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Quit Your Day Job: Julie Ann Art

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Julie Ann wants to make people “laugh their asses off,” and she’s doing a dynamite job of it in her Etsy shop, JulieAnnArt. She approaches her designs and business plan honestly and realistically. “A lot of my design ideas come from conversations in my daily life,” she says. “Oftentimes I’ll be laughing with someone and a lightbulb will go off in my head like, ‘Hey, that’s a card!’”

Though she has nearly 16,000 sales, success didn’t happen overnight for Julie — she’s been growing her Etsy shop for five years. When she decided to switch from painting as her main medium to her current greeting card business, she noticed quite a jump in sales. “After years of consistent yet unsustainable growth, something changed,” says the Los Angeles–based artist. “This drastic growth made me start to seriously think about pursuing my business full time.” Being the realist she is, she spent months counting (and recounting) the numbers until she decided there was no time like the present to pursue what had once been only a dream. “Over the years,” she reflects, “I’ve been able to experiment with different styles and really find out who I am as an artist.”

Here Julie talks about becoming a full-time seller, the challenge of taking custom orders, and how putting time into her delicious blog keeps customers coming back.

What was your biggest challenge as an Etsy seller when you started, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was just finding my way to where I am now. I feel well-established today, but I spent years trying to find my brand, my style, and myself in my work. It took time to develop a business that is a true representation of who I am.

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What’s your best advice for brand-new Etsy sellers who want to quit their day jobs?

Be patient, humble, and realistic in your expectations. Strive to be unique and original because that’s what is going to set you apart from the rest. Educate yourself on search engine optimization, online marketing, and product photography. Take advantage of social media! It’s free advertising that helps you create a network circle.

Do you think offering custom designs has helped your business?

I think what attracts people to Etsy is the ability to find a product that can be customized for them. Here we are, a community of artists who are ready and willing to create exactly what the buyer needs. Being able to provide custom greeting cards that specifically reference the relationship between two people, whether it be an inside joke or more emotional, is really special to me.

 As a member of The Artisan Group, I had the opportunity to gift this custom card to Amy Poehler. (Any Parks and Rec fans up in here?)

This custom Parks and Rec inspired card was gifted by Julie Ann to Amy Poehler as a part of a presentation by The Artisan Group .

How do you make sure buyers are clear about how ordering your custom items works? How do you deal with things like estimated shipping times, sending proofs, or problems once a buyer has received an item?

When I receive custom-order requests, I’m honest and realistic. If the custom request requires too quick a turnaround time or isn’t suited to my brand, I apologetically decline. It’s an honor to be contacted for your creativity, but it’s important to me that every product I send out is up to my standards of quality. I don’t look at it as turning business away; I look at it as only accepting work that I can give 100% on. I try to strike an even balance between satisfying every customer request and doing work that I am truly passionate about.

You have a very beautiful blog with many delicious recipes and generally uplifting posts. Does your blog influence your Etsy shop?

Yes! My blog has not only helped me become more involved in the handmade community, but it has helped me to connect with buyers on a more personal level. I really urge business owners to have a blog of their own. I know it’s a lot of work and overwhelming, but if you put your heart into a blog and utilize it as an advertising tool, the outcome can be hugely rewarding for your shop. The two can complement one another.

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You’ve been featured in iVillage, Huffington Post, ApartmentTherapy.com, Marie Claire (UK), among others. How did you get all this press?

The majority of my press stems from websites contacting me through Etsy to ask for my permission to feature my cards. The opportunities and exposure I have received through Etsy is really unmatchable. As far as seeking press on my own, it comes back to the blogging community. I feel really fortunate to be a part of a supportive network of blogs I can collaborate with to gain exposure for my business.

You’ve done a great job complying with Etsy’s policies around mature content and language. Did you review the policies before listing your items? What advice do you have for other sellers with similar content?

This is my business and my main source of income. Once I quit my day job, I made an effort to improve my shop and that included following the rules. Etsy has been an amazing platform that allows me to run a shop and sell my products to a worldwide market. It’s the least I can do in return to respect the policies.

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What’s your most favorite part of working for yourself?

I love having the flexibility and control to do what needs to be done. For so long, I wasn’t able to put 100% into my business because I had a day job that took up so much time. Working for myself allows me to focus on what needs attention so I can really pursue the business goals that used to be on the back burner. Working in sweats isn’t so bad either.

What’s holding you back from growing your business? What could you change in your process to help you grow but also maintain your ethics? Share your thoughts in comments.

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  • CaseyDeeArt

    Casey Sibley from caseydsibley says: Featured

    Love this feature! As much as it is a fantasy of mine to become an overnight success and be able to quit my day job (like, right now!), it is grounding to hear a success story that includes: patience and perseverance. Also, I like that you talked about finding your brand and niche over time. I am constantly trying new things and consider this time in the early stages of my business as my "experimental phase". Each new product feels closer to where I want to be. I think that's a great reality to point out. Great cards and great story. Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says: Featured

    The biggest challenge has always been time, so to overcome that, I design cards I use myself. Having just the right cards on hand makes life easier than having to make or look for them at the last minute when the occasion arises and I'm crunched for time. The reward is, through Etsy and the power of technology, I'm able to share my art worldwide to others who need something sweet and fast through an instant digital download.

    1 year ago

  • lisamhare

    Lisa McLaughlin from PalmTeesClothing says: Featured

    It is so nice to hear of a seller who spent years finding her brand, style and self in her work. Sometimes it feels like there are overnight success stories on etsy and if you don't reach that "quick" success, you will stay stuck in middleland forever. Thanks for featuring an artist who took awhile to get there but does indeed have a very cool product.

    1 year ago

  • EiffelTowerGirl

    EiffelTowerGirl from EiffelTowerShop says:

    Thank you for this post! You are doing exactly what I am working towards right now and it is great to see people who have worked towards their dreams and are realizing them!! Great work!

    1 year ago

  • AnitaArtCraft

    Anita Puksic from 3Ptice says:

    Ha! Great cards! Thanks a lot for this article! It reminds me that I really should take more time for my blog, because actually a lot of my readers are also my customers and I've been kinda neglecting my blog lately because of all the work with my brand.

