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10 Things I Learned as a New Etsy Seller

May 13, 2010

by daniellexo

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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

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

What a difference a year makes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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520 comments

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 9 years ago

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

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 9 years ago

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

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy said 9 years ago

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

  • ecoblingcouture

    ecoblingcouture said 9 years ago

    This is a great article!

  • LibertyImages

    LibertyImages said 9 years ago

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

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing

  • lucillejean

    lucillejean said 9 years ago

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

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

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

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

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

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 9 years ago

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

  • 6catsart

    6catsart said 9 years ago

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

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 9 years ago

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

  • Jackglass

    Jackglass said 9 years ago

    This is great advice and just necessary to be successful.

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 9 years ago

    Great article, thank you for sharing.

  • ticklemepink17

    ticklemepink17 said 9 years ago

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

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    Excellent advice and thanks for being honest!

  • littlebirdcrochet

    littlebirdcrochet said 9 years ago

    great advice, thanks so much for sharing.

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 9 years ago

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

  • nudeedudee

    nudeedudee said 9 years ago

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

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 9 years ago

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

  • catrinedarrietjones1

    catrinedarrietjones1 said 9 years ago

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

  • pixiesworkshop

    pixiesworkshop said 9 years ago

    Thank you!!! Good advice.

  • concentric

    concentric said 9 years ago

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

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore said 9 years ago

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

  • seaglassdesigns

    seaglassdesigns said 9 years ago

    Well said, thanks for the frank advice!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Lovely insight; thank you for such a great article!

  • missbreezysbox

    missbreezysbox said 9 years ago

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

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 9 years ago

    Great advice,thanks

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

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

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

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

  • thimblythings

    thimblythings said 9 years ago

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

  • RowansRoom

    RowansRoom said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the insight!!! :)

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 9 years ago

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

  • vintageguy1

    vintageguy1 said 9 years ago

    thanks for your post

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Great article!! Wonderful tips - thanks!

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle said 9 years ago

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

  • ClayGreys

    ClayGreys said 9 years ago

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

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

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

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 9 years ago

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

  • silverpuss

    silverpuss said 9 years ago

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

  • ohsusannasjewelry

    ohsusannasjewelry said 9 years ago

    Thanks for that!

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils said 9 years ago

    Thank-you for sharing the great advice!!

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 9 years ago

    Excellent advice and thank you for being honest!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • dragonladydesigns

    dragonladydesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

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

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 9 years ago

    The good old school of hard knocks.

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 9 years ago

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

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 9 years ago

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

  • cmjdesignsllc

    cmjdesignsllc said 9 years ago

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

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 9 years ago

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

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 9 years ago

    Interesting article. Love the honesty about money.

  • lilybugembroidery

    lilybugembroidery said 9 years ago

    An inspiring and excellent post. Thank you!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

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

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio said 9 years ago

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

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • MegsCookieJar

    MegsCookieJar said 9 years ago

    Awesome tips, very helpful!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 9 years ago

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

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 9 years ago

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

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 9 years ago

    inspirational!

  • ctrlaltdeviant

    ctrlaltdeviant said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great article! Many very true points.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • FelicityKai

    FelicityKai said 9 years ago

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

  • XOHandworks

    XOHandworks said 9 years ago

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

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 9 years ago

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

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion said 9 years ago

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

  • tranifer

    tranifer said 9 years ago

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

  • nicholasandfelice

    nicholasandfelice said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 9 years ago

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

  • summerpagepress

    summerpagepress said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, this was a great read!

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles said 9 years ago

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

  • DogsbodySalvage

    DogsbodySalvage said 9 years ago

    Good for you! Very well written piece.

  • LuksiCreations

    LuksiCreations said 9 years ago

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

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 9 years ago

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

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets said 9 years ago

    great article!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 9 years ago

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

  • LaFemmeJewels

    LaFemmeJewels said 9 years ago

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

  • TheWoodGarden

    TheWoodGarden said 9 years ago

    Great article Corinna, thank you!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 9 years ago

    Great article, thanks:)

  • CinfulOldies

    CinfulOldies said 9 years ago

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

  • ClassicWhimsyDesigns

    ClassicWhimsyDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 9 years ago

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

  • FreckledPancakes

    FreckledPancakes said 9 years ago

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

  • FreckledPancakes

    FreckledPancakes said 9 years ago

    woops! I would NOT trade it for anything ;)

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 9 years ago

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

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 9 years ago

    Great article. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • chyrls

    chyrls said 9 years ago

    :) Thank you for sharing. Great article!

