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Quit Your Day Job: TheShabbyChicCottage

“I started creating things because I wanted a beautiful home, but didn’t have much money. To learn a new skill, I would find someone who’d teach

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Quit Your Day Job: savor

“Quite literally, the work I do is my paycheck. This gives me a drive and sense of responsibility I never had while working for someone else.”

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Quit Your Day Job: darkcycleclothing

“When you run your own business the separation of work and play is very difficult: our work used to be our play.”

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Quit Your Day Job: HaydenJ

“Knowing that I can make a life for myself with something that I create from beginning to end with my own two hands is pretty amazing.”

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Quit Your Day Job: johnnyvintage

“I love the idea of finding things with a past — things that have obviously been loved and those that deserve a lot more.”

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Quit Your Day Job: beyonddesign

“I never dreamed that one online community could be the turning point from working a corporate job to running a successful business.”

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Quit Your Day Job: MeandMatilda

“I love the idea of growing a sustainable business that could one day employ people in my community and add to our local economy.”

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Quit Your Day Job: Verabel

“Even though my time is often limited, I own it, and that sense of freedom is priceless.”

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Quit Your Day Job: CyanideStitches

“The snow was up above my waist and I literally had to dig my way out and run to work. I told myself, ‘This is it. I’m going to do it.'”

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Quit Your Day Job: cutthecakedesigns

“I am relying on myself. After surviving my first insanely busy wedding season I will probably hire a part-time assistant next year.”

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Quit Your Day Job: ikabags

“The positive feedback I received from my friends and the discovery of Etsy motivated me to move on to a professional level.”

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Etsy Halloween 2010: DIY Ideas

Why splurge on mass-produced one-offs when you could do it even better yourself and make lasting memories while you’re at it?

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Quit Your Day Job: jolinne

“I had been planning on quitting my day job for a while, but I was very calculated and made the leap only when I felt prepared.”

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Quit Your Day Job: StephieMc

“I always say that I didn’t quit my day job, but that my day job quit me. I think it was a blessing in disguise.”

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Quit Your Day Job: janethillstudio

“I spent too much time letting people tell me that being an artist was going to be difficult. In reality, it seemed very natural to me.”

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Quit Your Day Job: DiscoveryDenim

“You cannot let fear be your driving force; you truly need to have passion pulling you out of bed each day.”

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Quit Your Day Job: idlehandsdesigns

“I made a necklace and wore it to work; my friend Alicia asked if I would make her another and I have been mending broken hearts ever since.”

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Quit Your Day Job: thisisit

“We don’t want it to just be about buying a journal — we want to build connections.”

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Quit Your Day Job: bindingbee

“Since every small business is different, I had to learn primarily through my own successes and mistakes.”

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Quit Your Day Job: littlefishbigpond

“Unfortunately, my bid to make the ’92 Olympic team came up short, and I quickly found myself in need of a career or job.”

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Quit Your Day Job: diamentdesigns

“My dad has always said that anyone can be creative. It just takes courage and a little hard work to make something and build it into a business.”

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