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Quit Your Day Job: diffractionfiber

Jun 15, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Beth of DiffractionFiber has had the creative bug and an entrepreneurial spirit since day one.  After getting locked into an administrative assistant job that wasn’t serving her creative passion or degree in theater, Beth drew up a plan with clear steps laid out in order to quit her day job and become her own boss.  Keep reading to find out where she gets her best business advice and why she thinks she can work a much longer day now that there’s no alarm clock to wake her up!

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Well, funnily enough, I’ve always tried to be in the “business of making things.” I grew up with wonderfully supportive parents — a mom who crafts and a dad who has always run his own businesses. I suppose it was inevitable for me to want to combine the two.

When I was tiny, probably around five, my mom would go to craft shows to sell her wares. She’d set me up with a tiny little table of my own, and I’d sell these itty bitty wreaths with tiny bears glued to them. Then when I was in elementary school, being the entrepreneur I am, I approached a consignment shop and worked out an arrangement to rent (free of charge, mind you) a shelf in the shop in exchange for handing out flyers around town. I made all sorts of choker necklaces and little origami-like creations. I think I sold two things in the couple of months I had a shelf there. I was a precocious little thing!

More recently my artwork became a means to escape my day job as an administrative assistant for a bank. Instead I could do something I loved that fulfilled me creatively and that I was passionate about. I have a degree in theater, which I realized wasn’t for me soon after entering the professional world (far too many conflicting personalities and far too little control over your end product).

So there I was, stuck in this day job, all the while thinking there has to be something better out there for me. I rekindled my love of knitting initially as a creative outlet, which in turn led me to return to photography and then to sewing.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Absolutely! From day one. I was originally planning on selling knitwear, but realized I’d never be able to produce a product fast enough for it to be a sustainable business. I soon opened my first shop, Diffraction, which combined my original photography into jewelry. Diffraction was a great first step, but even with a unique jewelry line you are still competing against so many talented designers in a flooded market. DiffractionFiber was created as a sister site, almost as a diversion. I really had no idea it would take off as it has. I found myself sewing pieces and didn’t want to drown in pillows around our home, so I listed them in the second shop to keep Diffraction true to its original intent and brand.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I am an expert list maker (sure, I usually lose most of my lists, but I am an expert at making them!), and I can be practical to a fault. So first off, I figured out how much money I’d have to make each month to eventually match what I was making at my day job. It gave me something tangible to attain: not just to increase sales, but by how much. I was able to plan how much of my business I thought would be revenue from Etsy, from craft shows and from wholesale. I decided when my revenue was equal to that of my day job for three months I’d put in my two weeks notice and make my long-held dream of entrepreneurship a reality.

I found independent health insurance, which is incredibly important to me. I squared away my business with all the proper licensing with the state and IRS. And I set up all the wholesale accounts I’d need for buying my supplies in bulk. I read up on marketing, on creating a business plan, and I talked to SCORE counselors (which is an invaluable resource for business professionals). I’m addicted to the Modish Biz Tips blog. I also watch the TED conferences, which provide practical, thought-provoking marketing advice and inspiration. I find that the more I read and learn, the more confident I am about my business, about talking about it in a professional way, and on making it a success. But like I said, I’m infinitely practical at times.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
By far my greatest success has stemmed from creating a unique product, first and foremost. If you don’t have that, no amount of marketing will make you a success. If you can’t point to a reason for someone to buy your product over all the others out there, you are lost in a sea of competition. I’m not saying you need to reinvent the wheel, but there needs to be some component of your product, of you, of your packaging or service, that they can’t get elsewhere.