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Very interesting how you have evolved to your present business. As a painter myself, it's sad that you had to give up painting as your medium to achieve the business growth you needed. You seem happy with what you are doing so maybe that was meant to be! And there are many ways in which creative and artistic people can express themselves and grow a business. Maybe that will happen for me eventually. I appreciate your advice. Your blog seems to be a major component of your success...I have a blog but find it hard to keep going on it. There are so many hats to wear to create and market the work, not sure how to find enough time in a day for it all! It's good to see how someone can keep the faith and make it work. Best wishes to you for continued success and creative fulfillment!

    1 year ago

  • megspots

    Megan Smith from MeganSmithPottery says:

    Lots of good advice, and especially inspiration. Helps me to know what areas I need to focus in on, and recognize that the support is right here on Etsy, and links to social media. Thanks Julie Ann!

    1 year ago

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  • rougeandwhimsy

    Erika from rougeandwhimsy says:

    Great piece! I love Julie Ann Art cards-- there really isn't anything else like them! She's so creative.

    1 year ago

  • SymbolicImports

    Angel from SymbolicImports says:

    Great article, love your shop! I really need to work on my blog and change up things in my shop to get to where I want to be in the near future. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • Briole

    Heather Green from Briole says:

    Great article, congratulations on your success!

    1 year ago

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely says:

    Love this story! Huge congrats to you!

    1 year ago

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely says:

    Love this story! Congrats to you!

    1 year ago

  • cravejewelrydesign

    Jaci Riley from cravejewelrydesign says:

    YA!! Julie Ann!! Such a rad artist and all around awesome gal. Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • lindareed00

    Linda Reed from SimplyYoursbyLin says:

    I love this article. I need to show it to my husband!! He keeps asking me when my business is going to take off...lol

    1 year ago

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign says:

    Congratulations on your success. Keep making great items! TadalynDesign

    1 year ago

  • amaretto

    Catherine from amaretto says:

    yeah, it's a great, positive read. I too am doing well and I have to admit it has been a lot of work, but well worth it. I love your brand Julie Ann and I never get bored of reading about you or seeing great pics of your work. Who knows what the future holds eh? Even bigger things for you I think. Well done, you're an inspiration. PS I feel like a stalker but I just can't help myself!!

    1 year ago

  • RitaVanTassel

    Rita Van Tassel from RitaVanTassel says:

    Quit Your Day Job is one of my favorite Etsy posts, and Julie Ann did not disapoint. Congratulations on all your hard work, and thanks for the advice!

    1 year ago

  • SimpleThymePrims

    ronda Tedder from simplethymeprims says:

    Congrats!!...love your work..and you inspire me!

    1 year ago

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  • visiongear

    visiongear from visiongear says:

    What a inspiring post. There are lots of great points and it's wonderful to hear success stories. Most people are understanding if creation times for orders conflict with how soon they need the item. But if the item request conflicts with your brand that can be challenging. I applaud the respect you give by politely declining orders when needed. It shows a great value for both your customers and yourself as an artist .

    1 year ago

  • lboatmanwatson

    Lorraine Boatman-Watson from VintageLorr says:

    Appreciate your honest advice and respect your process of art. Thank you for sharing. Lorraine

    1 year ago

  • PurplePeonyCouture

    Colleen from PurplePeonyCouture says:

    Congrats on the feature Julie Ann! Your shop has been one of my faves forever, so t's nice to hear your behind the scenes story. Thank you for your uber talent! Your cards consistently make me giggle :) xo

    1 year ago

  • VintageScraps

    Meg from VintageScraps says:

    Sweet and simple designs~ great stuff!

    1 year ago

  • whimsypie

    Rhonda from whimsypie says:

    congrats julie ann! a well deserved feature :)

    1 year ago

  • sighfoo

    Jennifer Syfu from sighfoo says:

    Nice! I love her cards!

    1 year ago

  • CraftingEngineer

    Tia Berg from TheCraftyEngineerx says:

    What an incredibly inspiring post and your blog is absolutely amazing! Your cards are perfect. I admire you so much and hope to be like you some day. Congratulations on your success this far and good luck on achieving your goals!

    1 year ago

  • maycily

    Demy from maycily says:

    wow, your story and strenght are so inspiring to do what i really love! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • AcuteDesigns

    AcuteDesigns from AcuteDesigns says:

    yay julie!! love your interview and your work - so happy for you :).

    1 year ago

  • Revisions

    Michele Dugree from Revisions says:

    Yay!!! Not only is this girl hugely talented, she is an all around sweetheart! I've been following her for years now and its great to share in her success along the way. I'm proud of my fellow Michigander! (now transplant Californian) Can't wait to see what you do next! Cheers!

    1 year ago

  • plainjbodyandhome

    Jessica O'Leary from plainjbodyandhome says:

    What a fun shop...I need to bookmark some of those cards for later! Congrats on your feature!

    1 year ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • yarrow50

    Patdak from AgelessDesire says:

    Congrats on your sucess! Great shop with some interesting cards. Luv the cards.

    1 year ago

  • saltystardesigns

    Niki from SaltyStarDesigns says:

    Congratulations on your feature! Your shop put an instant smile on my face...LOVE your cards!

    1 year ago

  • kimcarrasco2

    Kimberly Carrasco from KimBorboleta says:

    I'll ron your swanson is absolutely hilarious! I loved this post thanks for sharing your wisdom! I think I really need to consider making a blog for sure!

    1 year ago

  • enjoythetraffic

    Keila Scott from EnjoytheTraffic says:

    very good post! good luck!!

    1 year ago

  • piccadillypastimes

    Ginger and Tim from PiccadillyPastimes says:

    Very inspiring - thank you!

    1 year ago

  • TheLampWorkShop

    TheLampWorkShop from TheLampWorkShop says:

    great cents of humor.....love your stuff....great post, thanks....coming from an old AD man, jim

    1 year ago

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee says:

    Love the post and the sense of humor that shines through your product. Having a business that makes people smile has got to be wonderful!

    1 year ago

  • AmandaBeardArt

    Amanda Beard from AmandaBeardArt says:

    Congrats on the feature! Well deserved! :)

    1 year ago

  • magsbeadscreation

    Melani Anastasia from magsbeadscreation says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Your shop has always been one of my favorites and LOVE your cards!

