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Quit Your Day Job: e.m.papers

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Tell us about your shop and the idea behind it.
I sell printable wedding invitations, stationery and paper goods in my shop, e.m.papers. Unlike a lot of printables, many of my items are form-based — customers can just enter their information and print. I also offer custom services to hand-set typography and customize colors, etc.

I got the idea for my shop in 2007. I am hideously bad at remembering to buy birthday cards, so I’m always designing something at the last minute as we’re rushing out the door to parties. I thought it would be great to provide procrastinators like myself a way to download birthday cards to make instantly. Later, when I got married and was designing my wedding invitations, menus, programs, etc., I got the idea to create DIY wedding templates, where all people had to do was enter their information and print them at home.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
In the late ’90s I moved to Germany and ended up being part of the German start-up team of a large Internet consultancy for ten years. Even though it was a great company with great people, it became clear that modern corporate life wasn’t for me. After a surprise heart surgery on a business trip, I knew it was time to make a change.

When I got the idea for e.m.papers, I actually hadn’t heard of Etsy and I was selling my printable items on a Yahoo store. I honestly can’t remember how I found Etsy, but once I did, I read through all of the Quit Your Day Job posts, and Featured Shop stories. I remember thinking, “This is what I want my life to be about!” I opened a shop right away.

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full-time Etsy selling?
I experimented with e.m.papers for about two and half years before I finally took the plunge. Here are the things I did:

  • Negotiated a one-year, unpaid leave of absence at my job to see what would happen if I dedicated more time to e.m.papers. That’s when my sales took off.
  • Waited for demonstrable proof that e.m.papers could be profitable.
  • Significantly padded my savings.
  • Took advantage of Germany’s generous start-up money program, where even if you quit your job, you can get a portion of your previous salary and 50% of your health insurance paid for up to 9 months.
  • Found ways to reduce my overhead costs, like joining a guild for artists and designers that brought down my health insurance premiums and paid into social security.
  • Got my taxes in order. I am beyond lucky that my brother-in-law has a German tax consultancy and does all of my taxes. (I would seriously reconsider the whole working for yourself thing if I had to do German taxes on my own!)

What is your favorite part in the process of designing paper goods?
I like working with typography and color and creating something that is tangible and functional. Funnily enough, I find I’m helped by the constraints of creating printable templates. I have to consider things like the fact that many of my customers won’t have pruners that allow for bleeds, as well as choosing fonts that work in multiple languages. If I have no boundaries, I get paralyzed by all the possibilities!

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My Garden Party printable wedding invitation kit. This is kind of sweet because I created this design for my own wedding invitations. It was the product that made my sales skyrocket and ultimately led to my decision to quit my job.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
In corporate life, I often found myself sitting on conference calls, writing emails, cranking out PowerPoints and asking myself, “Why am I doing this?” I felt like I was wasting my days, potential and my life. There is plenty of boring, not-fun and very frustrating work to do for e.m.papers; the difference is that I know why I’m doing it. There is a direct correlation between everything I do, the amount of income I bring in, and my deeper sense of purpose, accomplishment and meaning.

I also just love being my own boss. Basically I can design the life I want, on my terms.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Great customer service. It’s been said before, but bears repeating. My business keeps expanding largely due to word of mouth. I regularly follow up with past customers and ask for honest feedback on ways to improve.
  • Advertising and participating on blogs that serve your niche. Building relationships with the right blogs is a great way to create awareness.
  • Develop a customer base. I try to send out a newsletter once a month to my mailing list. I keep the mailing short and sweet, and write in my normal voice with a familiar tone, as if I was shooting an email to a friend. I try to also include non-salesy content that I think people will find funny or interesting. With a small creative business, you and your story become the brand, so I try to share aspects of myself and the business that I think my customers will find it interesting, so they’ll keep wanting to tune in.
  • Get your stuff out there. It’s good to keep adding items to your store. Much to my shock and delight, I have been contacted by magazine and blog editors based on items they’ve seen in my shop.
  • It also became clear to me over the last year that more products = more sales (who knew?!).
  • Social media. Mastering it is an ongoing process, but I think keeping people interested in a story or process rather than constantly barraging them with your stuff is the way to go. Last spring, I wanted to create some new wedding invitation designs, so I decided to create a wedding invitation a day for thirty days. I blogged about it and posted a design each day, rain or shine. When I was done, I held a contest asking readers to vote for their favorite designs.


