lifeless zombies. After all, we weren’t challenging ourselves. We weren’t trying new things and we stayed within our comfort zone when making important decisions. We had no sense of purpose and we were unmotivated and stagnant.

It sounds harsh, but my wife and I were lazy pieces of !@#$. Even though we had a lot of free time, we always ended up wasting it on empty activities. For example, our day consisted of working from 9-6:30pm, eating dinner and then watching television until it was time to go to bed.

Days and weeks went by quickly and we didn’t have anything to show for it. Even when I try really hard, I am unable to recall any specific memories during that period of my life. The only thing I remember is that I watched a hell of a lot of television and that my wife was terribly unhappy with her day job.

In fact, the only memory that stands out in my mind was how much she dreaded having to go to work each and every day. Every morning she would kiss me goodbye and then say

Okay, Honey. I’m off to the hell hole I call my job!

It was particularly painful for me because I had to watch her drag herself out of bed and witness her suffer every morning.

Even though she changed companies several times during her career, she never felt fulfilled working at any of her jobs. What’s ironic is that my wife and I had always wanted to start a business and be our own boss but we never got around to it. We talked about opening an online store many times but never took any action until it happened….

My wife became pregnant! I still don’t fully comprehend how peeing on a stick could stir up so many emotions, but my wife and I became excited and terrified at the same time. For one thing, I got a sudden injection of motivation and enthusiasm.

All of a sudden I felt like I needed to get off my ass and become a better person. I felt like I needed to be more responsible and to take charge of my life. I felt like I needed to get my act together and provide for my family.

As millions of thoughts swirled through my head, my primary concern became financial security. We needed a bigger house. We needed to live in a better school district. We needed to start a college education fund. We needed an emergency fund so large that we could survive even if I lost my job or got laid off.

As for my wife, she wanted to quit her job so she could take care of our child full time. She didn’t want to miss a single minute of our baby’s childhood. The only problem was that with the additional expense of having a child, she didn’t want to place a major crimp on our lifestyle or our finances. As a result, we needed to find another way to make money and replace her six figure salary. Hence our online store, Bumblebee Linens, was born.

Even though things started out slowly, our online store managed to replace my wife’s salary of $100K within one year.

Having our own business allowed her to stay at home and take care of our child while running our online store at the same time.

The best part was that my wife didn’t have to put in nearly as many hours as her day job to make significantly more money and she was much happier too.

Creating our online wedding linens business was not rocket science by any means. You can replicate our success by taking our free 6 day mini course on how to start a niche online store of your own.

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Who We Are

ProfileSteveSteve carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Despite majoring in electrical engineering, he spent a good portion of his graduate education studying entrepreneurship and the mechanics of running small businesses. He currently works for a startup company in the Silicon Valley.

profile JenJennifer carries a bachelors degree in Economics from UC Davis. She is exceptionally adept in all financial matters and has a strong background in accounting as well. While she has quit her day job, she occupies her time managing our online store and taking care of both of our kids.

On this page, I have compiled all of the more personal articles of MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. The posts you will find on this page discuss what was going on in our minds throughout the entire process of creating our online store and our other income sites as well.

We will constantly update this page so please check back often.

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I don’t know why but I always get a little pensive during the holiday season. This is the time when I like to lie down, stare at the ceiling in total silence and reflect on my life for the past year. Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving tend to amplify my mood. If...

How Our Online Business Brought My Wife And I Closer Together
When my wife and I decided to start our own online business together, many people advised us against the idea. “You’ll fight all the time!” “Business and marriage don’t mix!” “Your business will drive you two apart” “You and your wife need time to yourselves” The above quotes were just a sampling of some of the many warnings we were...

A Peek Into The Glamorous Life Of A Small Business Owner
Everyone knows that starting and running a small business is glamorous. In the past few weeks alone, I’ve read at least a half a dozen stories ranging from “How I made $1027.53 in a single day!” to “How you can work 4 hours a day and be rich with a small business!”. Clearly, these...

The Secret To A Healthy Relationship With Money
Do you believe that money is the ultimate panacea? Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I just had more money, my life would be so much easier and less worrisome?” Most people tend to think this way until they amass some wealth and the opposite happens. Their life gets harder...