  • DolineBlochDesigns

    DolineBlochDesigns said 9 years ago

    As a newbie a appreciate you sharing! :)

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 9 years ago

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

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 9 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great article and tips! Thanks!

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 9 years ago

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

  • billetsdoux

    billetsdoux said 9 years ago

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

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 9 years ago

    Great article. Thanks.

  • RubyRoadAustralia

    RubyRoadAustralia said 9 years ago

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

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 9 years ago

    Great info and insight. Great read :)

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 9 years ago

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

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 9 years ago

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

  • POOCHIESCLOSET

    POOCHIESCLOSET said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. This is a great article.

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 9 years ago

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

  • BlackheartJewellery

    BlackheartJewellery said 9 years ago

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

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture said 9 years ago

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

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs said 9 years ago

    Love the bit about throwing out the to do list!

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 9 years ago

    Helpful words of advice, thank you Corrina!

  • tiffanymcfarland

    tiffanymcfarland said 9 years ago

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

  • maneggi

    maneggi said 9 years ago

    Fab article I really enjoyed reading, great tips

  • nanzeezee

    nanzeezee said 9 years ago

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

  • TeenyTinyGreenhouse

    TeenyTinyGreenhouse said 9 years ago

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

  • ClockworkZero

    ClockworkZero said 9 years ago

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

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 9 years ago

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

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 9 years ago

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

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies said 9 years ago

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

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 9 years ago

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

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 9 years ago

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

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    Very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • feesk

    feesk said 9 years ago

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

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 9 years ago

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

  • purplehazebunny

    purplehazebunny said 9 years ago

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

  • Zaldania

    Zaldania said 9 years ago

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

  • themustardseedco

    themustardseedco said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thank you for sharing!

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 9 years ago

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

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 9 years ago

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

  • KelMarieStudios

    KelMarieStudios said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • newtknees

    newtknees said 9 years ago

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

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 9 years ago

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

  • AnnieHowes

    AnnieHowes said 9 years ago

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

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 9 years ago

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

  • spac

    spac said 9 years ago

    Very, very insightful and realistic list. Thanks!

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae said 9 years ago

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

  • TheEverydayDivaCo

    TheEverydayDivaCo said 9 years ago

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

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture said 9 years ago

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

  • BARBEERBEE

    BARBEERBEE said 9 years ago

    Very helpful, thanks for sharing.

  • arpiska

    arpiska said 9 years ago

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

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 9 years ago

    well done Corinna! great points and honesty :)

  • ecoquilter

    ecoquilter said 9 years ago

    Really great article! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the insight and encouragement!

  • PoiemaJewelrybyPJ

    PoiemaJewelrybyPJ said 9 years ago

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

  • PositiveEnergyDesign

    PositiveEnergyDesign said 9 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing!

  • sappho123

    sappho123 said 9 years ago

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

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 9 years ago

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

  • charmiesonline

    charmiesonline said 9 years ago

    Inspiring.

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 9 years ago

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

  • joann100

    joann100 said 9 years ago

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

  • bonbiforest

    bonbiforest said 9 years ago

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

  • clothesmindedvintage

    clothesmindedvintage said 9 years ago

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

  • ACurveRTwo

    ACurveRTwo said 9 years ago

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

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns said 9 years ago

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

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

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

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 9 years ago

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

  • lilyja

    lilyja said 9 years ago

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

  • ERMoriginals

    ERMoriginals said 9 years ago

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

  • Resurgence

    Resurgence said 9 years ago

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

  • GardenBeads

    GardenBeads said 9 years ago

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

  • LostBridgeDesigns

    LostBridgeDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • myneckcandy

    myneckcandy said 9 years ago

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

  • Jtrescott

    Jtrescott said 9 years ago

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

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 9 years ago

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

  • HomeLove

    HomeLove said 9 years ago

    Really honest opinions, thankyou!!

