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Quit Your Day Job: monkeysalwayslook

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Allison of monkeysalwayslook and papervictory was able to leave her previous position in television production after devising a year-long plan to sell her products on Etsy. While her seemingly flawless scheme didn’t work out as well as she had hoped, she found ways to make it work and is now supporting her workload full time through her Etsy shops. Allison stands by the notion that well-styled photos that tell a story are always great marketing and promotional tools. Keep reading (or, ahem, laughing) along with Allison to learn more about her personal journey.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I have always been artistic and come from a very supportive family who fly their freak flags high and proud. I’ve had jobs that were artistic in nature, but not to the extent I have now, where I have complete creative control. Creating my own products was just a natural progression, especially when I found it very difficult to work for others.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
Right out of college I worked in television production: following celebrities around, telling them how good they looked and how much I loved their new movie/album/television show/crossover act/perfume/tiny rat dog. After a number of years of premieres/award shows/press junkets and late nights, I was more than a little over it. I found myself in a “you can’t fire me, I quit” situation, so I used this newly acquired “free time” and went to art school to study graphic design. I worked as a designer for a number of years, which eventually led me to where I am now.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
That was absolutely the goal. I was planning on quitting my job in about a year and was working toward that every day. It happened a little sooner than I planned (about 10 months sooner) when I found myself in another “you can’t fire me, I quit” situation with my last job. It was absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
The boring stuff: I got a business license and a Monkeys Always Look bank account and credit card. I put as much money in that bank account as I possibly could and I spent every penny of it. I also did some fun stuff: I trapped my husband into marrying me so I could be covered under his health insurance.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I think the number one thing is to have a great product and be passionate about it since the product can promote itself. I was very fortunate that my husband’s dowry included an amazing camera. I think that a good picture is always a great marketing and promotional tool, and there isn’t a replacement for well-styled photos that tell a story and create a mood.

I have been featured on a few blogs and in magazines, which has been an amazing boost to my little shop. I really enjoy running giveaways on my blog and asking for people to comment with suggestions for new candle scents or garden marker inscriptions. I find this to be both a great marketing tool and just a lot of fun. I mean, really, who doesn’t love free stuff?!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Well, there was that time I got out of the car at a famous club with no underwear on…

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I roll out of bed around 1 p.m. (Not really, but I wish.) In the mornings, the three giant dogs and I walk my husband to work. It takes about an hour and it gives me time to think about world domination and what needs to get done for the day.
  • If I have orders to pack up I do that when I get home.
  • Then the rest of the day is filled with chatting with customers (hi everyone!!!), huffing paint, playing with mud, squishing silverware, digging in the dirt, melting wax, and treasure hunting.
  • I usually stop when my husband gets home from work around 6 p.m. and we talk about the day while I prepare a five course gourmet meal…or heat up a can of soup.
  • Then after dinner I usually try to get a little more work done, since there is always something to do. I also use the quiet evening time for new product ideas, or “research and development,” as my husband calls it. For every item you see in my shop, there are probably a dozen that didn’t work, that I didn’t like or are just plain U-G-L-Y. Sadly, not every genius idea is really sellable or appealing.
  • Oh, and somewhere in the day there is hopefully a trip to the yoga studio or a run.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Even though there is the illusion that you have the days free to play bingo and go to the water park, that is usually not the case. However, there are days when I get to take the dogs to the beach or meet my unpaid intern (a.k.a. husband) for lunch. Those are great, and I will always catch myself thinking about how great it is to be self-employed. I never take it for granted, as it really does allow the freedom you would never get working for THE MAN. (Well, that is if you consider “freedom” to be synthetic leather and fake fur-lined handcuffs that keep you tethered to the computer and packing tape.)

I just heard a quote the other day that if you “do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.” That is so true. I love every minute of it and am so grateful to be able to do what I do, so thank you, everyone! I miss NOTHING! (Well, I miss the water cooler; I do love cold water.)

