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Quit Your Day Job: gloilocksandbody

Jul 19, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Britton and Matt have grown the success of their bath and beauty line, gloilocksandbody, as a team with a plan. With experience in both the back and front of the house in the restaurant scene, they had the business know-how and customer service savvy to make a success out of their venture. This creative couple now enjoys the freedom of scheduling their job around their life, instead of the other way around, and the comfort to dress any way they please. Read on to learn about the steps this duo took to ensure an effective leap into self-employment, how to work well with a significant other, and their best-kept marketing secrets.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve always, always wanted a creative job and Matt has always searched for a way to capitalize on his crafty skills. I think running our own business was inevitable. Matt and I are both Aries (yes, it’s a loud and obnoxious household), and independence is a huge thing for us. Plus it just feels awesome knowing that all those seeds you planted, sacrifices you made, and all that hard work has really paid off — we’re self-employed! Sometimes it is still hard to believe.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
Britton: I used to sling the grease! I cooked in and out of high-end restaurants for a while. I liked it because I got to release a small form of creativity on the job and it was a generally fun atmosphere to be in. The rush of an overflowing restaurant made it exciting and, at times, extremely stressful. The last restaurant I worked at here in Portland was horrible and left a really bad taste in my mouth, to say the least. I quit toward the end of March back in ’09. In a way it was kind of a blessing because it gave me the perfect opportunity to dive into starting a business! Not a bad deal. You have to be willing and open to change while running a business…

Matt: I managed a small pizza chain here in Portland. While I didn’t mind the job itself, I could see real problems for the company in the future. I’ve lost jobs this way before and didn’t want to be a victim again. I saw Etsy as our best way to take the reins for ourselves.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Totally! And back then you would usually find me reading the Quit Your Day Job series and keeping my shop as fresh as possible. I was constantly taking new photos and trying to flesh out the brand feel we were aiming for — basically looking for any way to improve.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
We started really thinking about Haus Of Gloi when the economy started to go sour. We knew there was a good chance that one or both of us might end up out of work. Our first step was to pay off all of our personal debts — this allowed us to streamline our cost of living and put more resources into the business.

When Britton decided to quit her day job, we cut our budget down to what we could afford on my Matt’s salary. We took some of our savings and used it as “seed” money for the Etsy shop. For the first 6 months we spent all of our profits on the business and lived off of my income. Things just kept growing and when the business was fully equipped, I quit my job and the rest is history.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
Word of mouth has been our biggest form of promotion, so I would have to say having stellar customer service is an unquestionable MUST. If a customer has a great experience with you and likes your product, they will likely share it! We also blog and use Twitter. I don’t blog as often as I should but I keep up with Twitter pretty consistently. The blog, however, is where we engage our customers and give sneak peeks into our seasonal product releases, which is an exciting time. I always try to use rich photo content as well. We’ve also been featured on a few high traffic beauty blogs, which never hurts!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
We’ve done a few ads here and there, without much success. We get hits, but no spike in sales. Mistakes? Not really. If we did make any mistakes we’ve learned valuable lessons from them, and I can’t regret that. Sometimes the hard way is the only way! I’d like to advertise on some of my favorite high traffic blogs — that’s something we haven’t tried.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • We wake up about 6 to 7 a.m. Matt usually goes out for a long bike ride and I’ll spend the morning having an energy drink, checking convos, relisting from the previous night of sales and catching up with my Google reader. The cats (Toki Wartooth and Pistachio) are in “crack mode,” running around the house like mad.
  • The major portion of our day is spent packing orders (Matt’s job) while I work on creation of product to either stock up or fill orders. We cram in some soapmaking, and lunch is usually amazing vegan cart food from Los Gorditos (a gem amongst Portland food carts!).
  • The evening consists of soapmaking and working on more orders or general business stuff. We usually wind down between 5-7. I’ll be firing up the World of Warcraft (Troll/Hunter, if you wanted to know!) and raiding with my guild some nights, and other nights you’ll likely find us cracking out on weird British sketch comedies. 11 to 12 is bedtime!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Matt says he likes being able to schedule our job around our life. There is greater flexibility doing this, but running a business can take a lot out of you. Personally, I like being able to look like what I want; I love that freedom. There is no big boss asking me what’s wrong with my hair!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Sometimes I kind of miss the structure an outside job can have. For example, when you leave work, you’ve left work! When you live and work in the same place it can be challenging to know when to stop, or start. Adapting to growth and change can be difficult as well, like implementing a new system of doing things for the sake of efficiency. You have to be willing and open to change while running a business.

