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Women in business face many common challenges: negative stereotypes, gender bias and family demands are just a few of the hurdles they must jump. Kimberly Porazzo, an award-winning journalist and editor, has been reporting the stories of female entrepreneurs for several years now, a beat that’s become a lifelong passion. ”I have met and learned so much about success and failure from so many women. I want to continue to tell their stories, but in a way that inspires and informs other women.” Porrazzo recently initiated a Kickstarter campaign for Woman-owned, a digital magazine that aims to engage business-minded women. With strong writing, photography and embedded videos, the magazine will encourage readers to share the content and educate other women on starting and running a successful business.

Today, there are many more opportunities and support systems to give women a leg up in business. The majority of states in the US, for example, provide training and resources to woman business owners. Technology has made it easier to launch a business and increase awareness among potential customers. But to truly get a business off the ground, it’s all about taking things seriously. “For small business owners, such as Etsy sellers, you have to remember that, no matter how small your store is, you are building a brand,” advises Porrazzo. “Beyond designing and creating a product — often the most fun part of being an Etsy seller — there are all the details of running a business, from inventory management to customer service.”

Even if your shop is a fulfilling hobby, paying attention to small business details is essential for reaching the next level. ”One of the most common habits among women who are successfully running their own businesses is that they look at the numbers every single day,” says Porrazzo. When Jacquelyn Tran, CEO of BeautyEncounter.com, took over the fragrance business her parents were running out of their garage, she followed such a mantra. “She told her parents that if they were going to grow the company, they had to make decisions as if they were a big company, not a garage operation,” says Porrazzo. “She now is at the helm of one of the largest online fragrance and cosmetics retailers in the world.”

Unfortunately, women are still falling short to their male counterparts. Over the last decade, only two percent of women-owned businesses have reached the one million dollar mark in annual revenue. But that statistic is steadily changing for the better. “I really sense more confidence among the women that I talk to. They don’t feel they have pie-in-the-sky ideas,” says Porrazzo. ”I think, deep down, many of us want to run our own show. And today, women are making that choice like never before.”

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Chappell Ellison is a designer, writer and design writer. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she serves as a contributor for The Etsy Blog and design columnist for GOOD.

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  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess says: Featured

    We never fall short of our male counterparts! Revenues aren't the only measurement of success.

    1 year ago

  • mbstover

    Melissa Stover from mbstover says: Featured

    Great post! I love the pin! I live near Washington, D.C. and recently had the opportunity to attend a women's leadership breakfast that included several women working for the national government that have been involved in research & trending regarding women in business. One topic of discussion was the gap in income between women and men, despite the fact that more women graduate from college than men. One of the findings presented was that a number of women tend to seek stability & take more calculated risks, whereas men tend to take more risks and seek to rise the corporate ranks. Of course this is not always true and it's not to say we don't still have obstacles to overcome, but it does help to explain the surprisingly low number of women CEOs. It may also help to explain some of the other observations noted in previous comments, such as the observation by Sara that more men seem willing to "talk up" their business and make it appear more successful than it is, ,,.But, as they say, Slow and steady wins the race. Onward!!

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Love this post!!!

    1 year ago

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop says:

    Women need to network better so that they can begin small business lending with a focus on women-owned, women-operated and begin the process from the ground up. The process has been started, but it will take decades to have a lasting impact for our next gen women. It takes small steps to start any revolution though ...

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Great info. Etsy can be a good start, but having a business mind set can take time. Especially for women who have not been taught to value their time and creative self. Making money is a good thing. Not for the sake of money, but for what you can do with it. I always look for a profit margin, if that makes me a bitch so be it!

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Impressive!

    1 year ago

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop says:

    Interesting!

    1 year ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    Thought provoking, and a good read!

    1 year ago

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady says:

    Great points about running a business as a woman. Profit is important, if I make something and can't make a profit why do it? Etsy has been a great learning opportunity for me still trying to build my business.

    1 year ago

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv says:

    Running a business makes women feel important and needed. This is good for us as long as we can remember that being a wife and mother is first and formost, and should always be a higher priority than our work!

    1 year ago

  • OldSpoolVintage

    Carmen Iris from OldSpoolVintage says:

    Thanks for this article. I really appreciated the info included in some of the links.