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The days can be long. There are times when I’d rather be sipping cocktails at the end of the dock on my private island, but instead I am ordering shipping labels or filling out silly Q&As about myself. On these days I try to keep it interesting by punctuating the day with a Flickr or blog post of my dogs sleeping or my cat hiding in ANOTHER box. Since there is no way to predict my month-to-month income, there are some lean months, and that can be hard, especially when a new T-shirt/pound of candy/water toy for the dogs insists that I buy it.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I wouldn’t have spent so much money buying stuff I really didn’t need. The plan was to go full time after a year of developing products (which we know didn’t happen that way). However, the first number of months being full time was spent on research and development and making up for the lost income of leaving my job. I had very little money coming in and LOTS going out. If you plan to go full time, make sure you have a product that is something that people want/need. “Make it and they will come” doesn’t necessary work in all cases, and if you were able to look though all my expired listings there is proof enough of that! (What? I can’t interest you in an infant ferret shopping cart liner? Seemed like a good idea at the time.)

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

  • Expand my line of goods offered and increase my wholesale accounts.
  • Make more Etsy friends and learn more about business.
  • Make my payments on-time to the mafia (ah, I mean the sanitation department).

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
If working for yourself is your dream, GO FOR IT. What are you waiting for? It’s worth every minute and I have never been happier. While I can’t justify buying a two hundred dollar pair of jeans anymore (since I rarely leave the house), I think I pull off a pair of pajama pants with class and style. I’m a member of the Etsy Full-Time Crafters Team. It is made up of some amazing people who all have one thing in common: we love to gossip and we all make our living from our sales on Etsy. They are such a great system of support and I really do suggest that you get yourself on an active Etsy Street Team.

Thanks to Allison for sharing her story. You can see some of Allison’s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome says:

    that's my goal to quit your day job!

    5 years ago

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody says:

    Omg! Look at those big puppy dog eyes! Awww :) Great read ... Big congrats on quitting the day job, its awesome!

    5 years ago

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears says:

    *sigh* I wish I could do that too. congratulations to you! x

    5 years ago

  • thepolkadotpixie

    thepolkadotpixie says:

    Fantastic funny interview! Love this series.

    5 years ago

  • thepolkadotpixie

    thepolkadotpixie says:

    Awesome, funny interview. I love this series! Thanks

    5 years ago

  • BluLima

    BluLima says:

    Always so inspiring...I love these segments!

    5 years ago

  • rulatwal

    rulatwal says:

    Great interview. I really love your stuff. My goal is to have my Etsy store supporting me enough to not have to go out and find a full time job.

    5 years ago

  • rulatwal

    rulatwal says:

    Congratulations to you, I hope my store takes off as much as yours and I can stay at home with my kids and fully rely on Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies says:

    Keep flying that freak flag, Allison! Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • Tumus

    Tumus says:

    MAD PROPS MONKEY! SO GLAD YOU MADE TO THE OTHER SIDE! SEND FLOWERS and MOAR CANDY ^_^

    5 years ago

  • JustJaynes

    JustJaynes says:

    Great article!! I love her humor!

    5 years ago

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie says:

    I love it when successful and practical Etsy sellers help me to avoid taking a course at the "school of hard knocks." This was a wonderful article. Many thanks.

    5 years ago

  • Tumus

    Tumus says:

    MAD PROPS MONKEY! Glad you made it to the other side be sure to send moar candy!!

    5 years ago

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher says:

    Congrats! This was fun to read! :)

    5 years ago

  • gailavira

    gailavira says:

    Great interview. And nice sense of humor too. *s*

    5 years ago

  • madmadwonderland

    madmadwonderland says:

    This has to be one of my favorite Quit Your Day Job installments. Plus, what a gorgeous doggie!!!

    5 years ago

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage says:

    okay allison you've now reminded me to send you all those fabulous new orleans coffee cans we have junkin up the place. you have wonderful ideas here. thanks for reminding us not everything you make is a workable idea.

    5 years ago

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt says:

    Cheers to everyone who "flies their freak flag high"!! I love that. Congrats on your great shop!

    5 years ago

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt says:

    Cheers to all who 'fly their freak flags high'... that cracked me up. I love the inclusion of your pets in your article too. Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • everyeskimo

    everyeskimo says:

    allison is awesome, as always.

    5 years ago

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations says:

    Way to GOOOOoooo, A! *high five* You rock and are so awesome for helping others! Hugs, C

    5 years ago

  • XOHandworks

    XOHandworks says:

    Great job, Allison! What's the next step for world domination?

