Name: Megan Hines
City: Mobile, Alabama
Main Hustle: Registered ER Nurse
Side Hustle: Co-owner of a children’s clothing company, Sweet Magnolia Smocks.
How did you get started?: I was blessed with a sweet little boy named Sawyer and then another little boy named Charlie, so like any other Southern mama I decided I loved smocked and appliqué clothing. I never could find reasonably priced items in local boutiques, so I began shopping on various Facebook preorder groups. While there prices were fair, they still lacked something.
As I lay in bed one night, I thought, ‘If these other ladies can start up their own groups, so can I.'”
So I began my mission, recruited a fellow nursing/mama friend, Jessica Sheldon, to be my business partner, did lots of research, and we opened Sweet Magnolia Smocks!
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: All the time….no I really try hard to do it when I’m not working at the hospital or with my kids, so I stay up late a lot! My husband just finished up some remodeling/updating to an apartment above our garage, which is where my office is now.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Making sure that my customers have a good quality, uniquely designed, and reasonably priced outfit. I think another challenge is making sure I balance my time equally between my job as a nurse and most importantly my jobs as a MOM.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I get to design clothes (something I have always had a passion for), meet so many new people, and do something I truly enjoy!
Who is your greatest supporter?: I’m going to say my husband, without him I would lose my mind!! He is always helping and finds ways to do things better (advertising, website stuff, manufacturers). He is definitely a big part of the success of my business.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: I would have to say my family—can’t pick any one person but they all have always encouraged me to reach for the stars! They have always told me I could do anything as long as I put my mind to it.
Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below: Right now we are in the running for a Nappie Award in our hometown! There is a local lifestyle magazine in Mobile that does something called the Nappie Awards every year.
The categories are widespread, but we are in the top six for Best Kids Clothing Store, and we have only been around for one year. I SAY THAT’S A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT considering all the local stores!
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: One day for it to be a storefront and to be able to support my family with it!
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Don’t stop doing what you’re doing; you have to fail to succeed!
Featured Image by Susanna Womack Photography