What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
If left to my own devices, I would never stop working. It’s really hard not to constantly check emails for orders or pin one more thing before I go to bed. The Internet has brought us incredible opportunities to do our own thing, but it can also swallow you whole if you let it. I have to remind myself that I don’t want e.m.papers to become the thing I was trying to get away from.

I also struggle with focus. There is a constant tension between feeling I have to develop more products or spend more time marketing them. Sometimes there just seems like there is so much to do and that I’ll never get it done!

What’s the most exciting thing that’s come of selling your designs on Etsy thus far?
Etsy expanding to Europe, and especially Germany, has been wonderful. I have met a lot of people in my hometown of Munich through Etsy, contributed some of my designs to Etsy’s recent wedding show in Hamburg, and participated in the Hello Etsy conference, which was thrilling.

What advice would you give to someone considering a similar path?
I can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your financial house is in order and having extra money in the bank. There will be fat times and there will be lean times, and knowing you can cover your expenses really takes some of the stress out of getting started (and there is a lot of stress).

Try working on your shop full time before quitting, if you can. You may find that your idea doesn’t work or that you need to tweak (or totally revise) your business model. You also may discover that you hate working for yourself. Leave yourself as many options as possible.

Thanks for sharing your story, Eleanor. Check out her items below.

Seller Handbook | Quit Your Day Job Series | Deutscher Blog

Eleanor Mayrhofer is a California girl who relocated to Germany nearly 14 years ago. After working extensively in the publishing and Internet industries, she quit her day job to run her printable stationery business, e.m.papers. Eleanor writes about her adopted hometown of Munich on her blog, Wahlmünchnerin.

  • Janimie

    Janis from Janimie says:

    that's a very motivated story! :) love your work!

    1 year ago

  • theginghambow

    Christine Marie Reynolds from theginghambow says:

    Beautiful items! Great story!

    1 year ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree says:

    Wonderfully motivating story. Your advice is dead on in regards to getting your finances in order before taking the plunge to quit your day job!. Love your shop!

    1 year ago

  • RitzaGlitza

    Maritza Gray from RitzaGlitza says:

    Wonderful Story!

    1 year ago

  • customhemptreasures

    Rachel S. from customhemptreasures says:

    beautiful cards, and congrats on quitting your day job! I also quit my day job, best thing i ever did!

    1 year ago

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers says:

    Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments!

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Excellent!!!

    1 year ago

  • UglyBaby

    Rosalie and Doug Gale from UglyBaby says:

    Congratulations on your story (and on having someone do your German taxes for you - good call!)

    1 year ago

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares says:

    What a wonderful product. I love when businesses stem from personal experiences.

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    What a fascinating story with great practical advice! I wish America would create an incentive program similar to Germany's that would make is easier for people to start their own businesses. I can't count how many talented, skilled people I know who are blocked from launching new businesses because of the high costs of buying health insurance on their own.

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love your shop its so beautiful, sounds like you were really prepared for making the transition! Good luck with your shop in the future : )

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers says:

    Hi Vickie - yes, when I found out you could apply for the program even if you quit your job, I practically fell out of my chair! As much as Europe gets a bad rap in the states, I have to say the German health care system is both excellent and affordable. I don't think I would have been able to this back at home in California because of health insurance alone, especially after my heart surgery (pre-existing condition).

    1 year ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    Michèle from steinschmuckdesign says:

    Really interesting to read your journey Eleanor, just seams like you took the right steps at the right time, Congrats!!!

    1 year ago

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique says:

    Congratulations!!!

    1 year ago

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket says:

    congratulations on being featured, it was an enjoyable read!!

    1 year ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

    1 year ago

  • TinyArtbyJMullin

    Jennifer Mullin Johansson from JenniferJohansson says:

    Congratulations on the feature Eleanor! I've admired your work for a long time and looking at your work gave me some ideas for my own wedding invites. I like the way you word things. Cheers!

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Your designs are so fresh and beautiful! It's no wonder you are having such success. How wonderful that Germany offers assistance to small business start-ups. You have taken your opportunity and run with it! When I found etsy I felt the same way as you did, that this was what I want my life to be about....making art and having my own shop, interacting with the etsy community and buyers, and working for myself. I'm still in my office work day job but the QYDJ series keeps me working and planning for the future. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your advice, and wishing you all the best & continued success.