    5 years ago

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations says:

    Way to GOOOOoooo, A! *high five* You rock and are so awesome for helping others! Hugs, C

    5 years ago

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie says:

    Congrats! Getting paid to do what you created.Fantastic job.

    5 years ago

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians says:

    Congrats!!!!

    5 years ago

  • WinchellClayWorks

    WinchellClayWorks says:

    Aren't there doggy labor laws? That poor pup looks exhausted!

    5 years ago

  • nicholasandfelice

    nicholasandfelice says:

    Yay Allison! You are rockin' it soooo hard girlfriend! High five! You deserve the best- even some fancy schmancy 4200 jeans.

    5 years ago

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival says:

    That interview was really funny, and super interesting to read! Hooray, and congrats :)

    5 years ago

  • edor

    edor says:

    you are too funny!

    5 years ago

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts says:

    You go girl!! Love your arts, your humor and your dogs!

    5 years ago

  • UnkamenSupplies

    UnkamenSupplies says:

    Congratulations Allison for a spotlight that is well deserved!

    5 years ago

  • UnkamenSupplies

    UnkamenSupplies says:

    Congratulations Allison for a well deserved spotlight!

    5 years ago

  • salibelts

    salibelts says:

    Thanks for such a great read! I've just been toiling away on my new etsy store and blog.. its great to hear that you have made it a full time success, because I'm really enjoying it so far!

    5 years ago

  • nevita

    nevita says:

    Nice, I want to be like you in business :)

    5 years ago

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage says:

    I like your style Allison, thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • nevita

    nevita says:

    Nice, I want to be like you in business :)

    5 years ago

  • WytcheHazel

    WytcheHazel says:

    I too, quit my day job and now sell my crafts full time & I can safely say it's the most intense job I've ever had....but the rewards are well worth all the hard work to learn how to run your own hand made business & besides, I have a great boss! Thanks for sharing your story, Allison!

    5 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    I've had Allison's shop hearted for quite some time and it's nice to read more about her and her business. Thanks for the article! :)

    5 years ago

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES says:

    Hey teamie! Great interview! You rock :) JPAT

    5 years ago

  • Colliebox

    Colliebox says:

    Fun article to read.

    5 years ago

  • sweetgorgeousthings

    sweetgorgeousthings says:

    sounds like a plan!

    5 years ago

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations says:

    Yay Allison! So nice to find out more about you without me having to resort to actual stalking... ;) Go FTEC!

    5 years ago

  • southpawstudios

    southpawstudios says:

    So awesome Allison! Go FTEC! I love it, what a great article. :) -katy

    5 years ago

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane says:

    Keep flyin' that flag! A good read- Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    5 years ago

  • muyinmolly

    muyinmolly says:

    Oh dear...Allison,I need to give you "the funniest QYDJ interview"! Go FTEC! :D mollie xo

    5 years ago

  • AnnieHowes

    AnnieHowes says:

    Awesome, Allison! That must have been you at the posh nightclub that night!!!

    5 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    thank you for a really wonderful interveiw..inspiring & funni

    5 years ago

  • candythomasgourdart

    candythomasgourdart says:

    very inspiring,hopefully one day it will come true for all of us!!!!

    5 years ago

  • designedbyDiana

    designedbyDiana says:

    i love reading the quit your day job stories! one question, are there any single folk doing this? seems like there is always a partner to help with the bills and/or insurance

    5 years ago

  • tiemee

    tiemee says:

    Fun read!

    5 years ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez says:

    I love these interviews.

    5 years ago

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses says:

    Congratulations, Allison! Sounds like you work really hard and your shop is terrific. Best wishes!

    5 years ago

  • ScribbleShop

    ScribbleShop says:

    This was a nice fun read. Short and succinct! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage says:

    Hey nice story, nice items!!

    5 years ago

  • susansheehan

    susansheehan says:

    Allison, you are too fun. Here's to virtual water coolers!!

    5 years ago

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest says:

    Great interview!

    5 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    fun and lots of hard work ~ great combo, thanks for sharing Allison!