That said, with my unique widget in hand, I started approaching blogs. And not just “Hey, check out my shop,” but an authentic correspondence about one product or series. I wrote personal emails to one blogger at a time, no copy and pasting! I certainly owe bloggers for my success!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Ironically enough, my own blog! Maybe more as an outlet than anything at this point. Also, Project Wonderful hasn’t been very effective for me, and that 10 cents here and there adds up. I try to think about what works on me as a consumer, what are the ads or promotions that get me to buy or to even perk up my ears at a product…and side bar advertising isn’t it. My suggestion is to turn the table and think about how you buy.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I typically wake up around 8 a.m.: no alarm clock for this girl!
  • I check my email first thing in the morning, answer any convos and check for sales.
  • I spend a bit of time in the forums, reading blogs and contacting blogs while eating breakfast.
  • Typically I’ll get started on sewing mid-morning.
  • I try to carve out a portion of the day for working on a new product or idea that’s been floating around my head.
  • After lunch I have the best light in my living room to photograph anything I want to list that day.
  • And really, it’s just a lot of sewing and cutting throughout the day.
  • My wonderful husband comes home around 6 p.m. I love to cook, so I make dinner for the two of us.
  • In the evenings, I package up any orders that are to go out the next day and schedule the pick up through USPS.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Working on my own schedule! It is amazing how much more energy I have during the day not having to wake up to an alarm clock! At my day job I had very little work to do throughout the day, and yet by the end of it I’d be exhausted. Now, I work 12 hours a day and yeah, I’m tired, but I feel good! I feel a sense of accomplishment. (Not to mention the very odd personalities and grumpy people I worked with.) I certainly don’t miss that! Just the human interaction is missed. I find myself babbling as soon as my husband gets home from work about who knows what.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part for me is keeping things in perspective: knowing that’s it’s okay that I didn’t make a sale today, because for the month I’m on track for my goals. I tend to get sales in rushes, and it’s in those lag times that self-doubt can creep in.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Just to know from the beginning that it really is possible! And sure, it’s going to be hard, but it’s also going to be rewarding. For anyone considering it, I’d say go for it! Be smart about it, especially in this economy, but it really is achievable if you have a plan and set goals for yourself. There is a wealth of information on the internet, so use it!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I’d like to expand my wholesale accounts, and, of course, create all of the ideas I have buzzing around in my brain! Many more pillows, personal accessories and some wearable creations will soon be appearing! I’m already looking towards my very first holiday season with DiffractionFiber, which I’m sure will be a whirlwind!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just a big ol’ kiss on the lips to Etsy. There is no way I could be where I am without it. Etsy is such a unique platform for creating your own success! So thank you thank you thank you!

 

Thanks to Beth for sharing her story.  Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with Beth tomorrow (Wednesday, June 17, 2009) at 7 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

You can see some of her fiber work in the related items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

141 comments

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    So great to see an interview here with you! Great article. I scratch everything on tiny pieces of paper...fellow list-makers unite!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    Cute and cozy. I love it. My father in law would love the ctrl alt del pillows! Great job.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    A wonderful article!!! I just love hearing these stories! Makes me so hopeful!

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    I LOVE Beth's shop!! So talented! :]

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    Fantastic article! Congrats!

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 8 years ago

    Great article! And your work is fabulous - loving that egg pillow!!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    ...ahhh, I think I need this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=24783941

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 8 years ago

    The Quit Your Day Job series is always very inspiring, but for some reason, I feel exceptionally inspired by Beth and DifractionFiber. I think I see a lot of myself in her. One of these days, I hope I can quit my day job too!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    I dare you!! For us/me it was the best decision in my life. go girl!!! (and boy!)

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne said 8 years ago

    I love those articles for the same reason as FancyLamb. They're very motivational. Thank you. :)

  • BluLima

    BluLima said 8 years ago

    Great info, thanks for mentioning health insurance-there is no way to make it on your own without some form of coverage.

  • sagittariusgallery

    sagittariusgallery said 8 years ago

    Yay! Awesome article, hun (P.S, I spy my print on the wall behind you! How cool!) Congrats on your success ((hugs))

  • mysaturnalia

    mysaturnalia said 8 years ago

    Very cool. Great advice too!!

  • knitwithit

    knitwithit said 8 years ago

    So great to finally see you in the spotlight! :)

  • gracenotespapers

    gracenotespapers said 8 years ago

    I've seen your work before and love the personality of your pieces. I'm with Peppermint on the list-making -- I'm obsessed! Wishing you continued success.

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 8 years ago

    You make really cute stuff! I am always jealous of people quitting their jobs and doing what they love

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    fantastic work!! isn't food a wonderful inspiration for the creative process?

  • PAINTINGSBYSAM

    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 8 years ago

    Great Interview. Love your shop.. Love the egg pillow :)

  • jewelalchemy

    jewelalchemy said 8 years ago

    niiiiiice! hooray for quitting your job!! (I just did the same a few weeks ago too!)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    I love these articles soooo much!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I love these articles... they're an inspiration.

  • variation

    variation said 8 years ago

    You go girl! ;-)

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    congratulations, love that peapod pillow!

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 8 years ago

    Great article.. hope to be doing it full time one day myself! thanks for the inspiration! della

  • stitchknitsew

    stitchknitsew said 8 years ago

    Great article. Your ctrl, alt, del, pillows are adorable.

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 8 years ago

    brilliant article.

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 8 years ago

    Lovely story and i love your creations. Congratulations.

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 8 years ago

    pretty cooL!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 8 years ago

    It's the best, isn't it? Continued success to you.

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 8 years ago

    Lovely, as always :3 so nice to read!