    1 year ago

  • JulieLillian

    Julie from JulieLillian says:

    Such an awesome story! And your designs are wonderful :) Congrats and continued success to you!

    1 year ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Great advice. Wonderful shop and well deserved feature. Thanks and best of luck to you.

    1 year ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry says:

    Great, sound advice! I will be referring to this article again! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • iHartFelt

    Heather from iHartFelt says:

    You are very talented, and gave some great advice!! P.S. I love your style!!! Congrats on all of your achievements!!

    1 year ago

  • chicnuniquegifts

    Elisabeth Schmidt from TheSchmidtStudio says:

    Beautiful items and very inspiring. I like the idea of creating an invite each day for thirty days for your blog.

    1 year ago

  • CoutureArabesque

    Leah Wagner from CoutureArabesque says:

    Really honest and practical answers. I always appreciate when sellers in the Quit my Day Job series are honest and don't gloss over the financial implications of running a small business full time. But I'm always pleased to hear that they feel they've made the right choice in the end! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • HoneysuckleLane

    Lana Manis from HoneysuckleLane says:

    Congratulations on the feature! The form-based items are great!

    1 year ago

  • PinkCheetahVintage

    PinkCheetahVintage from PinkCheetahVintage says:

    So jealous of Germany's awesome small business start up incentives! Wish we had something like that here.

    1 year ago

  • OrangeOdge

    Juliana from OrangeOdge says:

    Thanks for sharing this story! Very motivating!

    1 year ago

  • OneFreshDay

    Lei from OneFreshDay says:

    Awesome story and beautiful designs!

    1 year ago

  • lollypollydolly

    Laura B from OohLaroo says:

    Living the dream! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Wonderful story!!!

    1 year ago

  • MissLucyA

    Lucy Ashby from bylucy says:

    Very interesting and inspiring story. I love the way you discovered your product!

    1 year ago

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns says:

    I have to admit I gasped when I read that in Germany, you still receive part of your salary and health benefits even when you quit your job to begin a small business. If only that level of support were available in the US! There are plenty of great organizations here that offer advice, training, and networking, but when you're starting a business, what you really need is money, honey!

    1 year ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    I love your style!! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • dearpumpernickel

    dearpumpernickel from dearpumpernickel says:

    Well done, Eleanor! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch. Lovely interview and your shop is so beautiful.

    1 year ago

  • AustinJames

    Wendy from AustinJames says:

    Lovely shop! Congratulations on your success!

    1 year ago

  • MrsBertimus

    Mrs Bertimus from MrsBertimus says:

    Thanks for the really sensible, practical advice. A really brilliant, honest article.

    1 year ago

  • MrsBertimus

    Mrs Bertimus from MrsBertimus says:

    Thanks for the honest, practical yet still inspirational advice.

    1 year ago

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild says:

    Great article...excellent advice some of the things you talked about i have been working towards and its good to know i'm on the right track...i love paper goods and your graphics and package ideas are awesome..may you have continued success!

    1 year ago

  • takeapicturedesigns

    Lynne from RiverSpring says:

    Wonderful feature article. Now I would like to try it for myself.

    1 year ago

  • christinacountryman

    Christina from PupukeaGirlVintage says:

    Congratulations, Great advice and beautiful products.

    1 year ago

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers says:

    Thanks everyone! I can't tell you how encouraging it is to read these comments!

    1 year ago

  • Jadynhelpskids

    Jadyn Helps Kids from JadynHelpsKids says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! love your formula, "more products=more sales" I guess is all about giving people many choices. Congratulations on your success. Jadyn and Venus

    1 year ago

  • susanlaurenson

    susanlaurenson from TartanArtisan says:

    Thankyou for sharing your story. Very inspirational

    1 year ago

  • SepiaSmiles

    Roseanna Willis from SepiaSmiles says:

    Congratulations on your success. I love this article - so much helpful information and links too - I am off to view your Hello Etsy video now.

    1 year ago

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts says:

    Someday, someday I hope to be doing what I love for my job :) ! Congratulations!!