    1 year ago

  • BrandySink

    BRANDY SINK from BRANDYSINKDESIGNS says:

    As a new etsy seller and designer I really appreciate your approach to new & fun concepts! I love your originality! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1 year ago

  • magsbeadscreation

    Melani Anastasia from magsbeadscreation says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Love your cards and your shop has always been one of my favorites!

    1 year ago

  • ScarlettSlipper

    Lorri from ScarlettSlipper says:

    Inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • specola

    specola from specola says:

    i can't wait for the day i can quit my day job and just do what i love to do on etsy

    1 year ago

  • remixedbyjacki

    Jacki from remixedbyjacki says:

    So happy to see your shop in this series!! Congrats Julie Ann!!

    1 year ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals says:

    so awesome to see you here. congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • INeedAStitch

    Katy from INeedAStitch says:

    congrats on the feature- your cards crack me up!

    1 year ago

  • phyllissexton

    Phyllis Sexton from phyllissexton says:

    This blog is very inspiring. This is my dream that one day I will be able to quit my day job.

    1 year ago

  • BeautifulBlendings

    Tara Fulps from BeautifulBlendings says:

    Awesomeness! Seriously the ONLY person I order cards from. And such a lovely friend! Keep kicking ass girl.

    1 year ago

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock says:

    Gives me hope and inspiration! Congrats on your successes!

    1 year ago

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    Katie from GardenDaisiesStudio says:

    Love! I think I favorited one of your anniversary cards awhile back :-) Such an inspiring story. Thank you.

    1 year ago

  • SudsNSuch

    Angie from SudsNSuch says:

    Congratulations on

    1 year ago

  • SudsNSuch

    Angie from SudsNSuch says:

    Congratulations on your success!

    1 year ago

  • SwankyPickleBoutique

    Tanzerina from SwankyPickleBoutique says:

    Awesome! Congrats on your feature and thanks for sharing your story! TAG <3

    1 year ago

  • go2girl

    Kila Rohner from Go2Girl says:

    Thanks for sharing, I need this inspiration. Now that my children are about to head back to school, I need this motivation to get organized and busy.

    1 year ago

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY says:

    Great feature...love your cards, Julie. .... I am laughing my Ass off

    1 year ago

  • beadloverskorner

    Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

    Great article and a big Congratulatons on the feature!! TAG <3

    1 year ago

  • JulieAnnA

    Julie Ann from JulieAnnArt says:

    Thank you everyone! I am so honored to be a part of such an inspiring series!

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Social media as an advertising tool? Am I the only one who finds this cringeworthy & horribly corporate? What's wrong with just being social? I hate blogs that seemingly exist solely to plug someone's wares. I find it an instant turn-off & it always strikes me as like being at a party with someone who's desperately networking, incapable of talking about anything but work & looks right through you if you don't seem likely to be useful to them. Blog if you want to, but don't use it as an advert for your shop, use it to express yourself about life.

    1 year ago

  • CherryRedToppers

    Kate from CherryRedToppers says:

    Wonderful! As a full-time seller who works almost solely with custom items, I can fully appreciate the need to only accept work that you can truly commit yourself to. If you won't be able to give it your all, it shows.

    1 year ago

  • rougeandwhimsy

    Erika from rougeandwhimsy says:

    @mazedasastoat have you read Julie Ann Art's blog? She uses it to share about her life, often posting great DIYs and recipes and "behind-the-scenes" features. (her recipes are favorites of mine, actually.) It's really not that shop-focused as well, but creates a well-rounded look at Julie Ann as a person and an artist. Also, I really recommend social media for also connecting with customers as I find that people who buy handmade love knowing the whole story behind the creation they purchase. Social media, as well as personal blogs like Julie Ann's, are great for that. Best of luck with your shop!

    1 year ago

  • CaseyDeeArt

    Casey Sibley from caseydsibley says: Featured

    Love this feature! As much as it is a fantasy of mine to become an overnight success and be able to quit my day job (like, right now!), it is grounding to hear a success story that includes: patience and perseverance. Also, I like that you talked about finding your brand and niche over time. I am constantly trying new things and consider this time in the early stages of my business as my "experimental phase". Each new product feels closer to where I want to be. I think that's a great reality to point out. Great cards and great story. Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • NoFrump

    Ashley of Pamplepluie from Pamplepluie says:

    Congrats, and thanks so much for sharing your story with all of us! :)

    1 year ago

  • WetDesert

    MJ Toops from WetDesert says:

    I really liked hearing Julie talk about growing a business over 5 years and how things changed with the greeting cards. WetDesert is just a over a year old and has has slow but steady growth. I find it inspiring to hear from someone like Julie who isn't an overnight success but a long-term, committed Etsy seller and artist. Way to go, Julie!

    1 year ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons says:

    Great pieces. Thanks for sharing your story

    1 year ago

  • FischerFineArts

    Mel Fischer from FischerFineArts says:

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your success! I'd love to hear more about how you've evolved as an artist and what you did to find your direction. I wish you many years of continued success.

    1 year ago

  • ronin24

    MacKenzie from SingeHome says:

    The "Quit Your Day Job" posts are my absolute favorite! They reinforce my resolve to stick with quitting MY day job and put all my focus on making my day dreams a reality. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • hazaricreations

    Komal from hazaricreations says:

    very inspiring story !Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Cheryl from Beadz2Pleaz says:

    All the best going forward and thanks for sharing your very inspiring story.

    1 year ago

  • debragalbo

    Debra Galbo from HowCuteAreYou says:

    Great inspiration, thanks for sharing your journey.

    1 year ago

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry says:

    Congratulations for the feature and thanks for the valuable tips

    1 year ago

  • rshefferman

    rshefferman from rshefferman says:

    I'm an interior designer for commercial interiors. Etsy has been an amazing source of inspiration. I am always looking for talent to surround ourselves with to then share your work and inspire our clients. For all you folks on Etsy creating, keep it up. I'll be looking.

    1 year ago

  • zelwent

    Laura from BearsEatBerries says:

    It's so wonderful to hear the story of another stationer! And that she spent years figuring out her own business, style, brand, etc. -- someone else was in the same shoes as I am. Great inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • SassMuffins

    Christy from SassMuffins says:

    Such cute cards! Congrats! I love knowing that we can be free to be ourselves in our blogs. Too often I focus on things related directly to my products. But all of us are so much more than just our art/craft, and sharing our whole self so that our customers know us better makes such good sense. Thanks for a great read!