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 8 years ago

    great article...i second the smooch on the lips of etsy! i'm so glad it exists! <3

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    i love to listening a lot of person experience it`s always inspirent me :) http://www.babook.etsy.com

  • kittycrossbones

    kittycrossbones said 8 years ago

    Yay! Love your shop!

  • Squier

    Squier said 8 years ago

    Great article! Cute shop too.

  • CustomCoffey

    CustomCoffey said 8 years ago

    So creative and talented!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    I've admired your creations for while. Very interesting to read your story.

  • diffractionfiber

    diffractionfiber said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your kind words everyone. The back wall of my studio is definitely an eye-spy of etsy artists like Sagittarius said :)

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 8 years ago

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  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 8 years ago

    Defiantely adding the Ctrl, Alt, Del pillows to my list for Christmas gifts for friends. So cute!

  • TrulyBella

    TrulyBella said 8 years ago

    Yay for quitting your day job. This week is the last week at mine! Love your store!

  • steampunkjunk

    steampunkjunk said 8 years ago

    Very creative... love the wonderful ideas. Thanks! :)

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 8 years ago

    I love the button pillows. You could just sew those suckers to the couch and never lose another pillow to a fort or a pillow fight!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 8 years ago

    You're an inspiration! Thanks for some wonderful advice, I really enjoyed reading your interview! And I love your shop!

  • littleANGELboutique

    littleANGELboutique said 8 years ago

    Don't ever give up! You're great at what you do.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Great shop and wonderful story too, love your newborn footprint pillows, wish you continued success as well.

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    That first photograph is sooooa dorable...hehe

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational! I love the fortune cookie keyrings :)

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! Great finds!

  • cthings

    cthings said 8 years ago

    Great article and congratulations!! I really like your work and love those machines! I need one of them.

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 8 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job. You have a cool shop! Very inspirational. I laughed about your list thing - I'm the same! :)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 8 years ago

    Great article, thanks so much for sharing.

  • nicolelindner

    nicolelindner said 8 years ago

    So cute! Her items would make great gifts! I like her schedule too!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! There's so much valuable information and experience here.

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 8 years ago

    A wonderful article!!!

  • lissalee18

    lissalee18 said 8 years ago

    Absolutely amazing, inspiring and wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story;)

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Love your pillows and you also offer some good advice!

  • pebelle

    pebelle said 8 years ago

    i'm a list maker too. post its. all over my cupboard. with a small child to raise on my own, a day time job and my label, i'm more than stuffed up. anyway this interview is very motivating that dreams come true.

  • lesjoujou

    lesjoujou said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    Wow -- I love your shop & your featured items are AWESOME -- thanx for all the helpfull advise !! Also one of the things I love the most is you waking up without your alarm clock -- I've tried to master this for years ;)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    Beth, What an inspiring story. I also have been an admin assistant for several years and hope to put my alarm clock away soon. Thanks for sharing some tips, tricks and a few websites that have helped you. I saw your ctrl, alt, delete pillows a few days ago and thought it was such a great idea. Good luck with your business.

  • StoneDesignsbySheila

    StoneDesignsbySheila said 8 years ago

    I'd be lost without lists!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Thank you Beth! Very creative home decor ideas, and great advice!!

  • lazulibluecreations

    lazulibluecreations said 8 years ago

    Love your fortune cookie!

  • fastsoftpress

    fastsoftpress said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview and really inspiring! Thanks too for the links to Score and TED-will be great new resources for my growing business.

  • janiesmash

    janiesmash said 8 years ago

    you should do a mac version of the alt ctrl delete. Option-Shift-Command-esc OPT-(shift symbol)-(command symbol)-ESC

  • Furryville

    Furryville said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your P.B & J pillows. furryville.etsy.com

  • Furryville

    Furryville said 8 years ago

    :') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :'):') :') :') :') :') :') Great Work!!! SMILE!!!

  • gonerustic

    gonerustic said 8 years ago

    You've been so helpful and practical in your approach to your business. Thank you =)

  • thingsbuilt

    thingsbuilt said 8 years ago

    groovy pillows. fellow TED freak here. thanks for sharing with us.

  • staceylyndesigns

    staceylyndesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love your products and your practical advice. Very inspirational.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Love the hairclip!

  • thehotcookie

    thehotcookie said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! We just saw your work at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. So lovely!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Good Job diffractionfiber. I love the keyboard pillows too!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 8 years ago

    Fabulous work! Love the pillows!

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 8 years ago

    I just love your pillows. It's great to hear your story as well.

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 8 years ago

    Great story~

  • lzubal01

    lzubal01 said 8 years ago

    Thanks! Your stuff is wonderful and the article was inspiring! I am working on the "business" end of it- trying to learn.