    5 years ago

  • PomLove

    PomLove says:

    awesome. inspiration. i love the succulents, what a great shop:)

    5 years ago

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations says:

    I loved reading your interview! It's funny and inspiring. Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    Thank you so much for telling your story:)

    5 years ago

  • craftpile

    craftpile says:

    Congrats Allison! Funny and inspiring! High five on all your hard work!

    5 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    Great story, congrats to you Allison, your danes must love having you home too!

    5 years ago

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten says:

    I've always loved allison's shops! And she's got her spoons in Anthropologie now! Big high fives. Great etsy shop and interview.

    5 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • pinkquartzminerals

    pinkquartzminerals says:

    Congrats! You ROCK!

    5 years ago

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky says:

    Aaaah, it's so nice read about successful sellers and their 'speedbumps' on the road to that success (I personally would have liked to see the infant ferret shopping cart liner, but that's me). Btw, my dog gets that exact same look, the 'O god, she's getting out the supplies again, so much for my afternoon walkies'. Best of luck with world domination Allison (oh, and with your shops!) :-D Bobbie

    5 years ago

  • Daisymetalcreations

    Daisymetalcreations says:

    OMG did you all see the dogs face lol.. how freaking cute! The article was nice too!

    5 years ago

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette says:

    congrats congrats!!!

    5 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Awesome story! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • VintageTwenty

    VintageTwenty says:

    Enjoyed the story - Allison has quite a sense of humor - love the hens and chicks.

    5 years ago

  • VintageTwenty

    VintageTwenty says:

    Enjoyed Allison's story and her humor - love the Hens and Chicks Succulent Plants.

    5 years ago

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis says:

    Delightfully irreverent and oh so true (especially the sweatpants part). Thanks for a great interview.

    5 years ago

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts says:

    Very entertaining read. Thanks for not being so serious. I love it!

    5 years ago

  • MiniatureRhino

    MiniatureRhino says:

    funny and smart! i love allison's work. crazy great shops and a lovely lady. great to hear these encouraging words!!

    5 years ago

  • MyHappyHome

    MyHappyHome says:

    Funny lady--great story!

    5 years ago

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave says:

    you are hillarious!!! Love your story. Praying for myself to be in your shoes one day and quit the day jobs that never satisfy me enough :D

    5 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    i love monkeysalwayslook! great article!! thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • GallusTreeCreations

    GallusTreeCreations says:

    Well done Allison, what a great read, made me smile and aspire that bit more to be in the same situation in the future, soooo love the dog, I soooo want one, but my cats would hate me,, btw DesignedByDiana, yes there are single people doing this, me for one, though I haven't managed to quit my day job YET!!! Etsy Rocks!!!

    5 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    yur funny. i've always enjoyed your design aesthetic, congratulations.

    5 years ago

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab says:

    thanks for making it all seem possible. here i come !

    5 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    I absolutely love this store! It's been one of my favs and im so glad to see you here!! http://twitter.com/MoradoShop http://www.facebook.com/MoradoShop

    5 years ago

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay says:

    I love your terrarium and the dog face in the middle of your work. That is how I feel. My precious schnauzer is always right there, he doesn't mess with my stuff he is just there...always.

    5 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Always inspiring! Great stuff! You found a great idea for the spoons! A long time ago (10 years) I was trying to come up with a crafty idea for old spoons. Didn't happen. Loved the article and your humor!

    5 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    Fun - and funny! - read. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns says:

    Fab Article! Congrats girl-

    5 years ago

  • Earmark

    Earmark says:

    WOOHOO! Great Article!! Cannot wait to visit an anthropolgie and see your work! :)

    5 years ago

  • CaptiveStudio

    CaptiveStudio says:

    Really sweet article, I only wish...

    5 years ago

  • girlscantell

    girlscantell says:

    A+ allison! you deserve some (vegan) chocolate chip cookies!

    5 years ago

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit says:

    Great story! Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland says:

    Wow! I could not stop laughing! This was such a great interview - love your perspective ... and your sense of humor. Continued success to you!

    5 years ago

  • InspiredByShe

    InspiredByShe says:

    Love this article. Made me think i can really do this! Very funny lady with a lovely positive attitude. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • galstudio

    galstudio says:

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I love your work! and I love your dogs!