    1 year ago

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry says:

    Loved your story, thank you for sharing it with us! It pays to be true to yourself and honest. Much continued success to you :)

    1 year ago

  • ArlenesRubies

    ArlenesRubies from ArlenesRubies says:

    Congratulations on your feature. It show perseverance and staying true to yourself and your ambitions pay off.

    1 year ago

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  • taylormadecards4u

    Monica Taylor from Taylormadecards4u says:

    Your article is inspiring! It is great to see someones passion turn into a success!

    1 year ago

  • alinamahdi

    zamarut jewel from ZamarutJewel says:

    This is inspirational! Thanks for posting

    1 year ago

  • FoothillMetalArt

    Joan Adams from FoothillMetalArt says:

    Congratulations! Ok... so you have inspired me to get on the ball and get writing! I need a blog... Thanks for sharing your story!

    1 year ago

  • FoothillMetalArt

    Joan Adams from FoothillMetalArt says:

    Oh.. and I love your cards! Move over Hallmark!

    1 year ago

  • dianemoseman

    diane sicari moseman from DesignsbyDiMarie says:

    It's so inspiring to think this has potential to be real... That success and sustaining a living IS possible. Thanks for your inspiration!!

    1 year ago

  • WednesdaysCreations

    Kate Pietschman from WednesdaysCreations says:

    Always love hearing about success - patience and stick-to-it-tive-ness - thanks for your post- YAY!

    1 year ago

  • ewingtrina

    trina ewing says:

    I am very interested in selling on Esty..! Is anyone interested in taking. Time to help me? I don't know how to do this!! Please call me @ Trina2562254509! Thanks

    1 year ago

  • victoriag06

    Victoria FitzGerald from vfitzartist says:

    This is what I aspire to. I also have to keep in mind that success won't happen overnight. I have to work for it and continually improve and refine my style to attract customers and potential repeat customers. I am starting a 5 year plan and by then I hope to be as successful as Julie Ann Art :)

    1 year ago

  • howdyfromlisa

    Lisa from CrystalIntentions says:

    Loving and laughing at your cards! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • claychic

    Jenn Duval from MoodiChic says:

    Love your shop! Congrats on the feature.

    1 year ago

  • toocutecustomcrafts

    Keri from izyandoly says:

    I love your shop and loved reading your article. Congratulations!!

    1 year ago

  • crown1001

    P from MaxplanationPhotos says:

    great article and inspiring

    1 year ago

  • MichelleWorldesigns

    Michelle from MichelleWorldesigns says:

    Great story! Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • foong

    Wendy Boey from foong says:

    It took time to develop a business that is a true representation of who I am. This is so true. I've been in my business for 10 years now (sideline business) and still struggling to this day with the business' "identity crisis" Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

    1 year ago

  • LynJewels

    Lyn from LynJewels says:

    Congrats! You have been one of the best bloggers to work with, and because of that, I've bought from your store too. Keep up the good work and it is great seeing new designs in your store every time I visit it. Congrats once again!

    1 year ago

  • CharmedByWine

    Mary from CharmedByWine says:

    loved reading this story. a reminder to all of us to be patient, and unique!

    1 year ago

  • Linsartwork

    Linda A. Fraine from Linsartwork says:

    Congratulations on your success. I am hoping to be in the same position myself one day soon. I too am an artist and I am having better luck with my sales as I Iearn more on how to use the Etsy enviroment to my advantage. Wonderful article. It is giving me more inspiration to continue on my path. Thank you. Linda

    1 year ago

  • frenchfeatherdesigns

    Karen from frenchfeatherdesigns says:

    Great feature and congrats to Julie Ann! Loved everything she had to say about her success. Her comments on blogging caught my attention though I have heard and seen the same thing talked about by other sellers. I have a blog and it has been one of the hardest things for me to try and better. It is SO difficult to get followers AND comments. I follow other bloggers and comment on their posts but I really got nothing in return. I work so hard at my jewelry for my shop and as hard as I thought I was working at my blog it just didn't seem to be working for me. I still have it but don't post anymore. If anyone can offer any help in blogging and getting noticed you have all my attention and gratitude. :)

    1 year ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says: Featured

    The biggest challenge has always been time, so to overcome that, I design cards I use myself. Having just the right cards on hand makes life easier than having to make or look for them at the last minute when the occasion arises and I'm crunched for time. The reward is, through Etsy and the power of technology, I'm able to share my art worldwide to others who need something sweet and fast through an instant digital download.

    1 year ago

  • KnattyKrafts

    Kirstyn from KirstsKorner says:

    Always love reading these types of articles! Loved this one especially, had a look at her shop and just loved the cards. Such an inspiration. Gives me the drive to continue with my Etsy shop!

    1 year ago

  • touta

    Josette Chapoteau from touta says:

    Congratulation Linda.I did appreciate your advice.

    1 year ago

  • rosaliestreet

    Rosalie Street from BirdrockDesigns says:

    A very helpful and honest article, thanks for your insights. Very funny cards too !

    1 year ago

  • MerryDay

    Pavinee S from MerryDay says:

    I have following your work for some time. It's so inspiring to read about your success here :)

    1 year ago

  • loralyn1

    Laura King from LoralynDesigns says:

    Congratulations Julie! Your designs are so wonderfully unique and add such a personal touch as a gift.

    1 year ago

  • PattieJansen

    Pattie Jansen from PattieJansen says:

    Yay, Julie Ann!!! SO excited for you being featured seller! And so totally deserved. Your ethics and productivity and super clever designs are truly exceptional, not to mention your authenticity and your good heart. I am inspired by you daily. Thank you! And congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching says:

    A great little story. It's good to know that others sit and crunch the numbers over and over before they decide to take such a huge leap. Guess us creatives are good and paranoid with our precious income that not only pays for food and a roof over our heads, but to further fuel our creativeness! :)

    1 year ago

  • nitojosy

    Josie K-D from Goldenlace says:

    What a helpful and insoiribg post! Love all the tips and advice! Your work is great!

    1 year ago

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo says:

    Congrats on the feature, your items and shop are lovely. Oh how I love these inspirational stories...

