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Corinna of piddix  just finished her first year as a full-time Etsy seller, and here she shares her top realistic tips for running an Etsy shop in this eye-opening Forum thread. Read on to see why making less money and working even harder is still her lifestyle of choice. 

piddix_corrina.jpgJust over a year ago I left my job at a lovely nonprofit to run my Etsy shop full time. After several years of selling collage sheets on Etsy, I had reached a point where I couldn’t do both Etsy and another job; I had to choose. I thought it would be fun, challenging, and relatively secure and easy to focus only on full-time crafting. I had taken a small business class, saved up a nest egg and made lots of lists and plans.

What a difference a year makes.

In general, full-time crafting has been harder and more tiring, and also more rewarding than I imagined. I’ve worked longer hours and made less money than planned. It’s also been a ton of fun. In looking back, I thought I’d share ten of the most surprising lessons that I’ve learned during the past year.

1. I Don’t Miss My Day Job
I was one of those lucky people who actually loved my “day job.” I worked at a lovely nonprofit that does good, rewarding work. I was respected and had amazing supervisors and coworkers. So one of my biggest worries of leaving it was that I would immediately regret my decision. I seriously doubted whether working for myself would be all that others had built it up to be. And guess what? It’s totally great. Sure, I miss my coworkers. But it feels so good to be able to do everything myself. If I want to make a change, I just do it. There are no committees to go through or paperwork to complete. If something is wrong I can fix it immediately. I am solely responsible for the success or failure of piddix and that’s a challenge I enjoy.

2. Sales Will Fluctuate
From the beginning, piddix sales on Etsy speedily climbed every single month. Then I quit my day job, and piddix sales plummeted. Scary. Turns out, sales of my collage sheets are seasonal. Summer and winter are my busiest seasons, while spring is the slowest. So during this second full-time spring I’m prepared. I saved money from the busy winter to get through the slower months. I also planned a couple of special promotions and new items to debut this spring to bring in more customers. But perhaps most importantly, I wasn’t taken by surprise when sales slowed down, but rather took it as part of the yearly cycle. I don’t handle ups and downs of sales well, so knowing what to expect helped quite a bit.

3. I Need to Treat it Like a Business
The first two months of full-time selling I didn’t work much more on piddix than I had previously. I spent too much time on work that was somewhat related to piddix, but not the most pressing tasks: visiting thrift stores, cleaning and rearranging my archives. I even spent an entire day hand-letterpressing 100 thank you notes to go with my packages. At a certain point I realized something wasn’t working. My parents agreed to help out with more days of childcare and I re-focused my efforts on tasks that were directly related to sales and growth. I now have specific hours where I work and try to keep them separate from my time off. I only get paid if sales come in, so I try to make every work moment count.

4. Throw the To-Do Lists Out the Window
After many years of working for others, I had fallen into the trap of checking off my to-do list. It was always good to show someone else all the things I had done, whether or not they were effective in the long run. Frankly, I can check off all the tasks in the world, but if they don’t lead to sales, it doesn’t matter a whole lot. I’ve learned instead to go with my gut. I look at everything I have to do and then pick those items that I feel will have the most positive impact on piddix. It sometimes changes every day. If a new opportunity comes up I jump on it right away rather than putting it behind something else. I’ve also learned to choose those items I’m most excited about at the time. For example, if I’m feeling especially creative and want to work on new collage sheets and graphic design, I’ll work on it right away. I find I’m much more productive if I’m excited about something, rather than working in the order of a random check-list.

5. You Have to Love it
I had always assumed it was a myth that to do a business well you have to love it. After all, as long as you like whatever you’re doing (jewelry, kitting, etc.) better than your other job, won’t you be just fine? Do I really have to LOVE it to do it well? Now I finally understand why it matters. I eat, sleep, dream, play and travel piddix. I spend my “free” time in bookstores and antique stores looking for items for my work. We even schedule vacation around what archives are nearby. If I didn’t absolutely love scanning, researching, graphic design and all the other aspects of running piddix there’s no way I could stay motivated.

6. I’m (Financially) Poor
I debated whether to include this point, but also wanted to be honest. We definitely make less money now than when I was working two jobs. And paying for our own healthcare has taken a HUGE chunk out of our funds. Does it matter? Yes and no. We’re the type of family who loves to travel, visit museums, eat at restaurants and generally get out of the house. We still do all these things but just in different ways. I sign up for just about every free mileage credit card to get free airplane tickets, we hit all the kid-friendly happy hours and use online coupons (like Groupon). We still do everything we’d like but just have to get more creative. If it was just me that was affected by this I wouldn’t be too worried. But I’ve also asked my family to make these same sacrifices. That’s why I’ve set goals for the next year to have more spending money and hopefully more funds in savings, too.

7. I Work All the Time
On a typical weekday I get into the “office” by 10 a.m. and work more or less straight until 5 p.m., with perhaps a break or two for lunch or playing with the boys. Then work picks up again from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Add in weekends and I normally work about 60 – 70 hours per week. This isn’t something I particularly like. I’d love to take some time off. But I also have a workaholic personality, so this isn’t something I can totally blame on piddix. I simply can’t sit still and relax when I know there’s something I could be doing. So in addition to “make more money,” my other goal for next year is to work less hours. We’ll see how it goes.

8. I Need a Door
In February we swapped houses, cars, and pets with a family in Minnesota for a month. The house where we stayed had a lovely upstairs office, complete with a door that closed. I didn’t realize until then how important it was for me to have a separate space to work away from all the regular household chaos. My office at home was right in the middle of everything, and because my husband also works from home (and is the primary caregiver for our three-year-old), getting work done was sometimes impossible. Since returning from the Midwest we’ve converted an upstairs nook into a new office. It’s a bit of a mixed bag. I do get more work done, but I must admit I also miss some of the chaos of my family. It’s a trade-off.

9. Keeping an Eye on the Competition
When I listed my first collage sheet in 2007, there were fewer than 1000 for sale on Etsy. Now there are more than 30,000 collage sheets available. Sellers have exploded as well, from fewer than 10 to several hundred. To handle the constant influx I set up an Excel document where I track the sales of the top 30 sellers in my Category. Every month or two I update it and see if someone is completely blowing away everyone else. Then I look at what sets that shop apart. I intentionally stay away from copying any designs or trends. Instead, I look at what that shop may be doing to to bring in sales. Are their prices lower or higher than mine? How long is their shop announcement or item descriptions? Yes, this may seem like overkill, but this is a lesson I definitely learned the hard way. Back in January 2009 a new shop came on with items that cost less than mine and that sold several hundred items in a couple of months. Without going into too much detail, I learned several differences in our shops (quality, layout, dots-per-inch). I then wrote up new item descriptions for my own items that emphasized the high quality of my sheets and the amount of time I put into them, and sales turned back around for me.

10. Getting Help Rocks
Recently I’ve gotten over my micro-managing tendencies and have brought in some help with tasks such as website development. I even have an intern, who is doing an amazing job. I guess I had a fear that no one could do my job as well as I wanted, so I’d just end up re-doing it anyway. Now, every time I hop on my newly redesigned blog or website I smile. It totally rocks to have help. I’ve managed quite a few people in my various jobs and I know it doesn’t always work out. But so far, by having fairly explicit directions, goals, and guidelines (and a bit of luck), the help I’ve gotten has made a huge difference.

In summary, it’s been a bit of a crazy year. Sales have gone up and down. We’ve travelled to California, Hawaii and Minnesota. On days when sales are low I am a complete wreck. And I’m still thrilled with every single order that comes in. My customers have been more helpful than I could have imagined, often sending words of encouragement and help via my blog and newsletter. With my freshman year now over I have high hopes for my sophomore year of more income in less time (doesn’t everyone?). And yes, I’d do it all over again.

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  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge says:

    Excellent lessons - thank you for sharing these, and here's to your continued success!

    5 years ago

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals says:

    This was a great read, thank you for sharing all of this! I've been full time on Etsy for a year and a half now and fully understand a lot of your points. :)

    5 years ago

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy says:

    This was an excellent forum post- so glad to see it highlighted!

    5 years ago

  • ecoblingcouture

    ecoblingcouture says:

    This is a great article!

    5 years ago

  • LibertyImages

    LibertyImages says:

    What an excellent, realistic post. Thank you, and best of luck in the future!

    5 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Thank you for sharing

    5 years ago

  • lucillejean

    lucillejean says:

    Great advice and lessons learned! It's inspiring to read about great Etsy successes. Thanks for sharing :)

    5 years ago

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    You are so right about these: 2. Sales Fluctuate 3. Treat it Like a Business 7. I Work All the Time a. I have yet to figure out my ebb and flow of sales like you, but I noticed Spring is slower for me too. b. I used to think of my shop as a hobby, but if I want it to flourish, it needs to be my business. c. It takes a lot of hard work and overtime to get your business growing.

    5 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Congrats! I luv this post & took it to heart! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn says:

    very honest advice...thank you for sharing and happy sales!

    5 years ago

  • 6catsart

    6catsart says:

    great article, loved your article on your blog about the importance of copyright research.

    5 years ago

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop says:

    Read every word. That was incredibly helpful, and indeed, eyeopening.

    5 years ago

  • Jackglass

    Jackglass says:

    This is great advice and just necessary to be successful.

    5 years ago

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk says:

    Great article, thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • ticklemepink17

    ticklemepink17 says:

    Thanks for the honesty. If ever I decide to start selling, I'll be sure to reread this to make sure I'm starting off with a firm grip on reality. ^-^

    5 years ago

  • vitamini

    vitamini says:

    Excellent advice and thanks for being honest!

    5 years ago

  • littlebirdcrochet

    littlebirdcrochet says:

    great advice, thanks so much for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay says:

    I'm always grateful when established sellers offer such helpful advice. thanks so much for sharing your experience

    5 years ago

  • nudeedudee

    nudeedudee says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you for all the careful pointers. The part I find most exciting is that inspiration makes you more marketable. Your personal creative voice is what people really seek. Keep up the great work!

    5 years ago

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack says:

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I'm bookmarking this one for sure. (and thank you for using my "Vice President in charge of Yes Men" photo to illustrate your article!)

    5 years ago

  • catrinedarrietjones1

    catrinedarrietjones1 says:

    I am a newcomer on Etsy and the thought of quitting my day job is an unimaginable dream for me at this stage... So thanks for spelling it out honestly for the rest of us. Best of luck!

    5 years ago

  • pixiesworkshop

    pixiesworkshop says:

    Thank you!!! Good advice.

    5 years ago

  • concentric

    concentric says:

    Thank you, piddix! Read that post and loved your sensible advice!

    5 years ago

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore says:

    Corinna, thank you so much for sharing your amazing and very inspiring story! Things you are saying are so true – long hours, less money, dreadful sales fluctuation, but... yes, I also live, sleep and breathe my shop. I agree with you 200 percent – you MUST LOVE IT! All the best to you!

    5 years ago

  • seaglassdesigns

    seaglassdesigns says:

    Well said, thanks for the frank advice!

    5 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    Lovely insight; thank you for such a great article!

    5 years ago

  • missbreezysbox

    missbreezysbox says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have found most of your lessons to be true myself. Unfortunately my busy work season as a stagehand is during the prime shopping/selling season here. If I could just get better at time management and creativity during the slow season. Great post.

    5 years ago

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun says:

    Great advice,thanks

    5 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    An amazing honest look at the crazyness of selling on-line. Thank you so much for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    brutally honest - thanks for being so transparent with us all! i admire you- thank you piddix!!