    5 years ago

  • DesignByMagriet

    DesignByMagriet says:

    I absolutely love reading the Quit Your Day Job articles. So inspiring.

    5 years ago

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign says:

    Great article - looking forward to the chat I would have purchased the infant ferret shopping cart liner...my ferret would have loved it! :)

    5 years ago

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways says:

    Congrats on working for yourself, so rewarding! You have the most wonderful shops, keep up the good work!

    5 years ago

  • carolinaclover

    carolinaclover says:

    Love your honesty in not being a millionaire, but awash in humor ;) I'm afraid I fly a creative freak flag too :)

    5 years ago

  • carolinaclover

    carolinaclover says:

    I love the honesty of not being a millionaire, awash in humor :) I have a feeling I fly a freak family flag too :)

    5 years ago

  • carolinaclover

    carolinaclover says:

    oops...the spam thing messed me up.

    5 years ago

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty says:

    Very inspirational and funny! Thank you for sharing! I love these stories! :)

    5 years ago

  • monkeysalwayslook

    monkeysalwayslook says:

    I just wanted to chime in here and say thank you to all that have commented! It really means a lot to me and I hope that in maybe just a teeny tiny way I have helped someone... at least made them laugh!

    5 years ago

  • bythewayside

    bythewayside says:

    Wow, what a great story! Love your humor and your shops :)

    5 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    QYDJ is in my plans!

    5 years ago

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 says:

    Allison, Your words are inspiring and funny. Your shops are awesome. I too am working towards a "quit your day job" future and will reread your interview many times. Thanks, Lisa

    5 years ago

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues says:

    These stories are always inspiring!

    5 years ago

  • emcee

    emcee says:

    what a great inspiration...

    5 years ago

  • PhatGrrl

    PhatGrrl says:

    I can still but dream of quitting my day job....

    5 years ago

  • AlliesAdornments

    AlliesAdornments says:

    Way to go Allison! It's awesome to watch your business take off. Fly high & far!

    5 years ago

  • allbrokenup

    allbrokenup says:

    Hey kiddo! You always make me laugh! You don't know how much you inspire me. I have to pinch myself - this is my kid here!!! Way to go. Momoo

    5 years ago

  • DodgeStationPottery

    DodgeStationPottery says:

    You rock Allison, beautiful stuff!!

    5 years ago

  • theelegantwall

    theelegantwall says:

    Thanks for your inspiring story! Being my own boss makes me feel so empowered! I quit my job 2 1/2 years ago when I had my first son, and I've missed having a job until I opened my Etsy shop. Thank you so much to all the people who made Etsy possible.

    5 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Great story!

    5 years ago

  • Christellas

    Christellas says:

    Awesome story, appreciated you sharing, as well as your humor. Someday, we are hoping for the kind of success you have experienced. Thanks for the encouragement!

    5 years ago

  • kennafoster

    kennafoster says:

    What a fantastic interview-- so much personality... and inspiration! I've been a fan since I read a previous interview of monkeysalwayslook, also funny and full of personality (balanced with practical tips). Really enjoyed reading this and BIG CONGRATULATIONS on switching to a nicer set of handcuffs! ;P

    5 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Hey monkey! I like your style and your sense of humor!!

    5 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    and by the way CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ITEMS NOW BEING AVAILABLE AT ANTHROPOLOGIE!!!!!!!!!! NOW I'M REALLY JELOUS!!!

    5 years ago

  • patchlings

    patchlings says:

    Hi there....I am new to Etsy and I loved reading your interview....as my goal is to give up my day job as well and now you have truly inspired me..thank you... I also love your dog and cat...and your shop is fantaastic....!!

    5 years ago

  • PurpleToedGypsy

    PurpleToedGypsy says:

    you are inspiring! You have great style...thanks for sharing it with us! Your writing style is very fun, so i will have to stay tuned to your blog, too. I look forward to it!

    5 years ago

  • StarryHomeCrafts

    StarryHomeCrafts says:

    Thanks for sharing the fantasy and the mundanity side of an artistic career!