    1 year ago

  • vanrobmac

    Jenette Robert from OverTheMoonBridal says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and congrats!

    1 year ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thank you so much for such a great and very informative interview and so inspiring I love your shop and your work. Much continued success to you!!!

    1 year ago

  • OMGartwork

    Melba Toast from Meanmuggin39cups says:

    Really inspired by your story. Thanks for opening up and sharing very helpful advice.....oh, the cards are hilarious!

    1 year ago

  • ELS79

    Emma from FawnandSquirrel says:

    Great Story, thankyou for the inspiration...and the giggles, I love Ron Swanson!

    1 year ago

  • lindab142

    Linda B. from lindab142 says:

    Congrats! I'm coming back to read the interview again. I love blogging and creating too.

    1 year ago

  • nickigallery

    junko from NickiNickiGallery says:

    Congratulations on finding the niche and transformation! And, thank you for the wonderful story!

    1 year ago

  • Naturekins

    Barbara from Naturekins says:

    I love to hear of an artist who is doing well. You really do have to pay your dues and find the perfect market for your unique style.

    1 year ago

  • jenjenpb

    Jennifer Desjardins from OftheGardenCreations says:

    Very inspiring and great ideas I will use. Nice work and congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • leslierogerstodder

    Leslie Rogers-Todder from LeslieSilkStudio says:

    You are a clever gal!

    1 year ago

  • keanne

    Keanne van de Kreeke from keanne says:

    Great advices/idea s, thank you so much! <3

    1 year ago

  • janessarobbins

    Janessa Robbins from AnarasCorner says:

    What an inspiration! Thank you for your wonderful advice and stories. I love your work too :)

    1 year ago

  • pohkoon

    Poh Koon from NeueGraphic says:

    All the best! :)

    1 year ago

  • osnatharnoy

    Osnat Har Noy from osnatharnoy says:

    I love your work, definitely inspired me this morning. Have a great and productive day.

    1 year ago

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI says:

    Awesome! I really love how you laid it all out here for us aspirational quit-your-day-jobbers to see. Thank you and good luck!

    1 year ago

  • lirslamo

    Lira Andrews from LiraLamorell says:

    Congratulations Julie Ann!! I wish you continued success throughout your life and thank you for all the great advice and inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • ElmienDeWet

    Elmien de Wet from ARTfromSouthAfrica says:

    Inspiring Julie Ann! Thanks for sharing your story with us. I'm still new on Etsy and really needed this!

    1 year ago

  • KiwiArtHouse

    Caroline Brack from KiwiArtHouse says:

    Great success story and brilliant cards! Can I ask, how do you get your sketches/drawings onto the computer to print bulk - is there a specific graphic design program you use? Or go you scan them? I need to improve the quality of my art prints so a good program like yours would help. Any recommendations appreciated.

    1 year ago

  • veesty1

    Veronica St Clair from JustRandomStuff says:

    Great Feature read...you rocked it!

    1 year ago

  • ARTANDKAT

    KAT from SILKARTBYKAT says:

    yep inspiring! beautiful work!

    1 year ago

  • Lespetitsbuttons

    Sandrine from Lespetitsbuttons says:

    Inspiring work and story !!!!

    1 year ago

  • MichelleWye

    Michelle from RedBrickHouseAdelaid says:

    An inspiring article. Thanks. This comes at a time when I was ready to give up, but maybe I'll keep going and put some more work in instead.

    1 year ago

  • meropisart

    Meropi Toumbas from MeropisArtJewelry says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring and your cards are Coool!!!

    1 year ago

  • learpo

    Leonor from ethnicadornment says:

    Clear and easy advices. Thank you!!

    1 year ago

  • CopusHagenDesigns

    Holly Hagen from CopusHagenDesigns says:

    Thanks for all the good advice!

    1 year ago

  • CRobinsonArt

    Christina Robinson from CRobinsonArt says:

    Great interview. Thank you for the reminder that evolution does take time!

    1 year ago

  • sandraberney

    Sandra from JaneAndCompanyDesign says:

    What a fun shop! Thanks so much for sharing your story - such an inspiration! Wishing you lots of continued success!

    1 year ago

  • thebirdbags

    Sarah Mones Friedman from thebirdbags says:

    A treat to read and the visuals to make us laugh. Thanks Julie Ann for the inspiration. It is success stories like yours that motivate all of us in the Etsy community to keep pushing our shops and online presence to the max. All best, Sarah

    1 year ago

  • CurlicueCreations

    Jennifer Schifano Thomas from CurlicueCreations says:

    Awesome interview. It is always so inspiring to read the Etsy success stories. My shop is slowly building over time, too. It is my only job, but not yet a sustainable income. Wonderful inspiration and business advice. Thank you. Have a super day!

    1 year ago

  • teatimecandles

    Rachez Miller from ShayCandles says:

    Great article. I love the photo of you sitting at your desk. You look so happy and your work environment looks organized and like a great place to create. I need to CLEAR my desk and work table to help CLEAR my mind and be more efficient while working.

    1 year ago

  • wandajuneau

    Wanda from ShoppeAroundTheWorld says:

    Congrats on your success! I would love to do this and thanks for the inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • happygolicky

    Licky Drake from HappyGoLicky says:

    Great article & wonderful story! Taking custom orders requires dedication & perfect communication, both of which you obviously have. You have inspired me to get started on the blog I have had to put on the back burner. Best of luck and continued success!

    1 year ago

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions from SimpleTraditions says:

    Congrats!!! You definitely deserve all the success!!!

    1 year ago

  • steventu

    Steven Tu from CreativeBySteven says:

    Great cards -- creative, honest, unique. Inspiring article.

    1 year ago

  • outlookbunch

    Outlook Bunch from OutlookBunch says:

    Interviews like these just puts me more and more into the mindset of eventually having a full-time shop. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • MindfulProductivity

    Be from MindfulProductivity says:

    great article and some great ideas for me to take away from it. As others have said, I really must work harder on my own blog!!

    1 year ago

  • LuxeBoulevard

    Stephanie McDonnell from NewlyMynted says:

    It's so exciting to see you here. I just love you!

    1 year ago

  • homemadeglass87

    Debbie Applegate from glasscarving says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, and sound advice.