    5 years ago

  • thimblythings

    thimblythings says:

    This is a great list of lessons, but I do have to disagree with throwing out the to-do list. Personally, if I keep a thorough list of what needs to be done, I am way more productive. Otherwise, I spend my afternoon trying to remember what I ought to be doing. (Although I agree with the spirit of the point: work on what excites you... That's absolutely true!) ;) I really appreciate all this advice though. Thank you for taking the time to share!

    5 years ago

  • RowansRoom

    RowansRoom says:

    Thank you for the insight!!! :)

    5 years ago

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms says:

    What an uplifting post from Corrina to which I can relate so much. Yes, the hours are grueling, yes, the money is not as good and I am becoming thriftier every day :-) but yes, I love my business and I spend more time with my daughters, which is amazing. I hope that in another 6 months I will be able to support the family so that I can stay with my girls and truly love what I am doing :-) Thanks so much Corrina!

    5 years ago

  • vintageguy1

    vintageguy1 says:

    thanks for your post

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Great article!! Wonderful tips - thanks!

    5 years ago

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle says:

    this was really helpful - congrats on your success thus far!

    5 years ago

  • ClayGreys

    ClayGreys says:

    Thank you for the follow up to your original article. It's helpful to hear both the good and bad sides of going it alone. Best wishes for continued success!

    5 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Thank you corrina for sharing your insight with all of us, think we all freak out when sales slow down the ebb & flow of etsy. Lovely shop I've always admired it and daniellexo nice article very well written. :) Enjoy Texas~!~!

    5 years ago

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure says:

    Such an inspiring post and great to hear the realities of doing Etsy full-time - a must read for all Etsians I reckon.

    5 years ago

  • silverpuss

    silverpuss says:

    Thanks for this article.I am currently running four smaller online stores.I design and sell jewellery.The sales have been small and far apart.I also sell some off-line.However I am doing work on improving on this.I intend to eventually give up the day job,but only when I get my sales etc right.I do work long hours,but I love it. Good luck for the future.Anne.

    5 years ago

  • ohsusannasjewelry

    ohsusannasjewelry says:

    Thanks for that!

    5 years ago

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils says:

    Thank-you for sharing the great advice!!

    5 years ago

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio says:

    Excellent advice and thank you for being honest!

    5 years ago

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry says:

    great advice, thank you so much for sharing, and keep up the good work!! i wish you a lot of success!

    5 years ago

  • dragonladydesigns

    dragonladydesigns says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Thank you for all the great advice, it's always nice to learn from everyone elses experience!

    5 years ago

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet says:

    The good old school of hard knocks.

    5 years ago

  • laralewis

    laralewis says:

    this is, hands down, one of the best storque articles i have read. thank you for sharing this information!!

    5 years ago

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace says:

    Great piece. I took notes and am going to re-read. It's so helpful to hear these things from experienced shopkeepers, especially when you are just starting out. A door on my office, novel idea!

    5 years ago

  • cmjdesignsllc

    cmjdesignsllc says:

    What an insightful article! As a total 'newbie' to Etsy, I'm really overwhelmed and just trying to figure out how to get this going. I love learning from successful "Etsy-ers". Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    5 years ago

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli says:

    I read this in the forum earlier this week- great advice for another seller looking to make that HUGE step soon. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing some of your "been there" advice!

    5 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Interesting article. Love the honesty about money.

    5 years ago

  • lilybugembroidery

    lilybugembroidery says:

    An inspiring and excellent post. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Some interesting techniques there I like the comparison of other sellers in your category.

    5 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    So true... all of it! It sounds sad that you have to keep an eye on the competition, but there's such a strong risk of being copied that you need to know what's going on. I used to sell on eBay & was the only seller of my type of items when I first started, but within 2 years there were almost 100 sellers offering straight copies of my items... some of them even stole my photos & copied & pasted my descriptions! Here on Etsy most sellers are artists in their own right & distain the process of stealing ideas from others, but imitation of photo styles, etc is more flattering than anything else & I see nothing wrong with it at all.

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    Thank you so much everyone for all the kind comments. On yes, thimblythings, on throwing my list out the window, that was a very hard one for me. I am such a list maker. And I do still keep track of things in a to-do-list format, but I'm not as beholden to it as I once was. I keep it as a guide to make sure I don't lose track of anything. But I don't let it determine my priorities or what I may be doing that day to the extent that I once did.

    5 years ago

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio says:

    Really great read! One question though. How do you find out who the top sellers are in your category?

    5 years ago

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber says:

    I have always loved your shop! It was a nice surprise seeing your article here in the Storque! Keep up the inspiration, its highly motivating :)

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    Hi blendastudio, I had someone in the forums ask the same question about top sellers so I'll copy and paste my response from there: For me, I search around on etsy and know who else is out there pretty well. But yes, there are a couple of good places to start: http://etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Top_Sellers http://etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Top_Sellers_-_Handmade http://www.craftcount.com/

    5 years ago

  • MegsCookieJar

    MegsCookieJar says:

    Awesome tips, very helpful!

    5 years ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons says:

    Saw this in the forums, a great read and inspiring too

    5 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    Thanks for the honesty, and best wishes for your sophomore year! :) angie

    5 years ago

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress says:

    inspirational!

    5 years ago

  • ctrlaltdeviant

    ctrlaltdeviant says:

    Thanks for the great article! Many very true points.

    5 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    Corrina! Congrats on your endeavor and thank you for sharing. I've been debating on when is the right time to fully devote to my jewelry business. I don't think I'm quite there, but your insights are extremely valuable to me. Good luck and many travels!

    5 years ago

  • FelicityKai

    FelicityKai says:

    Thanks for sharing! Great insight and its encouraging to hear of a full-time seller on Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • XOHandworks

    XOHandworks says:

    So WHY would you come to Minnesota in FEBRUARY ???? It's COLD here then! :) Great article!

    5 years ago

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda says:

    Thanks so much for the honest sharing of the ups -- and downs-- of your first year after "quitting your day job"! All the best to you.

    5 years ago

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion says:

    Thank you for this amazing article and great tips! I learned a lot from it! Good luck!

    5 years ago

  • tranifer

    tranifer says:

    Wonderful read, thank you so much for sharing! Though I do have a "day job", it is only part time at the moment, and I did spend almost a year unemployed. Having my business has helped me stay sane and busy - wouldn't trade it for anything :)

    5 years ago

  • nicholasandfelice

    nicholasandfelice says:

    As fellow full timers it is great to hear someone speak the truth so eloquently about what it's really like.May the sales be plentiful and the sleep more frequent.

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    So about Minnesota in February (not most people's first choice). It has three lovely things that Portland does not have in February: 1. Snow 2. Sun 3. My husband's family It was actually pretty fun. Especially knowing it was only for a month. For that amount of time, the snow is more novel than annoying. Here's some pics from when we were there: http://piddix.blogspot.com/2010/02/spending-month-in-minnesota.html http://piddix.blogspot.com/2010/02/door-of-my-own.html

    5 years ago

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage says:

    So very inspirational! It's very true about checking and comparing one's business to similar sellers, to see what works and how to improve!

    5 years ago

  • summerpagepress

    summerpagepress says:

    Thanks for sharing, this was a great read!

    5 years ago

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles says:

    This is absolutely inspiring. Reading these posts always makes me excited to work on my own shop RIGHT AWAY! Thank you for sharing, Corrina!

    5 years ago

  • DogsbodySalvage

    DogsbodySalvage says:

    Good for you! Very well written piece.

    5 years ago

  • LuksiCreations

    LuksiCreations says:

    Thanks for the advice! I am slowly trying to make this somewhat profitable but time seems to fly by when I am chasing after my kids.

    5 years ago

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 says:

    There is an old proverb that says “From small beginnings come great things.” You've done a "great thing" venturing out on your own as well as sharing what you've learned. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets says:

    great article!

    5 years ago

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic says:

    Thanks for being honest!!! You made me think...a lot!:) Congratulations to you :)

    5 years ago

  • LaFemmeJewels

    LaFemmeJewels says:

    Thankyou for sharing, I too have recently quit my day job to focus on being a full time seller and whilst I work harder now than I ever have before, I am more fulfilled and satisfied. I am currently spending so much time reading and learning, being a full time seller is a whole new world for me. I love it. Fabulous advice.

    5 years ago

  • TheWoodGarden

    TheWoodGarden says:

    Great article Corinna, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign says:

    Great article, thanks:)

    5 years ago

  • CinfulOldies

    CinfulOldies says:

    You never stop learning from the tips and experiences of other Etsy Sellers... Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • ClassicWhimsyDesigns

    ClassicWhimsyDesigns says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I just started out and am trying to file away all this great info.

    5 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    wow, such a great article. thank you for being so open and honest!

    5 years ago

  • FreckledPancakes

    FreckledPancakes says:

    Thank you Corinna! I've been working from home full time for 6 months now, and all of your points speak true to what someone really comes across when taking this path! It's a constant rearranging of time, thought process, and self reflection! I would trade it for anything... I just have to remember to take a break ;) Thanks again!

    5 years ago

  • FreckledPancakes

    FreckledPancakes says:

    woops! I would NOT trade it for anything ;)

    5 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    Great article, thank you so my for sharing it with us.

    5 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    Great article. Thank you for sharing your story!

    5 years ago

  • chyrls

    chyrls says:

    :) Thank you for sharing. Great article!

    5 years ago

  • DolineBlochDesigns

    DolineBlochDesigns says:

    As a newbie a appreciate you sharing! :)

    5 years ago

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo says:

    thanks for the lovely article. very honest and transparent, and I like that. I like that you say it how it is, being poor and overworked and all. congratulations on all your successes.

    5 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Wonderful article. Corrina is so sweet. Piddix is the first place I look when I need an image to make a special handmade card.

    5 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Great article and tips! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry says:

    Yaaaaay Piddix! One of my all time favorite Etsians, and you can all see why! Corrina rocks! Thank you for this article.

    5 years ago

  • billetsdoux

    billetsdoux says:

    Thank you so much for a great article. Ah, to be a self-supporting Etsy seller, that would be bliss......I dream of that day!

    5 years ago

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow says:

    Great article. Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • RubyRoadAustralia

    RubyRoadAustralia says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is so nice to know that there are people out there in Etsy world who feel like I do. I have only just started making sales (12 in total!) and I get so excited! Good luck....

    5 years ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes says:

    Great info and insight. Great read :)

    5 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Thankx Corrina for sharing this. That's really great.

    5 years ago

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share your tips, some of them really stuck a chord with me :)

    5 years ago

  • POOCHIESCLOSET

    POOCHIESCLOSET says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is a great article.

    5 years ago

  • riricreations

    riricreations says:

    Thanks~there have been some real similarities in our journeys and I wish you all the best! I appreciate the time and thought this took, and that you've generously helped other shops by sharing in such detail :)

    5 years ago

  • BlackheartJewellery

    BlackheartJewellery says:

    Thank you for sharing the lessons that you have learnt. It's always great to read about other online sellers who are experiencing the same things that I am.

    5 years ago

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love reading your story! :)

    5 years ago

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs says:

    Love the bit about throwing out the to do list!

    5 years ago

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt says:

    Helpful words of advice, thank you Corrina!

    5 years ago

  • tiffanymcfarland

    tiffanymcfarland says:

    Very good advice ~Thanks for sharing hopefully this will help me as a beginner selling on Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • maneggi

    maneggi says:

    Fab article I really enjoyed reading, great tips

    5 years ago

  • nanzeezee

    nanzeezee says:

    Thanks for the advice. I am thinking about running my store full time and appreciate the input. Good luck!!