    5 years ago

  • InspireUart

    InspireUart says:

    I'm new to the venue of Etsy but I absolutely KNOW that this is a place where I belong - thanks to informative & funny blogs/articles like this. I've listed a few prints of artwork done by either my husband or myself and I'm thinking that I need to create a product line that is at a lower price point and support that product with quality photos and creative 'story telling' staging. Thanks for sharing your journey because it fueled me up this morning almost as much as my second cup of coffee. May your sales be many. Renee

    5 years ago

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio says:

    Congrats. You are my idol. Life's a garden dig it.

    5 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Fun article. Thanks for sharing Allison. Very well articulated.

    5 years ago

  • milkysupplies

    milkysupplies says:

    I loved all your stuff..wish you could send plants to Turkey :(

    5 years ago

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel says:

    from one monkey to another... CONGRATS!

    5 years ago

  • tinasway

    tinasway says:

    Sudden loss of my job has turned me to my "Plan B" I love making others happy, bringing a smile to their faces. I am very excited about finding Esty. A huge thank-you goes to the unknown woman who came to my booth and introduced me to this site! Your things are awesome I wish you a prosperous future...;)

    5 years ago

  • michon

    michon says:

    Congratulations - love your succulents!

    5 years ago

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats says:

    I really enjoyed this interview -- your personality really shines through, and it made me smile. :) good for you for making this happen!

    5 years ago

  • pollyannacowgirl

    pollyannacowgirl says:

    Hi-larious! Lovely studio picture as well. :)

    5 years ago

  • HouserWallis

    HouserWallis says:

    BEST INTERVIEW ON ETSY. EVER! what a fantastic sense of humor. congrats on your success

    5 years ago

  • cowboybunny

    cowboybunny says:

    This was such a funny interview! What a great writer! You can tell by our interview that you love what you do!

    5 years ago

  • nailee

    nailee says:

    my goal too is to quit my day job... congrats !!

    5 years ago

  • GreenPost

    GreenPost says:

    Congrats on your liberation! Love your shop and your attitude!

    5 years ago

  • southpawstudios

    southpawstudios says:

    just read this article from top to bottom, love it Allison! I love this quote "I have always been artistic and come from a very supportive family who fly their freak flags high and proud" i can so relate, that is my family! we are a squirrely bunch, my dads hair is longer than mine! which is some of the many reasons i am the way i am today. great read! -katy

    5 years ago

  • DebsUpcycledArt

    DebsUpcycledArt says:

    Enjoyed the article! Inspiring & funny- good for you!

    5 years ago

  • evgie

    evgie says:

    she is so passion, that is the key I guess...

    5 years ago

  • MilkwoodDesign

    MilkwoodDesign says:

    What a great read... nice to know you don't have to be too serious to have a great business!

    5 years ago

  • whimsyandcharm

    whimsyandcharm says:

    this was one of the best "qydj" articles i've read. love her sense of humor and passion for her work! i found this so inspiring, since i'm hoping for my craft to one day be my full time job. and the quote "do something you love, you will never work a day in your life," is one of my favorite quotes. so true!

    5 years ago

  • PoppyTogs

    PoppyTogs says:

    What a great article!! Totally agree with the others!! Hilariously inspiring! LOVED it!! Thanks:) Lisa:) PoppyTogs

    5 years ago

  • marypearlsvintage

    marypearlsvintage says:

    i really appreciate your frankness! thanks for all the great advice!

    5 years ago

  • DecorNMore

    DecorNMore says:

    Very inspiring story, thanks for sharing!!

    5 years ago

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience! LOVE the spotty nose doggie!

    5 years ago

  • TiarasandTurtles

    TiarasandTurtles says:

    Great interview! There is hope for the "rest" of us- Allison if you ever need to get out of your pjs you could always go on Leno! Made me laugh out loud!

    5 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    That was an inspiring story - very motivational. Loved the part about wearing pajama pants!! :) Thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • ittybittybag

    ittybittybag says:

    Great article. Making friends on Etsy and Twitter is essential to success. This is an artist community and very supportive! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    5 years ago

  • bijougalerie

    bijougalerie says:

    I read this "Quit your day job" articles, and I think "my art is my day job" I never worked for someone, or had a health plan, so I need to merry someone! It is all good and funny until you are the the sole provider in the family. So I hope to have your success on etzy and sale something soon(good I am not counting on it) Thanks for shearing

    5 years ago

  • oldohiofarmfinds

    oldohiofarmfinds says:

    A great fun interview! Allison, it was so nice to visit the tin types again also :0)

    5 years ago

  • wilmajeandesigns

    wilmajeandesigns says:

    I loved hearing your story. And your sense of humor. Thanks for reminding us all, that with a little planning ahead, we can quit our day jobs.

