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Quit Your Day Job: dolangeiman

Mar 15, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Dolan of dolangeiman claims to be a no B.S. kind of guy. Today he outlines his creative journey toward selling his artwork as a full-time job, through which he can support himself and his fiancé, save money for retirement, and have adequate business and health insurance. Dolan worked in various positions after college, including an entertainment host job at a nightspot in Chicago, before meeting his fiancé and working together to formulate a business plan for his art career. Keep reading to find out why Dolan’s task lists make him feel sorry for his future children, why an email newsletter is the cornerstone to his marketing, and how a daily dose of chocolate fits into this recipe for success.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
To answer this question, I’m going to drop you in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia 25 years ago. You will see a large, brick colonial farmhouse built in 1796. If you look closely at the bricks, as I did on that day, you would notice that they contain small bits of quartz, gravel, rock and shell. My mother told me that 200 years ago, women and men dug deep into the creek, pulled up large chunks of thick muddy clay, packed the clay into rectangles and then put them into a large oven to create bricks. I couldn’t comprehend this type of creating entirely, but something ignited inside me and I became intensely interested in making something, anything. That summer, and many summers thereafter, my mother and I smashed poke berries in big horse troughs, dipped T-shirts and skirts in the purple brine to create our own dyed fabrics and constructed wooden mouse-trap-style games out of old wood scraps. My mother was never at a loss for new activities.

When I was a little older, she started her own art career as a watercolor artist. She participated in art fairs around the state, and through her sales she was able to put me through college — and suggested I study art. During school, when I needed money, the first thing that came to my mind was “What can I make to sell?” I relied on my creativity because it was the one thing I possessed that set me apart from others. After college, I switched gears a lot but always found avenues to sell artwork, whether on the street or in a gallery or at a friend’s office over a lunch break. I learned that if I treated my artwork as a business, I could figure out formulas for selling and creating that would last longer than a few months. And here I am!


Tell us about your previous working situation.
I have had a sundry of work experiences, but my most recent job was working at a club in downtown Chicago. I needed cash and I needed it badly. I was selling art at a few art fairs, but I was still not connected with the right people — this was before Etsy and the blogosphere. So I thought, “Where can I work where I can meet people and tell them about my art in a way that doesn’t seem underhanded?” The natural answer, of course, was in the realm of nightlife. After I was hired as an entertainment host, my manager said, “Okay, here’s what the boss wants you to do: show up on time, dress like a crazy artist, be creative, and make the guests happy.” Done. The first day of my job I dressed in drag. The next night I created an outfit that was part pirate, part geisha, and the theme changed every night — people loved it. After a while, though, the long nights started to wear me down, and I wasn’t spending enough time with my fiancé and art business partner, Ali. Our relationship was slipping and just about the time we were beginning to struggle, a friend of mine showed up looking for a couch to crash on. He happened to be a web designer, so we “hired” him to design and code a website for us in exchange for room and board. With the website creation and launch we were able start down a more direct path with my artwork, leaving the entertainment job behind.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Well, when I first started selling on Etsy I had just shifted my focus from selling my clothing line (Rescued Clothing) and was trying to feel out the market for my print work. I was still heavily participating in art fairs and wanted to see if I could travel less and spend more time creating. I had dabbled in e-commerce before, but I thought Etsy would provide a more structured and trusted marketplace for my customers. I also wanted to connect with a larger audience — so when I sold my first print to Australia, I was ecstatic! A few months later, I was contacted by Elle Girl Korea and then Glamour Netherlands, both interested in promoting my work. These things never would have happened if I hadn’t made a shop on Etsy.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
Ali and I did develop a business plan for everything we are doing today. It wasn’t a formal plan that you’d take to the bank to request a loan, but we did define a vision and the different ways we could use my creativity to make money. I did a lot of odd jobs like functional shelving using my Rescued Wood Construction aesthetic and creating small collages for party favors, as well as the clothing line I mentioned before. Over time, we started selling enough artwork that we could focus our operations on the artwork business. Ali also worked full time, then part time and finally one day a week with an art non-profit to help supplement our income. During this period of defining and growing our business, Ali also did a tremendous amount of reading and research, digging into all sorts of business models. When you’re first starting out, it’s helpful to join the newsletters, read the blogs, and follow the tweets of all the artists and businesses that you find inspirational.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
We try to drive most of the traffic to our Etsy shop via our various websites (dolangeiman.com, Facebook, Twitter, etc). Each site is a piece in an interconnected marketing plan, circulating traffic around to each of our different online spokes. We also drive a lot of traffic to the shop by way of including our Etsy shop URL in addition to our main website on the majority of our print collateral. We distribute thousands of postcards at art fairs each year and each card includes instructions for shopping online.