    1 year ago

  • WireHearts

    Ilze from WireHearts says:

    Lov'it! What an inspiration! Thank you for being so honest and open about your process.

    1 year ago

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark says:

    Great advice. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • AkimaBotanicals

    Akima Morgan from AkimaBotanicals says:

    "Took advantage of Germany’s generous start-up money program, where even if you quit your job, you can get a portion of your previous salary and 50% of your health insurance paid for up to 9 months." Uhh, yea... need this in USA!!!! Congrats on your success!

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Love your clear, crisp style! Congrats.

    1 year ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    What a lovely story and shop! Congrats and here's to continued success - all along the way!

    1 year ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember says:

    So inspiring! Congratulations!!! Your work is fabulous...thanks for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • peachtreedesigns3

    Laura from peachtreedesigns3 says:

    I am new and reading everything right now on Etsy success.Thank you for your tips.

    1 year ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    Great advice and inspiration ! Thank you for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate says:

    Beautiful invitations and very inspiring post!

    1 year ago

  • IsabellaDiSclafani

    Isabella Di Sclafani from IsabellaDiSclafani says:

    Thank-you for sharing your experience. You are proof that planning and trying new ideas does pay off. Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • cmagdaleno

    Celeste Magdaleno from MotitaJewels says:

    I just opened my etsy shop recently and its great to hear your success story! It's motivating to know something like this can be done :) Wish you all the best your designs are wonderful!!

    1 year ago

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns says:

    Excellent Blog! thank you for sharing your success...especially helpful are your marketing tips and the hardest part of running your own business. Focus is a challenge at times. You are an inspiration! Kind regards from Australia.

    1 year ago

  • vintageavacado

    vintageavacado from vintageavacado says:

    Love your story...and your products. Continued success to you!

    1 year ago

  • rachelungerjewelry

    Rachel Unger from RachelUngerJewelry says:

    this is one of my favorite stories, you have some great advice which is specific enough to actually help me apply it! thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature, your items are beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • Recy

    Recy from Recy says:

    Really inspiring story! I had heart surgery too three years ago. Changes everything. :)

    1 year ago

  • nicolaberry1

    Nicola Berry from NicolaBerryArt says:

    Hi Eleanor, this is a really inspiring and motivating story, mores so as I have been laying awake, worrying about what is happening at work tomorrow, and secretly hoping to escape the rat race, be my own boss and do what I love best, be creative. Well done and so pleased that this worked for you. Nic :-)

    1 year ago

  • kmid

    Kate Morgan from kmid says:

    Thank you for your honesty about your preparation! It's always good to hear success stories!

    1 year ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    Vera Tempelmans Plat from ItsVera says:

    Great article, well written and straight forward. Stressing the importance of having finances in order and extra money in the bank is so very important. Yes, listing new items is also necessary to increase sales. Congratulations on your shop and your lovely designs.

    1 year ago

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello says:

    Thank you for your inspirational story! I agree with everyone else here who has wished the U.S. had similar start-up programs to those in Germany. Congratulations to you on your success! As someone who also has heart issues, please just remember to take very good care of yourself! You are the only you you have!

    1 year ago

  • obrienleslie1

    Leslie from SkyBluePinkJewelry says:

    Just opened my shop two weeks ago. It's scary and exciting but your article gave me some good info on what I possibly could be doing to improve my chances for success on Etsy. Thanks for the advice and continued success!

    1 year ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    What wonderful creations. I have been considering doing something similar with the fill in the blank type printables. However, I haven't delved into graphic design on etsy yet, so I don't know. Glad to see you are successful.

    1 year ago

  • JEHAANS

    JEHAAN from JEHAANS says:

    Very inspiring:)! Thanks for sharing you story!

    1 year ago

  • vintagetouchjewelry

    Marguerite from VintageTouchJewelry says:

    Wonderful story -- thanks for sharing it with such honesty and openness. You make a fun and professional product and used great thinking getting to it! Interesting insight into European (German) health and social services (let's all remember Eleanor's story when we vote this November!!). I, too, had successful (open) heart surgery (I moo, now ;o) and know how enlightening it can be. Be well and remember that time away from your shop is good for that wonderful heart of yours.

