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Quit Your Day Job: MiaBeads

Feb 2, 2009

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

Mia of MiaBeads always dreamed of owning her own shop and making a living from her jewelry, but she never imagined that dream would become a reality so soon. (…While earning her college Business Administration degree, for instance!) Mia has a life long history of jewelry making and swears by her top-notch customer service. It’s her best marketing tip, among many!  Keep reading to learn her tricks of the trade for selling on Etsy.

If you’d like to ask Mia questions of your own or listen in on her advice in real time, we invite you to join us in a follow-up Question and Answer session this Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs.

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

I’ve always wanted to own my shop and to be able to make a living from my jewelry, but I had no idea that it would be possible so soon. I first signed up to sell on Etsy because I was doing a few local shows and wanted a way to showcase my jewelry for potential customers who were taking my cards — my original expectations were definitely exceeded!

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

I began listing items in the summer of 2007 and towards the end of fall began putting a lot of time and effort into making and listing new pieces. My sales really picked up before Christmas and I was expecting things to cool down afterward, but that didn’t happen. Soon I was pulling all-nighters to get my Etsy orders shipped out while working a full time job. I cut back to part time, and then waited a few months until my sales were consistently steady. Toward the end of March 2008, I began “Etsy-ing” full time! I guess it just felt like the right thing to do, and I can honestly say that I haven’t regretted it for a second.

How did you originally get into working with jewelry?

I have seriously been making jewelry for as long as I can remember. Both my mom and grandma have always been very creative, so I grew up with constant “arts and crafts” time. My father owns his own business, and when I was in middle school he let me order (‘real’, not plastic!) jewelry supplies because he said he “supported the arts.” I made as many necklaces, earrings and anklets as I possibly could with those beads and did a few craft shows.

I continued to make jewelry on my own through high school and then got a job at a local bead shop while I was in college for my Business Administration degree. I learned a lot from the other women that worked there, as well as from our customers. Through working there and interacting with so many talented, creative people I began to develop my own unique style and learned as much as I possibly could about both business and jewelry making. I still do workshops there, and love helping others bring out their creative side; eventually I would like to own my own bead store, boutique or a combination of the two.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

I met with a lawyer who specializes in income tax and small business start-ups to make sure that I was doing everything correctly. I also did online research ( and are helpful) regarding business plans, filing taxes, trademark/copyright law, retail and wholesale pricing; there are a ton of great blog posts and forum posts regarding these topics, too.

In addition to the legal end of starting my own business, I also made sure that my Etsy sales were consistent and that I had my work in other venues too. I consign locally and sell my jewelry to retailers throughout the U.S. and even in Europe. I also participate in a few of the local indie markets and art festivals. If you plan on selling your work wholesale at any point (and even if you don’t), it is important to do the research, add up all of your costs and make sure you are pricing correctly.

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 my best advertising. In addition to the wonderful folks who have featured me on their blogs, I have a lot of customers who refer their friends and family to my shop. I also have a lot of repeat customers which I attribute to providing great customer service — I answer every convo I get and thank each and every customer as soon as possible. I spend a lot of time making my packages ‘pretty’ (without being wasteful!) and personalize things for each customer, ship everything promptly and send a handwritten “thank you” with each order. I often include a coupon for a future purchase or a small gift with my orders.

Branding is another important marketing tool — making sure that your banner, business cards, coupons, postcards, ads, displays, packaging and other promos all fit together. They don’t necessarily have to have a logo or even match, but everything should be cohesive. This goes for your photographs, too. Not only should they all tie in together, but they should complement your items and overall look. You know how there are certain sellers who have such a distinctive look that, when one of their items goes through the time machine, you already know who made it? They’ve accomplished this.

I also want to stress the importance of really loving what you make. If trendy is your thing, in order to have success in the long term you want to be setting the trends — making yourself stand out from the crowd. If you look at myself and ShySiren, we both use many of the same materials and even have a similar style, but through the way we photograph and add unique touches to our designs, we’ve each found a way to make it work. People can tell when you truly love your work; it just shows.