As far as sales go, our best marketing tip is to distribute an email newsletter. This has been the cornerstone of our marketing plan for a long time. Unfortunately, sporadic text-based email newsletters just don’t cut it these days. Thankfully, there are a lot of software providers that cater to creative types and small business owners. We work with Patron Technology — their niche is arts, non-profits and creative businesses and they offer many e-marketing resources for newcomers.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Any time anyone comes to me with a proposal that reads like this I am dubious: “We’d love to have your art. The pay isn’t great, but you’ll get great exposure and we’ll heavily promote your work.”  Be wary of these kinds of promotional deals. Unless it’s for your mom’s church group or a really large company with the clout to back it, don’t give your creativity away for free.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • 7 a.m. My alarm sounds (or pre-alarm at 6:00 – 6:30 by our cat, Racine).
  • Make some hot tea (I stopped drinking caffeine a year ago per the doctor’s orders. (“You say you get these panic attacks after ten cups of coffee, huh?”)
  • Get dressed and eat some cereal or bacon and eggs. I love bacon.
  • Head to the studio, which is five minutes away. We saved our pennies so we could eventually separate church and state, and I’ve been living in an apartment away from my studio for a few years now. I love it.
  • 8:30 a.m. If any orders came in the previous day, I take this time to package those and take them to FedEx for shipping. I find I am a little more alert in the a.m. and less likely to send a package to New Zealand that is marked for New Jersey. (It has happened. Somewhere in the great mail room in the sky there is a piece of art waiting for a home.)
  • 9:30 a.m. I am already started on a project or my task list for the day. Ali creates wonderful task lists — I already feel sorry for our children, should we ever have them. A list of chores is one thing, but a typed, single-spaced document with a list of jobs and their corresponding time limits is a totally different force to contend with.
  • 12:00 p.m. By noon, I am knee-deep in a pile of paintings or collages. I usually have several projects going at once. Right now, for example, I am working on three commissions, five small paintings and putting the finishing touches on six other pieces. Working this way helps me to stay focused on the larger picture and also keeps me from getting burnt-out. If I start to lose focus on a piece or if it’s just frustrating me, instead of painting over it I will move on to another piece and then come back to the other later.
  • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch happens at some point during this time. Sometimes Ali and I will have time during lunch to start discussing recent phone calls or emails, but usually I am just hungry and eat like a wild animal. It’s kind of like high school in that I try to scarf down everything in fifteen minutes and then rush to the next class, or in my case, the next painting.
  • 2:15 p.m. After lunch Ali and I go over any pertinent emails, like interviews or client questions, or larger items on the task line. This is also where I contemplate making a run for chocolate.
  • 3:15 p.m. I get back from the corner store where I have just overdosed on chocolate bars. Then I dive into some emails.
  • 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. By this time I am ready for my second wind. This is when I try to work on larger artwork and get started on pieces for the next day or two, allowing them to dry for the next day. This is also when I try to find some seriously upbeat music to play. If I can get in a groove and be left alone for these few hours of the day, I can usually knock out a lot of work.
  • 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Dinner happens sometime in this time range, it fluctuates. I don’t like to stop for anything when I am on a roll, but sometimes a juicy BBQ sandwich just calls to me.
  • 12:00 a.m. I try to be in bed by midnight these days. Once the art fair season rolls around, less sleep happens, so I try to stock up when I can. Being in bed by midnight allows me an hour or two of reading before Racine eventually crawls up and bites me on the nose to tell me it’s time to go to sleep.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Most of my fans and peers know me as a straight shooter, so I’m not going to B.S. the readers here. Working for myself is no joke. For me to succeed in the way I want to — that is, selling enough of my artwork to support myself and my fiancé, save money for retirement each month, and have adequate business and health insurance — I have to work each and every day. This is not a fantasy world of little butterflies and crocheted kittens (well, not always). It’s a brutal business and can be a little harrowing at times. I love it, but it’s definitely not a cake walk.

When Etsy came along, Ali and I did back flips because we knew that a ton of the hard work was being done for us. How else can you get your art in front of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world and have this work be for sale in a trusted marketplace for any consumer to browse through? It’s brilliant. And it works while you sleep, which I love, because I have already tried to work while I sleep with no great success. I guess to revisit the question, the part I enjoy most about not having to work for someone else is knowing that all the hard work I am doing is actually for a purpose and that everything I work on has a clear result.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The most difficult part of running my own business is learning how to take a break. It’s crucial for the creative mind to step away from the art realm every now and then and get refueled. For me, down time means convening with nature, being outside. In Chicago, it’s a little hard to be outside all of the time so I have to find other methods of relaxing. I’m doing yoga now and going to more events around town, but it’s really hard to beat a mountain stream for some deep meditation.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I think if I went back in time I would probably tell myself to invent Etsy. Also I would probably tell myself to eat more bacon and go fishing more — which, honestly, is still sound advice for me today. As far as real business advice, I would say find something you really enjoy doing because that will outlast all of the hurdles and obstacles in your life and, at the end of the day, will be meaningful. It’s a proven fact that if you enjoy what you do you will be more efficient and more productive. Etsy has a gazillion Forum posts and newsletters to help you along the way. And you can always email me, as well. Yes, I do have a consulting fee, but I am willing to reduce the rate for gifts of chocolate.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I’d like to find a way to bring larger clients to my Etsy shop and convince them that it’s okay to spend $3,000 buying artwork via Etsy, like they do at art fairs. If I can convince my clients to purchase my larger works from my online shop then I will travel less and be able to focus more on new projects and new creative avenues.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I haven’t really introduced Ali yet, formally, and I’d like to take this opportunity to do that. Ali and I met in December 2002. I had been in Chicago for a few weeks and she somehow tracked me down and threw her woman snare on me. Actually, she walked into my space and asked me about my business plan and that woke me up from my day-to-day artist life. She taught me how to plan for the future, which was a novel concept to me, but one that has allowed me to grow consistently each year. I am aware that many of your readers can’t necessarily go out and grab a business partner like that, so I would encourage them to do a few things:

  • First, develop a schedule that allows time for both business and creative development. Easier said than done, I know, but it’s invaluable to your success.
  • Second, network with the active online community of creators. I think most members of the Etsy community are very open and approachable when it comes to talking shop, often trading insights into different areas of expertise.
  • Third, be a voracious reader. Ali taught herself everything about arts administration and business development just by reading and then trying things out. Bookmark or print articles and carry them with you everywhere; you’ll find a few minutes in each day to squeeze it in.
  • Lastly, work your tail off, but also remember to take a step back from everything once in a while. Go for a hike, do some yoga, spend the day cooking, whatever. It’s amazing how many times we’ve found ourselves going 100 miles an hour on something only to step back, reflect, and realize we need to change our direction. This perspective is not always easy to obtain so make sure you occasionally let your mind go to a place where new ideas and direction can float to the forefront.

Thanks to Dolan for sharing his story. You can see some of Dolan‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

261 comments

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 7 years ago

    Way to go Dolan! Keep up the good work and may you have continued success.