    1 year ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • EcoAssist

    Sara Rampersaud from EcoAssist says:

    While mentoring under a number of male owned start-ups in Ohio (with a web-based business before my days on Etsy) and intense networking with women's organizations/networking groups I realized that one of the biggest differences between the women and male-owned businesses was assertiveness. This isn't the case for all women of course, but the men I observed tended to be quicker to seek VC, accept more risk (and let go of their fears), and were more likely to 'talk up' their business (or make their businesses appear more successful than they were in order to make themselves more appealing to clients/investors etc). The women, however, were more likely to grow their businesses organically without taking on too much debt, view their businesses as 'lifestyles careers' and not 'enterprises', and unfortunately...were more likely to undervalue their work and less likely to promote their businesses with the same confidence as the men. However, one of the greatest strengths that I observed was that the women-owned businesses were extremely supportive of one another. Having that support has been a tremendous asset for me. That said, I've known a number of successful women-owned businesses that have actually chosen to remain small, artisan businesses to maintain quality, service and authenticity. Still successful without hitting the 1 M mark. I don't know if there is a 'best' or 'right' way to grow a business but, in my humble opinion, a strictly financial perspective isn't an entirely accurate barometer of success in and of itself (business or personal). Personally, I'd rather run a business earning less than 1M and enjoy the art of running my business than own a 1M+ company and lose sight of my passion while trying to focus on ever-expanding. Thanks for the article and conversation :)

    1 year ago

  • Lisarachel

    Lisa Rachel Horlander from ArtfulSoles says:

    Love the links! thank you for sharing!!

    1 year ago

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  • Lisarachel

    Lisa Rachel Horlander from ArtfulSoles says:

    I love what you said Sara Rampersaud

    1 year ago

  • SCAVENGENIUS

    Anathalia from SCAVENGENIUS says:

    Great post!

    1 year ago

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics says:

    Good post and an interesting read, especially the tiny percentage of women that "succeed". I wonder though, while many shops run by women don't hit the million dollar mark, how many of them last longer than businesses run by men? If the business run by a man takes longer to turn a profit, do they give up quicker and hop back to full time work quicker than a woman? Or do women persevere and keep things ticking over longer, making small profits but over many years? Food for thought :)

    1 year ago

  • luluwraps

    Deborah Abele from luluwraps says:

    I will be a subscriber! I struggle with keeping my work a priority, rather than setting it aside to be 'on call' with family. (Three interruptions during this post!)

    1 year ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    Woo hoo! Go, ladies, go!

    1 year ago

  • SoulSeeds

    Laurie Abela from SoulSeeds says:

    Helpful post! Thanks also for the links.

    1 year ago

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry from jammerjewelry says:

    Wonderful post, thanks

    1 year ago

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess says: Featured

    We never fall short of our male counterparts! Revenues aren't the only measurement of success.

    1 year ago

  • Vanna

    Margreet van Tricht from Vanna says:

    Wow, love this! "...make decisions as if they were a big company, not a garage operation..." Good advice!

    1 year ago

  • sockmonkey09

    masseyna olstynski says:

    Best post i'v ever read!!!!keep it up!all the best

    1 year ago

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios says:

    Awesome post! There's so much to learn! I'd love to see more articles like this one. Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    Women are so used to doing housework and taking care of our kids for free that we tend to devalue our own time, which is sometimes reflected in our Etsy pricing. To understand my true monetary value to my family, I remind myself to consider my day job and Etsy income, as well as the family health insurance my day job provides and the thousands of dollars I save by watching my children myself rather than sending them to daycare. As far as aggressiveness in business, I tell myself that if I don't ask for what I want, the answer is already no. That mindset helped me work up the courage to pitch my Etsy products to retail shops. I'm now in three shops — two because I asked and one because the shop owner found me. And those three retail shops are all women-owned!

    1 year ago

  • ResaArtDesign

    Resa Wilkinson from ResaWilkinson says:

    Thank you for this article and it's very important points.

    1 year ago

  • fensalirfiber

    Beth from FiberWytch says:

    Great post! I'm still trying to discipline myself to keep better track of the numbers side of my business, which I am aiming to grow organically. I admit that I do enjoy the creative side more, and would never want to be so successful that I became just an administrator.

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    I'm glad that there is a focus on women-owned businesses and understanding how they differ from more traditional business models. While profit and growth is a commendable goal and gauge of success, many of us on etsy are not really looking to make it rich so much as to make a decent living and still be hands-on in our own art/craft/business. As an artist I don't aspire to having thousands of prints and paintings in every Target or Walmart, or having a factory of Chinese workers reproducing my crafts. Some businesses may fit that model, but as a fine artist/craft artist there is nothing that attracts me in that, not even for really big bucks! Sure I'd love to be an artist whose work can command thousands per painting, but realistically that's quite unlikely. If I can be my own boss and make an income to match or exceed what I make as an employee I'll be truly successful in my own estimation.