My best marketing tip (it’s free, too!)… If you have the choice between listing a new item or renewing something already in your shop: list new goodies! This is great for gaining repeat business and keeps your shop looking fresh. Also, if an item isn’t selling well or isn’t getting many views, try changing the title or retaking the photos. Sometimes even switching the first photo makes a huge difference!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

I haven’t had much success with social networking sites like Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I also feel that the amount of time you have to spend on sites like that could be better spent working on your photographs and creating and listing new items. Another thing I probably won’t do again is participate in a promo sampler, although I do know of many people who have had great success with the above methods.

Walk us through what a typical workday might entail.

  • I usually wake up somewhere in between 9:00 and 11:00 and go straight to the computer. I check my email, answer convos, purchase any supplies I need, relist sold items, type up invoices for my wholesale clients, and write out my orders to be shipped that day. This usually takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Next I make the items to fill my orders; the majority of my items are made-to-order so that I can customize and make length adjustments for customers. During slower periods I use this time to build up my inventory.
  • Around 3:30 or 4:00 I start packaging everything up and then print my shipping labels. I try to get to the local post office by 5:00 to drop everything off, but during the holidays or a really busy week you can often find me racing to the airport post office at 11:55pm… Luckily, they’re no longer open 24 hours…
  • On the days that I don’t ship, I work on making, photographing and listing new items during the day. Otherwise, I spend a few hours in the evening for this. I also have a second Etsy shop, PaperPumpkin, where I sell paper goods that I make with my mom. She’ll come over in the evening or on the weekend to make and list things for that shop.
  • Around 8:00 or 9:00, when my boyfriend gets home, we’ll make a late dinner together and watch a movie or TV show, or go out, or just spend time with each other and our puppy. I usually end up back on the computer, or working in some way, for a while afterward.

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

I love the freedom to make my own schedule, but at the same time I definitely need to work on my time management. I’m easily distracted and I’ll get sucked in by the computer (forums, shopping, chatting) or I’ll see some beads I forgot I ordered and drift off into a creative little dreamland… Before I know it three hours have gone by. Moving my workspace into the attic has helped with this because I’m more separated from the rest of the house and I won’t bring the laptop up when I know I really need to focus. I also miss the social part of working with a bunch of girls! Now you can find me chatting with my lovely “Etsy friends.” I’ve met so many wonderful, talented people here. One of my favorite things about Etsy is the community feeling; both customers and other sellers have all been so helpful and friendly.

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

Don’t put so much emphasis on that sales number (look at the big picture, and the “P-word”… profit), and don’t freak out when you have a slow hour/day/week/month. Spend the slow time improving your shop and items, and don’t forget to relax once in a while. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to be at work 24 hours a day. I’m still working on that last one.

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

I would (of course!) love to gain more new business and keep my current customers returning again and again, but because of the economic situation right now, I would be happy if things just stayed steady in terms of online sales this year. I would also like to land more wholesale accounts and continue to add more variety to my shop. I’m hoping to introduce a line of jewelry specifically for bridal parties, as well as a limited edition “luxe” line and even some one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the next few months.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Yes, I want to thank my dad for building me that playhouse, and I want to thank Kevin for putting up with my creative mess! I am so thankful for the support of both my family and my boyfriend’s family… And thank you Etsy for giving me the opportunity to find such loving homes for my jewelry!

Thanks to Mia for sharing her story and business with us! Check out the related items below to see some of her work.

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


  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 11 years ago

    I love these stories, very inspiring to us all. Thanks!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 11 years ago

    You have beautiful work and lovely pictures. Very helpful promo advice too!

  • nicholasandfelice

    nicholasandfelice said 11 years ago

    A true Etsy inspiration!Smart and successful!(and so young I might add!You do beautiful work.

  • meganaker

    meganaker said 11 years ago

    I love it that you are so young and so on the ball! congratulations!

  • orangevans

    orangevans said 11 years ago

    beautiful jewelry!

  • squareware

    squareware said 11 years ago

    I hear you about getting easily distracted! Thanks for the tips!

  • jodifrench

    jodifrench said 11 years ago

    I was a very early fan of yours...I'm going to look back in my purchases and see if it's still there. I think it was in 2007?!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    Great article! Congrats Mia. I'm so happy for you! Katie

  • maybeads

    maybeads said 11 years ago

    What a great story -- you are an inspiration! Thank you!