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 7 years ago

    Going to Art school in the 80's, I remember being disheartened that there wasn't really a way for artists to stay true to their work, and earn a living (unless you knew someone who owned a gallery). Also, being in a small market like Australia was a problem. Thanks to Etsy and the world-wide web, now artists like Dolan can make a living from their Art - I think this is awesome!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    My "second wind" hits around the same time, but onlyon the weekends (i'm a part-timer crafter) :-)

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 7 years ago

    wow! great story. congrats!!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! How nice to meet you Dolan and your amazing artwork. Congratulations on your well deserved success!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 7 years ago

    wonderful and very inspiring story. thank you for sharing!!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 7 years ago

    Another great article mary! I love to read the quit your day job stories !

  • girlscantell

    girlscantell said 7 years ago

    nicely articulated!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • farmertanartistry

    farmertanartistry said 7 years ago

    Stories like this make me happy. I am new to etsy and the more I learn the more I want to make things and be creative.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Hello Homie from Chicago! Love your work.

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 7 years ago

    This was probably the most honest look at an art biz I have seen in a while {maybe ever}. GREAT advice. It is nice to know I am not the only one that has messed up an order :| Thanks for the honesty!

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 7 years ago

    Great work!Well done!

  • NatureGirlStudio

    NatureGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational. I hope to be a full-time artist very, very soon. It's always good to read that it IS possible! Thanks.

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 7 years ago

    Great article - lots of good info.- will be re-reading soon. I love (and own) his work and now, I am even more of a fan because we share a love of bacon!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    fantastic interview ~ love the story detail, thanks for sharing. was wondering how you do it all with no caffiene, but then read about the chocolate {u are human!!}. gorgeous work too :)

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 7 years ago

    Beautiful print! Thanks so much for this!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    i love quit your day job, and especially this one. I used to do "the fairs" and now I can sit in my studio out in the woods and work. I do miss the travel, but.... so I am an etsy believer too. love your work!

  • readwritebooks

    readwritebooks said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for taking the time to write that all out, I really enjoyed reading it. And, go bacon!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    I love your shop! Continued success to both of you.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great interview!! Very inspiring. Thank you!

  • BlueTea

    BlueTea said 7 years ago

    I love the line "Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent" :) great story and shop, much success to you!

  • BlueMoonRose

    BlueMoonRose said 7 years ago

    Being a rescuer and recycler myself, I love the bits of old, weathered wood. I appreciate the honest description of his life as an artist. Great bio.

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 7 years ago

    I envy you - you have courage and faith! Best of luck. Your stuff is great!

  • foxmountain

    foxmountain said 7 years ago

    GREAT advice. It is nice to know I am not the only one, hope to be a full-time artist very, very soon. best wishes for all hark works.

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Keep up the good work and it is nice to see a fellow "midwesterner" following his dreams!

  • thepinklocket

    thepinklocket said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration!!!

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 7 years ago

    This was a FUN article! Yay! Now I feel extra happy this morning!

  • fmena

    fmena said 7 years ago

    great inspirational read indeed!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    good for you! dolangeiman! nice work! keep it up and congrats!!!!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    Man, Dolan is a cool guy with a really inspirational mother. This was a terrific article and I hope it helps others out there because it has good info and great attitude.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    When I was in art school I asked one of my teachers to give a class on how to apply for artist grants (something practical). He brushed me off as if it was a secret he was keeping for himself. When you graduate it's not easy to support yourself( and pay off student loans) and find time to create. I have always been amazed at the wonderful work available on etsy and the stories of artists who are supporting themselves by selling here.

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    Amazing work:) It sounds like you have an awesome work ethic too- thanks for sharing... Keep it up & congratulations on the successful shop!

  • soule

    soule said 7 years ago

    WOWZA! you/r art work is HOT! Keep up the great work!

  • SoManyColors

    SoManyColors said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. Love his honesty and the details of his development and schedule. I'm definitely checking out Patron Technology. Thanks!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    I LOVE Dolan's work and it is great getting to know him better through this article! Thanks for the useful information and the peek into your artist's life, Dolan!

  • OpulentOddities

    OpulentOddities said 7 years ago

    You are a total babe. Congrats on your hard work. Wish you much success!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    i can only hope to inspire my children to learn to make with their hands as your mother you!! wonderful story - thank you for sharing!!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 7 years ago

    "When Etsy came along, Ali and I did back flips because we knew that a ton of the hard work was being done for us" Love this statement - I think it's often a forgotten point. Thanks for sharing!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    Very refreshing - thank you for giving us a glimpse into your art and your life.

  • OrgoCosmetics

    OrgoCosmetics said 7 years ago

    So awesome :) Very inspirational!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    Oh I just love these stories!!

  • TheInvitation

    TheInvitation said 7 years ago

    Bravo Dolan! Open, honest, straight-forward, just as you said you are! Very inspiring as well! My best to you & Ali...and Racine :) ...I thought I had the only cat that knew how to crow like rooster a half hour before an alarm clock!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success Dolan and Ali!

  • SewTrendy

    SewTrendy said 7 years ago

    What a great article! Also love all your art work! It's so great that your doing what you love!

  • SewTrendy

    SewTrendy said 7 years ago

    What a great article! Love your work! It's so great that youre doing what you love!

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 7 years ago

    fabulous story!! congrats

  • essimar

    essimar said 7 years ago

    Well done Dolan!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    Along with your incredible work and the nitty gritty business details, which are very much appreciated, I love the way you have honored the women in your life. Wishing you much success. Thank you for a heart warming interview.

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    fantastic article, very motivating...thanks!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed proofreading this one, Dolan! I'm sure your keen sense of humor has carried you through tough times. Do you think that's something that independent artists need to make it - wit and charm?