    1 year ago

  • TheSunshineGrove

    Natalie and Jeremy from TheSunshineGrove says:

    Great story. Etsy has been the stepping stone to get our shop going. Now we've extended to craft shows. Can't wait to see what's next.

    1 year ago

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice says:

    Great info. I too am simply looking to make a reasonable living, and not interested in becoming mega-rich, famous, running an empire etc! I feel it's so important to love what you do, and no single business model suits everyone's goals or circumstances. I'd be happy with a few more sales, and a few more hours in each day!

    1 year ago

  • oldish

    oldish from oldish says:

    Who says we need to reach this million dollar mark? I am satisfied with much less, I believe in much less, more is a bitch...Not many happy rich people out there I think.

    1 year ago

  • ethora

    ethora from ethora says:

    Great article. Thanks for the info!

    1 year ago

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  • paperfromheaven

    Katie from paperfromheaven says:

    Thanks for this article

    1 year ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Very interesting post!

    1 year ago

  • csburdick

    csburdick from callmebrazen says:

    I was just talking to two women farmers today who have been running their operation for 3 1/2 years now with great success Instead of focusing so much on tractors and equipment, they practice relational farming and create an atmosphere that is rich in care. That is only one example of many in which women business owners can utilize their unique perspective to benefit business.

    1 year ago

  • lostindrawers

    lostindrawers from lostindrawersvintage says:

    Inspiring post!

    1 year ago

  • Tilependantjewelry

    Gisele from Eyecharts says:

    Hell yes, I hear you. Love to see women running their own shops!

    1 year ago

  • GoldAdore

    Gillian from GoldAdore says:

    Great read.

    1 year ago

  • MorfineDoll

    Marta Lalova from MorfineDoll says:

    There are too many stereotypes out there and the whole women/men dividing isn't helping anyone improve so great article and ideas!

    1 year ago

  • twoluckycats

    Gelsey Torres and Dustine Hockenberry from twoluckycats says:

    Fantastic. I can't wait to read/contribute to this potentially valuable resource!

    1 year ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin says:

    Very good read.

    1 year ago

  • Aliljoy

    AlilJoy from KneeCapsByAliljoy says:

    First I'd like to say, "I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the title of this article." I am a mother of two with one on the way and I know that moms like me have to be pretty damn good at what they do to juggle a family and start a new business. I have to tell myself on a daily basis to not give up and power forward even while I'm simultaneously pulling my hair out to "why" questions a whiping my toddler's butt (can you say multi-task?). I can't wait to read more about "Kickstarter"!

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Great article ! Yes go ladies :))

    1 year ago

  • AkimaBotanicals

    Akima Morgan from AkimaBotanicals says:

    Cheers to all the hard working women business owners out there! We really give it our all. I'm going to take a look at the author's kickstarter now.

    1 year ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says:

    So true, if you want your business to be a big business, you have to treat it like one! Go ladies!

    1 year ago

  • VintagePatternPlace

    Meredith from VintagePatternPlace says:

    Could I PLEASE get permission to re-use that headline photo? That is so perfect!

    1 year ago

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    Jen Schroll from TerraBellusPaperCo says:

    Thanks for the article!

    1 year ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame says:

    Great article. I love the idea of women helping women. What a great way to learn

    1 year ago

  • elementsbycarla

    CarlaJ from elementsbycarla says:

    I really liked the article. When we adopted our son, I decided that I wanted to be home for him since my mom worked throughout my childhood. Now my baby is 13 and doesn't need me around (I should say, doesn't want me around as much). I decided to start a jewelry business with all my free time. That was the thought; but with running a car service for him and his friends, paying the bills, shopping, cooking, laundry (you get the picture) I am not sure where my free time is. I love creating new pieces and try to eke out some creative time daily. It is a struggle but it makes it easier knowing that there a lot of women in the same situation. No matter what the size of my business is I know it is an amazing business because it is a part of me.

    1 year ago

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery says:

    Interesting!

    1 year ago

  • aroominthecottage

    Michelle from aroominthecottage says:

    Interesting read. Food for thought!