    5 years ago

  • blackscrapcat

    blackscrapcat says:

    What a great interview! Loved it, love your stuff!

    5 years ago

  • amarkofmyown

    amarkofmyown says:

    Ha! You are one bizarrely funny lady :) Made the article not only helpful and interesting but humorous, too! Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • lionfish53

    lionfish53 says:

    Allison- So glad to see an article about you and to put a face behind the name. You were so inspiring to me when I 1st started my shop on Esty and gave me the nudge I needed to just do it! You are one of the funniest people I have met on Etsy( and in life actually). Your stuff is wonderful!

    5 years ago

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign says:

    Love it!!! Enjoyed all the humor sprinkled in too... Congrats Allison!

    5 years ago

  • cradletocradle

    cradletocradle says:

    Hilarious and inspiring! You are one freaky success! Thank you for sharing :D

    5 years ago

  • paularice

    paularice says:

    How inspiring-You are great writer-I just had a week from hell at my day job and you have convinced me I can do it-I can leave it and love life again. thanks Alison!!

    5 years ago

  • ElkeHutchens

    ElkeHutchens says:

    Wonderful article, learned a lot, LOVED your sense of humor which is also very essential in any business

    5 years ago

  • kt40

    kt40 says:

    this article made me laugh and say "right on!" at the same time. kt

    5 years ago

  • MountainManCreations

    MountainManCreations says:

    interesting article after 8 months my etsy income is 1/2 of my total income maybe next year it will be me titled quit your day job LOL. Hard when your self employed to begin with I would much rather be playing with feathers than fixing mowers.:)

    5 years ago

  • synge

    synge says:

    Thanks for the great article! Love that you snagged your man for insurance! awesome!

    5 years ago

  • Littlestenographer

    Littlestenographer says:

    Love the hilarious and helpful advice. I want to hear more of the snag-a-man story...I could really use the insurance :)

    5 years ago

  • PinkSherbert

    PinkSherbert says:

    Brilliant Allison! Fantastic personality and great sense of humour, well done on your success :0)

    5 years ago

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry says:

    Great humor and I love it that you miss nothing about working for someone else. I'm with you!

    5 years ago

  • BrennaStoneJewelry

    BrennaStoneJewelry says:

    What a great way to start my morning off to my day job! Very inspiring & entertaining. Best wishes to you and congratulations on your success!

    5 years ago

  • VintageHand

    VintageHand says:

    Great profile. Always nice to read about someone enjoying their work, and especially appreciate a good sense of humor!

    5 years ago

  • violetsandgrace

    violetsandgrace says:

    Just the story to inspire me to get to work this morning! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your life with us all here at Etsy :0)

    5 years ago

  • Freefred

    Freefred says:

    fantastic article and, may I say, very good writing skills to! I love you dog with the pink nose and sad eyes...!

    5 years ago

  • MonarchCreations

    MonarchCreations says:

    Information and hilarious! Keep up the great work. I love what you are doing!

    5 years ago

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience in a humorous way. You made it fun reading it :-) Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • wuglyees

    wuglyees says:

    You said, in this article, what I believe to be true: If you love what you do, it's because you do what you love! And I love your sense of humor too! Keep up the good work!

    5 years ago

  • gisforgrow

    gisforgrow says:

    Very good!

    5 years ago

  • PoeticPaintings

    PoeticPaintings says:

    Really fun article1 Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • LivaRutmane

    LivaRutmane says:

    very inspirational, hopefully I will get there too :)

    5 years ago

  • stvnsknnr

    stvnsknnr says:

    Great information. Very helpful and inspirational! Thnks.

    5 years ago

  • BirdTrouble

    BirdTrouble says:

    Thank you for sharing your answers! This was a very entertaining and helpful interview. :)

    5 years ago

  • Lori411

    Lori411 says:

    I really enjoyed reading this! I'd love to be able to make enough eventually to actually call this a job lol. Right now I'm more or less doing it for fun :) This was a very inspiring read!!