  • inaluxe

    inaluxe said 7 years ago

    Absolutely brillaint read - probably the best thing I've read in a very long time.... I'm excited! thank you!

  • StudioSurface

    StudioSurface said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the insight and great advice! It's very generous and much appreciated!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    love your story Dolan... sounds like a success story to me

  • BohemianFarmgirl

    BohemianFarmgirl said 7 years ago

    How very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • modmomfurniture

    modmomfurniture said 7 years ago

    Love your work! Such a great interview, too. :)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    What a great interview (and such a neat shop)! Thanks Dolan! Congrats!!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Congrats!! Love your work!! Great article, too!!

  • diannek

    diannek said 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring well done and good luck for the future I love your work

  • bayatinge

    bayatinge said 7 years ago

    Thanks for such a fun interview & great story! Love your shop - glad to hear of your successes!

  • kokocandles

    kokocandles said 7 years ago

    completely inspired, thanks for the reminder!

  • decor8

    decor8 said 7 years ago

    Dolan you're the best!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    High five, Dolan! Beautiful makings!!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    Very nice! much luck to you!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 7 years ago

    SO impressed with DG's no nonsense business advice! I think this article is just the kick in the pants I need to revisit my business plan and make improvements. Thank you!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Quite possibly the best interview yet here. Thanks, Dolan, for giving us your take on creative self-employment. Great tips, too.

  • farandtwee

    farandtwee said 7 years ago

    Love your art, Dolan! I bought 2 screen print paintings on the pieces of plywood that you make at the Renegade Handmade Craft Fair in Chicago. I loved that they were affordable. I live in Bucktown, Chicago and I have your poster you made for the Bucktown Fest 2009!

  • citydetails

    citydetails said 7 years ago

    I agree!! One of the best interviews yet. It helps to have a great sense of humor and someone to share your work and life. Thanks Dolan for the knowledge and making it a fun read!!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    i love a creative soul

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    this is great, congrats! wish you luck and many sales!

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 7 years ago

    fantastic story. let us know if you need more bacon :)

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways said 7 years ago

    Thank you Dolan, for giving such wonderful insight on how artists can create a business and be able to live off of it too. We are taking away some valuable info from your interview and wish you much success in the future.

  • tamaragarvey

    tamaragarvey said 7 years ago

    Awesome read! I am a huge fan of Dolan's pieces and I LOVE reading about fine artists who are actually making a living with their work. Thanks for giving me something to shoot for! :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    a plan, hard work, some love, some down time, repeat.... continued success to you!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the article. I've enjoyed your art since I first started researching Etsy. You add to the many reasons I love Chicago. Congrats.

  • sushipot

    sushipot said 7 years ago

    Yep--one of the best interviews yet! Way to go Dolan and Ali. Thanks for sharing your story. And....thank you Mary! Keep up the wonderful work. An inspiration to us all :)

  • southerncharmbella

    southerncharmbella said 7 years ago

    that is a very inspiring article!! i hope to quit my day job...i love how you are very focused and have a routine that you can stick to

  • Alyssabeths

    Alyssabeths said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. Quiting my day job is the plan, someday!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 7 years ago

    i love dolan's work. i had the pleasure of seeing (and purchasing) it in person last year at nola's jazz fest. thank you for sharing your story.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Your interview and story is very very inspiring you are so on point with everything. Thank you for your inspiration reading your story is helping me a lot I was being so inspired as I was reading it.

  • maysyam

    maysyam said 7 years ago

    congrats for both of you...Dolan & Ali.....Great inspiration!!!

  • whimseadesigns

    whimseadesigns said 7 years ago

    What an amazing and truly inspriational story! I hope to be there one day myself with my handcrafted jewelry and accessories line. Congrats to Dolan and Ali on their successes and future endeavors! You have an amazing talent!

  • Gargaritaville

    Gargaritaville said 7 years ago

    dolan, good to read your story and see some of your stuff. reminds me a lot of myself , only now have i taken the time to really work harder on MY stuff. keep on the keepin on my freind . if u get a chance check out mine and smilingirl studio - my talented daughter -jodene, hope to catch u on an email or personally sometime . by the way i was raised near chicago only closer to the river. granddad had a building behind RIIGLY FIELD so spent many days there as well take care and good luck " garsone"

  • jennadesigns

    jennadesigns said 7 years ago

    Yay Dolan! I had the pleasure of meeting you at Art Fair on the Square in Madison last year and purchase one of your pieces in person! You and Ali rock - the coolest couple. Thank you for the behind the scenes look at what you do and what inspires you. It's so nice to give a face to an artist's work and I consider myself lucky to have met you in person and gotten to chat a bit! Carry on - can't wait to see what's next for you and Ali!

  • vintageNsome

    vintageNsome said 7 years ago

    Very nice :)

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    Great story... and I love your advice about setting aside time for both creative & business development. Congrats on your successes!!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    Amazing work and an even better story! Yet another great Etsian from sweet home CHICAGO!!!

  • StinaJ

    StinaJ said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the success...best of luck to you both in the future. I enjoyed the inspirational interview.

  • SwangoArt

    SwangoArt said 7 years ago

    Appreciate the clarity and detail. Thanks for an inspirational kick in the pants. You remind me of an Andy Warhol quote, "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art".

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 7 years ago

    Awesome story. Congratulations on your success. The quit your day job articles are always encouraging to us sellers just starting out.

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 7 years ago

    I love how forceful you are! There's so much driving energy in you. Best of luck in everything.

  • iHRTart

    iHRTart said 7 years ago

    Holy crazy awesome!!!

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 7 years ago

    Lovely story and beautiful art!

  • ArTsLooN

    ArTsLooN said 7 years ago

    Great interview! Awesome approach...may you always be creative, venturous and successful. Best regards... ArTsLooN

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 7 years ago

    I still work for a living. I want to play for a living too.I find I can play harder and longer than I can stand to work. I gain courage from the quit your day job articles. I think there should be a rule about reading one of these articles with coffee[yes 10 cups] every morning.