    5 years ago

  • TeenyTinyGreenhouse

    TeenyTinyGreenhouse says:

    I'm brand new here and this helped so much! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • ClockworkZero

    ClockworkZero says:

    My job is currently 80% Etsy / 20% part time job. I found points here that really really hit home. Thanks for being honest about #6 - its good to bear in mind. There's a few points that people need to consider about #6 that really bring things home personally: 1. my husband got laid off. Suddenly our income dropped even more then when I quit my Well-paying-stressful job. Its been tight while he picks up whatever he can. Our income as opposed is about 30% right now. (at least we have healthcare - I'm in Canada). 2. I got ill this spring... and making jewelry has been tough. I've had to drop out of craft shows. The comissions are all behind. My shop has been slowly running out of items. At least I have surgery soon - and maybe life will return to "normal". Hopefully the shop will be too. but also #7 - so very true. I knew it would be like this though since I once owned a store. Still, its tough if you get sick.

    5 years ago

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits says:

    Wonderful article - great insights. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you more money in less time comes true! Eileen...

    5 years ago

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome says:

    Thanks for the insight and good luck in the future too!

    5 years ago

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies says:

    Great collages! I see many uses for them and the article was exceptional. I hope many others learn from this article too!

    5 years ago

  • okaySK

    okaySK says:

    this is a real honest article I really enjoyed it. a door that closes, makes less money, and ups and downs. sounds like the self employed anthem to me. I wish her balance and a steady income. all the best.

    5 years ago

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels says:

    Thanks for this great article! This is realy helpfull. And I wish you all the best for the future :-)

    5 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    Very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • feesk

    feesk says:

    Love how candid Corrina is! -Learnt a few things here today! Thx.

    5 years ago

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle says:

    I truly love and appreciate these kinds of articles. Sellers that help other sellers rock!! Thank you Corrina, and best wishes for you and Piddix.

    5 years ago

  • purplehazebunny

    purplehazebunny says:

    Thanks for sharing...thanks for the good tips!

    5 years ago

  • Zaldania

    Zaldania says:

    Fantastic insights- I found something very similar when I first delved into my original crafts business venture while in graduate school. There was a lot of satisfaction that balanced out the lessened income. That's what is important to me, personally. Thank you for posting this!

    5 years ago

  • themustardseedco

    themustardseedco says:

    Great article! Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry says:

    On. the. nose. Thanks for making me feel less crazy!

    5 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    Some great tips, we've been selling jewellery at craft shows for years, and it's very different from selling online.

    5 years ago

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck says:

    What wonderful tips! Thank you. I think the hardest thing for me is understanding this is a business. Because it is just too much fun.

    5 years ago

  • KelMarieStudios

    KelMarieStudios says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    helenapuck, it is fun, isn't it? I guess that's one of the differences I found. While I was still working two jobs, I didn't have to take it as seriously. It wasn't our only income. But then once piddix starting paying most/all of the bills I had to start treating it differently. Still fun, but also more business, too.

    5 years ago

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery says:

    Some great points. I too work much harder than I ever have, yet I love what I do. I get a kick out of people who say " how can you call it hard work if its fun for you ?" Yes my work is my passion, but it is still work! There are still tough times, and slow times, and worry about money times.

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    bellabijoujewellery says: I too work much harder than I ever have, yet I love what I do. I get a kick out of people who say " how can you call it hard work if its fun for you ?" ____________ Oh that is so true. When I first quit my day job I'd told a couple of people that I was working more for less money and they just kind of looked at me with a blank face and asked why. It makes me feel so much better I'm not the only "crazy" one.

    5 years ago

  • newtknees

    newtknees says:

    Thanks for the great advice. I've experienced some success but now I am trying to get organized and truly make a "business". Your advice is timely for me, thanks. Best wishes for the sophomore year.

    5 years ago

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople says:

    Thanks so much for sharing and thank you so much for the links for finding out who the top sellers in my category are! Searched through all 100 and found barely a smattering, a handful, of people making anything like what I am, but, boy are there a lot of people selling scrabble tile pendants and hand-stamped, personalized sterling silver! Either I'm so far out of touch with reality that no one has even considered copying me, or I'm so incredibly original that no-one else has caught on yet. In either case, I can't help but make what I do, so for now I'll just keep on going :) I'm bookmarking your tips to read again later. There were some uncomfortable suggestions that I know will help me, but I need to let them sink in before I'm ready to take your advice. Thanks so much!

    5 years ago

  • AnnieHowes

    AnnieHowes says:

    Love the article, Corinna! You're very good at what you do and it shows. Keep up the great work!

    5 years ago

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps says:

    More time consuming for less money- me too, and I love it!! Cheers to your continued success piddix!

    5 years ago

  • spac

    spac says:

    Very, very insightful and realistic list. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae says:

    Interesting and thoughtful article, as always, Corinna! :) Piddix is one of my favorite shops on etsy, thanks in no small part to the lovely Corinna.

    5 years ago

  • TheEverydayDivaCo

    TheEverydayDivaCo says:

    Sounds so familiar! Hubby finally took the plunge last month and quit his day job.. so now this is our full time job :) It's so funny how everything's identical! The week after he quit, our sales went thru a lul as well and we had problem after problem.. but luckily pulled out of it pretty quickly. Best of luck to you!

    5 years ago

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture says:

    Great informative article! I'm sure many of us get discouraged at one point or another and your words of wisdom and experience were inspirational and much appreciated! Cheers.

    5 years ago

  • BARBEERBEE

    BARBEERBEE says:

    Very helpful, thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • arpiska

    arpiska says:

    I had read the article in the forum but didnt go through all the comments. For me the most important advice was checking the competition. And i found those incredible tool links in the comments. Thanks a thousand times piddix!!!!! For being honest and giving us a realistic description of your experience. Ä° wish you all the best...

    5 years ago

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns says:

    Really honest and inspiring article. I need to take a closer look at my shop, etc and get serious =) thanks again for a great article, one of the best I've read yet!!!

    5 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    well done Corinna! great points and honesty :)

    5 years ago

  • ecoquilter

    ecoquilter says:

    Really great article! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    5 years ago

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage says:

    Thanks for the insight and encouragement!

    5 years ago

  • PoiemaJewelrybyPJ

    PoiemaJewelrybyPJ says:

    Wow, THAT was helpful. I've done 2 other home businesses...still doing one. And now from this article, I've decided to KEEP that one going too til my jewelry business grows... since I do parties & train others with the jewelry making, I can do that too! THX BUNCHES. THIS WAS A 'GEM'...hehe

    5 years ago

  • PositiveEnergyDesign

    PositiveEnergyDesign says:

    thanks so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • sappho123

    sappho123 says:

    This is a really great and informative article. Thank you for being so open about your experiences, including the hardships about owning your own business. In reading your article and all the other Quit Your Day Job articles, I learned much about running one's own business. Thanks Etsy and Corrina!

    5 years ago

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon says:

    Great info! Thanks so much for sharing makes me want to work even harder!

    5 years ago

  • charmiesonline

    charmiesonline says:

    Inspiring.

    5 years ago

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator says:

    This is rather inspiring. As someone with a seasonal job and not being sure of what I will do come October, it makes me think that maybe I could manage to go full time. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • joann100

    joann100 says:

    You have examined the essential points that are necessary to run an Etsy business, without sugarcoating it. Thank you

    5 years ago

  • bonbiforest

    bonbiforest says:

    It's so nice to read such an honest article. I am full time with my business now too and while it may seem cushy to people on the outside, for me to be working for myself and making things for a living, I have to work SO hard to keep it profitable. Well done and good luck for the future!

    5 years ago

  • clothesmindedvintage

    clothesmindedvintage says:

    Thanks so much for your honesty, reading articles such as yours is a good way to keep motivated.

    5 years ago

  • ACurveRTwo

    ACurveRTwo says:

    I needed this today! Thanks so for sharing. I want very much to quit my day job, but I need to find a affordable health insurance.

    5 years ago

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns says:

    She had some great ideas and some great info that was very helpful to know since I am knew and I want to do well. I am learning new things everyday and I hope that she will continue to be successful.

    5 years ago

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations says:

    Great advice - thanks so much for sharing! I will {hopefully} be switching over to fulltime seller status in 2011, so I always appreciate the detailed advice in the QYDJ features.

    5 years ago

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals says:

    The Harder you Work the Luckier you Get!! Love that and how true! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring and honest article.

    5 years ago

  • lilyja

    lilyja says:

    Thank you! It's very inspiring, Good luck with the next year(s)!:)

    5 years ago

  • ERMoriginals

    ERMoriginals says:

    Thank you, so true, so true!!! I wish there was a way artists could group together to buy health insurance, it seems like it is a huge chunk out of everyone's income!! :)

    5 years ago

  • Resurgence

    Resurgence says:

    Thanks Piddix esp for the to-do list point, I think sometimes I hide in my to-do list which is really self-defeating. You have a good name on Etsy for quality, I think all the effort you put into product development is appreciated. Wishing you the best for reaching your goals in the coming years.

    5 years ago

  • GardenBeads

    GardenBeads says:

    The article is very inspirational for all of us. Thank you!!

    5 years ago

  • LostBridgeDesigns

    LostBridgeDesigns says:

    I LOVE this article. Thank you for sharing your hard-earned wisdom. And a BIG thank you for including my "The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get" card, as well! It's so true! Keep it up, fellow Etsians! We make our own luck, keep working towards yours :)

    5 years ago

  • myneckcandy

    myneckcandy says:

    I have so much to learn, especially about juggling it all - thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • Jtrescott

    Jtrescott says:

    thanks for sharing all of your insights, creating and merchandising our own work is always a tireless task, some parts we love more than others! Thnaks for taking the time to share.

    5 years ago

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani says:

    Thanks for this wonderful article. It really helps...

    5 years ago

  • HomeLove

    HomeLove says:

    Really honest opinions, thankyou!!

    5 years ago

  • Sackofdevils

    Sackofdevils says:

    Love this advice. Especially for someone just starting out and feeling a little overwhelmed. It's funny, I never thought I'd be a workaholic till I started working for myself. Must be something to do with ego and basic human survival! Thanks for your words of wisdom.

    5 years ago

  • ecarlateboutique

    ecarlateboutique says:

    Thank you so much. As a fairly new Etsy seller of pillows, I have found your post and listing extrmely helpful in creating an Etsy brand for myself and to become successful in doing so. Best of luck!

    5 years ago

  • BeadFloraJewels

    BeadFloraJewels says:

    Work It, girl! :D

    5 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    A real eye opener. I should be spending more time, but I am afraid that people will not look at 20 pages of unrelated items. Maybe I need another store for my handmade items. Thanks for your advice.

    5 years ago

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign says:

    Loved reading this...like a mini reality show at my fingertips...but much better. I so appreciated your honesty and wish you continued success.

    5 years ago

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage says:

    This has been an amazing article to read! Thank you so much for writing it. I too will soon graduate from University and have started thinking how to work my shop full time. It's scary but your article is very inspiring for me.

    5 years ago

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou says:

    This is soooooo awesome!! Thank you :)

    5 years ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal says:

    Some great points here Piddix! And it is quite true.. you are often able to 'make it work' on less money if its doing something that you love.

    5 years ago

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign says:

    Thank you Corrina for this honest and practical advice! One of the best articles of it's kind that I've read on Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • sweetmellyjane

    sweetmellyjane says:

    Great info! Thanks for sharing!!

    5 years ago

  • bumpercar

    bumpercar says:

    Thank you for being so candid!

    5 years ago

  • hollyedwards

    hollyedwards says:

    Great article, thanks so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Your interview was very real and eye opening that you for this great interview. You are doing just fine you are doing what you love much success.

    5 years ago

  • marybeadz

    marybeadz says:

    thank you for sharing your insights. Wishing you continued success.

    5 years ago

  • BeachGlassGems

    BeachGlassGems says:

    This was very helpful to a still newbe (Jan.10). I saw that learning the tricks of the trade are an ongoing process; it doesn't happen overnight.

