Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wishful Wednesday: Entrepreneur

Wishful Wednesday

Kelsey, at The Seattle Smith’s, topic for Wishful Wednesday is:
‘I wish’... I had the startup funds to build that company I have always dreamt about, and it would be _____!

Hmm... this is a good one, and it reminds me of my dad because he’s always encouraging me to do random things like take singing lessons (I can take a hint!), learn another language, and start my own business. And when do you think I’d have time do all this, Dad??! Any way... I would probably start my own swim lesson business. I’m a certified Water Safety Instructor, as well as a lifeguard. I have worked as a lifeguard every summer since I was sixteen, and have been teaching private swim lessons since I was seventeen. I’ve taught as young as nine months, up to eight years. I also coached kids for swim team. Before I moved this year, I was teaching at the summer camp I attended as a kid! In addition to teaching at the camp, I taught private lessons on the side. I realized that’s where the money’s at! At the camp, I only made a fraction of the price parent’s paid for the lesson, whereas when I worked on the side, I made all the money. It was great, too, because the parents would tell their friends and I’d receive more clients. I was actually starting to turn people down because I just didn’t have enough time!

Who knows, maybe when I’m a little older, I’ll own a house with a (heated) pool and start my own swim lesson business. Having a little underwater fun—I love my underwater camera! Once the child knew how to swim safely and comfortably, I would take pictures of him or her for the parents as a little “End of the Lesson” gift: What company would you want to start?

If you want in on the Wishful Wednesdays fun, hop on over to Kelsey's blog at The Seattle Smith’s.


  1. Omigosh, that is soo great Katie! :-D What a wonderful idea! There will never be a shortage of parents who will fork over the dough for private lessons!! Such a sweet idea to give a picture of their kids as a present too. Your business sounds so fabulous, great choice! :-)

  2. This is really great! Swim lessons are always needed. :D

  3. Found your blog at Seattle Smiths! I live in FL too, and love the idea of swim lessons!

  4. That's a great idea! Something that is necessary for children (and also would be nice for some adults I know!).
    Happy Wednesday!

  5. I agree that you should totally do this since you can!!! How wonderful!

  6. what a fun career this would be!! i'm from florida too girl! plant city! cute blog! xoxo

  7. That's a really good business idea and very creative! You should do it, it sounds like you have all the credentials!!


  8. Just found your blog! I love that idea--I have such good memories of all my swimming lessons and swim teachers. And I think it's so important, too, that kids learn how to swim. You should totally do it! :) I bet the overhead costs would be pretty low.

    If I had money to start any company I wanted, it'd probably be some combination of a bookstore/candy shop/bakery/Anthropologie/vintage store/coffeehouse. That would be awesome. (My husband actually does work for a start-up ... but it has to do with genetics. Not quite my ideal.)


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