Why Our Online Business Almost Failed And How We Recovered
In a previous article entitled mistakes we made early on with our online store, we outlined 5 early decisions that hindered the growth of our business. While those mistakes slowed us down, none of them were showstoppers by any means. In this article, I’d like to talk about decisions that nearly put us out...

How We Used Ebay To Assess The Viability Of Our Business
I just wanted to take the time to introduce my wife Jennifer who will be guest posting for today. Jennifer is the heart and soul of our online business. She basically manages 90% of the operations on a day to day basis in addition to taking care of our daughter. She is...

The Secrets to Building Wealth – Do You Have The Right Mindset?
Everyone wants to build wealth but why do very few ever succeed in doing so? It’s because most people don’t take the time to establish a proper game plan on how to grow their money. Building wealth requires planning, budgeting and an awareness of how money can work for itself. The sooner...

Personality Traits That Can Doom A Would Be Entrepreneur
Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. When I look back and analyze some of the startup companies that my friends tried to start and why they failed, I can immediately recognize certain character traits and decisions that doomed their companies from the start. All of my friends possessed the drive...

How To Build Wealth By Saving Money Without Sacrificing Your Livelihood
Let’s face it. There are only 2 ways to build wealth. Either you can make more money or you can save more money. In a previous article, I already discussed why you should worry about your topline more than your bottom line. But just because you’re focusing on making money doesn’t...

How To Run A Business With Your Spouse And Still Maintain A Happy Marriage
Starting and running a successful business is enough of a challenge as is. Add working with your spouse into the mix and you potentially have a recipe for disaster. It might appear like the ideal situation to start a business with your spouse. After all, you have the rare opportunity to work with...

Are You Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?
I used to think that entrepreneurship was only about creating unique and groundbreaking technologies and coming up with new and innovative products. Having studied entrepreneurship in graduate school, I was always surrounded by gung-ho entrepreneurs. Some of my peers went on to start web technology companies whereas others created startup companies in biotechnology. Almost...

How to Burn Yourself Out in 2 Weeks When Starting Your Online Business
Entrepreneurs love creating businesses from scratch because of the excitement and unfettered determination of starting something brand new. I remember when my wife and I first started our online store, we ate, drank and slept with the business 24/7. Practically every meal, we discussed at length our products, our strategy and our execution...

Business Ideas That Didn’t Pan Out For Us – Part 1
Anyone who tells you that they got their business right on their first try is probably lying, forgetful, or trying to sell you something. My wife and I went through a multitude of ideas in the first month alone that went absolutely nowhere. A few of these ideas actually made us a few bucks but...

How To Start a Business While Throwing Up (A Satire)
Starting a business when you are pregnant is not the most ideal situation. It would have been a lot easier had we planned for this more ahead of time. Ironically, I always knew I was going to quit when we had kids, but for some reason, the lost income from quitting my job...

Why You Should Worry About Your Topline More Than Your Bottom Line
My wife and I constantly discuss different ways to build our overall wealth. Our goal is to retire and be able to spend all of our time with our children. We’ve tried a lot of different things over the years, but our most miserable experience arose when we decided to drastically cut back...

5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job
For some reason, it was especially difficult for me to get up out of bed this morning to get ready for work. As I was getting dressed, I stood there looking at my wife who was sleeping blissfully on the bed and I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous....

Top 5 Mistakes We Made Early On With Our Online Store
It’s really tough to go against your own nature. I admit it. When it comes to running a business, I’m extremely frugal and very anal about the way things are run. In general, frugality and anality are good character traits when it comes to running a business, but sometimes these traits can...

How We Found Our Niche For Our Online Store
People often ask how we decided to sell wedding handkerchiefs and linens on the Internet. While my husband might have a different opinion, in my mind we fell into the idea with a bit of luck and good timing. When we were brainstorming ideas on businesses to start, I was infatuated with my latest hobby,...

How We Got Motivated to Start Our Own Business
In theory, it shouldn’t have required much courage at all for us to start an online business. Opening a business, especially on the web, is about as cheap and easy as it gets. All it takes is 10 bucks for a domain name and as little as 5 bucks a month for some web...

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