    5 years ago

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U says:

    really dig your collage work. Thank you for the honest and sincere 10 lessons you have learned in the past year. I completely related to the micro-management aspect of running your business. It is very difficult to learn to delegate and if you can-it is a liberating opportunity to get even more accomplished! Does your spouse get bummed you are working during the wee hours of the morning?

    5 years ago

  • latedajewels

    latedajewels says:

    Wow this really makes me think.. as does the "quit your day job" segment of the blog. I currently work for a non-profit but can't seem to out-weight the benefits I receive to working for myself. I appreciate these thoughts and hope in the future to be able to take this same path...

    5 years ago

  • PonyDustCosmetics

    PonyDustCosmetics says:

    Great Post thank you for sharing. On our way to implementing your 10 steps.

    5 years ago

  • torik2009

    torik2009 says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • alternativechic

    alternativechic says:

    Thank you for sharing. This was a great article

    5 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    i love stories like this one-- so honest and thanks for sharing your insights

    5 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly says:

    I really like and appreciate your honesty. Thanks for sharing. Love your collages, by the way!

    5 years ago

  • ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES

    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES says:

    Thank You! I need all the advice I can get...

    5 years ago

  • Parsimony

    Parsimony says:

    This is a truly fabulous article - I love her tone AND her beautifully written testimonial. Thanks for finding her and for posting this!

    5 years ago

  • AsTheWoodTurned

    AsTheWoodTurned says:

    This is a very good piece of advice that i will think about everyday. Thank you so very much for sharing it.

    5 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    This is inspirational. I also love what I do, and pretty much do it full time, or as full time as I can!

    5 years ago

  • daniellesdesign10

    daniellesdesign10 says:

    I just opened my shop a couple of days ago. I hope one day it will flurish too, but right now it has just been a hobby. My best friend got me into jewlery making and I have loved it ever since. That is good advice to follow especially the point about having to love what you are doing. If you don't love it, you won't produce your best work.

    5 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Really inspirational. I also love what I do and practically do it full time (or as full time as I can)

    5 years ago

  • cinnamonsoup

    cinnamonsoup says:

    Mahalo for a wonderful and educational article! Thanks for sharing really good and genuine help. ~Aloha

    5 years ago

  • TearfulTouch

    TearfulTouch says:

    This is terrific!!! Thanks Corrina for sharing your positive, inspiring, and wonderful tips with us!! I too believe that you have to LOVE what you do or it’s not worth doing! :) Congrats on your 1st yr and best wishes for many more prosperous years ahead!! :) ✿ Have a Beautiful Day!! ✿

    5 years ago

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams says:

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for this lovely article.

    5 years ago

  • hippiekingdom

    hippiekingdom says:

    Oh Thank You so much for this article! I read this post in the forums, skipped leaving a comment and has been searching for this.. Was looking forward to finding this in Etsy mail. This is even better!

    5 years ago

  • themagpiesdaughter

    themagpiesdaughter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Some great and some comforting advice. :)

    5 years ago

  • Imburton

    Imburton says:

    Thank you for sharing...all very useful tips.

    5 years ago

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato says:

    Fantastic article, I find that Etsy is a venue that has so much room for growth. I hope to retire from my B&M shop and do Etsy full time someday. Thank you for the wonderful article.

    5 years ago

  • sparklethots

    sparklethots says:

    Thank you for sharing. I gained extra insight :)

    5 years ago

  • mailelei2010

    mailelei2010 says:

    Love hearing about your story. I now know what to expect and you have given me a new way of looking at things. Thank you for sharing your experience. I look forward for my year in Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • mailelei2010

    mailelei2010 says:

    I really enjoyed your article. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. This is going to help me in my venture in Etsy for the 1st year.

    5 years ago

  • designsofdestiny

    designsofdestiny says:

    Excellent article! Thanks for your honesty...I definitely have some food for thought!

    5 years ago

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    wwcsilverjewelry says:

    Loved it read it 3 times. Thanks for sharing your great story. I love the part about getting help. I should try that.

    5 years ago

  • ArtsyCraftsy2

    ArtsyCraftsy2 says:

    awesomeee article, thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns says:

    Thanks! Very helpful tips, especially setting up an office away from the chaos.

    5 years ago

  • SPUNKbyCM

    SPUNKbyCM says:

    I have read many articles on Etsy, and this, by far, has got to be one of my favorites. Words of truth without being sugar-coated. Doing what you love isn't always easy, since there are trade-offs. You can't have it all. It was nice to see how you found balance.

    5 years ago

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns says:

    Thanks so much for sharing.... I'm always inspired by these articles!

    5 years ago

  • DPKministat

    DPKministat says:

    So many ideas, and ways to see this experience. Going from "gallery" mentality to the internet is a whole new world. Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats on your success.

    5 years ago

  • erinf115

    erinf115 says:

    Thank you! This is a great article, I remember it from the forums.

    5 years ago

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah says:

    Wonderful article..and your shop shows your hard work! It is amazing! Best wishes for continued success!

    5 years ago

  • postscripted

    postscripted says:

    Corrina, I absolutely love this article. It's wonderfully realistic without lacking in optimism. I particularily liked what you said about checklists- I hadn't realized the way I DO fall into pitfalls and I am going to try your new outlook on focusing on things that equal sales as well as following what I am feeling inspired to do! I have seen how my photos & descriptions in particular are effected if I am not feeling inspired to do them but try to push through and do them- they are weak and not up to par with how I'd want them to be! Thanks again for your thoughts & inspiration!

    5 years ago

  • SiklosPhoto

    SiklosPhoto says:

    Wow. What a great post - I really enjoyed reading this, and thinking about what to apply to my own work. Cheers

    5 years ago

  • old2newmemories

    old2newmemories says:

    Great advice!

    5 years ago

  • CausticThreads

    CausticThreads says:

    I really enjoyed reading that! thank you!

    5 years ago

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals says:

    Thanks. It's inspiring to hear these stories. Nice to be in such wonderful company!!

    5 years ago

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle says:

    Great article - thanks for sharing. Lots of good things to remember.

    5 years ago

  • PurplePeony

    PurplePeony says:

    Corinne, your honesty is refreshing! Thank you for sharing your story. (and your collage sheets ROCK!)

    5 years ago

  • jewelsbyldesigns

    jewelsbyldesigns says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you so much... so real!

    5 years ago

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings says:

    A very interesting, honest, and yet inspiring article. Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • socharmed

    socharmed says:

    This is a great article (thank you so much Corinne), and I was so surprised to get to the end and find my Live Forever Badge. A bonus! I particularly liked reading about the lessons of striking a balance between crafter and business woman (as well as family member and mom! Same here...). It's easy to think about spending long days in the thriftstores, how I know it! But I also know it won't pay my "salary," not directly anyway. I esp. liked reading a more open discussion about income as a fulltime seller. I've always felt worried that the Quit Your Day Job articles are all too vague on this point (I know, talking about money is gauche, but we're business people, right?). Quit your day job if: you have a trust fund, or a partner who makes a boatload, or no kids (esp. in college), and/or no mortgage or major college loans. I've been working two jobs now for a long time... the other also being a self employed graphics gig. So I do essentially "make things" fulltime (the jewelry being a much freer place to do so). But I've yet to see a way for myself or any of my many friends who craft (sewing, spinning, knitting, pottery) to make more than maybe $15-35K a year with crafts and that's with serious constant hard work/long hrs, including doing (UGH, imho) crafts shows. YES, a scant handful out there does make a lot more than that and great for these folks, really! It's just that there are thousands more living in the working-poor zone, youthful and romantic though it may be for a few years. I don't mean to be gloomy. I love my two jobs and I work my tush off, I work ALL THE TIME. I do wish though that there were more disclosure about the reality (vs. the dream) or at least clearing defining "making a living" on Etsy or as a craftsperson generally. Here is an interesting article from Slate that presents a different point of view: http://www.doublex.com/section/work/etsycom-peddles-false-feminist-fantasy. Just tossing this out there while I continue to dream about (and work hard at) making a viable living from making what I love.

    5 years ago

  • TheThinVeil

    TheThinVeil says:

    LOVE piddix and I adore all her information!! Great ideas too :0)

    5 years ago

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign says:

    This is a wise and down-to-earth article. The realities of self-employment or starting your own business are very harsh. On the other hand, the joy of working independently doing something that you love can be a worthwhile trade-off for many of us. For me, after gathering a paycheck twice a month for over 30 years, I was surprised to find how much time I had to spend marketing and promoting my work when I started working independently.

    5 years ago

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery says:

    Really good article--thanks!

    5 years ago

  • KennaKristine

    KennaKristine says:

    Thank you for your honesty. Many new business owners tend to exagerate how well they are doing. After my first year on etsy being a lovely up hill battle, it is nice to know others have had challenges as well. Thanks for the tips. Kenna

    5 years ago

  • IndigoElephant

    IndigoElephant says:

    Thanks for the honest article of what your first year has been like... It was a very encouraging read!

    5 years ago

  • BoonieBoutique

    BoonieBoutique says:

    I think that I need to consider a separate space, hmmmm, with a door. Thank you for the great article. Patty

    5 years ago

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico says:

    Wonderful Insite!

    5 years ago

  • gallery32

    gallery32 says:

    I enjoyed reading about this seller because she was honest. Admitting that her life and income have changed is an important thing most people don't think about. I would love to quit my day job but I would never want my lifestyle to change. Just being honest. Thanks for sharing :D

    5 years ago

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage says:

    this is an absolutely must read, it's true. and it's wonderful. so appreciate the candor. thanks so much for posting it!

    5 years ago

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace says:

    thank you for sharing, thank you for your honesty and enthusiasm!!

    5 years ago

  • treeandkimballmarket

    treeandkimballmarket says:

    unbelievably inspiring. i'm almost 3 months in to making etsy my full time job (between my two shops), and although a lot of times it's a bumpy road, i am so glad to be on it. all the best to you & your family, corinna. thank you so so much for your insight <3

    5 years ago

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage says:

    tons of thanks Corinne. this is a great must read indeed.

    5 years ago

  • TimeEchoVintage

    TimeEchoVintage says:

    YES YES YES. Etsy needs more of this. My whole family leads a more traditional lifestyle and wonders why I put so much work into something I'm not getting rich off of. This article keeps it real without shutting down dreams of independence. As a touring musician, Etsy has been the perfect way to keep up with 2 things I love - vintage and playing shows! Thanks for the article.

    5 years ago

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle says:

    Thank you and good luck with working less hours! :)

    5 years ago

  • jkamakate

    jkamakate says:

    Great insights into the etsy life for someone just getting ready to test the waters. Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign says:

    Thanks for a great article! Great to get some encouragement, especially as a new Etsy seller!

    5 years ago

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads says:

    I also went full time on Etsy and have never been sorry, only tired! I find that I average 60 to 70 hours a week work. I love it though! I make sure that I only do what I love at anygiven moment but I make sure that all my orders from the day are fully packed and labeled with postage befor I go to sleep. I ship everyday!-Rachelle Starr

    5 years ago

  • 12anglesart

    12anglesart says:

    Really helpful stuff!

    5 years ago

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch says:

    This is one of the best articles I've read here on Etsy. It's my goal to go full-time eventually, and having read this great advice from Corinna will really help me. Thank you sincerely.

    5 years ago

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle says:

    I love ETSY and yes this is fun! I spend as many hours with my ETSY shop as I have done with every other business I helped to start and run. It takes a lot of time. In the end it is worth it. I went into ETSY with the attitude that it was going to take time and boy have I ever had so much time to learn so many new things. Sometimes I feel like I am back in college. This is a wonderful article that tells it like it is and yet it doesn't burst your bubble.