If you work with a significant other, don’t expect it to be sunshine and tea cakes 24/7: you will have disagreements. Like any job, communication is key to have a good working relationship!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I think I would have told myself that there are certain parts of the business that I will have to give up. For example, I don’t ship orders anymore — that is Matt’s area. Giving that up was hard! I felt like I had to do everything at one point. Now I put my focus and devote more time to creating new products, keeping up with our stock and the visual side of the business.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
We’re looking to move into a bigger work space next year so that we can expand. I think we would like to move into more wholesale. The space we’re in currently is just big enough for a handful of wholesale and stock for our shop.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

  • MidwestAlchemy — I want ALL of her rings! They’re incredible and I cant wait to get my hands on one someday.
  • paintboxsoapworks — I love the concept of her shop, plus her fragrances look yummy!
  • joodito — One of the first shops I found on Etsy. I love her style and how it has taken so many different shapes over time.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

  • Have a plan for success! It could possibly be the best thing you could do. Being unprepared can often be like shooting yourself in the foot.
  • Be optimistic. It might sound silly, but if you have a vision and pursue it with everything you’ve got, you’ll likely be a success.
  • Love your customers and show it, as they are the backbone of your business.
  • Really utilize the tools Etsy has to offer! It is a very fun and supportive community.
  • Matt and I would also like to take this moment to thank Etsy for this amazing creative venue and our customers who support our dream. Thank you!

Thanks to Britton and Matt for sharing their story. You can see some of their work below.

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267 comments

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 6 years ago

    I adore these articles! They are so inspiring and gives me a little kick in the butt when I need it. :) Thanks Mary and gloillockandbody!

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 6 years ago

    All of these couples are so adorable (there are many couples that are featured, it seems to me). I love how they work together to build their shops. Well done!

  • PeacockInvitations

    PeacockInvitations said 6 years ago

    :) Looks very tasty! Congrats!

  • martice

    martice said 6 years ago

    I love these handmade soaps!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Nice story! Thank you for sharing and congrats ^_^

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 6 years ago

    Very interesting story. Beautiful partnership. Congrats!!!

  • EfiaFair

    EfiaFair said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring, makes me happy to read!! :)

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite shops! A fantastic article. Waiting patiently for Samhain to make its return!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    I love the story and the soap looks fab :)

  • AcaciasGallery

    AcaciasGallery said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop and inspiring story - thank you!

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story and lovely work! If you're into weird british comedy, check out 'Nighty night' and also 'The League of Gentlemen'!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 6 years ago

    Oh yay, Britton and Matt! (Their scrubs are to die for - if you haven't tried them ... do!!!) Great tips and fantastic shop. :)

  • farfallagialla

    farfallagialla said 6 years ago

    These articles are really amazing! Hey Britton I love your hair! =)

  • MNAHLKK

    MNAHLKK said 6 years ago

    So fun to see the people I buy from featured! I'm always amazed at (and a little envious of) people who manage to find what they love to do for a job!!

  • mittens

    mittens said 6 years ago

    I can't get enough of this series of posts. They give me such hope that I will have a brick and mortar one day. It is so great to hear the same thing in every post, word of mouth and awesome product go along way instead of the advertising dollars. Awesome Awesome Awesome Thanks for keeping the hope alive.

  • bthanari

    bthanari said 6 years ago

    I love articles like this, very inspirational. Thanks so much for sharing and your soaps look amazing.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Kudos to you two!

  • teedle

    teedle said 6 years ago

    I love this post! It is wonderful to see people living their dreams =)

  • turskaj

    turskaj said 6 years ago

    yummy ^^

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 6 years ago

    I remember stumbling across this shop early on when she opened. I remember reading the profile about her being a cook in Oregon. Her story just stuck in my head because I could relate. I would see the store pop up now and then. And one day I noticed it looked to be doing very well, and it just gave me a big smile. I drool over the items in the shop, but I am one of those super duper sensitive skin freaks of nature, so I mainly look and dream. But now I am in the market for some body scrub birthday gift, so I'm gonna have to take a look. One thing I have loved about the shop was no palm oil used! Yay.

  • pinkpolkaDotties

    pinkpolkaDotties said 6 years ago

    Great story. Wishing you much continued success!!!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love their shop!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Cheers to you both! Your stuff looks great :)

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview; great details. (Gorgeous products!) Thank you for sharing :) xo, WHP www.walterhelenaphotography.blogspot.com

  • HarboretteShop

    HarboretteShop said 6 years ago

    I love these stories, so inspirational! Love the cat's name, hoping to get a dog soon so we can name him Murderface! Wishing you continued success!

  • sabrosavintage

    sabrosavintage said 6 years ago

    thanks for the dose of inspiration.

  • sabrosavintage

    sabrosavintage said 6 years ago

    thanks for the dose of inspiration!!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 6 years ago

    Inspiring...great looking soaps.....I love that they are fellow vegans!!!

  • welchva

    welchva said 6 years ago

    I love love love gloilocksandbody! Their products are just fabulous. I am so in love with the Honey Tree scent! Kudos to you both!

