â€œBeing the only one in Maine has its advantages and disadvantages,â€ said Gormely, who has been with Tomboy almost 11 months. â€œDisadvantages in that Iâ€™m it and I have to do all, but I also have all the potential sales and if they (Tomboy) get any leads on, Iâ€™m it as far as contacts.â€
Tomboy Tools was started as an online store in 2000 by three women â€“ Sue Wilson, Janet Rickstrew and Mary Tatum â€“ and became a Web-based direct-selling business in 2004.
â€œThe first time I heard of it was a couple years ago through a friend of mine, who heard about it on the Today Show,â€ recalled Gormely, whose day job is as an administrative assistant at Tyler Technologies. â€œThis is right up my alley because I was looking for a part-time job and this is perfect because I can make my own hours and be my own boss. Plus Iâ€™m a single homeowner and do a lot of fix-up and maintenance things around my house all the time.â€
Tomboy Tools specializes in hand and power tools designed exclusively for use by women.
â€œTheyâ€™re lighter weight and also ergonomically designed for a womanâ€™s smaller hand,â€ said Kelly Bell, Tomboyâ€™s director of marketing and consumer relations. â€œTheyâ€™re also about being convenient and utilizing a smart approach.â€
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