    5 years ago

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir says:

    I am an ETSY newbie and it is great to have read this article. Thank you and wishing you further success!!!

    5 years ago

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia says:

    I love working from home too, but I get so fed up with (relatives) thinking that it's not "work" that I do and expect me to make them cups of tea and sit and etertain them for a couple of hours, and please don't think, tell them to go away, it's my mother in law and she doesn't like being told what to do.

    5 years ago

  • gypsywoman

    gypsywoman says:

    Great article...where there is a will...there is a way...

    5 years ago

  • printnparty

    printnparty says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have only been an Etsian for a few months but can already relate to the things you have said. Your comment about looking at what successful Etsy Shops are doing and then relating this back to your own shop has hit the mark for me. As you say there can be a lot of shops out there selling a similiar product to your own, you just have to make yours stand out in the crowd!

    5 years ago

  • BucketBooks

    BucketBooks says:

    I still have a long way to go. Great for your optomist aproach. I love your prints, did not know they existed until you blog. Will love to use in my cards. Like I said earlier, I have lots to learn

    5 years ago

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead says:

    I really appreciated several points in your artical, Thanks! And further, I LOVE your designs.

    5 years ago

  • TheOrganicIntrovert

    TheOrganicIntrovert says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips! I am new to Etsy and I am trying to learn everything I can. I appreciate your honesty in the ups and downs!

    5 years ago

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling says:

    Thank you for much for taking the time to help everyone. and for the Goupon. I live in Seattle and had never seen it before. Looks like fun. Do you go out to openings etc for networking?

    5 years ago

  • ArletteMichelle

    ArletteMichelle says:

    Outstanding article!!Not ready to quite my day job,but it good to have some information just in case..Thanks!!

    5 years ago

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign says:

    This is a GREAT article! Thank you so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • creativecastaways

    creativecastaways says:

    One of the best, and most honest articles I have read on etsy. Kudo's!

    5 years ago

  • ArtsyCanvasGirl

    ArtsyCanvasGirl says:

    Hi! Loved your article and your designs!!! I am very new to Etsy and have so much to learn! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • junegardens

    junegardens says:

    We are always learning ... thank you so much Corrina, I've enjoyed every word. Watching your so beautiful smile makes me also smile and wish you the very best ! hugs

    5 years ago

  • TALKTAGZ

    TALKTAGZ says:

    You said it wonderfully and I appreciate your honesty!! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • ButtermilkVintage

    ButtermilkVintage says:

    a most inspiring and helpful article. just changed careers to do what i love and try to make a living from it) and truly appreciate your honesty!

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    I just want to say a huge THANKS to everyone who has posted. Your comments are so kind, amazing and supportive. I especially have to smile at those who thank me for being honest. When I wrote up this top ten list for the forums, I had no idea it would make it to the Storque. Perhaps if I did, I would have glossed it up a bit. But I'm glad it all worked out in the end. Best of luck to everyone.

    5 years ago

  • trinketalley

    trinketalley says:

    I will definitely take your advice,I'm a newbie... I have been working around the clock...It is hard not to get distracted by no sales, especially when you know that your product is good quality. It is hard to drop prices even when I know what the market is for my product. I will just keep adding things and trying to get more views...My passion and optimism keeps me going. Good luck to you!

    5 years ago

  • VintageHaven

    VintageHaven says:

    Great post. I also just complete my first year on Etsy selling vintage items. It has been a great first year and I can relate to your article.

    5 years ago

  • elsjeboer

    elsjeboer says:

    Thanks for stating the truth. Sometimes the "quit your day job" hype sounds too good to be true, but the way you addressed being poor and working hard were reassuring to hear. You have inspired me!

    5 years ago

  • Milosch

    Milosch says:

    Thanks for that, I love and appreciate your honesty.

    5 years ago

  • buenahelena

    buenahelena says:

    Thanks for the honest info and advice! I am primarily an Art teacher but budget cuts are killing jobs around me, so I am looking to expand my Etsy shop.

    5 years ago

  • DanburyLane

    DanburyLane says:

    I found this extremely helpful. We etsy sellers tend to lock ourselves up in our 'design' worlds, but fail to realize that we have so many similarities! Very encouraging to read :)

    5 years ago

  • RockYourWire

    RockYourWire says:

    Very, VERY good article. Thank you for taking the time and providing such great information and detail. Cheers to you!

    5 years ago

  • NooneyArt

    NooneyArt says:

    Wonderful post! It's always helpful to hear about other people's selling experiences. Thanks for the encouraging words!

    5 years ago

  • laantigua

    laantigua says:

    Very nice reading. It is always good to know other people's experiences. And yours are really valuable. After all, who can question success? Congratulations on your work, it is beautiful and very inspiring. I am always amazed at the wonderful ideas people come up with. Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • uniquelyvashti

    uniquelyvashti says:

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. Love your shop!!

    5 years ago

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle says:

    Great Information! Thanks for your time and advice!

    5 years ago

  • laantigua

    laantigua says:

    I just checked those links out and I have to post again and thank you, Corrina, for this information. I did not even know we could see this. Now, I have a lot more work to do!

    5 years ago

  • chasingbutterflies2

    chasingbutterflies2 says:

    Inspiring story of the last year! Thanks for the truth and allowing us all to be part of your journey.

    5 years ago

  • Clothbutterfly

    Clothbutterfly says:

    Thank-you for the lessons ...so inspiring. I am about to give up now I will re-evauluate. Cheers

    5 years ago

  • vintage4angels

    vintage4angels says:

    As a beginner seller, thanks for the real, honest and helpful lessons. Now, I understand, that I have a lot of things to learn.

    5 years ago

  • TeamRuster

    TeamRuster says:

    So well put! Oh my gosh....yes it all made so much sense.

    5 years ago

  • RubyintheAttic

    RubyintheAttic says:

    Can you explain how to find out who the "the top 30 sellers in my Category" are? You cant possibly be doing this by looking manually at each seller... that would be maddening and time consuming! please share! thanks

    5 years ago

  • brianarose

    brianarose says:

    Haha I loved this title "I Need a Door". So true about micromanaging; I'm learning to give it up. It's hard! "I guess I had a fear that no one could do my job as well as I wanted, so I'd just end up re-doing it anyway." This was my exact fear also. Great post!

    5 years ago

  • UniquesewingBoutique

    UniquesewingBoutique says:

    Corinna, thank you for taking the time to write such a great article, it is always so helpful to read such good information from etsy sellers that have more experience then I do. Thank you again

    5 years ago

  • solsticehome

    solsticehome says:

    thank you for this excellent honest article. i've just finished my 1st fulltime year on etsy and it has definitely been a struggle, although a good one!

    5 years ago

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom says:

    Thanks for the honesty!!!!!! I left my job last year after teaching English for 20 years!!!! Teaching, my knitting and weaving business and my house and family were just too much... I started selling in shops here in Buenos Aires last year and now sell in 4... and decided this year to try etsy.... I am still waiting for my first sale... having opposite seasons doesnt help... and learning how to sell on etsy is not so easy.... if anyone has any advice i would appreciate it... thanks

    5 years ago

  • carolspaintingroom

    carolspaintingroom says:

    Thanks for all the great information!

    5 years ago

  • LastMinuteClothing

    LastMinuteClothing says:

    Excellent blog, love your shop and your right about the door. I just moved out of a roomate situation where my "office" was set up in the living room. What a difference having a seperate room to work out of makes for concentration and productivity. Good Luck to you :)

    5 years ago

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage says:

    wonderfully honest advice.. thanks so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • jenniebgoode

    jenniebgoode says:

    What an amazingly honest and informative read. Thank you!!!!

    5 years ago

  • HighlandBeads

    HighlandBeads says:

    Lots of great reminders here. You gave me new ideas and you reinforced other things that I too have been figuring out as I go. Thanks for sharing your insight!

    5 years ago

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple says:

    fantastic share! Thanks so much :) I like the idea of a 'door' I literally have a 'hostess station' (that's what a I call it - it's a big log bolted into the floor with a partial log bolted to that) for my 'work place' right in the middle of my living room. I get more work done now than if I couldn't work while my kids were home with me - I'll just have to dream of that door for now...

    5 years ago

  • MyCatLucy

    MyCatLucy says:

    Thank you so much for your honesty about being a full time Etsy seller! I love learning from your successes!

    5 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Awesome article, thank you for taking the time to point out what works and what didn't for you. It's all super important, cheers!

    5 years ago

  • MysticStarDesigns

    MysticStarDesigns says:

    As a newbie this article was excellent. Thx for sharing your insight.

    5 years ago

  • LovableOriginals

    LovableOriginals says:

    Thanks for sharing all this with us !

    5 years ago

  • pandoraslocker

    pandoraslocker says:

    I love this even though I've been selling well over a year now :)

    5 years ago

  • leahkl

    leahkl says:

    Yes congrats on your success, you sound like you have definately worked very hard, thanks so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • BijouxFairy

    BijouxFairy says:

    Very helpful.... thank you! <3

    5 years ago

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap says:

    Of all the things you talk about and touch on it is your honesty that inspired me the most. I tell people all the time; it was NEVER the money that intrigues me to do what I do..its the passion for what I love.

    5 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! :) Very helpful!!

    5 years ago

  • AmericaJane

    AmericaJane says:

    Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic says:

    Easy to read. A great presentation! I find that the hardest thing is that I micro manage things that I love too. People have been suggesting that I get help and I just won't! I have been on Etsy for six mos. maybe in one year--- who knows? A helper!! Thank you so much. I love what I do too and can totally relate to spending ALL my spare time sewing and creating.

    5 years ago

  • frecklesoriginals

    frecklesoriginals says:

    Gosh what a lot to take in. I'm new to Etsy and bloging and all that goes with it.I have been crafting for years I am now retired, so have time to make all the things I had no time to make before. Having run a business for thirty years it's taken a while to relax and just craft. Lovely :+)I joined Etsy (like many others I think) to make a little exrta. I am still learning and take on board what you have said. I am still amazed how fast internet shopping has moved. I just hope I can keep up with you all. At the end of the day as long as we all still enjoy our crafting thats whats important. Don't loose sight of what started you off in the first place. A piece of fabric? A flower? An idea that just popped into your head? Or like me somthing your Nana taught you to do. Nice to make a bit of dosh but don't forget why you started crafting.

    5 years ago

  • Angeltodora98

    Angeltodora98 says:

    Thank you for sharing. I learned a lot.

    5 years ago

  • smilingsunshine60

    smilingsunshine60 says:

    I so enjoyed this! you are so right! long hours,hard work, thinking about your shop & new ideas constantly,BUT I too love it all! Thanks Much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • ARToutOFherMIND

    ARToutOFherMIND says:

    Ah yes, how I can relate to ALL that was typed above. But would not trade it for anything. I LOVE what I do.

    5 years ago

  • GalleonsGold

    GalleonsGold says:

    Thanks for the words of advise. We hope one day to be a fulltime Etsy seller. www.galleonsgold.blogspot.com Facebook:Galleons Gold Jewelry

    5 years ago

  • urbanpixies

    urbanpixies says:

    Great lessons learned. And some good ideas I need to work on for my shop. Thanks so much!

    5 years ago

  • ShopSugarsnap

    ShopSugarsnap says:

    Great article Corrina! I found this really helpful. And congrats on being in the Etsy email!

    5 years ago

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera says:

    Thanks for the honesty about everything. I just started selling in January and just got only my 5th sale, but hey, I'm happy. I love doing this. For awhile though, I thought I would never a sale, but I'm trying to take people like your advice, and it's slowly working out for me.