  • steventhomasart

    steventhomasart said 7 years ago

    Yea.........this is great, but this is a much more difficult task for artists whose work is more controversial.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 7 years ago

    AWESOME article. *printing and filing away*

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    What a lovely fun interview!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Wonderful stories!

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 7 years ago

    Amazing artwork!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 7 years ago

    Such an inspirational interview. Thanks. All the best to you Dolan!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    Such a great article!!

  • lovemindy

    lovemindy said 7 years ago

    Great article. And what an inspiration - Go Dolan!

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 7 years ago

    You do wonderful work!

  • zamgoods

    zamgoods said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed every drop of this article!! Continued success to Dolan + Ali!!!

  • zamgoods

    zamgoods said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed every drop of this article! Dolan + Ali, I wish you continued success!

  • zamgoods

    zamgoods said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed every drop of this article! Dolan + Ali, I wish you continued success!

  • zamgoods

    zamgoods said 7 years ago

    OMG sorry for triple post!!!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Love your style Dolan!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Great story... Wonderful...

  • pedroP

    pedroP said 7 years ago

    Keep looking for jo.Even though the recession has been responsible for the loss of 8 million jobs and the lowest pay raises in over thirty years, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Some are getting mortgage because of this.The pattern used to be for homeowners that you bought a home, and a few years later when the rates were better you got into refinancing, lowering your payments and thus reducing the risk of needing payday loans to help you with payments. Now, the average home value has taken a dump because of market activity, and many homeowners have found themselves underwater on their mortgage.

  • aldesigns

    aldesigns said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful work!!! :)

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    in the 70's & 80's when i was heavy in the arts, i think it was a disservice for our peers in the art community to instill what i like to call a caste system..."i'm better than the 'suits'..i'm AN ARTIST". i remembering catching an interview with a famous actor's actor...when asked if he ever had to "sell-out" his craft for money...without hesitation he said "of course, R U stupid..." the answer was acting was his craft...he had to use it everyday to survive and to IMPROVE...he was grateful for all the commercials, modeling, two-bit plays with one lines he had to do... and he wasn't "too big" now to resort to those avenues if he had to.

  • GallusTreeCreations

    GallusTreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Great work and story,, very inspiring

  • FairyArts

    FairyArts said 7 years ago

    Great article! As an artist myself I know it's hard to find the right outlet but it's possible. If you believe in your own creative thought and vision, others will believe in it too. I wish you a lifetime of prosperity dolangeiman, and may your days be filled with giggles, bubbles and a bit of faery magic!

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 7 years ago

    Love Dolan's story! How awesome to be doing what you LOVE to do. Congrats.

  • EmmaStudio

    EmmaStudio said 7 years ago

    I loved this story and the artwork. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed your story, much success in the furture.

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congratulation. Great story. :)

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 7 years ago

    Great article. thanks for share it with us :)

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Amazing, very reflective, well written article, I just can't stop reading, learning. Remembering as a child how my mom taught me oil painting, sketching, these gifts, oil painting, sketching were just like brewing tea for her, So natural such strength, such intuition in her trade Somehow as a child I always believed everyone had a talent or gift and wondered why they did not seem happy at their jobs, Perhaps they thought of their jobs as simple bread winner jobs, instead of the toils of thier passions and realization of their dreams, hopes joys, elations

  • TomsArtSpace

    TomsArtSpace said 7 years ago

    Very good article. I have just started on Etsy and to say the least want to at least have people look at my art. However to this point this has not happened.

  • TomsArtSpace

    TomsArtSpace said 7 years ago

    Very good article. As a new shop on Etsy I am still waiting for my first sale. Good suggestions on how to steer people to an Etsy shop.

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 7 years ago

    Love this interview! Inspiring and ressourceful:)

  • Maari

    Maari said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the great advice!

  • empapers

    empapers said 7 years ago

    This was a beautiful, beautiful article. I could relate to so much in it: needing to remember to sometimes stop, allocating a substantial part of your time to planning your business as well as creative work. It was also really great to see a fine artist highlighted. Kudos! Mazel tov! and Bravo to your success!

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    i love quit your day job interviews, and especially this one.

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 7 years ago

    Fabulous interview - very honest!

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 7 years ago

    This is one of the best QYDJ interviews yet!! Love the artwork and the inspirational story.

  • metallipreziosi

    metallipreziosi said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Dolan, great success story!

  • taylorceramics

    taylorceramics said 7 years ago

    Excellent interview, thanks!

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 7 years ago

    very inspiring. thank you!

  • StormsHandicrafts

    StormsHandicrafts said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring and insightful. It is good to be reminded that we have to be well balanced and realize we won't be able to "live on love" we have to take charge of our futures with a well-rounded plan and take time for ourselves inorder to remain creative for the long haul!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    Great story. I can tell you are in love. :)

  • jarabas

    jarabas said 7 years ago

    Nice prints! Thanks for an inspirational story. I know that sounds a little cliched but I do feel inspired.

  • babyjewlz

    babyjewlz said 7 years ago

    An extremely inspirational article. Well done, Dolan! Thank you very much for all the wonderful advice.

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 7 years ago

    Thank-you so much for the inspiration!

  • NadaBanana

    NadaBanana said 7 years ago

    Dolan, I don't know you, but I'm so happy for you! :)

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing.

  • Silkartist

    Silkartist said 7 years ago

    What a great story, Dolan! So inspiring!!!! I love all the Quit Your Day Job stories!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    great great info! the photos are really fabulous as well... thanks for sharing!

  • mudpudlesndandylines

    mudpudlesndandylines said 7 years ago

    awesomeness

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 7 years ago

    Great, great story Dolan..thanks for telling it straight, I really appreciate your insight... (and congrats!)