  • Sackofdevils

    Sackofdevils said 9 years ago

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

  • ecarlateboutique

    ecarlateboutique said 9 years ago

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

  • BeadFloraJewels

    BeadFloraJewels said 9 years ago

    Work It, girl! :D

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 9 years ago

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

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 9 years ago

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

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

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

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 9 years ago

    This is soooooo awesome!! Thank you :)

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 9 years ago

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

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign said 9 years ago

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

  • sweetmellyjane

    sweetmellyjane said 9 years ago

    Great info! Thanks for sharing!!

  • bumpercar

    bumpercar said 9 years ago

    Thank you for being so candid!

  • hollyedwards

    hollyedwards said 9 years ago

    Great article, thanks so much for sharing!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • marybeadz

    marybeadz said 9 years ago

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

  • BeachGlassGems

    BeachGlassGems said 9 years ago

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

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 9 years ago

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

  • latedajewels

    latedajewels said 9 years ago

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

  • PonyDustCosmetics

    PonyDustCosmetics said 9 years ago

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

  • torik2009

    torik2009 said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • alternativechic

    alternativechic said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. This was a great article

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

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

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 9 years ago

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

  • ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES

    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 9 years ago

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

  • Parsimony

    Parsimony said 9 years ago

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

  • AsTheWoodTurned

    AsTheWoodTurned said 9 years ago

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

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

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

  • daniellesdesign10

    daniellesdesign10 said 9 years ago

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

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

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

  • cinnamonsoup

    cinnamonsoup said 9 years ago

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

  • TearfulTouch

    TearfulTouch said 9 years ago

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

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams said 9 years ago

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

  • hippiekingdom

    hippiekingdom said 9 years ago

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

  • themagpiesdaughter

    themagpiesdaughter said 9 years ago

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

  • Imburton

    Imburton said 9 years ago

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

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato said 9 years ago

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

  • sparklethots

    sparklethots said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I gained extra insight :)

  • mailelei2010

    mailelei2010 said 9 years ago

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

  • mailelei2010

    mailelei2010 said 9 years ago

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

  • designsofdestiny

    designsofdestiny said 9 years ago

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

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    wwcsilverjewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • ArtsyCraftsy2

    ArtsyCraftsy2 said 9 years ago

    awesomeee article, thanks for sharing!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • SPUNKbyCM

    SPUNKbyCM said 9 years ago

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

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • DPKministat

    DPKministat said 9 years ago

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

  • erinf115

    erinf115 said 9 years ago

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

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah said 9 years ago

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

  • postscripted

    postscripted said 9 years ago

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

  • SiklosPhoto

    SiklosPhoto said 9 years ago

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

  • old2newmemories

    old2newmemories said 9 years ago

    Great advice!

  • CausticThreads

    CausticThreads said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading that! thank you!

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 9 years ago

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

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 9 years ago

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

  • PurplePeony

    PurplePeony said 9 years ago

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

  • jewelsbyldesigns

    jewelsbyldesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings said 9 years ago

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

  • socharmed

    socharmed said 9 years ago

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

  • TheThinVeil

    TheThinVeil said 9 years ago

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

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery said 9 years ago

    Really good article--thanks!

  • KennaKristine

    KennaKristine said 9 years ago

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

  • IndigoElephant

    IndigoElephant said 9 years ago

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

  • BoonieBoutique

    BoonieBoutique said 9 years ago

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

  • angeldamico

    angeldamico said 9 years ago

    Wonderful Insite!

  • gallery32

    gallery32 said 9 years ago

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

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage said 9 years ago

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

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 9 years ago

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

  • treeandkimballmarket

    treeandkimballmarket said 9 years ago

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

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage said 9 years ago

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

  • TimeEchoVintage

    TimeEchoVintage said 9 years ago

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

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 9 years ago

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

  • jkamakate

    jkamakate said 9 years ago

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

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 9 years ago

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

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 9 years ago

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

  • 12anglesart

    12anglesart said 9 years ago

    Really helpful stuff!

