Jan Seale and Bob Brandenburger had big plans for their retirement years--travel, visits to family members, and perhaps a small business that would provide some extra income without cramping their newfound freedom.
But just ten days before bidding farewell to the nine-to-five routine, an automobile accident restricted Jan’s mobility for several months.
Suddenly faced with more down time than they’d expected, Jan and Bob began experimenting with their new digital camera. They photographed the scenic natural beauty and architecture near their Charlottesville, Va., home, and used their home computer and printer to create note cards for friends. As the distinctive note cards got around, Jan and Bob began receiving more and more requests for additional sets.
“This looked like the interesting and flexible business opportunity we had hoped to find,” Jan says of the enterprise they named Mountain Glory Creations. “However, both of us had been public-sector administrators. We had a lot to learn about running a small business.”