Mermaids, a Business Tale

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English: en:Mermaid Français : fr:Sirène (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Fifty years ago when I was 8 years old I pretended I was a mermaid, holding my breath and swimming underwater while imagining my two feet  as a  mermaid fin. I could remain sitting on the floor of the pool by gracefully waving my small arms through the water above my head. I let iridescent bubbles escape from my mouth in a slow stream through the clear, sun-dappled water of the community swimming pool.

Thirty-seven years ago when I was twenty I was learning to SCUBA dive in my university’s deep diving pool. I occasionally thought about being a mermaid and sometimes kept my flippered feet together to swim like one.

 

Two years ago while working in a retail craft store  cutting fabric I was stunned to learn that a customer was buying brightly-colored stretchy spandex fabric for her growing business of manufacturing mermaid tails. She stitched up the tube-like costume around actual swim fins and sold them online at a healthy price to a growing customer base.

 

I have a BA degree in costume design. I have vast knowledge and skills and creativity. I want to earn money doing something creative. I went home from my fabric-cutting work and researched the mermaid-tail business. I found several small businesses making beautiful creations; on some websites there was even  underwater video footage of mermaid-swimming  customers.

 

I sighed and realized that with such a niche product the market was probably already flooded. I forgot about mermaids and continued to make prototypes and research marketing techniques for my wonderful un-launched products and newly recorded music CD.

 

Today I read an article from MicroMentor.org about a small business owner who is finding success in her job of manufacturing mermaid tails. (…!!)  It described the journey of Jerilyn Winstead  from “homemaker to owner of Aquatails, a company that designs, produces, and sells swimmable mermaid and merman costumes to an international audience.”

 

In the past, Jerilyn had the same information regarding a niche market that I did. She chose to become excited and look at possibilities rather than the number of competitors. Now Jerilyn “has already started her second business, Mermaid Cove, a full-service swim school which also offers the art of mermaiding, to kids and adults of all ages.”

 

I don’t want to sew mermaid tails, though I still love to swim underwater. However, I do want to be reminded, to remember, that no matter how educated and creative a person is, it takes actual physical effort and personal belief to move forward in developing a profitable business.

–Read about Fear and business in a previous post, here.

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3 Responses to Mermaids, a Business Tale

  1. Kathy Estadt says:

    I found your blog as i was looking through the websites under the Business tag at WordPress.com. Loved this story and I posted it on my Facebook page as inspiration for my fans and myself! Keep up the good work. I’ve added you to my Digg Reader so I can read more.

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