    1 year ago

  • paigesperfections4U

    Paige's Perfections from paigesperfections4U says:

    This is definitely inspiring! Running your own business is tough but there ARE resources out there to help! Thanks for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • Rhubarb4719

    Rhubarb4719 from Rhubarb4719 says:

    This is so true! As a business owner from the age of 20, i have experienced so many things in such a small store. its all about thinking outside of the box and figuring out how to get an income one way if the other is not working. Certainly been a challenge from being flooded and living in such a little community and having to source business elsewhere! So here i sit just short of 23 and stress levels go up and down like a roller coaster! I wouldn't change it for the world though!

    1 year ago

  • dahliasoleil

    Paulette from dahliasoleil says:

    Sounds like a great idea ...but why did Etsy write this when the campaign has 3 days left?Would've given her some much needed exposure back in June to raise more funds.Deadlines are so crucial with those campaigns. I would definitely contribute my story to a magazine like that.Try breastfeeding while selling at an outdoor market.That was an adventure.lol.The challenges of juggling a family and a business can really make or break you as a businesswoman.

    1 year ago

  • SoapForYourSoul

    Emily from SoapForYourSoul says:

    Great read! Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • CharitableCreations

    Shelly from CharitableCreations says:

    Very inspiring! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    Lovely and inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • MemoriesManufactured

    Amy Stafford from MemoriesManufactured says:

    Thank you for the fascinating statistics and great practical tips on thinking big, looking at your numbers daily and giving yourself the credit to think and behave like a brand (since we are brands). In my "day job" I consult lots of women on their brands and solo-preneur businesses and love to hear about others out there championing women's endeavors as well. Keep up the great work and thanks for contributing to the success of us all!

    1 year ago

  • mungoandmidge

    mungoandmidge from mungoandmidge says:

    Interesting read - very best of luck to Kimberly for the Kickstarter initiative! I agree with the earlier comments that question the $1m figure as a barometer of success. I think male-driven businesses are competition and incentive based - they respond and are motivated by the idea of meeting a financial target that asserts their place in the larger scheme of things. I think female-driven businesses are lifestyle based and, by necessity, take in a wider range of factors like running a home, taking care of children and also quality of life. Women don't want to sacrifice home, family or simply having a life to create their own success - or are judged differently for making that choice - yet men are allowed to do so, without comment. It is striving for balance that is a big motivator for many women to start their own business - a means of realising their own potential and creating an income on their own terms without sacrificing the things that are important to them. To achieve those things IS a success - but it may not be one that ranks as successful in the predominantly male business world. The real question here is - why not? If a business reaches its audience and makes a profit - does it need to grow beyond that? Isn't it enough to have enough? Over the past few years we've seen how financial greed and wanting everything has spun completely out of control and sent shockwaves through business communities around the world. When a system breaks, it is time for a change of thinking. As women, we have a completely different perspective on life and business (note which I put first!) and a unique set of skills to bring to the table when creating a business. It is not a weakness, it is a strength - and we need to be equally confident about creating our own definitions of success.

    1 year ago

  • joyceweaver

    Joyce Weaver from joyceweaver says:

    As part owner in a heating and air conditioning business in central Texas, this article is great! In my illustrious careers, the most difficulties I ran into was as a bass and guitar player in Austin during the late '80s & early '90s - I would be passed over for many music jobs for lesser players just because they were men. However, a lot of those musicians are dead now, may they be resting in peace.

    1 year ago

  • YankeeDaughter

    Melissa and Ross Rhoades from OldJunkAmbition says:

    I have found that people just don't take me seriously when I tell them I own a small business, but when my husband tells them they are all ears. Why does it seem so impossible that we as women can take an idea, nurture it, build it from the ground up and watch it grow? We do it with children don't we? The good thing is, I don't need the naysayers approval for validity in what I do. I need the passion that burns within and an overall "I'm gonna do this shit and no one's gonna stop me" attitude. This was a great article and I hope it is just the kick in the pants a lot of the self-doubters need. Melissa :)

    1 year ago

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry says:

    Thank you, great post.

    1 year ago

  • mbstover

    Melissa Stover from mbstover says: Featured

    Great post! I love the pin! I live near Washington, D.C. and recently had the opportunity to attend a women's leadership breakfast that included several women working for the national government that have been involved in research & trending regarding women in business. One topic of discussion was the gap in income between women and men, despite the fact that more women graduate from college than men. One of the findings presented was that a number of women tend to seek stability & take more calculated risks, whereas men tend to take more risks and seek to rise the corporate ranks. Of course this is not always true and it's not to say we don't still have obstacles to overcome, but it does help to explain the surprisingly low number of women CEOs. It may also help to explain some of the other observations noted in previous comments, such as the observation by Sara that more men seem willing to "talk up" their business and make it appear more successful than it is, ,,.But, as they say, Slow and steady wins the race. Onward!!