    5 years ago

  • Daisytails

    Daisytails says:

    Love the article. Lots of great advice for someone whose looking to do the same thing. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • inspiredthreads

    inspiredthreads says:

    Congratulations to you and thanks for such an inspiring article!

    5 years ago

  • TheSweetestBatch

    TheSweetestBatch says:

    I am truly inspired by your success story, you have a great sense of humor, as well as a dynamic business. This is why it works for you, we wish you the absolute best.

    5 years ago

  • thesmilingfoxstudio

    thesmilingfoxstudio says:

    These quit your day job threads are always inspiring (even tho' I don't have a day job and I don't want my art to become a full-time job: I have a life, too!) But I always learn something from these threads. Way to go, Monkey! :)

    5 years ago

  • sandrassatchels

    sandrassatchels says:

    Funny, inspiring and wonderful photographs!! Thanks!!

    5 years ago

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns says:

    Very inspiring and fun to read. I agree, the photo is everything! Congrats!!

    5 years ago

  • Mokupepe

    Mokupepe says:

    I just hope one day, I can follow in your footsteps and be the next "quit your day job" read. Big sigh, I believe in my product but just not selling like I had wished for but I am not giving up. Thanks for sharing!!!

    5 years ago

  • Knitgal

    Knitgal says:

    your personality SHINES!

    5 years ago

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture says:

    This article is truly an inspirational. Thank you...

    5 years ago

  • daphnatal

    daphnatal says:

    Great story. Thank you for all the tips and keep making wonderful products. You are very talented!

    5 years ago

  • JennyTreiber

    JennyTreiber says:

    What an awesome story, can't wait to follow in your footsteps. I have been waiting for someone to confirm that work is no longer work when it is for yourself! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • kathcojewellery

    kathcojewellery says:

    Your story gives inspiration, I like your humour & loved your pets. thanx Kat :)

    5 years ago

  • poprelique

    poprelique says:

    Great products!!!

    5 years ago

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts says:

    MAL rocks!!!

    5 years ago

  • Missevilkitty

    Missevilkitty says:

    Very awesome story- thanks for sharing with us

    5 years ago

  • PoshPixels

    PoshPixels says:

    Very inspiring! Congrats on all your success!

    5 years ago

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns says:

    You are freaking hilarious! Thanks for the inspriation, peppered with gafaws (sp?) and giggles.

    5 years ago

  • tuimalila192

    tuimalila192 says:

    I really enjoyed the interview! Although I've been registered w/ Etsy for over a year, I only recently listed items for sale (I have more to list soon), so I am really BRAND NEW! Reading such interviews is inspiring and the honest insight is appreciated. BTW: LOVE the critter pics!

    5 years ago

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston says:

    Thanks for the interview! These features are my inspiration to keep working hard! :)

    5 years ago

  • PerfectStitches

    PerfectStitches says:

    You are a great inspiration to me, I want to quit my day job too. Thank-you!!

    5 years ago

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake says:

    Awesome! Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • haphazardcreativity

    haphazardcreativity says:

    Our family pets are just one of the reasons I choose to work from home so I really love your including them in your interview. That in itself gives me encouragement to hang in there until we find the perfect product for our shop. One of our family members is a harlequin great dane also. Keep flying your freak flag and hold on tight to your awesome humor. Best of luck with your shop

    5 years ago

  • TuscanBlooms

    TuscanBlooms says:

    This is an inspiring story... makes me want to quit my day job! You are a funny gal! Kudos!!!

    5 years ago

  • dagamara

    dagamara says:

    This is amasing! Congratulations! Thanks for the great inspiration!!!

    5 years ago

  • KayLynnStudio

    KayLynnStudio says:

    I loved this insight into your day...thanks for all the inspriration to keep moving forward and only looking back to check where I am now!

    5 years ago

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, a great story, and making me laugh!

    5 years ago

  • MontessoriHands

    MontessoriHands says:

    you are hilarious, i love your humor!

    4 years ago

  • heyme1966

    heyme1966 says:

    great story!

    3 years ago