    5 years ago

  • plumbpretty

    plumbpretty says:

    Wow! Quite an eye opener, thanks for the insight!

    5 years ago

  • EllieThouret

    EllieThouret says:

    This is a fantastic post, thank you for sharing your warts-n-all experiences with us. It's so helpful to read about things I may not have thought of and means that we can try to prepare for the road ahead and the problems that might come with it! www.EllieThouret.etsy.com Ellie Thouret Textile Designs

    5 years ago

  • peppermintdesigns

    peppermintdesigns says:

    A fantastic read! Insightful, with great tips, and good photograph of fab etsy finds! Many thanks, this article really cheered up!

    5 years ago

  • pasubio9

    pasubio9 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for the great advice!!

    5 years ago

  • Uratz

    Uratz says:

    Better to have Low sales then No sales (like me). As long as you're selling you're still in the game.

    5 years ago

  • artbyjaz

    artbyjaz says:

    fantastic article! love your honesty. it really helps. thank you! :)

    5 years ago

  • TheLeftBank

    TheLeftBank says:

    Thank you for your honesty and insight. And congrats on doing something you really love. Here's to a fantastic sophomore year! Cheers!!

    5 years ago

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan says:

    what a inspiring article, thank u very much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan says:

    what an inspired article, thank u very much for sharing! wish u more sale in ur 2nd year :)

    5 years ago

  • ToteallyBags

    ToteallyBags says:

    Wonderful article! Thanks, Corinna, for sharing your valuable lessons learned!

    5 years ago

  • magpietreasure

    magpietreasure says:

    As a newbie to Etsy, I really appreciate your candor and common sense. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • HummingbyrdJewelry

    HummingbyrdJewelry says:

    A. I'm extremely impressed by the creativity and quality of your work. B. I'm totally inspired by your dedication and ability to make a living (as modest as it may be) doing what you love! C. You've made me feel as though there may be hope for me when I'm ready, willing, and able to dedicate as much time in my craft as you have. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • virginiawyoming

    virginiawyoming says:

    It's really a pleasure to work at home using the internet for sales. I enjoyed the article especially the "sales will fluctuate." Etsy Success is really helpful. I always pick up something on it.

    5 years ago

  • FriendsHillGifts

    FriendsHillGifts says:

    Just getting started and have so much to look forward to! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

    5 years ago

  • nellyvansee

    nellyvansee says:

    I really love your " I need a door " Right now the way I work is really not well organized. I'm moving in a few months to a new apartment where I'll be having a room of my own to work in, with a door. You are giving me so much hope, I know this will be a new level for me and my business. ( no more " someone " wanting to play video games on my computer )

    5 years ago

  • jewelrybycarolyn88

    jewelrybycarolyn88 says:

    thanks for the tips. all the help I can get the better. Carolyn

    5 years ago

  • PBandJdesign

    PBandJdesign says:

    It's good having a realistic view of selling on Etsy. I have a lot to think about...why I'm doing this and what I really want to accomplish. I'm giving myself a year and then reassessing everything!

    5 years ago

  • Chicmonkeybb

    Chicmonkeybb says:

    Great article! It helps a lot to know how someone else handles it all and how they make their shop a success.

    5 years ago

  • paintingwithpaper

    paintingwithpaper says:

    Thanks for taking the time to help other sellers with your insight. I'm new to ETSY, (about 2 months), and have not made any sales or even had any inquiries. My art is made from imported handmade Japanese paper on artists canvas. It looks like watercolor or acrylic paint, but NO PAINT is used in my art. My prices are in line with other artists who paint on canvas, but I'm wondering if it's too high for ETSY. Am I just being impatient or what? Can some other artists on ETSY who paint on canvas give me some advice on how to successfully promote my artwork? Thanks to anyone who will take the time to help me.

    5 years ago

  • bluskys06

    bluskys06 says:

    Awesome article! I loved every word.

    5 years ago

  • pat123cruz

    pat123cruz says:

    Thank-you for sharing your experience, great article

    5 years ago

  • seablueskyabstracts

    seablueskyabstracts says:

    Thanks for this interesting, honest and informative peep at how having an Etsy shop works for you, Corrina - and for the invaluable advice.

    5 years ago

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco says:

    Thank you for being so transparent. Very helpful and encouraging!!

    5 years ago

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns says:

    Thanks for all your ideas. It helps to hear how others are being successful!

    5 years ago

  • BontiaJewelry

    BontiaJewelry says:

    Great article. Your honesty and business strategies during your first year is really helpful for a first year Etsian like myself. Good luck on your second year and much success to you. Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • BontiaJewelry

    BontiaJewelry says:

    Great article. Thank you for honesty and for sharing your business/thought process during your first year. It's helpful for first year Etsians like myself. Good luck on your second year!

    5 years ago

  • GomiConstruction

    GomiConstruction says:

    really appreciate the perspective! i get caught up in the details. I appreciate the bigger picture you paint! thanks.

    5 years ago

  • Ms2SweetVintage

    Ms2SweetVintage says:

    Great article, thank you

    5 years ago

  • nautiegodiva

    nautiegodiva says:

    Really honest and insightful. I've always wondered what it would be like to work on Etsy full-time and this has given me a lot to think about.

    5 years ago

  • BeggarsBowl

    BeggarsBowl says:

    great info thanks! :)

    5 years ago

  • charisg08

    charisg08 says:

    Wonderful lessons! Thanks for all the great info.

    5 years ago

  • MantaWave

    MantaWave says:

    omg. I can't believe you work the (2nd) 9~2 shift. you rock.

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    Thanks so much everyone. I've been getting quite a few convos from sellers (especially those who have opened shops within 6 months or so) who read this post and are looking for more general advice on selling on etsy. While I've been "full-time" on etsy for just over a year, in total I've been selling on etsy for three years. Here's a more general how-to article I wrote up called "Seven Tips for Etsy Success" that was published on indiefixx last November: The post: http://indiefixx.com/2009/11/13/guest-blog-special-topics-in-calamity-business-seven-tips-for-etsy-success/ The (free) 13-page PDF: http://indiefixx.com/images/Downloads/piddix_SevenEtsyTips.pdf And I also have some tips on my website, specially here: http://www.piddix.com/etsy.htm My website needs to be updated badly, but there's some things on there that might be helpful. Thanks all!

    5 years ago

  • LavenderMemoryLane

    LavenderMemoryLane says:

    interesting story & some great tips! thanks!

    5 years ago

  • MimiBoutique

    MimiBoutique says:

    thanks for sharing. I was so excited about etsy, so I added to my site. I have not sold a thing and am losing interest. I have a few things on now, but don't know if I'll continue. I have tried many different things, including adding some art work, for which I allowed myself to be pulled from the site and was scammed for. My lesson to be remembered for a life time. I just don't know what to do anymore. I have not added anything lately and don't know that I will. Everything is not for everyone. I have bought some very nice things from the site, and am happy with them, Good Luck! I'm happy for you.

    5 years ago

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery says:

    Fab article, great tips and I really admire your honesty!

    5 years ago

  • BishopSticks

    BishopSticks says:

    thank you so much for the advice.. I recently had a strong urge to quit my job and start something new. Your tips came at a great time.

    5 years ago

  • creativesque

    creativesque says:

    I love the honesty. Thanks for sharing :-)

    5 years ago

  • beyondstarlight

    beyondstarlight says:

    I love hearing how others work on their art dreams and every time I read someone else's story, I feel even more inspired to create. I believe esty is great for that. Your marketing and descriptions are really good. Congratulations on the top sells! It seems the different things we do in our life journeys before we surrender to our art provides the foundations for what we need latter. I'm also so glad you mentioned spring sales being slow. I just started listing on etsy. Previously, I owned a coffee shop, sold it, and am finally able to create art full time. I sell to many shops but it's time to be savy with it via web. Also, to actually dive into to it. Right now, I have to just create so knowing this gives me some idea of the goal setting strategy I need to do. Thanks so much for taking the time to share...Mary

    5 years ago

  • fatwomen

    fatwomen says:

    What timing. I've been a buyer & am considering becoming a seller. Very clear & thoughtful advice. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat says:

    I love piddix! I always admire you...and even more so. Thank you for being truthful!

    5 years ago

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby says:

    Thanks for an awesome post, tips and links. I'd love to put some/all of them into practice over my first year!

    5 years ago

  • twwd2008

    twwd2008 says:

    I too work a lot of hours on my business - It really isn't good for the family....maybe you should start cutting back the hours some how sooner. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • artistgk

    artistgk says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. This was an excellent article and a great help.

    5 years ago

  • leespa66

    leespa66 says:

    Thanks for the wonderful and helpful article. Those are some really great tips everyone can use. Thanks again for sharing!! And best of luck to your continued success!

    5 years ago

  • whyte

    whyte says:

    Awesome article by piddix. I've missed your last few Etsy Success series daniellexo and I feel like I've missed a semester of school! Glad to catch up again, thanks for these!

    5 years ago

  • rosytouch

    rosytouch says:

    Great article!! I'm fairly new & I'm in process of "re-vamping" my shop.... I found your article encouraging & realistic!!

    5 years ago

  • Amievoltaire

    Amievoltaire says:

    Beautiful sheets and a well written article. I live how you evaluate your competition and use your analysis to advertise your differences and thus keep your prices in check with your quality and standards as opposed to merely lowering your prices and selling yourself short. Definitely a challenge. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • 2vintagefools

    2vintagefools says:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging experience. You have a beautiful product.

    5 years ago

  • geezcollection

    geezcollection says:

    Thank you for the encouragenent, Great words of wisdom from experience. It can't get any better than that. thank you for taking the time to share.

    5 years ago

  • QessykDecor

    QessykDecor says:

    I really appreciated this article since Im slowly starting up. Thank you!! :D

    5 years ago

  • Francieflorals

    Francieflorals says:

    Appreciated all the information and helpful comments.

    5 years ago

  • peppershaker

    peppershaker says:

    great advice. I think it is a good idea to follow others and learn what works and doesn't work.

    5 years ago

  • MarianDesigns

    MarianDesigns says:

    This story is so well-written. I always appreciate that. It is also one of the most honest I've ever seen. It seems to me that only one in a million will actually make a great deal of money through self-employment, especially in art, crafts and vintage. But there is tremendous satisfaction in a life centered on what you love to do, want to do as well as you possibly can, and feel impelled to share with others. Thanks so much for your story!

    5 years ago

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop says:

    Thank you for writing your article of what it's like to quit your day job and sell full time on Etsy. You are very truthful about how it's not easy and how the money is not what we'd all like it to be. But the most important thing you are saying is It's completely satisfying and you wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for the words of inspiration!

    5 years ago

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop says:

    Thank you for your words of inspiration and truthfulness. We all can relate to trying to do something we really love doing and being able to make money doing it.Best of luck in your 2nd year of selling fulltime.

    5 years ago

  • maskmaker9

    maskmaker9 says:

    What a wonderful and honest article. Loving what you do is the most important ingredient in any venture for it to be successful. Lotsa luck to you and I love your collage sheets!

    5 years ago

  • jetadorn

    jetadorn says:

    This is a great article...thank you! I'm also trying to juggle a full-time job that I love with building my jewelry making for my retirement. But doing it with a family...I can't imagine! I take all comments by successful Etsy-ers to heart and all of yours had meaning for me. The key for me in your article is #4, about list-making. Like you, I work from to-do lists, but I do find myself focusing on organizational tasks that may or may not be directly related to sales. I'll definitely be more aware of what I spend my limited time doing!

    5 years ago

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor says:

    Corrina, you are so deserving for your hard work, honesty, and intelligence. Thanks for sharing your tips. LG

    5 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    I really enjoyed that article. Thank you for sharing your success tips - very generous.