    1 year ago

  • hurdyburdy

    Beverley Richmond from hurdyburdy says:

    Interesting piece. It would be good to see more info relating to financial and gen support (ie mentoring etc) for established businesses and start ups with a specific focus on vintage & handmade AND what's available in different countries.

    1 year ago

  • TossedTreasures

    Amber Lee from TossedTreasures says:

    This was a great article, and very glad to see you write an article focusing on women in small business.

    1 year ago

  • zJayne

    Jane Pierce from zJayne says:

    I just backed that magazine model! They need your support by August 10th for it to fly. Pledge a buck or lots of bucks...it all adds up. Click the first link there highlighted " initiated a Kickstarter campaign for Woman-owned" - make a difference~

    1 year ago

  • zJayne

    Jane Pierce from zJayne says:

    AND you can pin this article on Pinterest - Twitter it.... facebook it ... today's the 8th and I'm just seeing it! Women supporting women - socially get it out there. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • Deconfetti

    Nata from dekkoline says:

    Very interesting story!

    1 year ago

  • violetsobsession

    Violet from violetsobsession says:

    Thanks for sharing! There are so many parts to a business and it is hard to find the right balance.

    1 year ago

  • ambduc13

    Amber Duckworth from ADuckworthDesigns says:

    Enjoyed reading, thanks!!!

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I think it is difficult to be taken seriously as a woman in business so often people think your slacking off by running an Etsy shop but it dies take real effort!

    1 year ago

  • seastarglass

    Dafne from seastarglass says:

    I find most women in the arts in particular, are not taken seriously. Good article and great comments here. Women should support each other better...

    1 year ago

  • peacebird

    Amy from PeacebirdStudio says:

    Just being my own boss doing something I love is an incomparable success in my book, but also being able to encourage other women as they set out to make their way is as deeply gratifying as the joy of creation!

    1 year ago

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop from earthygirlshop says:

    Great article, really enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

    1 year ago

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign says:

    @ Vickie Moore - GREAT COMMENT! What a great way to put it. I do all the "mommy" work, house work, appointments, etc too, plus a part-time job, plus try to sew for my etsy site. NOT always easy, especially with 2 1/2-year-old twins. Great inspiration here! Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • zenakire

    Zen Akire from ZenAkire says:

    Wow! I am even more inspired after reading this story...................there is no limit to what we can do.

    1 year ago

  • stacynovakart

    Stacy Novak from stacynovakart says:

    So Inspiring ...thank you.

    1 year ago

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading says:

    As always, Chappell, I so enjoy reading your articles! This post give good insight to what our business attitudes should be. Encouraging when I needed a boost.

    1 year ago

  • LilBeeDesigns

    Lillian Bolster from LilBeeDesigns says:

    I like this post and the conversation that it sparked. I graduated from college with a BA in ceramics. There was more emphasis on the creation of art than on the business side of art. (There was one class taught every other year that was not required- I took it anyway. To be fair this was ten years ago and I don't know how it is now.) The business side has become easier but I still struggle with it. I didn't have any grand ilussions that I would become monetarily wealthy artist but I would like to grow my business. I love that there will be another resource out there for women to learn business skills.

    1 year ago

  • katelynsphipps

    Katelyn Phipps from katelynphippsphoto says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • jadaaloisio

    Jada Aloisio from HandMarked says:

    For so long, I sold my self short because of perceptions of the people around me. Although they loved my creations, they never felt I could make money doing so. With constant changes in the school system and many teachers faced with budget cuts, I slowly took the plunge of selling my jewelry. I have done everything backwards because I had no clue what running a small business would entail. I really thought I would just sell a few pieces a month and have a little spending money. As demand grew in such a short time, I started reading and trying to learn as much as possible...and boy, I still have a long way to go. Now, I see that I actually have a functioning small business with great potential. I don't see this as a pie in the sky business, but I do have steady income which happened in only 9 months. I now have real goals in mind for what I know I can make happen. I recently was interviewed by a national women's magazine and was asked what I wanted share with readers with dreams of opening a small business. My answer was simple...If you have a dream, follow it. Don't listen to others that tell you it is impossible. Just realize it takes work, lots of work. I'm working more hours now than I ever have, but I'm happy. I'm my own boss. I control the outcome in my life. Don't live with regrets and what ifs. Realize failure may happen, but we do not learn if everything always comes easy to us. Thanks for the article.