  • Gosia

    Gosia said 11 years ago

    Great job! Stories like that always remind me when about 20 years ago I first saw a COMPUTER. And let me tell you; this machine did scare me! And here we are today using computers and making our dreams come true..

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 11 years ago

    Hi Jodi! Yes, I remember you! You have one of (the first one I believe) my favorite necklaces, the "flowering buds".

  • santabarbaradesigns

    santabarbaradesigns said 11 years ago

    It was very nice reading your story. You are very tallented person. Way to go Mia and keep up the good work. A true inpiring story!!!!!!

  • Collettestreasures

    Collettestreasures said 11 years ago

    Thanks Miabeads for sharing with us and Thanks Etsy for well Etsy!!!

  • Trollflings

    Trollflings said 11 years ago

    Such a cute studio there! I will be back to your shop for the pink chrysanthemum ring, so pretty! Congrats on your article!

  • Handmadesunshine

    Handmadesunshine said 11 years ago

    You are a wonderful inspiration for those of us who are just starting out. I wanna be like you when I grow up.

  • 1920

    1920 said 11 years ago

    another wonderful story!

  • CrowBiz

    CrowBiz said 11 years ago

    Hi Mia - Great feature! Now that you're all famous, will we still see you at the Indie Market? Hope so... best wishes! - Carol

  • idyllhands

    idyllhands said 11 years ago

    Fabulous! This has been one of my favorite shops for some time now.

  • belleflower29

    belleflower29 said 11 years ago

    Hi Mia! It was so great to see this article about you! I still love all my awesome necklaces I've bought from you! Congrats on all your success and hope much more comes your way! Stacie

  • cintillajewelry

    cintillajewelry said 11 years ago

    Wow amazing story! You are living my dream. Love your site and your jewelry. You are truly inspirational and I'll look for your designs in magazines one day.

  • BPyarns

    BPyarns said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Mia - congrats on your success! and thanks Etsy Admin, marymary for publishing this article!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 11 years ago

    Ooh!! She does gorgeous work, and I loooooove reading these stories!! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • FancifulFlair

    FancifulFlair said 11 years ago

    You're so organized! I love your attic studio soo much! ^.^

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 11 years ago

    Inspiring article. Thanks Mia. Your jewelry is lovely. You're living my dream. Maybe it isn't a dream afterall.

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 11 years ago

    I already had your shop in my favorites. It was good to read the story behind you and the shop!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 11 years ago

    Another great story. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 11 years ago

    SUPER helpful and very inspiring. Since so many sellers specialize in jewelry, your store can feel a bit like a tiny drop in a big ocean sometimes. I love to see a fellow jeweler make it big and fulfill her dreams, especially at a young age. Go Mia!!

  • SparklePuss

    SparklePuss said 11 years ago

    You are just darling! What an inspiration!

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 11 years ago

    Hurray for you, Mia! My little girl's name is Mia too, so I'm wishing you extra special continued success!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 11 years ago

    yes! love reading these, and congratulations on your success! very beautiful stuff. <3

  • Jenarter

    Jenarter said 11 years ago

    I have to do it Mia P.P.! I smurf you to the ends of the earth. You still inspire me everyday! Your amazing business sense and beautiful work (although stolen on occasion from my sleeping brain) are super impressive, but what makes you my Etsy hero is your commitment to hard work and treating your customers like gold, while never compromising your integrity. In a nut shell, you rock!

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest said 11 years ago

    What pretty pieces! Truly inspiring and helpful. Good luck to you.

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 11 years ago

    well done Mia. high five!

  • raegunfabric

    raegunfabric said 11 years ago

    thanks or sharing, the tip about renaming items or switching pictures is so good!

  • mathildacraft

    mathildacraft said 11 years ago

    I'm so happy you got in the spotlight! I haven't been on etsy long, but is this your first time on the front page of the website? I am completely envious. I have so much to learn!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago

    So inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 11 years ago

    You rock MIA! Congrats!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work, Mia. Thanks for sharing with us. I like the photos of your materials, etc. Gives me the creative itch. THANK YOU!

  • beautymarkbeads

    beautymarkbeads said 11 years ago

    When I first started here on etsy, I was so inspired by Miabeads that I sent her a convo asking for any advice she could spare. This amazing kind girl responded with a wonderful advice, an indepth critique of my shop and lovely words of encouragement. I thought that was amazing, and I wish her the best!