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch said 9 years ago

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

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 9 years ago

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

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 9 years ago

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

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia said 9 years ago

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

  • gypsywoman

    gypsywoman said 9 years ago

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

  • printnparty

    printnparty said 9 years ago

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

  • BucketBooks

    BucketBooks said 9 years ago

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

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 9 years ago

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

  • TheOrganicIntrovert

    TheOrganicIntrovert said 9 years ago

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

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling said 9 years ago

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

  • ArletteMichelle

    ArletteMichelle said 9 years ago

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

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • creativecastaways

    creativecastaways said 9 years ago

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

  • ArtsyCanvasGirl

    ArtsyCanvasGirl said 9 years ago

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

  • junegardens

    junegardens said 9 years ago

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

  • TALKTAGZ

    TALKTAGZ said 9 years ago

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

  • ButtermilkVintage

    ButtermilkVintage said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • trinketalley

    trinketalley said 9 years ago

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

  • VintageHaven

    VintageHaven said 9 years ago

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

  • elsjeboer

    elsjeboer said 9 years ago

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

  • Milosch

    Milosch said 9 years ago

    Thanks for that, I love and appreciate your honesty.

  • buenahelena

    buenahelena said 9 years ago

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

  • DanburyLane

    DanburyLane said 9 years ago

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

  • RockYourWire

    RockYourWire said 9 years ago

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

  • NooneyArt

    NooneyArt said 9 years ago

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

  • laantigua

    laantigua said 9 years ago

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

  • uniquelyvashti

    uniquelyvashti said 9 years ago

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

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle said 9 years ago

    Great Information! Thanks for your time and advice!

  • laantigua

    laantigua said 9 years ago

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

  • chasingbutterflies2

    chasingbutterflies2 said 9 years ago

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

  • Clothbutterfly

    Clothbutterfly said 9 years ago

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

  • vintage4angels

    vintage4angels said 9 years ago

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

  • TeamRuster

    TeamRuster said 9 years ago

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

  • RubyintheAttic

    RubyintheAttic said 9 years ago

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

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 9 years ago

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

  • UniquesewingBoutique

    UniquesewingBoutique said 9 years ago

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

  • solsticehome

    solsticehome said 9 years ago

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

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 9 years ago

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

  • carolspaintingroom

    carolspaintingroom said 9 years ago

    Thanks for all the great information!

  • LastMinuteClothing

    LastMinuteClothing said 9 years ago

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

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 9 years ago

    wonderfully honest advice.. thanks so much for sharing!

  • jenniebgoode

    jenniebgoode said 9 years ago

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

  • HighlandBeads

    HighlandBeads said 9 years ago

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

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 9 years ago

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

  • MyCatLucy

    MyCatLucy said 9 years ago

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

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 9 years ago

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

  • MysticStarDesigns

    MysticStarDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • LovableOriginals

    LovableOriginals said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all this with us !

  • pandoraslocker

    pandoraslocker said 9 years ago

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

  • leahkl

    leahkl said 9 years ago

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

  • BijouxFairy

    BijouxFairy said 9 years ago

    Very helpful.... thank you! <3

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

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

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 9 years ago

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

  • AmericaJane

    AmericaJane said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 9 years ago

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

  • frecklesoriginals

    frecklesoriginals said 9 years ago

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

  • Angeltodora98

    Angeltodora98 said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I learned a lot.

  • smilingsunshine60

    smilingsunshine60 said 9 years ago

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

  • ARToutOFherMIND

    ARToutOFherMIND said 9 years ago

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

  • GalleonsGold

    GalleonsGold said 9 years ago

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

  • urbanpixies

    urbanpixies said 9 years ago

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

  • ShopSugarsnap

    ShopSugarsnap said 9 years ago

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

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 9 years ago

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

  • plumbpretty

    plumbpretty said 9 years ago

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

  • EllieThouret

    EllieThouret said 9 years ago

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

  • peppermintdesigns

    peppermintdesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • pasubio9

    pasubio9 said 9 years ago

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

  • Uratz

    Uratz said 9 years ago

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

  • artbyjaz

    artbyjaz said 9 years ago

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

  • TheLeftBank

    TheLeftBank said 9 years ago

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

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 9 years ago

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

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 9 years ago

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

  • ToteallyBags

    ToteallyBags said 9 years ago

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

  • magpietreasure

    magpietreasure said 9 years ago

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

  • HummingbyrdJewelry

    HummingbyrdJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • virginiawyoming