    1 year ago

  • WoodlandiaHandmade

    Emily from WoodlandiaHandmade says:

    Yay, we have the same Matchbox Labels book! Congratulations on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign from studiokgraphicdesign says:

    Wow - great article and perspectives! You've been one of my favorite shops and I'm glad to get to know more about how you took the plunge! :) Your designs are wonderful - congrats!

    1 year ago

  • DamselofDainty

    Inge van Geem from DamselofDainty says:

    Great motivational story to kick start my day! Thank you.

    1 year ago

  • LeeCandy

    C Lee from EveryJobCounts says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and your advice . I've just started my shop on Etsy and that's very useful , thanks so much! Love your work , too.

    1 year ago

  • lissionetsy

    Natalie Young from lissionetsy says:

    Thanks for sharing :) your designs are fab !

    1 year ago

  • sachintha84

    Sachintha Peiris says:

    Very inspiring. Kudos ! :) and all the very best !

    1 year ago

  • caseybartholomew

    Casey Bartholomew from sugarstudios says:

    So happy to read this story! I'm currently in a pre-Quit-Your-Day-Job mode, I feel the same way Eleanor did about her full time job being meaningless and a waste of time. Hopefully soon I will be able to leave! Reading articles like this just keeps me motivated!

    1 year ago

  • bosquecarpentry

    Gabriel Montes from bosquecarpentry says:

    I had so many similar feelings in the Navy. I was doing what I was told to do, and unable to contribute my best. Now I find more pleasure in building and making. Your insight has been very helpful and encouraging. It is a struggle to work independently, but it is what I need. It's good to see others succeed.

    1 year ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign from AlisaDesign says:

    Amazing!

    1 year ago

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers says:

    Thanks again, everyone - these quotes are making my day! And I'm glad to see that my un-sexy but practical tips for taking the plunge are helpful :)

    1 year ago

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry says:

    I read every word and some of your tips twice! Thanks so much for sharing your story. For those of us who would truly LOVE to be doing our own thing full time.....it's very inspirational! I wish you continued success. Your work is beautiful!, JoDene

    1 year ago

  • bananaorangeapple

    Hannah from BananaOrangeApple says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and your advice. i love reading QYDJ! So inspiring.

    1 year ago

  • LuluandStitch

    Lucinda Spencer says:

    Really love this, it's the first Quit Your Own Day Job article I've read! Now about to go rummage through some more. I'd love to be able to design my own wedding stationary, but how on earth do I start?! Keep going, you're great at what you do! x

    1 year ago

  • jillmarshall

    Jill Marshall from PreppyPiecesHairTies says:

    Your designs are beautiful I love the garden invitation, too. Congratulations on a great article and a great story.

    1 year ago

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 says:

    WOW great idea! Your things are awesome!

    1 year ago

  • stephanielevy

    Stephanie Levy from stephanielevy says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • Mikono

    Ling Abson from Mikono says:

    Great idea on negotiating an unpaid leave of absence to try out this venture before quitting your job! And congratulations to your success and feature!

    1 year ago

  • PattieJansen

    Pattie Jansen from PattieJansen says:

    Refreshingly honest, enormously interesting, and just downright delightful interview! You are beyond clever and very brave. LOVE your papers. Just LOVE! So happy for your success. You are a shining example to us all!

    1 year ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Congratulations! I love your concept for DIY wedding templates.

    1 year ago

  • ArtMind

    Mitsy from ArtMind says:

    Congrats Eleanor! Way to go, girl! I loved reading your story & really enjoyed your session at Hello Etsy in Berlin too!

    1 year ago

  • mmmary

    Mary GC says:

    so exciting to read a quit your day job series from europe!!

    1 year ago

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio says:

    Oh, congrats! So wonderful to see a fellow paper person featured! Your work is fabulous, and the feature is well-deserved. Thanks for sharing the business side of the process of quitting your day job - keeping up with taxes, tips for health insurance, etc. Congrats, and thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

    1 year ago

  • irismiller

    Iris Miller from SimplyAbundantLife says:

    One of my favs in Quit Your Day Job thus far! I appreciate your realness & to the point manner of being your own boss. Thanks bunches:-)

    1 year ago

  • TrulyAesthetic

    TrulyAesthetic from TrulyAesthetic says:

    This is one of the best stories! I feel like I can relate to you and it's very refreshing. I wish you so much success and thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm currently on the path to taking the plunge and I'm looking over the edge yet scooting back at the same time haha.