    1 year ago

  • lisamhare

    Lisa McLaughlin from PalmTeesClothing says: Featured

    It is so nice to hear of a seller who spent years finding her brand, style and self in her work. Sometimes it feels like there are overnight success stories on etsy and if you don't reach that "quick" success, you will stay stuck in middleland forever. Thanks for featuring an artist who took awhile to get there but does indeed have a very cool product.

    1 year ago

  • ChakraDreams

    Lisa Berg from ChakraMojo says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I recently got a shop "diagnostic" done and am making many changes based on that, but to hear an awesome success story like yours really helped motivate me today!

    1 year ago

  • AstaRem

    Asta from CozyCappuccino says:

    very simple and inspiring . thank you!

    1 year ago

  • Meiserl

    Ruth Kleiber from BeadFizz says:

    This is such a motivating article! Thank you, Ruth

    1 year ago

  • joycekropewnicki

    Joyce Kropewnicki from CozyComforts10 says:

    What a wonderful success story of how you reinvented your product line into a successful business. I am working to do the same thing myself. I had the mistaken notion that recycling collected fabric into quilts would be a snap. With all the quilt competition and limited ability to make custom orders due to production time, I have been working on making some cute calico cloth dolls for babies through toddlers. I watched my granddaughter age 4 play for hours with dolls and wanted to make a soft one for younger kids. It is a fun creative experience.

    1 year ago

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio says:

    Keeping the faith. Thanks for the pep talk:)

    1 year ago

  • melissahager

    Melissa Hager from melissahager says:

    So inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing, I've gone over to your blog as well and am now following you. I love your work!!

    1 year ago

  • AndreaWagnerDesigns

    Andrea Wagner from AndreaWagnerDesigns says:

    Congratulations in the feature!

    1 year ago

  • cherylkth

    Cheryl Spilsbury from 2Heartsstudio says:

    Thanks for a great article. i have just started out and really gain a lot of insight from these articles..I am going to look for your blog now.

    1 year ago

  • SuisaiGenki

    Suisai Genki from SuisaiGenki says:

    WOW !!! this is Amazing !

    1 year ago

  • ArtsySandra

    Sandra Ramirez from FruitfulFeet says:

    Haha! Those cards are the bessssst! Love it!! :)

    1 year ago

  • jewelrysldesigns

    Sherri from jewelrysldesigns says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is very inspiring.

    1 year ago

  • BCNW

    Amanda Shaw from BotanicalCeramicsNW says:

    You have such a great sense of humor! Your talents are amazing. Congratulations on your continuing success!

    1 year ago

  • thebibliophile

    thebibliophile from thebibliophile says:

    Your cards are really lovely and it was a pleasure to read this interview, congratulations on being able to Quit Your Day Job!

    1 year ago

  • kimberleeannkreation

    Kim Brooks from kimberleeannJewelry says:

    Thanks for the inspiration to perservere and find my way! Everything in my two shops as well as my blog have suffered greatly this summer due to knee surgery x 3 - hopefully Autumn will be a more productive period of time at kimberleeann!

    1 year ago

  • pippihandmade

    Magdalena Seganova from PippiGift says:

    I like your cards very much - they are really lovely! It was pleasure to read this interview. Good inspiration - thank you! And congratulations on being able to Quit Your Day Job!

    1 year ago

  • mcintyrecreations33

    Selena McIntyre from PartiesPlus says:

    This is such an inspiration! Congrats on your success. :) When did you realize that it was time to quit your day job? I have goals that I"m trying to reach before etsy becomes my full time job. My 1st goal was to buy a printer. Goal #2 is to buy real good computer & Goal #3 is to live off of my etsy sales for 3 months. So far, I've completed Goals 1&2 but have a lot of work to do to reach Goal #3. Your story is very inspiring because it helped me realize that success isn't overnight & it's okay if you have to keep working at it.

    1 year ago

  • gypsycreamsoda

    Miss Denina from LAPETITEMORTvintage says:

    You are AWESOME. An inspiration to us all Etsy sellers. I am totally purchasing some of your cards ...today! Soo funny. Great work!!! Keep it up & best of luck :))) xoxo, Denise

    1 year ago

  • StinesSkattekiste

    Stine from WoodlandMakery says:

    I can really relate to what you describe, and I am in the middle of the whole identity process myself, so I was thrilled to learn that I am doing the right thing taking my time to develop a brand that is truly ME and that I will also love in the years to come. I am now starting a blog as the next step. Thanks for the great advise. :-)

    1 year ago

  • dianelangevin

    Diane S from TeddyBearMenagerie says:

    I really love reading these articles. Truly inspirational. And her cards are hilarious!!!

    1 year ago

  • debram315

    Debra McElroy from BrickHouseBeads says:

    Patience-- was there ever a word that was so difficult to grasp! I opened my shop two months ago and daily I am checking the shop stats, views, favorites, etc., to figure out ways to improve my standings. I'm trying to do SEO, branding, stocking all at once and it feels overwhelming. How do other people do it? Even the bottom line under "add your comment" says "please be patient" !! Seriously, how do you figure out what to concentrate on FIRST?

    1 year ago

  • SeptemberWren

    Meg from SeptemberWren says:

    Love it! So happy to see JAA here. Accept no imitations ;)

    1 year ago

  • SBleShoppe

    Sandy Brown from SandyBrownDesigns says:

    Hello... I loved this! You had me on the turn-around time part... To apologetically decline. I just finished a brides attire in 1.5 weeks time. Now I am beat. I lost joy a bit while making it. Several times I thought "I should have declined". Patience... I had lost patience many a times.Many times I thought..."this etsy thing is just not working for me!" My hubby had no work several days for the past 3 weeks. Suddenly orders are flying in for me and I even have orders ready for October and November. I am noticing now... Finally my Patience is paying off. Communicating is key. If my Client and I can not communicate it breaks the connection. Thank you so much for teaching me a little more of the things I will most likely deal with in the near future! Thanks for sharing here. And... Good luck with your business. Sandy

    1 year ago

  • ElwynJewelry

    Ema from ElwynJewelry says:

    Inspiring! Good luck with future work :)

    1 year ago

  • KMayCreations

    Kristen May from KMayCreations says:

    Great article! I love your shop, and your sense of humor! You are a huge inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story.