    5 years ago

  • PinkPonies7

    PinkPonies7 says:

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I'm new to etsy, and am trying to soak up as much as possible!

    5 years ago

  • TheNoisyOyster

    TheNoisyOyster says:

    Thanks for telling it like it is, I really apreciate your attitude and brevity. Much food for thought!

    5 years ago

  • maryvican

    maryvican says:

    As a photographer, I really appreciate that you research your items and offer copyright free material for all to use! thank you.

    5 years ago

  • VastVarieties

    VastVarieties says:

    I loved the honesty of this article. Very helpful in getting me to re-think my approach. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and wisdom! You have me inspired and thinking.....thanks!

    5 years ago

  • orglamix

    orglamix says:

    hank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • GatoRanch

    GatoRanch says:

    great info thanks!

    5 years ago

  • caracraftdolls

    caracraftdolls says:

    Thanks for sharing your insight with everyone. You have some really nice things.

    5 years ago

  • koisse2hug

    koisse2hug says:

    Great! I have to thank you for taking time to share with us some of the points that have help you get to the point where you are right now. No lies, just the pure truth! It's amazing. I love your article. Blessed!

    5 years ago

  • CraftingMovement

    CraftingMovement says:

    That's really great info, thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • PatchworkMountain

    PatchworkMountain says:

    Thanks for sharing. This article was helpful.

    5 years ago

  • TheSmartCat

    TheSmartCat says:

    This is one of the best posts I have read on what to expect in the first year. I am a potter getting ready to start selling here, hopefully by the middle/end of summer. This will be most helpful. Thanks! ;)

    5 years ago

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid says:

    Excellent tips. Thanks for the sharing!!!

    5 years ago

  • thosethingys

    thosethingys says:

    Amazing post! It'll be helpful to a lot of new comers like myself. Thank you~!

    5 years ago

  • michaelanneerlewine

    michaelanneerlewine says:

    I'm grateful for the post. This is my first year and I have learned a lot from your experience. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch says:

    Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! I am sooooo glad I save this to read when I got a chance! Thank you

    5 years ago

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon says:

    Thank you! I love your graphics! I agree on having a door!

    5 years ago

  • Blackhatwitch

    Blackhatwitch says:

    Finally got around to reading your post. I am amazed and delighted! It was as if you had just answered all my questions and concerns. I just started my shop in January and would love to do this full time. Thanks for the excellent advice. Wish we could have coffee and chat! Good luck to you!

    5 years ago

  • lostatseashop

    lostatseashop says:

    brilliant post, we've been going for a year or so too and have learned soo much. and thank you for including an image of our ribbon medal pin!

    5 years ago

  • PreciousMetals4u

    PreciousMetals4u says:

    i'm curious - how do you track the sales of the top sellers in your category? (point #9. Keeping an Eye on the Competition) how can you find this data on etsy? i'd be interested to see the top sellers in my category.

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    Hi all. For finding top sellers, I posted this above, but lots of people have been convo'ing me about it too or asking here, so it won't hurt to put it again I think. I've been looking at top sellers in my category since I very first started (and there were about 4 of us doing it seriously). I started tracking it more officially a year ago, so it's grown organically from there. But yes, for other categories with waaaaay more people there are a couple of good places to start: http://etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Top_Sellers http://etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Top_Sellers_-_Handmade http://www.craftcount.com/ Hope that helps!

    5 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    Wonderful article, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • BlackwellStudio

    BlackwellStudio says:

    Piddix, you have a wonderful shop and your tips were fantastic. I appreciate the honestly!

    5 years ago

  • BlackwellStudio

    BlackwellStudio says:

    Hello neighbor, you have a wonderful shop and your tips were fantastic. I appreciate the honesty!

    5 years ago

  • littlemicheles

    littlemicheles says:

    ..lots of useful information. Congratulations on your persistence!

    5 years ago

  • MiuAndUmi

    MiuAndUmi says:

    Thanks for the honesty - hard work isn't always easy! But if you are doing what you love, it isn't really hard work. Best wishes for even greater success!

    5 years ago

  • pandacub

    pandacub says:

    Thanks piddix - you remind us that to be successful it takes work! Lots of great advice in this article!

    5 years ago

  • pnkgeeni

    pnkgeeni says:

    Great article. Will be printing it out to read again later.

    5 years ago

  • nitelilyglamour

    nitelilyglamour says:

    I just started working with collage sheets and Piddix was the first estian I bought from!

    5 years ago

  • tiarabuttons

    tiarabuttons says:

    Piddix is my go-to source for collage sheets for my etsy store and other crafty endeavors!

    5 years ago

  • Rob60

    Rob60 says:

    I use your images all the time in my jewellery etc, you obviously have a passion for your etsy business. Great advice and useful information.

    5 years ago

  • nitelilyglamour

    nitelilyglamour says:

    Oh and Corrina is a sweetie to talk to! She always responds to all of her customers. Many sellers, not even top sellers, will do that!

    5 years ago

  • 3GIRLSandagoat

    3GIRLSandagoat says:

    Piddix was my first foray into Etsy and remains on the top of my best and most reliable shops- thanks for the inspiration

    5 years ago

  • Rob60

    Rob60 says:

    Piddix is absolutely my favourite collage sheet site. You seem to go the extra mile to create something special. Thank you soooo much.

    5 years ago

  • tiarabuttons

    tiarabuttons says:

    I've made so many gorgeous things with Piddix collage sheets, like this Alice in Wonderland bottle opener! http://www.etsy.com/listing/35992763/bottle-opener-and-keychain-alice-in

    5 years ago

  • jlbmomto3

    jlbmomto3 says:

    Lots of great points! Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • pnkgeeni

    pnkgeeni says:

    Piddix does have the best collage sheets. The most difficult thing is trying to decide which ones to get.

    5 years ago

  • pandacub

    pandacub says:

    pnkgeeni - I have that same problem! I spend hours in piddix's shop trying to figure out what to get next! lots of great advice from a lovely and always helpful Etsian!

    5 years ago

  • GeorgiannaLane

    GeorgiannaLane says:

    It's very generous of you to share this hard won information, Corinna. You are a definitely inspiration!

    5 years ago

  • jeanschell

    jeanschell says:

    Thank you for your ensite, lot's of food for thought. And I do love your college sheets, I use them all the time. Keep up the good work. Jean Schell

    5 years ago

  • TagsAndButtons

    TagsAndButtons says:

    I love this article it is amazing :) Thanks for your inspiration

    5 years ago

  • retiredandlovinglife

    retiredandlovinglife says:

    Love your article and Piddix. Keep up the excellent work

    5 years ago

  • LOVEmyGrandkids3

    LOVEmyGrandkids3 says:

    Enjoyed reading your article. Such an inspiration

    5 years ago

  • StartingtogetCrafty

    StartingtogetCrafty says:

    Thanks for sharing yur thoughts and your hardwork through Piddix. Am looking foward to see more of yur work.

    5 years ago

  • tspellissy

    tspellissy says:

    Thanks loads for this~I'm thinking of opening an Etsy shop myself, so this is "keeping it real".

    5 years ago

  • jeanschell

    jeanschell says:

    Thanks for your ensite. Some food for thought. I have many of your college sheets and use them a lot. Thank You, Jean Schell

    5 years ago

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign says:

    Love #4: Throw the To-Do Lists Out the Window - if they don't lead to sales, they don't matter a whole lot:) So true:) Thanks for sharing:)

    5 years ago

  • lucidmoonsupplies

    lucidmoonsupplies says:

    I already read this article when it first came out, but reading it again today, I still got just as much out of it. Plus, it is inspiring, and we can always use a little dose of inspiration! Thanks for the thought-provoking and helpful article! Lisa

    5 years ago

  • creationsbytee

    creationsbytee says:

    Good article and great tips! Thank You!

    5 years ago

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign says:

    Oh! Forgot to put the link to my latest design, created with one of your wonderful collage sheet! Here it is: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49493720/travel-souvenirs-bracelet-in-copper

    5 years ago

  • tspellissy

    tspellissy says:

    I so appreciate your beautiful work. Thanks for making it available. I'm just getting started with creating collages~I usually do them digitally. Great article!

    5 years ago

  • GeorgiannaLane

    GeorgiannaLane says:

    You've set the bar very high, which is terrific. Continued success!

    5 years ago

  • MamaLuna11

    MamaLuna11 says:

    This was a great read, and excellent tips. I really got a lot of out it, as someone who would love to be able to work from home. This item with a Piddix image sold the night I listed it! http://www.etsy.com/transaction/26780040

    5 years ago

  • jlbmomto3

    jlbmomto3 says:

    Piddix images are the very best. I continue to purchase because her quality is so consistent and reliable.

    5 years ago

  • TagsAndButtons

    TagsAndButtons says:

    And I love her collages! I have a few already,amazing

    5 years ago

  • PennieB

    PennieB says:

    Thanks for reinforcing the mantra to "Treat It Like a Business". I think this has been one of the most difficult notions for me to internalize. I love what I do so much, how can it be work? Great advice - thanks so much for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • darksquirrel

    darksquirrel says:

    I don't know anyone on Etsy who works harder than Corinna, the quality of her collage sheets is excellent. I own a vintage store and use her images for tags, everyone comments on how beautiful they are.

    5 years ago

  • lucidmoonsupplies

    lucidmoonsupplies says:

    Here is one of my pendants made with a Piddix collage sheet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49304513/wise I have many more charms and pendants for sale using Piddix graphics as well - they are fantastic!! Lisa

    5 years ago

  • PennieB

    PennieB says:

    In addition to having fantastic images, Corinna is always so willing to share her knowledge with others. She has given me some great advice/ideas in the time that we've been doing business. All the best to you!

    5 years ago

  • atlanta

    atlanta says:

    you'll never have a tougher boss than yourself - staying motivated and optimistic can be so hard! thanks for the inspiration!!!

    5 years ago

  • FloatingInk

    FloatingInk says:

    On the verge of taking the plunge into crafting as a business myself--your insights are both a little scary and very helpful. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • creationsbytee

    creationsbytee says:

    You have so many great collage sheets in your Piddix Shop to choose from! Thank You for the advice and insight of what it takes to be a successful seller on Etsy!

    5 years ago

  • beachcottagelane

    beachcottagelane says:

    thanks for all the great links to different sites - so many new and interesting places to visit for information!

    5 years ago

  • martist

    martist says:

    Quality rules and Piddix delivers. Sure did appreciate the honesty and solid advice, being both artistic and business savvy is no easy trick. Thanks so much for your thoughtful commentary.

    5 years ago

  • fairviewroad

    fairviewroad says:

    C. - I am very impressed with your passion and professional attitude towards your business. This article should prove to be an inspiration for many. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • cathywalters

    cathywalters says:

    Corrina's products are some of the best out there. I have been so impressed with her and her store. Because she is so supportive and because of how much my customers love her images, I feel like we are in business together. :) Here's a link to one of my pieces using one of her images. http://www.etsy.com/listing/48078208/extra-ordinary-scalloped-pendant

    5 years ago

  • TinyStorm

    TinyStorm says:

    Amazing advice! Thank you for the thoughts. :)

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    You are are so amazing. I just spent so much time following all the lovely links to items made with different sheets. A truly talented group of people. Thanks everyone.

    5 years ago

  • craftypuppy

    craftypuppy says:

    Thanks so much for writing this article. =]

    5 years ago

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae says:

    Thanks for a great article, Corinna! Well worth reading and rereading! :)

    5 years ago

  • laungnome

    laungnome says:

    This is really very helpful advice. I just sent my family some cameos I made using your designs and they love them.