    1 year ago

  • thebibliophile

    thebibliophile from thebibliophile says:

    Really lovely to read your story, I wish the UK had a similar system to help fund start-up businesses. Congratulations on your feature and good luck with the shop!

    1 year ago

  • starlightsbyamber

    Star Lights By Amber from starlightsbyamber says:

    Love your story! You've inspired me to hopefully take the big leap of "quitting my day job" soon!! Good luck in the future!!

    1 year ago

  • SolskenDesign

    Nina from SolskenDesign says:

    Hi, congrats on the feature, Eleanor! I'm still loving your Steal This Process thing, purchased it in December, and it's been a life saver in more ways than you will ever know, so thank you for it.

    1 year ago

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers says:

    Thanks Nina! Did you notice my mid-level plan with post its on my desk (on the 7th picture down) that wasn't a prop! My husband took the pix so I didn't realize how it was in there until later, but I thought, well at least people will see that I live by my own program!

    1 year ago

  • Azmera

    SaQuA Harvest from HarvestGirlLove says:

    oh I love it.. and love seeing your face and reading your story.. very very much inspiring~ LOVE LOVE LOVE

    1 year ago

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart says:

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing your story and providing some needed inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • Untimed

    Molly Tomecek from Untimed says:

    Lovely. Great to read such an inspiring story and wonderful to see such classy items.

    1 year ago

  • winkcreations

    Marissa from WinkJewellery says:

    Great article! I especially agree with your comment on deciding how to divide your time between creating new products and marketing the existing ones...

    1 year ago

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign says:

    Congrats on the feature!Your work is fabulous!

    1 year ago

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna from PulseVintage says:

    That is so wonderful!!! Congrats congrats!

    1 year ago

  • MCstudioNdesign

    MCstudioNdesign from MCstudioNdesign says:

    This is very motivating. Thank you for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • ginasolomko

    Gina Solomko from ZttP says:

    I'm just getting my store set up with Etsy. I had a very successful part-time business a few years ago selling my handcrafted silver jewelry. All my sales were done through farmers markets, galleries, and gift shops. Now I am ready to wade in and have a go at selling via the Internet. It is very encouraging to read success stories like yours. I appreciate your advice and see your enthusiasm and success as a great inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • jbryant754

    Moleington from MoleingAround says:

    Very motivational and fab advice for a newbie like myself! Thanks! :)

    1 year ago

  • Manufactapaper

    Manufactapaper from Manufactapaper says:

    great story, thank you for sharing

    1 year ago

  • MooreMade

    Megan Moore says:

    Thank you for posting this! As many others have already said, it is very motivational! I've been toying with the idea of opening an etsy shop but keep chickening out. Your advice and experience helped tremendously and I am now determined to at least try it out and just do it! If it doesn't work, then it doesn't work, but I will have at least made the attempt. So, once again, THANKS for posting! (Oh, and by the way, I do LOVE your work, and will be keeping it in mind for future use and will pass the word.) :)

    1 year ago

  • bowtieco

    Silva Y from bowtieco says:

    So inspiration and so helpful! I love that you have a realistic take on quitting your day job. I, as well as many other I'm sure, feel the same about our day corporate day job, so you've provided a ton of hope! Thanks and great work!

    1 year ago

  • ArtJournals

    ArtJournals from ArtJournals says:

    Beautiful style ! Congrats !

    1 year ago

  • candyq81

    Candace Quezada says:

    This story has provided me with a huge amount of inspiration and knowledge! Thank you and congratulations on escaping the corporate world. :)

    1 year ago

  • Faridazaman

    Farida Zaman from Faridazaman says:

    Thank you sharing! Very inspiring - I am a Newcomer on Etsy. Your work is energetic and beautiful! Congrtras!!

    1 year ago

  • sendgiftsforever

    Rucha Gupte from JewelsULike says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful story! Amazing work! congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • thefortunatehome

    Michele Guilfoos from TheFortunateHome says:

    Interesting story, realistic ideas, beautiful work!!! Much continued success!!!

    1 year ago

  • hbrandao

    Maria Brandao says:

    Hello Eleanor, Hope you have sucess with so beautiful work! Have any pictures for corporate companies? Wanted to have an idea about Christmas cards!

    166 days ago