Our free, 4-week community-led programme Etsy Resolution is a great opportunity to kickstart 2016 with the support and skills of top-selling Etsy mentors. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the programme’s mentors who will no doubt inspire us all to try something new this year. First up is Laurie Melia from Yellow Tree Store.
Self-taught artist and maker Laurie Melia likens the growth of her Etsy shop, Yellow Tree Store, to popular video game The Sims: “ I just kept tending to it and watching it grow little by little”. That careful attention and patience paid off, with Laurie now making and selling her ceramic sculptures, jewellery and homewares from her West Australian home full time (“ it’s so exciting to me – something that was once a bit of a lofty daydream is now a reality”). Leaving behind office life and tapping into what she describes as an impulsive creative process, Laurie is still figuring out how to describe her quirky and often irreverent pieces: “ I make weird things and for some reason people quite like to buy them”.
5 quick questions with Laurie:
Why is Etsy Resolution a valuable program?
The Etsy programs are an invaluable source of information and support for new, and existing, Etsy sellers who need a bit of a kick in the pants to get their shop open or to dedicate a bit more time and energy to improving their existing Etsy shop. You get to interact and receive feedback from like minded people. Also, just quietly it can be a good way to generate sales as people in the group are hand makers, just like you, and they like to shop handmade!
Why is the new year a good time to start a small creative business?
The start of the year has an energy about it that perfect for trying new things and setting goals. It’s a great time to take a bit of a leap of faith.
Why is Etsy is good place to have a small creative business?
Etsy makes taking the plunge and starting your creative business SO much easier – you can have a professional looking shop with a global customer base in the millions, with minimal outlay on your behalf. There really is nothing to lose. There are also great support networks and a wealth of information in the teams and forums.
What inspires your creative business?
What inspires me in a general sense is seeing other people doing what they love for a living and doing it successfully. That doesn’t have to mean making millions but just getting their work out there and connecting with people and having the courage to be themselves creatively. I love reading other people’s success stories and seeing what’s possible.
What advice do you have for those who are hesitant to get started?
Just do it! There is a quote about things being better ‘done’ than perfect. That kind of mentality definitely rules with me. I can be a perfectionist and I like to do a lot of research, but I also recognise that it can be a form of procrastination. My shop was not perfect when I started, I learnt many things along the way, but I wouldn’t have learned those lessons if I had only stuck to the theory side instead of just jumping in and getting started.
Sign up before January 25th and make your creative dreams a reality in 2016 with Etsy Resolution.