  • hiddenmoon

    hiddenmoon said 8 years ago

    of all the quit your day job interviews I've read, yours was the most informative

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 8 years ago

    What a smart gal!! Thanks for the inspiring words, Beth! You are awesome :)

  • ccstar

    ccstar said 8 years ago

    oh, girl I hear you on the Theater degree! I also went to school for theater-costume design in particular, but once I entered the job market it was all dressing people and dealing with actors' egos and no creativity. By the time the director and the actor got through with your concept, it didn't look anything like what you wanted. Couldn't handle it! Glad you found your way!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story. Congratulations.

  • amaamo

    amaamo said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story and your advise with us dreamers... it keeps us really motivated! :) your work is wonderful! — congrats.

  • littlegraypixel

    littlegraypixel said 8 years ago

    I've been coveting your Ctl+Alt+Del pillows; they're so rad!

  • thelonebeader

    thelonebeader said 8 years ago

    Cool.

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 8 years ago

    great work!

  • sharlzndollz

    sharlzndollz said 8 years ago

    A great ans informative story about your journey. Thanks for sharing your energy with us.

  • BirdWatching

    BirdWatching said 8 years ago

    Ahhh another story that gives me hope. I am currently unemployed and the tips on here make me hopeful that maybe I can do etsy full time too! Thanks for sharing!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 8 years ago

    awww love all the pillowss :)

  • menalove

    menalove said 8 years ago

    Ohhhh I can't WAIT to write one of these articles!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story; it's truly an inspiration and I LOVE your pillows!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    Love the pillows! Great article!

  • SimplyQuilting

    SimplyQuilting said 8 years ago

    Very cute and original! Loved your interview. I am really hoping my daughter and I can make our boutique our day job. Thanks for a inspiring story!

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 8 years ago

    Really fun pillows, I especially love the peapod. Congrats on your success.

  • DiosasForumBoutique

    DiosasForumBoutique said 8 years ago

    No more copying and pasting for me! Thanks for the tip! I feel your passion. I'm a stay home mom and a designer by veins... Hurray for the papers and pens! Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with a Newbie like me!

  • fotogenic

    fotogenic said 8 years ago

    Great article and great store!!

  • sleepypillow

    sleepypillow said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Love your pillows.

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    great interview and love your work, off to check it out more.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    great article. i love the quit your day job series! i'm also a fellow note taker. i have notes that are subcategories of previous notes. it can be a problem... :)

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 8 years ago

    It's nice to read experiences from other fellow etsians. I want that "rainy day blues pillow"...it's perfect and has a lot to do with my product! Cheers!

  • sandrajevans

    sandrajevans said 8 years ago

    I love reading about other people's successes. Congratulations! Keep up the awesome work and I wish you the very best of luck.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 8 years ago

    THe Cutest stuff you make! And your worksapce is much neater than mine LOL! I love the fortune cookies

  • lbapparel

    lbapparel said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on quitting your day job!! That is super exciting!!

  • pluckypillow

    pluckypillow said 8 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations on kicking the day job. My fave pillows of yours are the PB & J. Have a great day!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Congrats, that's amazing! Such a neat shop.

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 8 years ago

    cool

  • glorygifts

    glorygifts said 8 years ago

    Clever creations from this seller! Fun items! Best wishes for much success! Blessings, Amy:)

  • jjceramics

    jjceramics said 8 years ago

    Cool pillows, especially the Peas Please bolster! What a great interview. Thank you so much for the links on business advice and marketing. It shows that you've done your homework. Best wishes!!

  • hollymoose

    hollymoose said 8 years ago

    I always LOVE reading these QYDJ articles- always inspiring to me, and this one is no exception. Thank you, Beth, for sharing! I, too, am a crazy listmaker and always have been (even before I could write words, I would make squiggles list-fashion on paper!) And, I also lose mine often. ;) Keep up the great work!

  • EarringVixen

    EarringVixen said 8 years ago

    How inspirational! That would be great to be so successful.. I make earrings and yes there is such a huge market that sometimes it feels I might not get the success I wish for. I keep trying, and I think that people will realize that good quality jewelry and beautiful gems is a great accessory to buy, and that they can find great things at my shop. Thanks for the great article and great advice!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow I wanna eventually be like that at home running my own sucessful business full-time.

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista said 8 years ago

    i am so in love with her pillows! the fortune cookie and pb&j are my favs!

  • hearthsidetreasures

    hearthsidetreasures said 8 years ago

    Just......WOW!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Great interview and amazing work!