    1 year ago

  • axcdnt

    Gustavo Freitas says:

    Great words! As I have my own business, I would say that this "I look at it as only accepting work that I can give 100% on." is pretty precious. If you're not confident with your business and mainly with quality, give it another try.

    1 year ago

  • RosieBoutique

    Rose from RosieBoutique says:

    This story is a great inspiration. It is good to know that if you just percerviere you will reach your goals.

    1 year ago

  • BramalfieBeadsetc

    Ailsa Cordner from BramalfieBeadsetc says:

    Great post - I love reading the quit your day job series. One day I will be in the position to do the same!!! Thanks for reminding me that it takes time and effort to get there :-)

    1 year ago

  • Moondogjewelry

    Tony from RocknBracelets says:

    My Etsy business is a great success! I can't wait to open my leased shop soon at the local mall!

    1 year ago

  • charlielaffanbutler

    Charlie Laffan Butler from ArtbyCharlieButler says:

    Wow! Great story and truly inspiring. Love, love, love your work ....and your apartment looks fab too.... I'm very jealous!

    1 year ago

  • ittybittyboo

    ittybittyboo says:

    Julie Ann ....Congrats!!!! So inspiring to read your story. I was laid off 2 years ago from my job as an art director in the apparel industry. I have been doing this for over 20 years. Ihave always been the designated card maker for all birthdays etc.... I decided that this opportunity came about for a reason so I started to create my own cards. A friend opened up a cute shop in the heart of Old Montreal and started selling my cards. So thrilled. My cards are labour intensive as they are also 3D and I bling em up. I now want to start a simpler line as well as not everyone wants to spend so much on cards. I however see my cards as art that can be framed, which to me is like giving two gifts in one :) I want to start an etsy shop as well but had no idea how to start. After reading your article I just figured I should jump in with both feet and see what happens :) Thanks for the great article and for being so much fun! Love your cards!!!! Keep up the great work.....or shall I say passion cause its def not work right? Oh before I forget what kind of printer do you use? Looks nice :) Voula

    1 year ago

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad says:

    Hi Julie Ann- thanks for sharing the info. Love your cards.

    1 year ago

  • shauladesign

    Shaula Moreno from ShaulaDesign says:

    Hello Julie Ann, your story is a great inspiration to me, i can understand how difficult it is to really find your niche in a market or to find your brand, its something I strive for everyday. hearing success stories like yours only push me harder towards the ultimate goal which is success. Thank you for your story.

    1 year ago

  • nildagalarza

    Nilda Galarza from TheDRESSyCardGallery says:

    Stories like this is what keeps me motivated and want to continue to keep my dreams alive, be persistent and keep positive. GREAT story! Thanks! Gracias!

    1 year ago

  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio says:

    My biggest challenge is really trying to figure out who I am as an artist. I love art and just love the way it appeals to my emotional and affectionate side. I love my art because it reflects my love of sweets and my thoughts. Thank you so much for succeeding and for sharing your story because I feel how confident you are and how this is so much more than a pay check for you. I truly admire you!!

    1 year ago

  • mfrawley

    Mary Frawley (Calligraphette Ltd) from Calligraphette says:

    Hey girl I've been following your shop for ages and I love your work - so inspiring. I have a card business too but I'm only teeny tiny and starting out so your story is ace to have as a target. Keep up the stunning work. xx

    1 year ago

  • downthealley

    downthealley from downthealley says:

    JA!!! You are amazing girl! To think how far you've come in such a short time! Beautiful words by one creative gem!

    1 year ago

  • ericacioe

    Erica Cioe from ericacioe says:

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Great cards!

    1 year ago

  • birdrockarts

    BirdRockArts from BirdRockArts says:

    thanks you so much.....it was just what I need......you are so young, smart adn beautiful......congrats

    1 year ago

  • poojacampbell

    Pooja Campbell from 41GrantRoad says:

    "The biggest challenge was just finding my way to where I am now. I feel well-established today, but I spent years trying to find my brand, my style, and myself in my work. It took time to develop a business that is a true representation of who I am". I love that. I believe people who have found success in their shops and in their creative expressions have figured this out. I'm still working my way through this and I know I have to just keep creating before the answer comes to me. Thanks again for this valuable piece of advice. I think I need to make a huge plaque with this quote and put it above my work space : ))

    1 year ago

  • poojacampbell

    Pooja Campbell from 41GrantRoad says:

    You put it sooo well! I love what you said about it taking years to find yourself in your work. I feel that is truly the biggest challenge. All successful shops and artists have this one thing in common - they have found their individual "voice". As an artist, I am drawn to so many things and finding that one thing that is a true representation of myself is a challenge at the moment. I am making a big sign of your quote and hanging it in my work space so that I dont lose sight of my goal and keep persevering. I know the only way to find what speaks loudest to me is by continuing to create and listen. Thanks for your inspiring article. Love it : ) And congrats to you on persevering and finding your success!

    1 year ago

  • JulianneDesignsSD

    Julianne from JulianneDesignsSD says:

    Great advice. Love the shop! Already a fan! ;)

    1 year ago

  • Mihulli

    Michaela Karova from Mihulli says:

    so lovely honest story, love that, great work through the sleepless nights, how wonderful it is when the dream become life. Wish You good luck and passion for Your work.. a realy meaningful blog!=)

    1 year ago

  • TheEbooksOfPamela

    Pamela from TheSecretsOfPamela says:

    Love your cards, they're kind of funny, sexy, and kinky :-)

    1 year ago

  • TracyHallArt

    Tracy Cecilia Hall from TracyHallArt says:

    Congrats on being featured! Needed to hear a story like yours today. Love your unique line. Much more success to you.

    1 year ago

  • babblingbrookestudio

    Brooke Allen from babblingbrookestudio says:

    Your cards make me laugh so hard, congrats on the feature!

    1 year ago

  • NerdJerk

    Steph Cortes from NerdJerk says:

    I was scrolling thru Instagram and laughed at an engagement card that got sent to a friend. Imagine my surprise when I open my email today to find your rad shop featured!!?? But it totally makes sense that you're featured, Julie Ann. Your work is baller and you totes deserve every bit of success! Can't wait to read your blog!

    1 year ago

  • flynnjanet

    Janet Flynn from FloatingThimble says:

    I love the fact that you had the courage to change directions in order to "quit your day job". Thanks for an inspiring article!