    1 year ago

  • marvareynolds

    Marva Reynolds from StitchesbyMarvaLisa says:

    I agree with the young lady that said, hitting the 1 mil mark is not the only way to determine success. Getting what you want out of the business is very important. I am however, looking for my business to be perfected to the point that it will meet my need and the needs of others. I enjoy creating for others, but more than that I enjoy doing it for me...Great article. I posted it on fb

    1 year ago

  • portraitsbybillie

    Billie Bennett from portraitsbybillie says:

    Great article with alot of very good tips. For me success also means someone likes my art enough to buy it and display it in their home. When I buy something handmade I have a different feeling about the article. I know there was a real person with a creative spirit behind it and I feel I relate to this person.

    1 year ago

  • lylewhite

    Lyle White from LyleVintagePatterns says:

    beautiful article

    1 year ago

  • LittleTankShop

    Tank Nunez from LittleTankShop says:

    pretty good!

    1 year ago

  • ka1231

    Kari from ThoughtofYouFabricAc says:

    Obviously, everyone has a different measure of success. There is a really great feeling that comes with selling something that you created...there is an even better rush when you get referrals. When someone likes something that you created and wants others to know about it! People want to feel like they are part of something special and about to be huge! We all want to see woman feel successful. And by purchasing from etsy vendors you are directly supporting a person, not just a business.

    1 year ago

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart says:

    Great food for thought and inspiration in the post and the dialogue created. Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • onlineleila

    That Leila Girl from onlineleila says:

    Start small... think big...keep track of your daily progress in writing...find a couple of mentors... remember your dream...new and past... be thankful daily to spread your talents around... notice what you are good at and what you need to empower within yourself...keep on keeping on...neither sex nor sunset can keep you below the horizons of your own efforts...there is no loss; only lessons...make a list of the three most important things you are to do the next day in a journel next to your bed and write in it every night the three things you are most grateful for the day...money does not measure true wealth but it certainly frees us up to be free to share more and be a better example of what to do with it...now 60 and still a child of the 60's...years, no decades of activism have allowed me to witness much positive change in the natural entrepreneureal spirit of women to create something out of nothing...we have it in us to shoestring our dreams into fruition...follow your passion and fear not neither the passages of time, trials nor testing...keep looking to the positive each and every day...train yourself in the use of positive thought, speech and acknowledgement of self and others...life is a daily miracle of new beginnings...let go of the past in every area of your life...there is always greater blessings on the horizon...accept the changes within and without...stay flexible...neither drink lousy coffee nor bitter wine...every time you catch yourself complaining or critiquing others make yourself do three random acts of kindness in the next 24 hours...breath deep and stay calm amidst the storms which inevitably do come...keep it simple and enjoy this remarkable journey on Etsy...I am making a committment to buy more from other vendors...thanks for the reminder...keep on trying and do not give up on your dreams...sometimes I am just stunned at how God has delivered the fulfillment of many dreams...the recognition of which sometimes happens as a full movie of the scenes of my life suddenly appear as one...the fruits of the spiritual are real...enjoy it all one day at a time...it goes so quickly and we all still have much to do...every day is as new as the ripeness of the little golden rosie apples I see growing in the orchard beyond my own yard...that I have the privlege of harvesting them without seemingly had any responsibilities for their cultivation reminds me that I am now gathering around me the wealth of all my own creative urges and choices to help others acheive their dreams in all that I do...the old is passing away and the newness is here...there is a season for everything and when you choose to make a new and ideally better choice, whether during the making or the marketing of your creative self, you are a true success...what goes around comes around...go for it!

    1 year ago

  • Title18331

    Kelly Eckley from PinchedPennies says:

    I'm extremely proud of my small business and myself! Go ladies, let's rock this world.

    1 year ago

  • anniemaxfield1

    Annie Maxfield from girlina says:

    After Romney's comments the other night, I found this really empowering to read. We don't need the workplace to behave in special ways - like being more "flexible" we just need to have more opportunity, create our own space, and support one another.

    1 year ago

  • kennedy3230

    Michelle Couch from RhysandRaesCreations says:

    I am thankful for articles like this that help sharpen my skills. I must read information on running a business and use study tools so that I can keep up and learn new ways to grow my business. Thank you for the helpful advice!!

    1 year ago