    virginiawyoming said 9 years ago

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

  • FriendsHillGifts

    FriendsHillGifts said 9 years ago

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

  • nellyvansee

    nellyvansee said 9 years ago

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

  • jewelrybycarolyn88

    jewelrybycarolyn88 said 9 years ago

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

  • PBandJdesign

    PBandJdesign said 9 years ago

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

  • Chicmonkeybb

    Chicmonkeybb said 9 years ago

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

  • paintingwithpaper

    paintingwithpaper said 9 years ago

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

  • bluskys06

    bluskys06 said 9 years ago

    Awesome article! I loved every word.

  • pat123cruz

    pat123cruz said 9 years ago

    Thank-you for sharing your experience, great article

  • seablueskyabstracts

    seablueskyabstracts said 9 years ago

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

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco said 9 years ago

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

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • BontiaJewelry

    BontiaJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • BontiaJewelry

    BontiaJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • GomiConstruction

    GomiConstruction said 9 years ago

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

  • Ms2SweetVintage

    Ms2SweetVintage said 9 years ago

    Great article, thank you

  • nautiegodiva

    nautiegodiva said 9 years ago

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

  • BeggarsBowl

    BeggarsBowl said 9 years ago

    great info thanks! :)

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful lessons! Thanks for all the great info.

  • MantaWave

    MantaWave said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • LavenderMemoryLane

    LavenderMemoryLane said 9 years ago

    interesting story & some great tips! thanks!

  • MimiBoutique

    MimiBoutique said 9 years ago

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

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 9 years ago

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

  • BishopSticks

    BishopSticks said 9 years ago

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

  • creativesque

    creativesque said 9 years ago

    I love the honesty. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • beyondstarlight

    beyondstarlight said 9 years ago

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

  • fatwomen

    fatwomen said 9 years ago

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

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 9 years ago

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

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 9 years ago

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

  • twwd2008

    twwd2008 said 9 years ago

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

  • artistgk

    artistgk said 9 years ago

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

  • leespa66

    leespa66 said 9 years ago

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

  • whyte

    whyte said 9 years ago

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

  • rosytouch

    rosytouch said 9 years ago

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

  • Amievoltaire

    Amievoltaire said 9 years ago

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

  • 2vintagefools

    2vintagefools said 9 years ago

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

  • geezcollection

    geezcollection said 9 years ago

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

  • QessykDecor

    QessykDecor said 9 years ago

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

  • Francieflorals

    Francieflorals said 9 years ago

    Appreciated all the information and helpful comments.

  • peppershaker

    peppershaker said 9 years ago

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

  • MarianDesigns

    MarianDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 9 years ago

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

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 9 years ago

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

  • maskmaker9

    maskmaker9 said 9 years ago

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

  • jetadorn

    jetadorn said 9 years ago

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

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 9 years ago

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

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 9 years ago

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

  • PinkPonies7

    PinkPonies7 said 9 years ago

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

  • TheNoisyOyster

    TheNoisyOyster said 9 years ago

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

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 9 years ago

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

  • VastVarieties

    VastVarieties said 9 years ago

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

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT said 9 years ago

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

  • orglamix

    orglamix said 9 years ago

    hank you for sharing!

  • GatoRanch

    GatoRanch said 9 years ago

    great info thanks!

  • caracraftdolls

    caracraftdolls said 9 years ago

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

  • koisse2hug

    koisse2hug said 9 years ago

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

  • CraftingMovement

    CraftingMovement said 9 years ago

    That's really great info, thanks for sharing!

  • PatchworkMountain

    PatchworkMountain said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. This article was helpful.

  • TheSmartCat

    TheSmartCat said 9 years ago

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

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 9 years ago

    Excellent tips. Thanks for the sharing!!!

  • thosethingys

    thosethingys said 9 years ago

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

  • michaelanneerlewine

    michaelanneerlewine said 9 years ago

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

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 9 years ago

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

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon said 9 years ago

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

  • Blackhatwitch

    Blackhatwitch said 9 years ago

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

  • lostatseashop

    lostatseashop said 9 years ago

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

  • PreciousMetals4u

    PreciousMetals4u said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article, thank you!