    1 year ago

  • sweetgumballinc

    sweetgumballinc Gumball from sweetgumballinc says:

    Love JulieAnn's sassy-adorableness! Love your cards and all the giggles they provide! Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse into your studio. xo's! ~ susan & karen

    1 year ago

  • krabbykasey

    Kasey Ford from krabbykasey says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this feature! Love JuliaAnn art!

    1 year ago

  • labhock

    Laura from CountryChicCharms says:

    Congratulations! I know where I'm going next time I need a special card:)

    1 year ago

  • TrashyCrafter

    Kimberly Franklin from TrashyCrafter says:

    I love reading these inspiring articles, they really keep me going! I totally agree with you, it's so important to be authentic and realistic, if you try to please everyone you will please no one!

    1 year ago

  • solemnsound

    Cody Doll from Cotorian says:

    I so inspire to be like you. I want to quit my day job and just create. The thing that is holding me back is want to create. I tried a few ideas but I couldn't picture myself doing it full time. I still have an idea or two that I want to try out and see where it goes but I am scared it won't turn out good. I am still not done pursing this dream of mine though. Especially when I follow along on yours and see how great you are! Congrats!! You deserve this.

    1 year ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt says:

    It is like Sarah Silverman in notecards! Interesting humor. Fun! @!*#% fun!

    1 year ago

  • shaikhapink

    shaikha al muhairi from pinkgowns says:

    I LIKE YOUR IDEA :)

    1 year ago

  • wildfrisson

    Joanna Otten from FrissonBotanicals says:

    such an inspiring and honest feature. I love love your blog post on getting the email from etsy :) your shop is great, congratulations. well deserved!!

    1 year ago

  • StylesbyHolly

    Holly from StylesbyHolly says:

    Congrats on all your success, and thanks for the tips! Love your cards!!!

    1 year ago

  • SusanStudio

    Susan Fiorenza from SusanStudio says:

    good for you - living the dream!

    1 year ago

  • artlover2013

    Kay from ArtMeetsLove says:

    Your story is inspiring and sincere! Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • jaimeliladonovan

    Jaime Donovan from JaimeLilaDonovan says:

    Congrats. I wish you the best. I love stories like these because they are inspiring and show that it's possible to make money through art. This particular story inspired me to take my art to the next level. Thank you.

    1 year ago

  • GraphicArtServices

    Jessi from RedOwlCreative says:

    Great ideas and inspirational for all us beginners! : )

    1 year ago

  • mamaskitchenart

    Cheryl Jorandby from mamaskitchenart says:

    Your story inspires me to truly work my Etsy shop. I to am an artist and create greeting cards. My line of cards features Dogs, that I have painted for family, friends and customers. I must do a blog! Thank you for your story.

    1 year ago

  • MadCowDoc

    John Holliday from MadCowSigns says:

    I kid you not Julie Ann, your approach to business is so much like mine...it's amazing. You're out there in L.A. and I'm on the "other" coast but the similarity is uncanny. I'm an engraver. I engrave on wood...signs or plaques..call them what you may..whatever comes to my deranged mind OR whatever the clients' deranged mind comes up with ! It's great ! I started in 1996 so it's been a while in developing..many many changes. One thing has never changed though. Like yourself..if it's not realistic to create something in the time frame requested..I also decline. I'd rather NOT make something..than make it wrong, late, or against my own grain. Don't mean to ramble. It was just like reading MY business ethics and creativity process, as I read YOURS ! If nothing else...know this ! It's an inspiration to have you and others whom may have that attraction for success through fun/w/perfection(or close as possible)..online and sharing your inspirational message. I thank you Julie Ann ! I'm sure ..at 56 yrs old, you could teach me a hellofalot about marketing online..so if you ever have words of wisdom to share with me..please do ! Just got a website..it's madcowsigns.weebly.com . I'd be delighted to meet you online lady. Always your friend and ally, If you so choose..holler ! Danke Schone, "Doc" My apologies. There are no UmLauts...to go over the o in Schone ..at least not that I know of ? Do you ?

    1 year ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Congrats on your success! Thanks for sharing your story and tips!

    1 year ago

  • TheOldHatBox

    Deb Turcio from DebbieDrawsFunny says:

    Awesome! Totally inspired! It IS possible to make a decent living selling greeting cards- Yipee people!!! :) I love the realism of the whole story. It wasn't over night success and I can relate to the whole bumpy navigation of finding one's niche, trusting your gut, and taking some chances. Having been on Etsy for just a bit over a year I have learned a lot. And I also know I have a WHOLE lot more to learn. (SEOs anyone?) But that's the good news: there's always room to grow and improve! I'm starting to switch up my shop from the mish mosh of vintage and handmade to eventually sell just my greeting cards, prints, and within the next year t-shirts with my artwork. And this was just the kick in the pants to keep me keeping on ;) Etsy, you rock my world.

    1 year ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON from 1AEON says:

    Congrats! Real cool!

    1 year ago

  • labalmcosmetics

    LaBalm from LaBalm says:

    I love these articles, very inspiring :)

    1 year ago

  • elysglass

    matt Helalian from ElysGlassArtlighting says:

    I love your work

    1 year ago

  • gypsygirlfashions

    Carol Joy from gypsygirlfashions says:

    I love to read about other etsian's journeys. That's difficult for me too, settling on a final brand. I understand why it's necessary, but I find it difficult because my interests are so diverse. Anyway, really wonderful article and I really appreciate your humor! Carol Joy

    1 year ago

  • creativeillusion1

    Maya Perez from CreativeIllusion1 says:

    My father started a greeting card business that didn't do well, but I have been trying to find ways to integrate my humor, art, and writing into something really special. What a wonderful story! Congrats=)

    1 year ago

  • delicateandlayered
  • LecreazionidiLory

    Lory B from LecreazionidiLory says:

    Thanks for the tips.

    129 days ago

  • Javajoanne

    Joanne from Javajoannefunnstamps says:

    Wow! Congrats on your success! I DREAM of my business one day paying the mortgage but I don't know how to make the leap to the next level. I create hysterical rubber stamps for envelope stamping (mail art). I love to make people laugh, I see you do too! Your story is very inspiring, thank you. Keep laughing~

    109 days ago