    5 years ago

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae says:

    I really hope your plan to make more money and work less hours comes true, Corinna! :)

    5 years ago

  • laungnome

    laungnome says:

    I appreciate the part where you talk about how you watch your competition but you don't copy them. You just look to see what they are doing different or better.

    5 years ago

  • MamaLuna11

    MamaLuna11 says:

    I just went back and re-read this article again, and I've now got it bookmarked. My ideal job is one where I can take what I love doing (making pendants, etc) and turn it into a full time job, so this is really valuable information! Thanks again so much for sharing all of this! http://www.etsy.com/listing/42972055/pendant-008-22-i-love-the-80s-scrabble

    5 years ago

  • sillyamiga

    sillyamiga says:

    It is so nice to have the real picture laid out for you! It helps make you decide if this is something you truly want to pursue or not

    5 years ago

  • shortypants

    shortypants says:

    What great advice. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign says:

    As always, Corinna, you provide such helpful and inspiring information... in addition to your great products. Thank you so much!

    5 years ago

  • cathywalters

    cathywalters says:

    I could seriously read this article every day...so helpful and honest and encouraging! Thanks Corinna! I look forward to your next article!

    5 years ago

  • catherineschneider

    catherineschneider says:

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • darksquirrel

    darksquirrel says:

    Thank you and have a GREAT SUMMER. Will watch for the Christmas in July sale.

    5 years ago

  • kobedog

    kobedog says:

    wow, great post Piddix!

    5 years ago

  • catherineschneider

    catherineschneider says:

    Please keep your articles coming!

    5 years ago

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign says:

    As always, Corinna, you provide inspiring and helpful info... in addition to your great products. Thanks again!

    5 years ago

  • Rinnovata

    Rinnovata says:

    This was an awesome article. I really appreciated your honesty! :) Way to go girl...keep up the fabulous work.

    5 years ago

  • Moonkyst

    Moonkyst says:

    Thanks for another great article!!

    5 years ago

  • BeckyLane

    BeckyLane says:

    Thanks for sharing what your first year was like! Wow! You are on a fantastic journey...enjoy.

    5 years ago

  • starhitchedwagon

    starhitchedwagon says:

    Thanks for these eye openers. I wish you all the success....

    5 years ago

  • Rinnovata

    Rinnovata says:

    Hi Corrina...just wanted to let you know that I made bookmarks and pendants with several of your designs and gave them out to my employees here at work. They are a hit! Now they are asking me to make some for friends and family. :) I love your designs and the quality of your images. They speak volumes. You ROCK!

    5 years ago

  • olesoutherncreations

    olesoutherncreations says:

    I loved the article. I am not selling much on Etsy but this has given me hope and ideas to expand. Thanks again

    5 years ago

  • Crazy4Art

    Crazy4Art says:

    Corinna, your posts are really so full of great information that I often think you should write a book! Keep up the wonderful work.

    5 years ago

  • FabulousFunkyFinds

    FabulousFunkyFinds says:

    I love this, I have learned a lot over the years I sold on eBay (my first sale was Sept. 1997). You are an inspiration to all sellers on all channels. Newbies, take these words to heart, your life as a "salesman" will not be all fun and games, but the rewards are spectacular, the friends you make priceless and the joy of working in your jammies is not to be ignored!

    5 years ago

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign says:

    Such a terrific shop and products... and a pretty great person to share your wealth of knowledge about selling Etsy style. Thank you thank you thank you, Corinna!!

    5 years ago

  • Moonkyst

    Moonkyst says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. This has been helpful advice.

    5 years ago

  • BeckyLane

    BeckyLane says:

    You have the best collage sheets on etsy! I've tried others and they don't compare to yours! And thank you for all the helpful hints you have provided and suggestions on who to ask if you didn't have the answer to the question.

    5 years ago

  • starhitchedwagon

    starhitchedwagon says:

    your images make my jewelry so fun!!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/49093004/lola

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    starhitchedwagon, "Lola" is so fun. Thank you so much for sharing. And thanks too for all the lovely comments from everyone.

    5 years ago

  • craftypuppy

    craftypuppy says:

    yes, def. keep the articles (and fantastic collage sheets!!!) coming!! =]

    5 years ago

  • sillyamiga

    sillyamiga says:

    the collage sheets make me want to find ways to be creative!

    5 years ago

  • Haileybug

    Haileybug says:

    You are always an inspiration and a wealth of knowledge. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • Haileybug

    Haileybug says:

    Your always very inspiring.

    5 years ago

  • shortypants

    shortypants says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

    5 years ago

  • Crazy4Art

    Crazy4Art says:

    Corinna, your posts are always so right on! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • fairviewroad

    fairviewroad says:

    I truly admire your ability to articulate your experiences in such a straightforward manner. I'm sure you'll always be successfull!

    5 years ago

  • Glitzie

    Glitzie says:

    Fabulous article. Very illuminating :)

    5 years ago

  • faeryspellcreations

    faeryspellcreations says:

    Fantastic article--really enjoyed it!

    5 years ago

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild says:

    So many good advices and so inspiring!!! it is important to have the chance to learn how successful shops made it! Go Corinna, your shop rocks!!!!!

    5 years ago

  • TinyStorm

    TinyStorm says:

    #9; I love it! It's so important to keep your own style and then let everyone know why your product is top notch. I love your work!

    5 years ago

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild says:

    ... and I can also say the collage sheets I have received from Pddix where just perfect in every single detail!!!!!

    5 years ago

  • thelabarn

    thelabarn says:

    Wow...thanks for a great article and for your honesty! I have been "toying" with the idea of opening a shop but this makes me realize I'm nowhere near ready. Very helpful!

    5 years ago

  • faeryspellcreations

    faeryspellcreations says:

    I just had to come in and re-read this to a friend of mine, really inspiring! :)

    5 years ago

  • StartingtogetCrafty

    StartingtogetCrafty says:

    do love your articles. Keep up the good work

    5 years ago

  • retiredandlovinglife

    retiredandlovinglife says:

    enjoy ready your articles. Also enjoy looking and purchasing your collages.

    5 years ago

  • LOVEmyGrandkids3

    LOVEmyGrandkids3 says:

    Love your collages and so does my Granddaughter. When we get together we make jewelry. We are Looking foward to see new collages

    5 years ago

  • Glitzie

    Glitzie says:

    I feel motivated by this, I always get blue when sales slow down. But to hear that it could be a trend is comforting. Thank you http://thewhimsicalwren.bigcartel.com/

    5 years ago

  • ashleymcook

    ashleymcook says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise. I know that you run a great business from the times I order from you. Great products. Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • thelabarn

    thelabarn says:

    Great article! Your work is lovely and obviously it's because of your dedication! Keep 'em coming!

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    Thanks so much for all of the kind wishes, all. And Glitzie, always so fun to see what you make from the collage sheets.

    5 years ago

  • gandolphoto

    gandolphoto says:

    This really is one of the best Etsy blog posts ever... so many inspiring tips. I especially like "Throw the To-Do Lists Out the Window"--I TOTALLY agree. They worked in an office environment but in my own business it seems like we just have to jump on the most important tasks as they come, and learn to adjust the to-dos (and try not to get dejected if they get pushed to another day!)

    5 years ago

  • ontheedgedesigns

    ontheedgedesigns says:

    Great info. Thanks for sharing. Much success to you ( -:

    5 years ago

  • melissaburford

    melissaburford says:

    I'm marking this to read again...so many wonderful points to ponder. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • ohsewchic

    ohsewchic says:

    Very useful information.

    5 years ago

  • melissaburford

    melissaburford says:

    I'm glad that you choose to add number 6...sometimes people aren't that honest and even though you might be making less money right now, the payoff of your business can be so much greater.

    5 years ago

  • ohsewchic

    ohsewchic says:

    I'm working on getting over my micro-managing tendencies too, good to see that I am in good company.

    5 years ago

  • Xiefashionstudio

    Xiefashionstudio says:

    Thank you so much for this useful information!!

    5 years ago

  • ashleymcook

    ashleymcook says:

    Piddix collage images are great for scrabble tile necklaces. I have made many as gifts for family and friends, and always get such compliments.

    5 years ago

  • burforddesigns

    burforddesigns says:

    I never thought how important a door would be but now I see.

    5 years ago

  • rebeccalynns

    rebeccalynns says:

    I'm just starting out. This article is very helpful.

    5 years ago

  • burforddesigns

    burforddesigns says:

    I really enjoy your insights and thoughtfulness of your articles and posts. Thanks for everything.

    5 years ago

  • rebeccalynns

    rebeccalynns says:

    Food for thought.

    5 years ago

  • gandolphoto

    gandolphoto says:

    Just adding to my comment: you reminded me how much I miss having doors! There are some days when I think I can't get anything done even though it's just two of us here. Oh, sweet sweet doors... :)

    5 years ago

  • tadpoleking

    tadpoleking says:

    Hi, i have just recently discover your shop and everything that you offer is just amazing. Really high quality, top notch collages. I can't wait to start creating! This was a really great article, very insightful and full of good tips.

    5 years ago

  • nguyenlaura5

    nguyenlaura5 says:

    wonderful info. thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • tadpoleking

    tadpoleking says:

    Just wanted to add how wonderful your newsletter is as well. Great info and tips on there all the time!

    5 years ago

  • WildAppleDesign

    WildAppleDesign says:

    I completely agree about the need for a DOOR. Sometimes the boldest statement you can make is a closed door! P.S. If you ever have another urge to house-swap in Minnesota, let me know! I'm in the heart of antique-ville USA! =]

    5 years ago

  • piddix

    piddix says:

    WildAppleDesign, I may take you up on that. I absolutely love hitting the antique stores while back there (and Oronoco, too).

    5 years ago

  • dwilcox

    dwilcox says:

    Corrina ~ you're the best!!! Thanks for the words of wisdom... this article is a wealth of valuable information. We love your graphics... they make the most beautiful pendants!!! May your days be filled with many "Giggles and Grins!" Ronda and Dawn

    5 years ago

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant says:

    That's alot to think about when you look at it that way. Paying for your own insurance, working such long hours, all the sacrafices. Hmmmmmm.... Thanks for putting a perspective on this idea. Robin (aka GrannyGrant)

    5 years ago

  • chatnoir7

    chatnoir7 says:

    Thanks so much for your awesome insight!

    5 years ago

  • EyeCandy395

    EyeCandy395 says:

    marking

    4 years ago

  • thelittlesuitcase

    thelittlesuitcase says:

    thank you! I just started selling so this will be helpful

    4 years ago

  • Silverdragonfly8

    Silverdragonfly8 says:

    Wow! Daniellexo! What a ride! Glad to hear you can make it work. Thanks for sharing your tips. It sure does seem like this could be a full time job. I'm glad to be part of a couple trying to make it work. I'm the one with the day job... Health Insurance! Kathy

    4 years ago

  • keishia

    keishia says:

    great article! I love hearing about other's sucesses! it really inspires me, I feel sometimes like I am the only one around me trying to do it all on my own "quitting my day job" then I come on etsy and everyone is doing it! I just love this site so much. Thank you for sharing your story! -Keishia If you have any extra time could you come to my site and let me know how I am doing? http://www.etsy.com/shop/keishia Thanks again for the great article! www.ktreber.com

    4 years ago

  • csmartglass

    csmartglass says:

    This is an inspiring but realistic article. Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • BuddhaBellies

    BuddhaBellies says:

    Thank you so much for your candid comments and advice! I appreciate hearing both the up and downs of quitting your traditional job and focusing on your Etsy shop as I would love to do the same at some point.

    3 years ago

  • Bachigs

    Bachigs says:

    Very inspiring and encouraging!

    3 years ago

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    1 year ago

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    Nathanael La Framboise from DESIGNSBYNANDR says:

    So Helpful Thank You!

    172 days ago