  • mudpudlesndandylines

    mudpudlesndandylines said 7 years ago

    wow you are so creative just looking at your things the story tells itself!

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 7 years ago

    great, down-to-earth article! nice to see a fellow Chicagoan represented. :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    i love the recycled aspect of your work. you have several great pieces. of of my favorites is Print on Paper, Desert Ramble Jackrabbit.

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success!

  • isabellsumbrella

    isabellsumbrella said 7 years ago

    One thing that I love about these articles (other than the great stories and tips) is discovering new shops. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Studiojones1

    Studiojones1 said 7 years ago

    Love your style and recycling habits! Good luck!

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 7 years ago

    What a great story. And I love the Patron Technology shout-out, that's where my sister works!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Dolan, thank you for being honest with all of us who strive to do our art full time. We know it's tough and sometimes we just need to hear that others struggle and work just as hard as we do! I love your work and wish you the best of luck! Mary, yet again a wonderful find! Thank you for sharing.

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    Hey Dolan, I've liked your stuff for a long time and you've been a source of inspiration for me to get my rear in gear to change from art making to money making from art. Thanks for sharing your secrets to success! I think I need to get me an Ali in my life....

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 7 years ago

    wow great interview. very inspiring.

  • CreatureComfortsBlog

    CreatureComfortsBlog said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic interview Dolan! Thank you so much for sharing all the hard work and passion that goes into your incredible body of work! Your story inspires and motivates me to work even harder to achieve my goals. Thank you! -Ez

  • LovelyPiecesDesign

    LovelyPiecesDesign said 7 years ago

    Lots of great tips and very realistic. Thanks for sharing!

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 7 years ago

    Another really great interview! I love Dolan's work and it's so inspirational to hear how someone got to where they are now. Thanks for sharing!

  • pnkgeeni

    pnkgeeni said 7 years ago

    Great article. Maybe I should try a typed to do list, might get some more things crossed off. I want to read this article again! It's that good!

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden said 7 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for all of your advice and links. Lastly, GO CHICAGO! and how do you fit yoga into your schedule? Now, I'll go back to my kittens and butterflies...:-))

  • studio2355

    studio2355 said 7 years ago

    Love your style. The tips and straight shooting. with a little bit of luck can not be beat thanks so much.

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 7 years ago

    I really love your work. Have signed up for newsletter. Inspiring ... now of to work to create something!! How exciting..........Thank you for all this information

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 7 years ago

    Nice artwork. I love to know that there are people out there who can make a living from their art. Gives us all hope!

  • liciapfadt

    liciapfadt said 7 years ago

    inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 7 years ago

    Congrats!!!!

  • sakeyser

    sakeyser said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • chichimai

    chichimai said 7 years ago

    wow!!!! great dolan!!! love your works... keep it soaring up!!!

  • artbymahats

    artbymahats said 7 years ago

    Lots and lots of good ideas. Thanks for sharing. xoxo M.A. @ artbymahats

  • OldSkoolCool

    OldSkoolCool said 7 years ago

    Great article, and great attitude!

  • onesmalldog

    onesmalldog said 7 years ago

    it is cool to be able to say I knew you when....so glad for your great success

  • onesmalldog

    onesmalldog said 7 years ago

    it is cool to be able to say i knew you when. so happy for all your success

  • earthnskystudio

    earthnskystudio said 7 years ago

    FANTASTIC article! Wow! And I thought I put in long hours. Whew! I don't know how you do it ^_^ Beautiful artwork! Good for you! Continued success!

  • littlecottagepillows

    littlecottagepillows said 7 years ago

    Great interview, thanks for sharing your story! (Such a cool Mom too!)

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 7 years ago

    Great Story. Thanks for the good advice about the newsletter programs. I'm retired and don't want to get back in the rat race but STILL WANT TO GROW MY BUSINESS, sure do agree with the DO WHAT YOU LOVE THEORY. I also love that you realize the importance of creating balance in your life. Wishing you continued success. Each Day is a Gift, that's why it's called the Present ... Peace and Love ...

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 7 years ago

    Truly wonderful artist you are.. thanks for inspiring us all to do better!

  • DanceTheMoon

    DanceTheMoon said 7 years ago

    Wow. I always find something inspiring and/or informative to make a note of in these QYDJ articles, but couldn't seem to do that with this. No, this time I've printed the entire article and slapped it on the wall! Thank you for a very real, no BS perspective. Bravo, Dolan and Ali! May your work continue to fulfill and your success continue to grow.

  • pinkpolkaDotties

    pinkpolkaDotties said 7 years ago

    Beuatiful art, great story. Congratulations, Dolan!

  • mysticfeather

    mysticfeather said 7 years ago

    This was such a great article for me! Just the encouragement I needed to focus my time and energy on my etsy site. Thanks for the advice!

  • objetosmagicos

    objetosmagicos said 7 years ago

    beautiful work!!!!

  • objetosmagicos

    objetosmagicos said 7 years ago

    I¨m new on etsy Shop, and i try everyday to undestand the way of work here. Beautiful art work and great story!!!!!!

  • UtopiaPkwyArtStudio

    UtopiaPkwyArtStudio said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring interview. Nice to see talented , genuine people making it.

  • EmSewCrazy

    EmSewCrazy said 7 years ago

    Wow! I really appreciated this! Great tips and great inspiration.

  • JewelsandGhouls

    JewelsandGhouls said 7 years ago

    This was a really great article for artists. I appreciate the reminders that making a living off of art isn't always a walk in the park.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Thanks Dolan...and congrats on your success!!

  • LarsonsHandcrafts

    LarsonsHandcrafts said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration Dolan! A good reminder for those of us who work from home. We must get up every day and go to work! It's so easy to meandeor through our days and never really accomplish much. When we work for someone else, there isn't that option. So when we work for ourselves, me must adopt the same "work" attitude if we are going to get to our goals. I struggle with distractions (usually self inflicted) throughout my day. Your article is a great reminder that I must treat my craft/art as my living and it is possible to reach the goals. Thank you so much!