  • StrangeVagaries

    StrangeVagaries said 6 years ago

    Right on! Keep on keepin on!

  • heartsandhome

    heartsandhome said 6 years ago

    lovely soaps~

  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 6 years ago

    Wow! You guys deserve every bit of success you have and hope you have a ton!! Every product offered looks so good I could eat it! I just quit my day job and have taken every comment and suggestion seriously...Thanks so much and BEST, BEST luck to you both.

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 6 years ago

    Those soaps look so yummy! Great story too...so glad you both got into doing what you love!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Here's to continued success with your shop!

  • productbody

    productbody said 6 years ago

    Awesome profile! Matt & Britton- cutest picture ever. ;) -jo

  • wittykittyretro

    wittykittyretro said 6 years ago

    Beautiful products! Thank you for sharing your story!!

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 6 years ago

    What a great shop! You 2 are so cute!

  • BDleatherdesigns

    BDleatherdesigns said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Great looking items. Thanks for reminding us ....... "Be optimistic. It might sound silly, but if you have a vision and pursue it with everything you've got, you'll likely be a success."........I really believe this too!!!! Words to live by. And they are so right, Los Gorditos in Portland, IS amazing =).

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Your products look amazing! Going to your shop now to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    this is so inspiring...i just love it! matt and britton, you guys are too cute.

  • beijaflores

    beijaflores said 6 years ago

    I've always admired this brand. Looks like great quality products. Congratulations guys!

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your amazing products! Thanks for sharing Britton & Matt ::)

  • BunniesandAvacado

    BunniesandAvacado said 6 years ago

    Oooh I want some! Being optimistic is a good plan. You guys are really cute! Keep up the awesomeness.

  • ekra

    ekra said 6 years ago

    Another inspiring story! Congratulations!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    Your soaps look amazing! Congrats on your success.

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 6 years ago

    Excellent shop!

  • moddiapercakes

    moddiapercakes said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • Briole

    Briole said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article! Thanks for sharing!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 6 years ago

    Great story....thanks for sharing. Wishes for your continued success!

  • ThirdHandArt

    ThirdHandArt said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the encouraging words and invaluable advice. Hope is alive and well!

  • WonderTurtleSoaps

    WonderTurtleSoaps said 6 years ago

    I loved this article - I recently bought some lotions and perfume oil from gloilocksandbody (Moon Dog and Madcap Garden) and just love them! Congrats on your success, Britton and Matt! :)

  • MontanaSnowVintage

    MontanaSnowVintage said 6 years ago

    Wow, what an inspiring article. thank your sharing your amazing storing!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 6 years ago

    I love that feel good story It just made my day a bit happier:)

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Congrats on working towards your dreams and great success to you both!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Such hard work & amazing products & customer service....Congratulations! & Hello fellow Oregonians!!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I wish you both the best of success!

  • porcelainlegend

    porcelainlegend said 6 years ago

    Happy couples. Wish you business success.

  • chachingck

    chachingck said 6 years ago

    Excellent presentation on a lot of hard work. I bet it was hard to pick the cream of your crop to explain to us. Again, thanks so very much and keep on,, keepin on...

  • porcelainlegend

    porcelainlegend said 6 years ago

    Happy couple, Wish your business big successs.

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I LOVE your Satyr soap!! Will be ordering more soon!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 6 years ago

    ...great article! congratulations! your products look AMAZING...can't wait to try some! XOX

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 6 years ago

    thanks for the tips, guys. really appreciate all the great advice (hadn't thought about the importance of having hi-res photos in order to snag blog features). good luck and thanks for sharing!

  • SewBelles

    SewBelles said 6 years ago

    Great shop! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • consciousclothing

    consciousclothing said 6 years ago

    great article, great product! thanks for the advices...

  • SewBelles

    SewBelles said 6 years ago

    Great shop! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 6 years ago

    handsome couple...beautiful shop...and the tried & true background story of hard work, endless creativity, & always improving goals...thank you for sharing & challenging all of us :D

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 6 years ago

    Britton and Matt, your soaps look yummy! I really enjoyed your story and may you both have continued success.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    Your products make me want to seek out another morning coffee and something tasty to go with it ~ so delicious! A lovely and inspiring story, thank you!

  • thesittingtree

    thesittingtree said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I've been thinking about making a serious business plan for a long time and now I might just do it:)

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn said 6 years ago

    So rad! When I first saw this, I thought it said 'go lick somebody.'

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    Congrats to both of you!!

  • TallyLocke

    TallyLocke said 6 years ago

    I guessed FROM THE PICTURE that you guys were from PDX!! Awesome! Luv it. Congrats!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 6 years ago

    Yum! Your soaps look delicious. Congrats guys!

  • sihaya09

    sihaya09 said 6 years ago

    Hurrah for Gloi! Can't wait for your fall limited editions!

  • reapandsow

    reapandsow said 6 years ago

    I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing. It is very inspiring and cool to see the business from the owners' point of view. Must go check out this shop immediately! :)

  • amandasaccents

    amandasaccents said 6 years ago

    wonderful story! congrats! I can take alot of inspiration from this.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    I love these stories!!!!!

  • dreamtimeharvest

    dreamtimeharvest said 6 years ago

    I love reading stories about soapmakers that made it! :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  • PinkGlassPalace

    PinkGlassPalace said 6 years ago

    Interesting reading. It's great how it's working out for you, congratulations and much more success!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Congrats and continued success!

  • joclothing

    joclothing said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Your products are amazing :)

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 6 years ago

    Yay for vegan bath and body!

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 6 years ago

    wao thanks for all this advise :)

  • SoapyPleasure

    SoapyPleasure said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring... Love their photography :) Wish you all the succes! :D

  • jcjewelrydesign

    jcjewelrydesign said 6 years ago

    congratulations on your success! Love your products~

  • IStandConnected

    IStandConnected said 6 years ago

    You folks are such an inspiration. Independence and financial self sufficancy - BRAVO! Can't wait to try your products.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    wonderful and how great to work together! so inspiring!!! love the quit your day job etsy feature! maybe someday soon!

  • BellaKat

    BellaKat said 6 years ago

    You both make a very cute young couple and I wish you much success! You presented a very inspiring ,positive and realistic story. You sound well planned in a creative business!

  • skinbodyworks

    skinbodyworks said 6 years ago

    AWESOME article! I love the inspiration, makes me really feel like I can actually make it and be able to be sufficient!

  • supforu

    supforu said 6 years ago

    Amazing story!! Iam so happy for you guys!!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    Yess, nice! Love when I learn about youngsters making on they own from handmade items and original ideas! Congrats!

  • HouseThatCrowBuilt

    HouseThatCrowBuilt said 6 years ago

    I love their soap! The scents are great and the soaps leave your skin feeling divine! Congrats to them on the lovely article!

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 6 years ago

    Great success story!

  • AngelasAlchemy

    AngelasAlchemy said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Especially about having a plan, something that is hard for me to do being a single mom. My schedule is usually run by a 5 year old. That is about to change with Kindergarten, yay!!

  • maycouture

    maycouture said 6 years ago

    I love the article...is just what I need...Thanks

  • blankstare

    blankstare said 6 years ago

    Yay!!! How awesome to see my favorite shop!! :D

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats!! Your products look yummy!1

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop!

  • wickedname08

    wickedname08 said 6 years ago

    You must buy anything and everything in this shop, it's all better than you'd expect. You'll be addicted.

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE this shop-- I recently bought lotion and perfume and have NEVER been so pleased. The lotion is so rich and the scents are AMAZING... I am DELIGHTED to see them featured here.

  • dwilcox

    dwilcox said 6 years ago

    Great story....very inspirational! Congratulations to you both!

  • rkbrushworks

    rkbrushworks said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for this inspiring story! Congratulations!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Congrats on all of your success!

  • MimiandMoi4519

    MimiandMoi4519 said 6 years ago

    Hooray Portland! I'm a native Portlander as well (living in San Diego) and love seeing Portlanders successful, especially with their arts! Congrats!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    Much needed encouragement and I love your hair, my bosses were never fans of my hair choices either!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 6 years ago

    I love your article,especially the part about being optimistic...I'm an optimist who is married to a pessimist so at times it's difficult (LOL)

  • MustLuvVintage

    MustLuvVintage said 6 years ago

    Your products look amazingly edible and absolutely dreamy! Wonderful work to the both of you and congrats on your success!!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 6 years ago

    every time I read one of these I start rethinking my photos... Sometimes that is a bad thing and my shop starts looking very disorganized, but I love reading these interviews!

  • MissHeadband

    MissHeadband said 6 years ago

    Amazing! I run a small headband boutique and hope to be features like you guys! Check me out and see what you think? http://www.etsy.com/listing/50976438/crystal-headbands-by-miss-headband

  • donnakazo

    donnakazo said 6 years ago

    Like everyone else, I get a lot of inspiration from the Quit Your Day Job series! My favorite part is how our fellow Etsians plan out their days. Good luck and thanks for giving us a peek into your business!

  • jubilee82

    jubilee82 said 6 years ago

    Great!!

  • savannahsoapkitchen

    savannahsoapkitchen said 6 years ago

    Awesome awesome article/interview! I've always admired the look of their shop.. so luxurious and rich. PS. I make soap and play Warcraft too (Human Paladin) Small world :)

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 6 years ago

    Great article and lovely products. And yes! I also play World of Warcraft (NE druid) :)

  • birchandbird

    birchandbird said 6 years ago

    Great interiew and amazing looking products! Thanks for sharing!

  • lillya

    lillya said 6 years ago

    You are so cute and cool people! Congrats!!

  • lillya

    lillya said 6 years ago

    The crack mode kitties are too funny:)

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    Love your dreads, Britton, my son has them too :) Congratulations on your success!

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 6 years ago

    Great story! Absolutely motivating!

  • artgalstudio

    artgalstudio said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article, really inspirational. Thanks for sharing your insights. Wishing you both much continued success.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 6 years ago

    wow!! congrates for your success!!! that is very fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this to everyone!! it's very very inspiring !! vivilian.etsy.com

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 6 years ago

    http://www.vivilian.etsy.com love your shop

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! I love it! So inspiring :)

  • paintedlips

    paintedlips said 6 years ago

    I can't believe I've never read any of these "Quit Your Day Job" posts! What an inspiring duo, and their items look amazing! I will definitely have to do some back reading on other shops featured here! Congratulations and happy creating!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 6 years ago

    great advice thankyou

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the story. I will convert it to motivation for my own shop! Way to be awesome!

  • robcropper

    robcropper said 6 years ago

    really inspiring, Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great article, must say beautiful products they're fantastic.

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 6 years ago

    seeing this dream of self-employment come to fruition and with such great success is enormously motivating...it CAN be done! hats of to ya and thanks for the extra motivation today! cheers!

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic said 6 years ago

    Great article !! Thanks for sharing - congrats on your success !!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 6 years ago

    Wow .. you guys are inspiring.. Congratulations!!!

  • ReadWithMe

    ReadWithMe said 6 years ago

    As a brand new Etsy-er; it is so inspiring to read this. It is possible to live your dream! Your items are so beautiful.

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 6 years ago

    LOVE the husband wife duo success stories~ congrats to both of you!!!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great article!! Congrats on all your success and best of luck to you both in the future!!! Thank you for sharing you story!!!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! All the best!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 6 years ago

    Wow. Very inspirational. You can certainly tell they love what they do!

  • CherryMatador

    CherryMatador said 6 years ago

    Such an illuminating story! Thanks for sharing!

  • EmmasJewellery

    EmmasJewellery said 6 years ago

    this gives me hope!! those soaps look good enough to eat...:D

  • calesVan

    calesVan said 6 years ago

    What a great success story! Congrats on doing what you love. You are both an inspiration.

  • FayeLynAdornments

    FayeLynAdornments said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! To quit my day job is my goal! Thanks for sharing

  • BlueSky10

    BlueSky10 said 6 years ago

    This series is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • swith

    swith said 6 years ago

    Wonderful to read and get some advice from "pros." Thanks for sharing!

  • JustSmashingDarling

    JustSmashingDarling said 6 years ago

    Way to go! Live the dream you guys. I flirt with it, and as a teacher may soon be pushed off of the cliff into self employment but it is a scary step for sure.

  • daniag

    daniag said 6 years ago

    Sweet and inspiring story! I love it!

  • rasamalai

    rasamalai said 6 years ago

    You guys are glowing! Beautiful story and soaps! :)

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 6 years ago

    This series is always so inspiring :)

  • Lexsomnia

    Lexsomnia said 6 years ago

    Huge congrats! You two are the cutest couple! Hopefully there is a ton more success in your future!

  • mbedesign

    mbedesign said 6 years ago

    i generally love the soap...but their...make me crazy!!!!! i love them

  • LatressOnTheMenjay

    LatressOnTheMenjay said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this! It is always so great to read these articles. After I feel so inspired! Go Handmade Go! :)

  • mothermoongems

    mothermoongems said 6 years ago

    Awesome article. Much continued success to you both!

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Such an inspiring story. I totally felt what you were saying about the giving up part, letting Matt ship. I wish you much, much success in your future!!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 6 years ago

    As a former restaurant monkey myself I have to say, "Way to go!" Great article, and I wish you further success as your business grows!

  • belletreats

    belletreats said 6 years ago

    This is a great story...it gives me hope for my hubby and me since we are home together everyday. Me with my Etsy shops and he is a student studying Science.

  • OverallBaby

    OverallBaby said 6 years ago

    how inspiring!

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 6 years ago

    Ok, this stuff really makes me want to quit my job :)

  • HotPinkandSequins

    HotPinkandSequins said 6 years ago

    Wow! I'm so inspired by you both! Congratulations and continued success!!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the great tips! I just lost my day job and really want to grow my etsy shop so that I can stay home. Feeling inspired that I can do this to. Thanks Again!

  • VirgoDesigns

    VirgoDesigns said 6 years ago

    lol, I love that their cats name is Toki :)

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 6 years ago

    Great story

  • robynsnestboutique

    robynsnestboutique said 6 years ago

    Great picture and very inspiring story! Congrats to you both!

  • MoMuertos

    MoMuertos said 6 years ago

    That was a great interview! I adore the couple, their shop, and that they named their cat after Toki. <3

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    So inspirational-also great pricing for such natural luxurious quality products!

  • DanaCastle

    DanaCastle said 6 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  • chocolatetulipdesign

    chocolatetulipdesign said 6 years ago

    You radiate inspiration....thanks for sharing your story and congrats!

  • 11m2

    11m2 said 6 years ago

    Awesome interview! Love the different/ individual vibe. :) Greetz from Hamburg! Gila

  • slipstreamblue

    slipstreamblue said 6 years ago

    Just for the record, I'd like to say that gloi's bar soaps are the absolute creamiest bar soaps I've ever encountered, and their fragrances are downright dreamy. I'm probably going to end up buying all of them at some point. (That reminds me, though... I forgot to leave feedback! Gotta go do that!)

  • annyandme

    annyandme said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview! How wonderful you can so successfully work together creating your dream! What a cute/handsome couple! The very very best of luck to you!! Now I'm off to take a look at the goodies in your shop...

  • Footeprints

    Footeprints said 6 years ago

    Wonderful inspiring! <3

  • SteampunkAsunder

    SteampunkAsunder said 6 years ago

    Awesome story!! I recently quit my day job at an awful restaurant. I thought I would be stuck there forever. Etsy is my HERO! I have 4 successful shops and am now 100% self-employed. It's great you're getting this story out there to inspire others. So many people think it's impossible and it really isn't :) Just a LOT of hard work and research! Among many other things. CONGRATULATIONS!! :)

  • HMCollections

    HMCollections said 6 years ago

    Man!! I am addicted to this quit you day job articles I dream everyday of being my own boss and making my own hours!! One this days I am going to cut the ole ball and chain..;)

  • CraftedRoots

    CraftedRoots said 6 years ago

    I'm impressed you have time for a full-time business AND World of Warcraft! ;) Bravo! (Though personally we're Alliance ourselves. Hehe)

  • grayday

    grayday said 6 years ago

    so inspiring! I'm working from home this summer- running all 3 of my shops! And doing some etsy freelance work for 2 other shops! I've quit my day job- and now I hope to get to the point of making enough income from all my etsy work! that's why I love this series- so inspiring! Rah rah rah, keep up the good work- it shouts! thanks and congrats on doing what you love!

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 6 years ago

    I love the fact your cat is named Toki Wartooth :) Great stuff!! I envy you! Hehe.

  • LicoriceTwig

    LicoriceTwig said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and informative article! Keep up the soap making.

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 6 years ago

    Great feature! Thanks for sharing your story with all of us. :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    Such a wonderful story and the shop looks yum!

  • oatkacreekstudio

    oatkacreekstudio said 6 years ago

    So inspiring and your products look beautiful! Glad you don't have anyone telling you about your hair - it's great!!

  • vasini

    vasini said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch said 6 years ago

    Feeling inspired. Shuffling off to make some more soap. Ah, the dream!

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 6 years ago

    FANTASTIC to see another soapmaker here! Congrats on your success!

  • takofibers

    takofibers said 6 years ago

    Its not all tea and cupcakes, its a lot of hard work. Thank you for reminding me of that! I feel inspired to go work harder at what I love!

  • ElementsbyJulie

    ElementsbyJulie said 6 years ago

    So inspirational, Congratulations to you two :)

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    We LOVE hearing about the success of fellow creatives! Let alone these two are fellow PDX'ers! Kudos friends & neighbors! Come stop by our place for a visit!

  • Prdgy

    Prdgy said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story! It couldn't have come at a better time for me. This is not one of my best days ever but what a fun boost!

  • bluelala

    bluelala said 6 years ago

    How awesome you guys!! I heart reading these articles every week. Congrats!!

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 6 years ago

    those soaps look yummy enough to eat! thanks for sharing your story. We are always inspired by other couples who run their businesses together like we do.

  • thebeersoapcompany

    thebeersoapcompany said 6 years ago

    Congrats:)

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 6 years ago

    congrats! I wish you all the best and continued success:)

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 6 years ago

    congrats, awesome story:)

  • ValentinaBlossom

    ValentinaBlossom said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to you two! So inspiring! (oh, and I love that you have SAMPLES!)

  • navessa31

    navessa31 said 6 years ago

    WOOT! excellent interview to one of my FAV etsy stores! it is an honor to be your customer!!

  • fantasian

    fantasian said 6 years ago

    wonderful, inspiring story! congratulations you two on your success! :)

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 6 years ago

    I love reading this section! Another inspiring story, thank you!

  • BlueRoomGems

    BlueRoomGems said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this article. It is so real and inspiring all at the same time. Britton's comment about her hair cracked me up!

  • GThreads

    GThreads said 6 years ago

    Thanks for encouraging us newbies. You are so right about the tools available to make you success. All the best for your future wholesale endeavour.

  • sierracrafts

    sierracrafts said 6 years ago

    This is truly exciting, I am happy for you both!!:)

  • Kitcameo

    Kitcameo said 6 years ago

    OMG an Etsy's Dark Side Team member!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!! *dies*

  • Studio827KC

    Studio827KC said 6 years ago

    Always love reading Quit Your day Job! Such inspiring stories!!

  • GalleonsGold

    GalleonsGold said 6 years ago

    Fun article in the series!! Thanks for sharing more ideas on Quitting You Day Job.

  • steamcore

    steamcore said 6 years ago

    Such a good article, and nice to she other people with the same hair as me. lol

  • thesoapseduction

    thesoapseduction said 6 years ago

    Great story and such an inspiration...May you have continued success:)

  • NatashasArtHaven

    NatashasArtHaven said 6 years ago

    Exciting inspiration!

  • paintnplace

    paintnplace said 6 years ago

    I LIKE your hair!

  • MyBodyintheMachine

    MyBodyintheMachine said 6 years ago

    One of my FAVORITE shops!!! Amazing body care products! I'm in love with the Moondog scents. Nothing but deliciousness! Congrats you two!

  • Meganhead

    Meganhead said 6 years ago

    Loved your article and I adore your cats' names (coming from a fellow Metalocalypse fan)! I can't wait to look at your shop and start buying some new body products!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 6 years ago

    Great article! Love your shop too!

  • TheQuietOwl

    TheQuietOwl said 6 years ago

    Awesome article and products!!! For the Horde! =)

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 6 years ago

    Awesome article! Best of luck to both of you!! -L http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoellaMedina

  • solsticescents

    solsticescents said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, Matt and Britton! You guys certainly deserve it! :)

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm said 6 years ago

    Yay SOAP!!

  • owlbot

    owlbot said 6 years ago

    One of my FAVORITE shops!!! Loved reading this article! Well deserved!

  • saburkitty

    saburkitty said 6 years ago

    Interesting

  • ARTbySabina

    ARTbySabina said 6 years ago

    delicious

  • CharlieErnestNErise

    CharlieErnestNErise said 6 years ago

    This stuff looks good enough to eat! I love the packaging, too!

  • slipstreamblue

    slipstreamblue said 6 years ago

    Great. Comment spam.

  • FuturePrimitive

    FuturePrimitive said 6 years ago

    Wonderful. So good to see this on Etsy! I have been a customer for a short while but am totally hooked...and I'm a soapmaker too! I just can't resist Britton's creations. The WANT factor is so high. Moon Dog is just about the best scent I've ever worn..and the compliments fly whenever I wear it. Amazing brand, lovely designs. Tiggy x

  • ukpinsandneedles

    ukpinsandneedles said 6 years ago

    very inspiring article! i like reading articles about others successes, it encourages me to carry on and not give up. nice to hear things from their point of view. thanks again for a great post

  • ChicDesignByCG

    ChicDesignByCG said 6 years ago

    Félicitations Britton et Matt! It's a wonderful way to live, organize the work around your life, not your life for the work. It's what I do since 13 years, I am a selfworker and work at home. I am new in Etsy and would like to devote to this business progressively. I am learning about Etsy and how to be successfull. Bon succès!

  • CrystalsKloset

    CrystalsKloset said 6 years ago

    That is a wonderful story and so nice they can work together. Love the look of the soaps , they are yummy! These would make great gifts also, great team players!

  • tgurleybathandbody

    tgurleybathandbody said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to you both!!

  • dresstressballs

    dresstressballs said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this great article.

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 6 years ago

    So humble and down to earth. Yummy product, great photos, nice blog- and you even recommend other soap shops- that speaks highly of your characters. Great job! ;)

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    Great inspiration they look so yummy.

  • stixnpops

    stixnpops said 6 years ago

    OMG... I love your products... they look great, I also love the photos! what inspiring story! thanks for sharing!

  • thelittlebirdtoldme

    thelittlebirdtoldme said 6 years ago

    I love your story and your items! Hope I can someday have the same success you have made for yourself. Your prices are great too! ♥

  • jennykb1

    jennykb1 said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I love your shop!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 6 years ago

    You guy make such beatiful stuff!

  • stonecoldtoad

    stonecoldtoad said 6 years ago

    I love the stories about husband/wife teams that have quit their day jobs! I have been trying to convince my hubby for years that we need to be working together all day every day. More of a good thing is even better! :)

  • prairieboutique

    prairieboutique said 6 years ago

    WOW...what inspiration! I love your products and can almost smell them! Congratulations & best of luck!

  • FindingFelicityLLC

    FindingFelicityLLC said 6 years ago

    Oh, I look forward to reading Quit Your Day Job every week. So inspiring and fun to read! Your shop is fabulous -- I wish you much success and happiness!

  • pandoraslocker

    pandoraslocker said 6 years ago

    Their scrubs look fantastic! I will eventually try one. I love the new question in this feature: 'What are some etsy shops we should know about?"

  • TheVintageChain

    TheVintageChain said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! I love to read these articles every week.

  • Heatheru00

    Heatheru00 said 6 years ago

    This has been my most favorite edition of "Quit Your Day Job." I can really relate to their lifestyle! It gives me motivation to get a better schedule going for my business. Plus, their products look SOOO yummy!!

  • LittleCutieCakes

    LittleCutieCakes said 6 years ago

    What a great success story. Very inspiring! Thank you for taking the time to share it.

  • essentialcandles

    essentialcandles said 6 years ago

    Im very happy for you guys, can anyone give me advice on starting a candle making business, I have made 200 hunder candles all scented and some have center pieces with the candles, but I want to know can you make a real profit off making and selling candles, I'm thinking about making soaps different scents, bath salts, and aromatherpy soaps, and candles, please help me I have this as a hobby but I want to make money off of my talant, I'm on ssi and anyone on that knows they don't get much, and my kids are getting older and I want to beable to help them in the future.

  • alittlemomento

    alittlemomento said 6 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 6 years ago

    great story, awesome couple, beautiful products and photography of them!

  • ExpressiveNotions

    ExpressiveNotions said 6 years ago

    Looks good enought to eat! :)

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 6 years ago

    very talented.

  • sugarberry

    sugarberry said 6 years ago

    Lovely in every way!!!!

  • backyardcolorado

    backyardcolorado said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration to me and give me hope.

  • ShellyFrancesMakeup

    ShellyFrancesMakeup said 6 years ago

    Love your products. Today I'm wearing Honey Tree Lotion :)

  • sukran

    sukran said 6 years ago

    What a great story. I'll keep reading your series.Thanks

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 6 years ago

    Another great and inspiring article on etsy!

  • jbhs

    jbhs said 6 years ago

    I am new to ETSY and I have been so impressed with not only the community vibe but also the amazing talent I'm seeing. I find that hours have passed as I browse all of the creative items. I feel honored to be a part of it.

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration, love your story, continued success in all that you do.

  • ElainesCardsandGems

    ElainesCardsandGems said 6 years ago

    Certainly something to aspire to! Thank you and may your success continue.

  • Casualelegancedesign

    Casualelegancedesign said 6 years ago

    Just want to send you guys some Oregon Love! Great story.

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 6 years ago

    loved the story, congrats... what a great life :)

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce said 6 years ago

    Great article. I love that you guys work so well together. And your rpoducts look fantastic! Wishing you the best guys! And Lok'tar from a fellow hunter. ;)

  • 5DesignGroup

    5DesignGroup said 6 years ago

    LOVE your product photography-nice work!!

  • theheadsaid

    theheadsaid said 6 years ago

    Inspiring... I hope to be there one day! :o)

  • Four20mooN

    Four20mooN said 6 years ago

    I need me some of your products! Love the story. Keep up the groovy work:) I see your moving now as well...Congrats!

  • onelovebird

    onelovebird said 6 years ago

    How did you market your etsy shop? anything outside of etsy?

  • whimhandmadejewelry

    whimhandmadejewelry said 6 years ago

    These articles are what keep me going... I haven't had any sales so far, but I've been featured in three treasuries and on a couple blogs. I guess I just have to wait for that magical first sale! :)

  • GrassyHouse

    GrassyHouse said 6 years ago

    Great story! I can only hope to have a beautiful working partnership one day.

  • jeguerra

    jeguerra said 6 years ago

    ordered from you guys and will definitely order again!

  • wickedkittenboutique

    wickedkittenboutique said 6 years ago

    Great info! I <3 WoW also

  • peacelilygirl123

    peacelilygirl123 said 6 years ago

    Really cool! I love nice handmade soaps! I love lush and am a soap freak! Hope to buy some things!

  • allysonjames

    allysonjames said 6 years ago

    My Hubby and I gave a dream if working together creating oneday from our HOME! Reading these wonderful "couple" stories is so inspiring and helps us keep the faith. I try to read at least 2 or 3 everyday!

  • CabinOn6th

    CabinOn6th said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • info471

    Gerry Nicklas from PennsHillSoapCompany said 5 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring!

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    Hella Madison from TheGreenAlchemist said 3 years ago

    Fantastic article, and I more than appreciate the name Toki Wartooth for a cat. He's my favourite character in the show!

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