  • BlackwellStudio

    BlackwellStudio said 9 years ago

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

  • BlackwellStudio

    BlackwellStudio said 9 years ago

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

  • littlemicheles

    littlemicheles said 9 years ago

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

  • MiuAndUmi

    MiuAndUmi said 9 years ago

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

  • pandacub

    pandacub said 9 years ago

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

  • pnkgeeni

    pnkgeeni said 9 years ago

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

  • nitelilyglamour

    nitelilyglamour said 9 years ago

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

  • tiarabuttons

    tiarabuttons said 9 years ago

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

  • Rob60

    Rob60 said 9 years ago

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

  • nitelilyglamour

    nitelilyglamour said 9 years ago

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

  • 3GIRLSandagoat

    3GIRLSandagoat said 9 years ago

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

  • Rob60

    Rob60 said 9 years ago

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

  • tiarabuttons

    tiarabuttons said 9 years ago

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

  • jlbmomto3

    jlbmomto3 said 9 years ago

    Lots of great points! Thanks for sharing!

  • pnkgeeni

    pnkgeeni said 9 years ago

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

  • pandacub

    pandacub said 9 years ago

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

  • GeorgiannaLane

    GeorgiannaLane said 9 years ago

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

  • jeanschell

    jeanschell said 9 years ago

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

  • TagsAndButtons

    TagsAndButtons said 9 years ago

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

  • retiredandlovinglife

    retiredandlovinglife said 9 years ago

    Love your article and Piddix. Keep up the excellent work

  • LOVEmyGrandkids3

    LOVEmyGrandkids3 said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your article. Such an inspiration

  • StartingtogetCrafty

    StartingtogetCrafty said 9 years ago

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

  • tspellissy

    tspellissy said 9 years ago

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

  • jeanschell

    jeanschell said 9 years ago

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

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • lucidmoonsupplies

    lucidmoonsupplies said 9 years ago

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

  • creationsbytee

    creationsbytee said 9 years ago

    Good article and great tips! Thank You!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • tspellissy

    tspellissy said 9 years ago

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

  • GeorgiannaLane

    GeorgiannaLane said 9 years ago

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

  • MamaLuna11

    MamaLuna11 said 9 years ago

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

  • jlbmomto3

    jlbmomto3 said 9 years ago

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

  • TagsAndButtons

    TagsAndButtons said 9 years ago

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

  • PennieB

    PennieB said 9 years ago

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

  • darksquirrel

    darksquirrel said 9 years ago

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

  • lucidmoonsupplies

    lucidmoonsupplies said 9 years ago

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

  • PennieB

    PennieB said 9 years ago

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

  • atlanta

    atlanta said 9 years ago

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

  • FloatingInk

    FloatingInk said 9 years ago

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

  • creationsbytee

    creationsbytee said 9 years ago

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

  • beachcottagelane

    beachcottagelane said 9 years ago

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

  • martist

    martist said 9 years ago

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

  • fairviewroad

    fairviewroad said 9 years ago

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

  • cathywalters

    cathywalters said 9 years ago

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

  • TinyStorm

    TinyStorm said 9 years ago

    Amazing advice! Thank you for the thoughts. :)

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • craftypuppy

    craftypuppy said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for writing this article. =]

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae said 9 years ago

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

  • laungnome

    laungnome said 9 years ago

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

  • Scarletfae

    Scarletfae said 9 years ago

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

  • laungnome

    laungnome said 9 years ago

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

  • MamaLuna11

    MamaLuna11 said 9 years ago

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

  • sillyamiga

    sillyamiga said 9 years ago

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

  • shortypants

    shortypants said 9 years ago

    What great advice. Thanks!

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign said 9 years ago

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

  • cathywalters

    cathywalters said 9 years ago

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

  • catherineschneider

    catherineschneider said 9 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing!

  • darksquirrel

    darksquirrel said 9 years ago

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

  • kobedog

    kobedog said 9 years ago

    wow, great post Piddix!

  • catherineschneider

    catherineschneider said 9 years ago

    Please keep your articles coming!

