One Door Closes Another One Opens


Sydnie Rice

The pandemic has been hard on everyone but it has also brought new opportunities for people to grow their businesses. Caitlin Asaro sells handmade masks and bracelets from her home. “It started on a family trip to Tahoe during Christmas and I wanted to raise money for when we take trips in the future,” said Caitlin. Caitlin got the idea of selling bracelets from one of her teammates on her soccer team who sold phone cases. She gained popularity when her mom posted her products on various social media sites. She started selling both bracelets and face masks from mid-June to early July. “The bracelets take 2-3 minutes and the masks take about 5 minutes. Depending on how many orders I get I try to do 5 to 10 a day. For my school schedule, I have fifteen-minute breaks in between classes so I work on them during that time and I have a longer lunch break.” Covid had a big impact on getting supplies and fabric. “The fabric stores started selling out of elastic and the fabric stores started selling out but now we can order all of them and it’s starting to come back now.” Caitlin is very talented to be doing this along with soccer and school.
Carley Sherrell is a senior who cooks and bakes many different things. “I’ve been baking and cooking my whole life. I got the idea from my mom who would post them on Facebook.” Carley has been selling her goodies for about eight or nine years now. “I sell them through my house and anyone is welcome to buy them.” Carley’s favorite thing to bake is cupcakes. “I’ve done a couple of cakes but I definitely prefer doing cupcakes.” Along with her business, Carley is also an excellent student.
Jay Toler is a transfer student who handmakes and sells crochet amigurumi items. “I sell crochet and amigurumi products to anyone in Bakersfield and I also sell them to the Donut Hut downtown.” Jordyn Toler Jay’s sister advertises them on Instagram while Jay sells them. “To have a successful business and go to school you have to plan out your time. Like remembering to do your homework and also fulfilling customer’s orders. It’s a lot.” Jay learned when she was nine and started selling them when she was ten. “At first I obviously didn’t get a lot of orders, maybe two a month. But now I get two orders a week. It depends on the orders but sometimes I do two a day and other times I do five a day.” Jay and her sister got the idea from their cousin who started her own business. “She’s a huge inspiration to me personally. And she was the one who taught me how to crochet,” Jay said. These three students are certainly talented to be able to manage a business and go to school.

Caitlin Asaro making her masks
Jay Toler’s Amigurumi