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 7 years ago

    Love your stuff! Congrats, both on the blog post and your continued success. Always nice to have little nuggets of inspiration. Best of luck with larger clients and future triumphs!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Interesting story. Thanks for sharing.

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks said 7 years ago

    fan.tas.tic. Dolan and Ali (and Racine) deserve every single bit of the success they've achieved. Thanks so much for this honest/witty/kick-in-the-pants article.

  • meliskin

    meliskin said 7 years ago

    you are my hero!

  • GracensDesigns

    GracensDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. It is my all time dream to be a Featured Seller, so I love to read about those who are doing it. Visit my shop for Hand Stamped, Wired, & Hammered Jewelry Good Luck and God Bless you in all you do.

  • gochacreative

    gochacreative said 7 years ago

    I'm glad your mother played a role in encouraging your taste in art - a great enjoyable read. And I love the feathers stuck in the brush!

  • ketartstudio

    ketartstudio said 7 years ago

    I met Dolan at an art fair in Chattanooga and I remember him & Ali for one big reason - they were friendly, and excited about the artwork. I'll bet that is a huge part of his success!

  • RabbitHoleProduction

    RabbitHoleProduction said 7 years ago

    I can't believe there is SPAM in this comment lane-14 comments above me! Especially for such a great article. Very down to earth and inspiring at the same time!

  • tirelessartist

    tirelessartist said 7 years ago

    Oh man, this is what I needed! Thanks for this interview! Sometimes I think that I'm just a crazy day dreamer with my idea to live from my art, but when I read interviews like yours, I get motivated to move forward again! :)

  • SuZefashion

    SuZefashion said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks Dolan for sharing! This is very helpful and inspirational! Did you really mean that about consulting in exchange for chocolate?

  • Yeslioness

    Yeslioness said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing a slice of your business & world. I work and live alone so it's great to see what someone else's process is like! Ali sounds like the assistant/partner we all need and wish for :) Peace & Prosperity!

  • paulaegan

    paulaegan said 7 years ago

    congrats Dolan and Ali, from a fellow Chicagoan.

  • knappies

    knappies said 7 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. Any encouragement toward making a creative business viable and sustaining is so appreciated....thanks for your honesty and insights. Mary from knappies

  • LissaKate

    LissaKate said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success and thank you for the advice! Love the birds!

  • JuneRoseDesigns

    JuneRoseDesigns said 7 years ago

    Nice article. Your are an inspriation for all artists.

  • Hyppiechic

    Hyppiechic said 7 years ago

    You are the best . Congratulations

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 7 years ago

    Great tips and nice to mention hard work. I will be probably using "the great post office in the sky" line...hilarious and true!

  • GoBuggy

    GoBuggy said 7 years ago

    I think this is one of my favorite quite your day job article so far.

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 7 years ago

    Congrats Dolan! I love this artist.

  • madeforujewelry

    madeforujewelry said 7 years ago

    Awesome story and I absolutely love your work. Can see why you are successful and will continue to have a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 7 years ago

    Way to go, Dolan! You've obviously worked hard for your success. Thanks for sharing you're story.

  • becky740

    becky740 said 7 years ago

    It's so strange, today was the day I found Dolan through an ad on the Creature Comforts blog, then when I linked over to Etsy to find his work, here he was on The Storque. Consider me hooked!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 7 years ago

    Congrats for all your success. Everybody who want to me successful need to read your fantastic history!

  • dolangeiman

    dolangeiman said 7 years ago

    Ali here - Dolan's fiance and business partner. Thank you so, so much everyone. Our heads are spinning from all the compliments and encouragement. I hope many of you will be joining us tomorrow at 11am CST in Etsy Virtual Labs for a follow-up Q&A. We'll both be on the web cam ready to field your questions. Vanessa: You poor thing for having to proofread Dolan's lengthy answers (I definitely empathize!) Not to get too gushy, but I feel so fortunate to have such a kind and humble life and business partner. Again, thank you everyone. It's so comforting to know that a supportive and motivated community of creators is always here on Etsy.

  • amytrimble

    amytrimble said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the great advise. May you have many blessings!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    It was great to read this article! Best wishes for the future!

  • WraptInFelt

    WraptInFelt said 7 years ago

    Love your work ethic and that you have a business plan. In my experience (well with myself as well!) most artistic people tend to avoid plans like the plague and end up not being able to support themselves through their creativity, as well as being hopeless with money. We may all want to succeed but some of us don't put in the hard yakka or have the attitude to treat our creativity like a business.

  • bexpert

    bexpert said 7 years ago

    Also new to Etsy its a huge comfort to hear success stories and yours and Ali's is well deserved for all the hard yakka and hours you've put in. Thanks for these excellent insights into how to network your craft. Well done.

  • PNWSherry

    PNWSherry said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this info . I have been messing around for over a year. making things to sell and not going through with my plans on opening my shop. I am in the middle of my 2nd plan of opening it again but with goals included. Your info in Is there anything else you'd like to share? is very helpful and the whole article is a great learning experience. Thank you again!:)

  • whatzits

    whatzits said 7 years ago

    Great article that gave me a much needed shove to get myself in gear.

  • TwirlVintageCo

    TwirlVintageCo said 7 years ago

    This article really gives me hope, Thanks again!!

  • CBProducts

    CBProducts said 7 years ago

    very good story and words... KEEP IT UP GUYS!! i just started etsy, and it is frustrating at times because you might get people viewing your items.... But if they don't buy or heart them, DON'T GIVE UP! it was a piece of your creation that wasn't meant to go to that person or place.... keep moving FORWARD and your goals and expectations will be that much CLOSER. THANKS ETSY!

