WICHITA — Katie Dexter comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has always wanted her own business. Her 2-year-old son, Brecken, only convinced her more.
"It breaks my heart to leave my son every day."
So Dexter and her husband, Justin, are starting Sign It Out Loud, a yard greeting business.
"It's affordable for us to start up because we make everything by hand," she says.
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Dexter says it also means customers get a better rate.
"We can do anything someone wants," she says. "We kind of pride ourselves on having a wide variety."
Justin Dexter is a full-time electrician and will keep that job. Katie Dexter is pregnant with their second child and hopes to be able to quit her part-time job after giving birth in September.
"I'm hopeful this will grow into other great opportunities for my family," she says. "I felt like if I didn't take a chance and start somewhere, nothing was going to change."
The Dexters are still finishing some of the items customers can order for yards, such as 5-foot storks, but Katie Dexter is confident they'll have success once they begin.
"Part of our idea of starting this is we wanted something fun and cheerful for everyone," she says. "We just want to make people smile, and this does that."