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign said 9 years ago

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

  • Rinnovata

    Rinnovata said 9 years ago

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

  • Moonkyst

    Moonkyst said 9 years ago

    Thanks for another great article!!

  • BeckyLane

    BeckyLane said 9 years ago

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

  • starhitchedwagon

    starhitchedwagon said 9 years ago

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

  • Rinnovata

    Rinnovata said 9 years ago

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

  • olesoutherncreations

    olesoutherncreations said 9 years ago

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

  • Crazy4Art

    Crazy4Art said 9 years ago

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

  • FabulousFunkyFinds

    FabulousFunkyFinds said 9 years ago

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

  • woollybloomdesign

    woollybloomdesign said 9 years ago

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

  • Moonkyst

    Moonkyst said 9 years ago

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

  • BeckyLane

    BeckyLane said 9 years ago

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

  • starhitchedwagon

    starhitchedwagon said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • craftypuppy

    craftypuppy said 9 years ago

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

  • sillyamiga

    sillyamiga said 9 years ago

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

  • Haileybug

    Haileybug said 9 years ago

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

  • Haileybug

    Haileybug said 9 years ago

    Your always very inspiring.

  • shortypants

    shortypants said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

  • Crazy4Art

    Crazy4Art said 9 years ago

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

  • fairviewroad

    fairviewroad said 9 years ago

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

  • Glitzie

    Glitzie said 9 years ago

    Fabulous article. Very illuminating :)

  • faeryspellcreations

    faeryspellcreations said 9 years ago

    Fantastic article--really enjoyed it!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 9 years ago

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

  • TinyStorm

    TinyStorm said 9 years ago

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

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 9 years ago

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

  • thelabarn

    thelabarn said 9 years ago

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

  • faeryspellcreations

    faeryspellcreations said 9 years ago

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

  • StartingtogetCrafty

    StartingtogetCrafty said 9 years ago

    do love your articles. Keep up the good work

  • retiredandlovinglife

    retiredandlovinglife said 9 years ago

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

  • LOVEmyGrandkids3

    LOVEmyGrandkids3 said 9 years ago

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

  • Glitzie

    Glitzie said 9 years ago

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

  • ashleymcook

    ashleymcook said 9 years ago

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

  • thelabarn

    thelabarn said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • gandolphoto

    gandolphoto said 9 years ago

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

  • ontheedgedesigns

    ontheedgedesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • melissaburford

    melissaburford said 9 years ago

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

  • ohsewchic

    ohsewchic said 9 years ago

    Very useful information.

  • melissaburford

    melissaburford said 9 years ago

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

  • ohsewchic

    ohsewchic said 9 years ago

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

  • Xiefashionstudio

    Xiefashionstudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this useful information!!

  • ashleymcook

    ashleymcook said 9 years ago

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

  • burforddesigns

    burforddesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • rebeccalynns

    rebeccalynns said 9 years ago

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

  • burforddesigns

    burforddesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • rebeccalynns

    rebeccalynns said 9 years ago

    Food for thought.

  • gandolphoto

    gandolphoto said 9 years ago

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

  • tadpoleking

    tadpoleking said 9 years ago

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

  • nguyenlaura5

    nguyenlaura5 said 9 years ago

    wonderful info. thanks for sharing.

  • tadpoleking

    tadpoleking said 9 years ago

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

  • WildAppleDesign

    WildAppleDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • piddix

    piddix said 9 years ago

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

  • dwilcox

    dwilcox said 9 years ago

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

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant said 9 years ago

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

  • chatnoir7

    chatnoir7 said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your awesome insight!

  • EyeCandy395

    EyeCandy395 said 9 years ago

    marking

  • thelittlesuitcase

    thelittlesuitcase said 9 years ago

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

  • Silverdragonfly8

    Silverdragonfly8 said 8 years ago

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

  • keishia

    keishia said 8 years ago

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

  • csmartglass

    csmartglass said 8 years ago

    This is an inspiring but realistic article. Thank you.

  • BuddhaBellies

    BuddhaBellies said 7 years ago

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

  • Bachigs

    Bachigs said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring and encouraging!

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    THANK YOU!

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