  • scentbythesea

    scentbythesea said 8 years ago

    I don't understand how she could quit her day job with 43 sales? I hate to be the wet blanket but it doesn't add up!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    job well done. you are a inspiration.thanks for the story.

  • VintageRoseClothing

    VintageRoseClothing said 8 years ago

    I can't wait for the virtual lab tomorrow, your story along with all the other's are truly inspiring & something to work towards! :)

  • virsaq

    virsaq said 8 years ago

    very inspiring story..

  • flutter

    flutter said 8 years ago

    Thank you for a great article! So much info and inspiration! More power to you!

  • RetroHouse

    RetroHouse said 8 years ago

    Love the egg pillow - Congratulations on following your dream. What an inspiration!

  • BlueShoeStudio

    BlueShoeStudio said 8 years ago

    Whenever I read these wonderful interviews - (and let me stress wonderful re "QUIT your stinkin' day job"!) I see that I am not unlike the collective 'you' in my thinking, however, I am in my time management. Thank you for the lesson and perspective, and I hope to be 'there' someday... to attain the freedom financially and more importantly CREATIVELY! Happy Summer!

  • PurpleBears

    PurpleBears said 8 years ago

    I like your perspective on creating a unique product. It almost sounds like you stumbled on selling the pillows, but it's really hard work and determination. Along with an openess to try new things. Thanks for sharing.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Love your shop and unique items! Great article - I enjoyed it -- lots of really good advice.

  • kerrybeary

    kerrybeary said 8 years ago

    OUTSTANDING!!! Brilliant work! Thank you for being so inspiring!

  • VIKukA

    VIKukA said 8 years ago

    CRRL ALT DEL LOL great idea! LOL LOL LOL....

  • VIKukA

    VIKukA said 8 years ago

    Amazing and inspirational story too!

  • sarahsquiltsncrafts

    sarahsquiltsncrafts said 8 years ago

    Love it!!! Wonderful how it works for you, and thanks for sharing your journey!

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the helpful tips! Being new to Etsy your info and experience is invaluable!

  • JoDyer

    JoDyer said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Beth! Very encouraging :)

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    Congrats Beth, and thanks for a very informative story about your business development. I rely on blogs as well, and also watch the TED clips online as well as other market and design industry podcasts. I also like your note about 'authentic correspondence'. Too often I see folks promoting without thought of true interaction. Building real online community is our best means of becoming visible....

  • ValariePanei

    ValariePanei said 8 years ago

    Such an Inspiration!! Keep up the Wonderful work!

  • MyKreation

    MyKreation said 8 years ago

    Fantastic article! I love the pillows!!!!!!!

  • alittledream

    alittledream said 8 years ago

    Great interview. My work day is something like yours and yet I still feel guilty and unproductive. (I think it all has to do with the whole "Punching the actual time clock" brainwash crap you're fed your whole life. I do love what I make though. Even if no one else likes it, I am HAPPY!!!!

  • ArtByAstrid

    ArtByAstrid said 8 years ago

    I felt very inspired again reading your interview. I have cut my work down to 3 days a week to be able to paint more and I am selling on other sites but haven't managed a Sale on Etsy yet, LOL. Good Luck! Your shop is awesome. I will visit more in few of buying Gifts.

  • SuaVoce

    SuaVoce said 8 years ago

    Great story! I'm inspired :)

  • sarahemilydesign

    sarahemilydesign said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

  • jayleen7

    jayleen7 said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring to a newcomer like myself! Thank you! :)

  • AngelasAtelier

    AngelasAtelier said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing. :D

  • CGDesigns

    CGDesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome article, I am at some crossroads and I have a lot of thinking and planning to do. You're article is inspirational and it's funny how much we have in common, I'm an Administrative assistant, my Dad is entrepreneurial, I make all kinds of lists, I even got a scratch pad for ideas, I'm an Administrative A., and my degree(s) are not being used at the moment. I guess I just need to find that creative niche. I'll still search, but in the meantime, I need my hobbies to keep sane!

  • creations1000

    creations1000 said 8 years ago

    Loved this article. I also saw many characteristics of me in you. I have just started my shop 4 months ago, I realized one important thing you did, setting goals of not just increasing the sales, but also about how much the sale should be!!! All tips are great for sure!!! Best of luck and efforts.

  • Amrita24

    Amrita24 said 8 years ago

    Great article. I love your products. They are so cute.

  • emilymoir

    emilymoir said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration, I have so many ideas floating around my head now. I love the quit your day job series, excellent inspiring reads after a tough day. I'm an obsessive note taker too, I've actually resorted to large post it notes stuck all over my home as I got fed up with forgetting about notes at the beginning of the pad!

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