  • Heartwoven

    Heartwoven said 7 years ago

    Great art, great wisdom, thank you for sharing and best of everything to you.

  • dahliasbydesign

    dahliasbydesign said 7 years ago

    Love, Love, Love your honesty and sense of humor! Congrats on your success and being featured on Quit Your Day Job.

  • VALLEYGIRLBEADS

    VALLEYGIRLBEADS said 7 years ago

    Dolan and Ali... you are an inspiration to us all!!! Keep climbing and don't look back! Meschele

  • longbranchartfarm

    longbranchartfarm said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your story....we all need that kind of inspiration to keep it going!

  • SquidInkKollective

    SquidInkKollective said 7 years ago

    great blog, and great lab session too! Congrats on your day job quitting!

  • goldstreet

    goldstreet said 7 years ago

    job well done. thanks for the insight.

  • sweetmixcreations

    sweetmixcreations said 7 years ago

    Wow, is all I can say! What a work ethic! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • xmittens

    xmittens said 7 years ago

    Best Quit your dayjob yet. And I read them all just in case there is some smidgen of genius that will help me achieve my goals, too.

  • MadameKoiteh

    MadameKoiteh said 7 years ago

    Thanks for a great article! And your work is fabulous.

  • jewelsbyjaime

    jewelsbyjaime said 7 years ago

    Very cool.

  • calicodaisy

    calicodaisy said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Such well thought out answers, so clear, and nice grammar. You are obviously on your way to a wonderful career in the field that you love. -- michele

  • BeaniPet

    BeaniPet said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank You~*

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    Really like your work dolangeiman

  • LittleMissScooter

    LittleMissScooter said 7 years ago

    This was a breath of fresh air. His artwork and his expertise is exactly what I love to see from an artist. I'm 19, very young, and still learning. I think I just need to plan ahead and take it day by day. Awesome! :)

  • LittleMissScooter

    LittleMissScooter said 7 years ago

    Also, I'm bookmarking THIS too

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 7 years ago

    it's so nice to see another male etsy seller!! thanks for writing this article.

  • spac

    spac said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Dolan! I wish you more success than you could have dreamed and Ali could have planned.

  • seamstress16

    seamstress16 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this. I especially love the hour-by-hour breakdown of your day. I eventually want to quit my day job too. I'm just not sure exactly how to get to that point yet. But I'm learner. Thanks.

  • seamstress16

    seamstress16 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this. I especially love the hour-by-hour breakdown of your day. I eventually want to quit my day job too. I'm just not sure how quite yet. But, I'm learning. Thanks again.

  • ArtsRutherford

    ArtsRutherford said 7 years ago

    Hello Dolan! Thank you so much for your very inspirational story. I had my own studio for over twenty years and recently lost it. Now I know why and it wasn't just the economic downturn I just simply lost my way. Thanks for giving me back my sense of direction. I wish you health wealth and happiness!

  • modernfigurative

    modernfigurative said 7 years ago

    Dolan, thanks for the post! I have been a full time artist for many years and it does take a lot of discipline! I have never gotten any good at the networking part..I have shown in galleries which is good for sales but I don't feel I have the control I need. You and Ali are really lucky to have found such complimentary skills!

  • modernfigurative

    modernfigurative said 7 years ago

    I don't know what happened to my comment but I dont want to repost it..I will just say thanks for the post!

  • Maleaab

    Maleaab said 7 years ago

    Wow! Great job Dolan! This is my dream! By far, this is the most comprehensive "Quit Your Day Job" interview yet. All the tips, the game plan, etc are quite motivating. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • marybeadz

    marybeadz said 7 years ago

    Dolan this article was so motivating to read. I wish you all the very best and appreciate you sharing your experiences with the rest of us Etsian's here!

  • InspirationsbyRosie

    InspirationsbyRosie said 7 years ago

    Absolutely a wonderful story! I wish you the best always!

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio said 7 years ago

    I love this guy! he made me laugh more than once, his tips are great the way they are told, it is very inspiring! I am sure the next thing his doctor will tell him is to stop the chocolate bars... hehe... guys I am off to Dolan's shop to check it out and spend my monies to support a great artist :p

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago

    LOVE your work... Great article!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago

    As I retired I joined a wonderful women

  • PrettyMuchArt

    PrettyMuchArt said 7 years ago

    Met you in Madison last summer at Art Fair on the Square. I will own some of your work one day! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • ArtFromTheHeartBySue

    ArtFromTheHeartBySue said 7 years ago

    I loved your article..A great amount of great ideas. Developing a business plan is essential. I find that sometimes, it seems, you hit a plateau and need some inspiration from other artists. Online business has certainly been a learning curve for me and will continue to be just that! Susan

  • 4oldtimesandnew

    4oldtimesandnew said 7 years ago

    Beautiful art! And an informative, inspiring, encouraging article!

  • tgilmartin

    tgilmartin said 7 years ago

    now this is good stuff! Thanks for this.

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 6 years ago

    very talented artist

  • pinkslipstudio

    pinkslipstudio said 6 years ago

    a zillion comments later, but needed to say - thank you Dolan and Ali - for paving the way for a lot of artists and showing us how to take what we love, find a way to sell it without selling out.

  • pinkslipstudio

    pinkslipstudio said 6 years ago

    a zillion comments later, but needed to say - thank you Dolan and Ali - for paving the way for a lot of artists and showing us how to take what we love, find a way to sell it without selling out.

  • jeffmonoxide

    jeffmonoxide said 6 years ago

    What a great story! Continued success!

  • Julesstuff

    Julesstuff said 6 years ago

    This was inspiring and most of all FUN to read. Thanks, Dolan, best of luck to you and Ali. :) - Jules Means

  • in2ition

    in2ition said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing your insight...so helpful and inspiring!

  • reenabindra

    reenabindra from GreenaCanada said 3 years ago

    how inspiring ! thank you :)

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