Talk about following one's bliss.
Ask Faith McFluff what she does for a living and you'll likely hear, "I get paid to be awesome!"
That's a far cry from the way she felt about her last job in the hospitality biz, an industry that swallowed up a large chunk of her young-adult life.
"It drove me nuts," says McFluff. "It was a very stressful work environment. And wearing a uniform every day practically killed me."
McFluff, who lives in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood, is yet another member of today's burgeoning "boho entrepreneur" class--creative-minded people who are leaving behind the 9-to-5 grind to pursue their passion for making things.
Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s--the trend toward independent creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot.