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Quit Your Day Job: gorjuss

Mar 9, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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This week I’m bringing you an incredible twist on our regular Quit Your Day Job feature. The story below not only outlines the success Etsy helped bring Suzanne, the Scottish artist behind gorjuss, but it also focuses on the story of her husband, Grant. He was recently able to leave his day job to help with the growing success and management of Suzanne’s newfound business.  I think you’ll be as touched as I was to read this inspiring story of a husband and wife team working together and finding success.

If you’d like to ask Grant questions of your own or listen in on his advice in real time, we invite you to join us in a follow-up Question and Answer session this Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 2:30pm EST in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time).

In Grant’s words:

On October 6th, 2005 Suzanne followed a link from another artist’s website that led her to Etsy, a chance discovery that made a huge difference in the marketing of her artwork.  At the time, I had no idea that it would have any bearing on MY life or working day. I was a hardworking husband of an artist. I worked all hours to support her and our family to be able to live the life we wanted. Etsy was a step for Suzanne to change all our lives forever.

Etsy was new, exciting, and more importantly, the community was warm and welcoming.  Suzanne’s original artworks, prints and products sold quicker than she could make them, and it was clear that it deserved a lot more attention than we had the time to give.

We made changes to our way of working by getting a professional printer to produce the highest quality prints and products we could, and we have never settled for the cheapest options since. I became more involved in the printing and production process with my experience in IT from my day job.  Yet I still had a lot of new skills to learn, as trimming is not as easy as it looks. Through hard work and necessity, I consider myself accomplished at what I do, which complements Suzanne’s artwork. It grew until I had no choice but to make that leap of faith. Yes, I quit my day job!


When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?

At first, I was only really helping out when required, but due to some health issues with Suzanne, it was clear that I needed to be able to run the shop fully at a moment’s notice. This was a great thing, as it meant we could share the running of the shop and I thought of it like a way to earn some extra funds for fun things.  Fortunately, it did far more than that and things have changed so much since then.

How long had you been on Etsy before taking the plunge into selling full time? What made you decide to do so?

We had been on Etsy for a year, and things were getting busier and busier, but all the time my day job was getting more and more demanding.  I would often find myself and Suzanne up past midnight printing and packaging the previous day’s orders and getting ready for my next day’s work. It was clear that something had to give or I would end up in hospital with exhaustion.  With my day job becoming less and less enjoyable, I made the decision to quit while in a hotel in Ireland doing a thankless job for the company. It was the scariest moment. Once the letter was sent, the relief was unimaginable.

How did you originally get into making prints?

Quite simply put, we ordered batches of prints from all kinds of places. Some were good, others not so good. The end result was a pile of boxes, which held prints that never sold.  We took the bold move to print to order, or as I like to say, we make all prints fresh and seal them at the time of printing so they reach you in their freshest form. (Not quite foil wrapped, but you get my meaning.) This meant we could send orders out within 24 hours and didn’t have to worry about stock levels, and the quality was fully under our control.

I leave the design and arty bits to Suzanne, but I am developing an eye for her talent… I rather simplistically state that Suzanne does the coloring in, and I do the cutting out.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

To be honest, this was the biggest sticking point of quitting the day job. We had no safety net at all, but all it takes is a leap of faith and the dedication to put the effort in. If you sit back, the sales drop and the panic begins, but when you put the hours in, the rewards are huge. The only guarantee you have is the one you make to yourself to work hard.  “Self employed” does mean “self distracted” — as in, three months perfecting Guitar Hero — but it is also important to re-arrange the way you work so that you do have fun. The more you put in, the more you get back, but having fun is key.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?

The biggest marketing skill is to talk to people and show them what you have. If you believe in your products and are enthusiastic about them, people feel the same about you and your items.  The more people that talk about you, the more potential sales you have. We also decided that quality and, what I call,  “LOW RISK” purchases were the key to success. A LOW RISK purchase is the way that your customers can be sure than even when the worst situations arise (delivery issues or damages) that their investment is safe and that they are always guaranteed a replacement or refund. Also never be squeamish about promotional items…

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

Paid advertising in magazines: it only seems to generate other magazines offering you more advertising, but frankly it gets your name out there to the public.

Walk us through what a typical workday might entail.

  • For me, it’s gather the printed orders, head off to the printer.
  • Set it all and print them all off, they print on the roll, so they need trimming too!
  • Then I take them back to Suzanne for her to title and sign them.
  • I then bag them up, then package them, and print the stamps online (we use Royal Mail’s Smartstamp, which is brilliant).
  • Then all the packages head off to the post office (it’s on the same street as us … so it’s walking distance) and back to check on more orders.
  • I don’t usually answer convo’s/emails unless Suzanne is having a really bad day (she suffered a spine injury last year!).

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?

My day job was very much a field based role. I had very little contact with other work colleagues other than special occasions, so I don’t miss much about the job. Now, I enjoy being able to do the RIGHT thing, rather than meeting some procedure. I love being in charge of my customers’ experience.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself, knowing what you know now?

I would probably stop myself taking so long to get out of the day job!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

We have lots of possible changes coming up, like becoming a ltd company.  I hope to expand our product range further; the more choice, the better it is for customers.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If you’re thinking about quitting your day job in these times of economic chaos, just remember: unless you really upset yourself, you are guaranteed not to be made redundant. It’s a pretty secure job. The harder you work, and the harder you focus on success, the sooner you realize that your living is very much within your own reach.  My father always said, “Work to Live… Don’t live to work.”

Please join Grant for his follow-up Question and Answer session this Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 2:30pm EST in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time). See you there!

You can find some of our previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

207 comments

  • behappynow

    behappynow said 10 years ago

    wow! congratulations!!!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 10 years ago

    like always, very inspiring. thanks for sharing. best of luck to you, Suzanne.

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 10 years ago

    I LOVE gorjuss's artwork! Congrats!

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury said 10 years ago

    I love gorjuss and brilliant interview :) Congratulations!

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, and congrats to both of you, inspiring article!

  • papermichelle

    papermichelle said 10 years ago

    Fantastic shop and lovely interview.

  • BellyAntButton

    BellyAntButton said 10 years ago

    Love the happy lazy fox inside the tote bags!!!...

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 10 years ago

    cute stuff

  • FirstLove

    FirstLove said 10 years ago

    Really loved the honest way Grant shared his and Suzanne's story! I have often had doubts of whether I can make my etsy shop a profitable "full time" job along with homeschooling my 11 yr son...this article really has inspired me to keep up with it!! I've seen such wonderful growth in him just from involving him more with the jobs of doing the photography and promotional cards. I wish Grant and Suzanne much success!!!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 10 years ago

    Yes, my favorite! I love reading these!

  • mapetitepapeterie

    mapetitepapeterie said 10 years ago

    hey !! that is great to read you there !

  • punkybunny300

    punkybunny300 said 10 years ago

    I've been an admirer of gorjuss artwork for awhile! It's great to hear their story! Thanks for sharing it!

  • olliegraphic

    olliegraphic said 10 years ago

    Congrats and keep up the lovely work!

  • SweetRayne

    SweetRayne said 10 years ago

    I've never seen the seller...but love em' now. Great article.

  • rubywren29

    rubywren29 said 10 years ago

    Wow! I've loved Gorjuss since discovering her work on Deviant Art a few years ago...ironically it's through her work there how I discovered Etsy myself!

  • ShySiren

    ShySiren said 10 years ago

    Wow, how amazing - congratulations!!!

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 10 years ago

    very cool! nice article :D

  • Leelinau

    Leelinau said 10 years ago

    So inspiring!! I've admired her work for a while now, great to see her doing so well. ^__^

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 10 years ago

    This is an awesome story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • emikokellerdesigns

    emikokellerdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great story! I love your design.

  • malam

    malam said 10 years ago

    Great story! I have admired Gorjuss's artwork for ages!

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 10 years ago

    love gorjuss' work and i love this series. it is always so inspiring!

  • bisbee25

    bisbee25 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great article- it was just what I needed after a bummer day at work! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 10 years ago

    Great story! All the best:)

  • lillyella

    lillyella said 10 years ago

    amazing! My fiance is counting down the days until he, too, can stay home and help with my business. I just can't get enough of these great articles - thanks and good luck to you!

  • galit

    galit said 10 years ago

    Great article! Grant- thank you for sharing!

  • 1000beautifulthings

    1000beautifulthings said 10 years ago

    lovely work. i will definitly be back to shop. just <3 your shop.

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 10 years ago

    Great article!

  • squareware

    squareware said 10 years ago

    Positive and uplifting - just what's needed to offset the barrage of negativity in the media these days! And I loved the twist of the hubby answering the questions - good for you two, you must have a very solid relationship!

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 10 years ago

    what a great story. I have a new favorite!

  • Retrogirlgypsyarcade

    Retrogirlgypsyarcade said 10 years ago

    Congrats on all the success and thank you for the great story.

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 10 years ago

    I LOVE GORJUSS!!!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    So lovely, thanks for sharing.

  • jewelalchemy

    jewelalchemy said 10 years ago

    huge success to them! love this series! almost quit my job this morning, I hope to be interviewed soon ;) not even kidding!

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    This is a great story, congrats for your success

  • DuckySoaps

    DuckySoaps said 10 years ago

    Great article and fabulous store, congrats!

  • owlbotagain

    owlbotagain said 10 years ago

    What a great story! I hope my husband and I are in a similar situation someday! Love gorjuss' shop! :)

  • MomNMiaQuilts

    MomNMiaQuilts said 10 years ago

    This has been my favorite article in this "Quit your Day Job" series, hands down. I love gorjuss, and this is a great article! Congrats & best wishes to you guys!!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 10 years ago

    awesomeness!!!!

  • therainbowroom

    therainbowroom said 10 years ago

    well done Suzanne & Grant : ) I totally love your work!!!!!!!!!!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Fabulous ~ congratulations on your successes and enjoyment of fulltime crafting!

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 10 years ago

    Wuch a beautiful story and wonderful couple! Congrats on your success :)

  • misohappi

    misohappi said 10 years ago

    It's so lovely to see a couple supporting each other through art! Congratulations.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Oh what a beautiful story and a wonderful couple, congrats on your success and may it continue long into the future. Love your shop too~!

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 10 years ago

    yay! wonderful, especially your positivity and encouragement about our current economic times. so good to hear, thank you!

  • foldoutcards

    foldoutcards said 10 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration. it really keeps me going and I love hearing about your success. Cheers and all that :o) Holly aka "foldoutcards"

  • TheDizzyPixie

    TheDizzyPixie said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a great story! I hope to get there some day. :-)

  • suebeads

    suebeads said 10 years ago

    I've loved your stuff for so long - congratulations to you both!

  • ooty

    ooty said 10 years ago

    =0) best of luck for you two.

  • BellaLuna76

    BellaLuna76 said 10 years ago

    Wow! I am inspired. There is nothing better than freedom. Congrats.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Continued success to you both, it's just great, isn't it?

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your side! Wonderful to see the support you have given and to still see people taking "leaps of faith". Bravo.

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    wonderful story and very cool prints!

  • ishtarolivera

    ishtarolivera said 10 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! A DREAM COME TRUE!

  • gorjuss

    gorjuss said 10 years ago

    HI all, Its Mr G here (thats my office name). Thanks for reading my story and being so kind in your comments. I really think I learned that when you depend on yourself to do work, you can't fail...

  • ManoCelebrates

    ManoCelebrates said 10 years ago

    what a inspiration, one day may be I can do that too. thanks for the article.

  • intrinsicimagination

    intrinsicimagination said 10 years ago

    Thank you! Every one of these articles makes me take another step closer!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! Cute paintings! Wonderful story!

  • SunflowerCreations

    SunflowerCreations said 10 years ago

    I LOVE your store and added it to my favorites!

  • OriginalDesignUK

    OriginalDesignUK said 10 years ago

    Brill story thanks for sharing and wish you continued success!

  • ChelleT

    ChelleT said 10 years ago

    Thanks again for such an inspiring article and love story. It's lovely to see how much Grant believed in his Suzanne that he would give up his day job to pursue her dream. just lovely!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 10 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful work!! Thanks for sharing your story :)

  • FlanneryO

    FlanneryO said 10 years ago

    Great to hear your story! Hurrah for GLASGOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • hypnoticjewels

    hypnoticjewels said 10 years ago

    great story and beautiful work.. best of luck!! thanks again for sharing!!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Amazing story!!!

  • aadeli

    aadeli said 10 years ago

    Grant, you are amazing! I love your site and Suzanne's art and our chats at blog etc. Bravo for taking this step! I am sure you are a great help to Suzanne. Hugs, Adeline

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 10 years ago

    You two are super inspiring! I hope to follow in your shoes one day soon....Beautiful work!

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 10 years ago

    Great story! Thank you for sharing with us :)

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 10 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story, LOVE your shop!!!!!!

  • theclassicfarmhouse

    theclassicfarmhouse said 10 years ago

    These are always so inspiring! Thanks for the great tips and the shared story.

  • ourteaparty

    ourteaparty said 10 years ago

    Gosh I love your prints! Lovely interview.

  • HappyHappyDaisy

    HappyHappyDaisy said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story about two amazing people! Thank you so much for sharing your story, Mr. G - it's so great to hear about all the work that goes into making Gorjuss Art so fantastic! You and Suzanne are 2 in a million!

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby said 10 years ago

    I love that shop! Thanks for the inspiring article. Way to go!!

  • shoproomstudio

    shoproomstudio said 10 years ago

    best wishes to you both!

  • pinkkiss

    pinkkiss said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am in the procrss of quitting my day job and I really love reading these stories:)

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox said 10 years ago

    So inspiring --- thank you for the last sentence especially!

  • ElkeHutchens

    ElkeHutchens said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, I am a new member and any information is very helpful. Continued success and joy in your endeavors. Elke

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    very happy story, and great products. congrats on making it to this stage, and good luck with the future :)

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 10 years ago

    I just love her work!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 10 years ago

    So inspiring <3 <3

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    I've admired your work for a long time! Congrats to both of you on your success!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    I love it! Truly inspiring!

  • fibreartey

    fibreartey said 10 years ago

    Oh, thanks, I needed to hear that! I'm on the verge...actually have no day job 2 quit, but I could stop doing applications & sit down & do art in a heartbeat. Thing is, I'll do it anyway, the art, what's missing is the paid part. Etsy feel so cozy, I am not afraid, I am not afraid (lather, rinse, repeat!)

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 10 years ago

    Your story and others like them really inspire me.. thanks for sharing it with us :)

  • CheMadame

    CheMadame said 10 years ago

    Wow! I love this story!

  • christmaslover1

    christmaslover1 said 10 years ago

    Grant, I think this is absolutly wonderful and wish you and Suzanne the best of luck in all you do! thank you for sharing your experiance with etsy and a piece of you daily life smiles christy Ü

  • KarenHarries

    KarenHarries said 10 years ago

    Grant, well done! I have always loved your lovely wifes work and she has inspired me greatly, now you are too. Thank you and all the best! Suzanne, hope you get through this injury quickly. I suffer with chronic fatigue so know what its like when you can't give your creativity your all. Every day is different, so live your best life each day as it comes. Take care, Karen Harries

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    very interesting indeed - especially from the hubbies point of view!! and so good that etsy has been a success for you both, that is so nice that it keeps families together, wishing you both even more success and more ideas and more customers! best wishes, Annette (Edinburgh!)

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl said 10 years ago

    I love when couples quit their day jobs!!!

  • jillian1984

    jillian1984 said 10 years ago

    Lovely article from one of my very favorite Etsians :)

  • risabeads

    risabeads said 10 years ago

    Wow.

  • SavageArtworks

    SavageArtworks said 10 years ago

    Inspirational! not to mention one of my favourite artists.

  • 7ravensChioke

    7ravensChioke said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great story! I'm just at the beginning of that journey myself. I'm on my own, so will have to do everything myself, but am still looking forward to working at home again. All the best to you both!

  • MuZzMelon

    MuZzMelon said 10 years ago

    Wow, that's amazing. It makes me happy! I'm really glad and pleasantly surprised that you could quit your day job to do something like this. ^^

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    so adorable, great products & a great story...

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 10 years ago

    great art and great story!!

  • rejenerate

    rejenerate said 10 years ago

    What a great team and gorgeous art. I hope my hubby doesn't read this or he will be pressuring me to sell more handbags so that he can spend the day playing guitar hero...I mean packing orders :)

  • MuKee

    MuKee said 10 years ago

    I feel inspired. I don't have a job at the moment so I'm going all out to try and get this etsy thing to save me!

  • reneeandriole

    reneeandriole said 10 years ago

    That was a great success story, very inspiring...thanks! I love the shop as well!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 10 years ago

    As a newbe, it's great for me to hear such a successful story - good luck to both of them!

  • charmedbygorjuss

    charmedbygorjuss said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Mr. G! You're both an inspiration!

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 10 years ago

    I'm so inspired. So wonderful to see a whole family benifiting from etsy.

  • marinataliera

    marinataliera said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story ! Wishin you all the best ! MT

  • lilybugcrafts

    lilybugcrafts said 10 years ago

    this was truly inspiring! I hope to have such luck! :)

  • gorjuss

    gorjuss said 10 years ago

    Rejenerate, I am soo close to beating the hard level!! Erm I mean I've just finished making todays orders... *cough cough*

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 10 years ago

    Such a great thing to hear about an artist in the UK. I shall have to keep on going, with the shop and Guitar Hero! Wishing you all the best!

  • pouch

    pouch said 10 years ago

    I bought a Gorjuss print for my niece at Christmas, she loved it. It's so nice to read the articles about the people behind the shop-front, a very inspiring story, best of luck to both of you :)

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 10 years ago

    wishing you both continued happiness and success! thanks for sharing

  • TheNebulousKingdom

    TheNebulousKingdom said 10 years ago

    congratulations you both, and warm hugs to Suzanne :)

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    ooh!! i love gorjuss!

  • PALEOLOCHIC

    PALEOLOCHIC said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, there is so much love between lines! I love this section, it's so inspiring

  • LindseysRetreat

    LindseysRetreat said 10 years ago

    Thank you for such an inspiring post. My husband is trying to start his own blacksmith job. This reminds me to believe it's possible.

  • AliBaliJewellery

    AliBaliJewellery said 10 years ago

    great to read about the success of a fellow Scot! I love Gorjuss's work!!

  • gemheaven

    gemheaven said 10 years ago

    I'm a huge fan and it was great to read the interview ~ very inspiring :))

  • babyjewlz

    babyjewlz said 10 years ago

    Absolutely love your items!!! The drawings are adorable. This article is very inspirational. I will definitely keep plugging away on my own shop. Thank you very much for your useful tips.

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 10 years ago

    Love this interview!

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 10 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring all of us!

  • dolcebaci

    dolcebaci said 10 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • TheCraftyRagamuffin

    TheCraftyRagamuffin said 10 years ago

    I'm always so happy to hear of supportive husband and wife teams. I know I couldn't do what I'm doing without the encouragement (financially and emotionally) of my husband. Kudos to creative couples!

  • Clairem75

    Clairem75 said 10 years ago

    urgh...wish i could quit my day job! lovely story, well done you guys! Awww i remember the oldie days pre Etsy (now i'm showing my age! lol)...you've come a long way baby ;)

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work and a great story! Wish you continued success and happiness. It is great to work together with the other half;)

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 10 years ago

    Three cheers for awesome peers!! You have some wisdom there ^_^ Best of luck and speedy recoveries all around.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Great story! I love reading these. Thanks for the comments about hard work paying off...I'm encouraged.

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 10 years ago

    VERY cute shop! Congratulations, I wish you continued success:)

  • tunkel

    tunkel said 10 years ago

    nice story- my husband and are also both "quit your day job" stories and i love to hear of folks success in doing so- best of luck!

  • edieart

    edieart said 10 years ago

    I love Gorjuss' work!!! great story !

  • ChristinaPerdue

    ChristinaPerdue said 10 years ago

    Great interview, congrats to you both!

  • Squier

    Squier said 10 years ago

    Great story! Best wishes for continued success!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 10 years ago

    Love the story! This is definitely my favorite feature on Etsy.

  • CyberMoon

    CyberMoon said 10 years ago

    It's really great to read such inspirational stories like this!

  • jclange

    jclange said 10 years ago

    What an awesome interview! I always love the "Quit your day job" articles!

  • boltsandbots

    boltsandbots said 10 years ago

    Wow, bravo! Truly, this is one of the best QYDJ stories I've read. Wonderfully inspiring and just a touching story. =D Keep up the amazing work!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Drats! I missed it! The article is so positive and inspiring.

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    This is such a wonderfully inspiring story!! Thank you marymary for sharing it with us!!!

  • Piggy

    Piggy said 10 years ago

    Super article. Very inspiring :)

  • amandasaurus

    amandasaurus said 10 years ago

    This was an awesome and inspiring artical. Hopefully my baby apparel store here on etsy will allow me to quit my day job some day!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 10 years ago

    Love this! And I love that store. I like hearing about successful folks on Etsy. :)

  • fairchilddesigns

    fairchilddesigns said 10 years ago

    oh I love gorjuss's shop!!! It's awesome to read about the success that is following their shop and hard work. Congratulations!

  • behjat

    behjat said 10 years ago

    Great article...thanks so much and congratulations :)

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 10 years ago

    this is my favorite feature, and this one definitely did not disappoint. beautiful story...thank you for sharing!!

  • moonmum

    moonmum said 10 years ago

    gorjuss was the very first seller i hearted when i joined Etsy... so wonderful to read a little history and the success behind the art!

  • BLSkerk

    BLSkerk said 10 years ago

    Its wonderful to see that you two are on the same page as a couple, supporting each other and creating a success together!

  • LisaCoutts

    LisaCoutts said 10 years ago

    So inspiring! Well done and all the best for your continued success.

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 10 years ago

    Sweet success story. Very inspiring.

  • 2ReVert

    2ReVert said 10 years ago

    great story, I love reading these! Thanks so much Mary for bringing us another great one! Congrats to Grant for taking the leap and loving in :)

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 10 years ago

    lovely and such an inspiring read!

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest said 10 years ago

    I think this was the most inpirational yet! Having lost his job recently, my hubby is able to focus on his freelance graphic design and I have to keep telling myself 'it's a good thing...don't panic' and reading this article really helped put things in perspective. What a great story of a beautiful partnership! Thanks and congrats!

  • citydetails

    citydetails said 10 years ago

    This truly was a great article and wonderful life story. And a love story as well. Best of luck to both of you!!

  • NAKPUNAR

    NAKPUNAR said 10 years ago

    I very like your drawings! And thanks for sharing your story with us!

  • Rhiannon228

    Rhiannon228 said 10 years ago

    That's awesome. I love your work, very unique.

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 10 years ago

    awesome awesome story! congrats guys!

  • skgart

    skgart said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you both health and success.

  • xenya

    xenya said 10 years ago

    Congratulations!!

  • janicej

    janicej said 10 years ago

    Congrats and thanks for sharing!

  • icemelon

    icemelon said 10 years ago

    what an amazing story, contrats!

  • StudioSeventySeven

    StudioSeventySeven said 10 years ago

    I had to pause reading the article to take a look at Suzanne's work, and have to say I love it! Congratulations to you both, a great story and as a newbie here it is great to see others succeed.

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper said 10 years ago

    Congrats! I love reading these, too.

  • urbanbead

    urbanbead said 10 years ago

    I love reading these! Wonderful, inspiring story, best of luck to you!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 10 years ago

    excellent story, thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  • cthings

    cthings said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to you both! What beauty in your designs!

  • buffalosisters

    buffalosisters said 10 years ago

    I love the way that you are making something that resembles you so closely. She is beautiful.

  • TetraChromaticShoes

    TetraChromaticShoes said 10 years ago

    That's way cool!!!!!

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 10 years ago

    Great story ~ Thanks for sharing!!!

  • HouseHoldWords

    HouseHoldWords said 10 years ago

    they are so darn adorable. Great job guys!

  • Sahayer

    Sahayer said 10 years ago

    i am really impressed and inspired i always wanted to open a shop of my own and quit my current job, however i am afraid of taking the risk.. one day hopfuly i become like you :) Best of luck! SH

  • juneshin

    juneshin said 10 years ago

    What a great interview, and I've always loved your shop! Thanks for sharing!

  • soapsrus

    soapsrus said 10 years ago

    What an awesome job! I would quite my day job too...hehe Your story was very inspiring. Thanks for sharing! Best of luck to you both... : )

  • PrettyMuchArt

    PrettyMuchArt said 10 years ago

    Great story! Congrats to you both, and beautiful art!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

    Fabulous story!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 10 years ago

    i really enjoyed reading this!!

  • acanthusjd

    acanthusjd said 10 years ago

    Great to see fellow Scots doing so well on Etsy. I can't wait to appoint my husband as Postman and Head of IT department. He's limbering up in the wings, but after only 18 sales, he may just have to keep working in the Corporate world for a tad longer! Cheers from Scotland

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    I love reading these....very inspiring!

  • MarieTHarrisStudio

    MarieTHarrisStudio said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story. I just found Etsy and have just started putting my art on this site this month. So far, no one has found me, but I'm hoping they will so I will get a few hearts possted.

  • quirkycreatures

    quirkycreatures said 10 years ago

    Great story and very cute products. I sure hope my husband can quit his teaching job as well one day and commit himself to his amazing music and to helping me with my overwhelming orders.So far though I haven't sold one thing.. I joined last Oct. I admit I didn't do much promotion ,so there's still hope to get better results once I do. Thanks for all your tips and Cheers to your continued success on etsy and beyond.

  • Artwolf

    Artwolf said 10 years ago

    I've followed Suzannes progress since I joined Etsy as shes UK too, other end of it though : ). It was great to see her name, and read about how this great partnership is doing so well, and I really enjoyed this article, very inspiring, and helpful. Lindax

  • fireapple

    fireapple said 10 years ago

    Great story and an inspiration! It was from following Suzannes work on Devaintart that also led me to set up shop here on Etsy..Good luck to you both

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 10 years ago

    Always fond of gorjuss. It's just adorable! Congrats on your success.

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 10 years ago

    This is such a great article! I learned so much, it is such an inspiration. Thank you so much and congratulations on your success.

  • raynebair

    raynebair said 10 years ago

    This is the kind of success I dream of. Especially now that I have a child, because it would allow me more time to spend with her.

  • chubbycheeksweaters

    chubbycheeksweaters said 10 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • HandmadeByAlison

    HandmadeByAlison said 10 years ago

    What a great story...I wish you both continuing success (and am more than a little envious - I am not ready to "take the plunge" yet, but you never know...)

  • ArtworkbyKD

    ArtworkbyKD said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thanks for your advice!

  • BusyBeeBumbleBeads

    BusyBeeBumbleBeads said 10 years ago

    That is so awesome, thank you for sharing with us.

  • Demonsterative

    Demonsterative said 10 years ago

    Suzanne's art work has been an inspiration. Now your story fills my dreams as well as the incredible imagery :D

  • MeredithHiltDesigns

    MeredithHiltDesigns said 10 years ago

    So much talent - such beautiful illustrations! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I just love happy endings!

  • AmaliesArmfuls

    AmaliesArmfuls said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Your work is quite amazing!

  • BeadsBySam

    BeadsBySam said 10 years ago

    Always love your work. Very inspriational! Thanks.

  • UKCaz

    UKCaz said 10 years ago

    Great interview. I agree working for yourself is the hardest but you reap the rewards. I love Suzanne's work, and cannot stop ordering myself new stuff. Cannot wait to see what new items you have coming for us. Thanks

  • grigiodesign

    grigiodesign said 10 years ago

    so inspiring! i just fell in love...amazing work!

  • calicodaisy

    calicodaisy said 10 years ago

    Lovely success story! It's nice to hear it from the "other's" point of view.

  • Fantasticfigments

    Fantasticfigments said 10 years ago

    This is a great story I love reading these and this one was VERY inspirational! Good Luck I am sure you both will do wonderful things :) Smooches Steph

  • adorablekido

    adorablekido said 10 years ago

    Great husband! great advice! Good luck!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 10 years ago

    Oh.. i know her from deviant art!!

  • jgluski

    jgluski said 10 years ago

    Very cool work. Totally dig it!

  • KnitTwits

    KnitTwits said 10 years ago

    I love Gorjuss's work...well done to you both. Very inspiring and good to see someone from Glasgow/Scotland :O) Lorna x

  • Signs

    Signs said 10 years ago

    nice work

  • TatusWelle

    TatusWelle said 10 years ago

    This is really inspiring!

  • LaCurioshar

    LaCurioshar said 10 years ago

    very very inspiring.... thank you so much for sharing

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun said 10 years ago

    beautiful story ! Long life to your business :)

  • MyCountryHouseLife

    MyCountryHouseLife said 10 years ago

    What a great story of life... I love this style of art, Suzanne's work must give her great pleasure! Inspirational.

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 10 years ago

    wow! great story. i saw your shop for the first time a week ago and i love it!

  • irismishly

    irismishly said 10 years ago

    wow, thank you for telling us your story! best of luck!

  • HeleneEriksen

    HeleneEriksen said 10 years ago

    INSPIRATION!

  • TuristaClothing

    TuristaClothing said 8 years ago

    Outstanding!

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