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 11 years ago

    congratulations mia - a great story full of inspiration - so happy for you and your business and it sounds like you have a wonderful family(s) to support you and yours - so sweet and always so nice to hear any time - etsy is a great place - soooo happy to have found it myself - best regards, marcy

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 11 years ago

    So inspiring ^___^ congrats to you and thanks for the tips!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 11 years ago

    I love hearing the stories behind Etsy sellers and their shops!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 11 years ago

    Mia, congratulations, and continued success to you.

  • ChenilleTreasures

    ChenilleTreasures said 11 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips, Mia. It's very helpful and encouraging. Continued success to you!

  • Mlanni

    Mlanni said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips Mia. I just started with Etsy and I have a lot of work ahead of me to set up my shop. Only posted one item so far and plan to do more.

  • lemongrassjewels

    lemongrassjewels said 11 years ago

    what a wonderful story and you're so inspiring and talented:) I love to hear the stories of how people began their businesses and you have done such a great job. I wish you all of the best and can't wait to see more of your beautiful jewels!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story Mia!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 11 years ago

    I am SO impressed! Great tips, really inspiring story!

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and guidance Mia!

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 11 years ago

    Oh I love this series! Congrats to Mia, for being so successful so young! What wonderful drive and ambition you have!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 11 years ago

    Lovelly Mia! Your positive attitude and simpathy are just a fresh wave to all of us! Thank you!

  • LightTheDarkness

    LightTheDarkness said 11 years ago

    What a great story. Dad sounds like a great guy! Love your jewelry, and congrats on the success...

  • surfandsand

    surfandsand said 11 years ago

    I only wish I would have followed my heart sooner.Oh well,better late then never.Congrats on your success!!!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • cardinalhouse

    cardinalhouse said 11 years ago

    Great for you....I think so many of us that truly enjoy our "craft" are never truly happy at our day job! I've focused on my degree/career/family for the past 9 years & here I am. It's difficult right now with the economy......but hearing stories like yours really boost spirits. Thanks!

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your uplifting story, I'm inspired to have faith in focus and creativity.

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 11 years ago

    What a great story:) Thank you for sharing all your knowledge, it was so detailed!

  • CatherineMarissa

    CatherineMarissa said 11 years ago

    Wonderful advice - so packed with info. Congratulations to you!

  • Glitzer

    Glitzer said 11 years ago

    extremely inspiring!

  • CreationsByAnnaKay

    CreationsByAnnaKay said 11 years ago

    I'm inspired. Thank you!

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 11 years ago

    This is a great story! Aloha Mia!

  • cherbie

    cherbie said 11 years ago

    definitely! very inspiring! :) thanks for sharing.

  • SaraMacPhotography

    SaraMacPhotography said 11 years ago

    I beautiful work! I have often admired your shop and it is nice to learn more about how you started. So inspiring!

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 11 years ago

    Great story! Lots of great advice...thanks!

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl said 11 years ago

    truly and inspiration! thanks mia :)

  • mungo

    mungo said 11 years ago

    You are the coolest!

  • gaboodles

    gaboodles said 11 years ago

    very inspiring. love the studio.

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 11 years ago

    Wow, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments and for reading everything... I know I'm wordy! :) Yes, I'll still be around the Buffalo Indie Market, haha!

  • Fabulry

    Fabulry said 11 years ago

    A great story! I luv the set up of the craft room :-) I think I'll steal a few organization ideas from there!

  • jnjdesigns

    jnjdesigns said 11 years ago

    Wow! What an inspiration you are!! I am new to Etsy and I love reading these stories!!! Thank you!!!! :o)

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 11 years ago

    That was awsome! Congrats Mia and like my mom always tell me, "Keep Trucking Girl"!

  • TiffanyRozaDesigns

    TiffanyRozaDesigns said 11 years ago

    What an inspiration! I'm feeling energized. Thanks for the great advice!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story, inspirational. I wish you much success. Lisa

  • sweetcarolinasoaps

    sweetcarolinasoaps said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing and congrats! I am very inspired and ready to get to work!!

  • cherrycreek

    cherrycreek said 11 years ago

    What a great article! It so nice to get to know you better Mia! Congratulations on all the success.

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns said 11 years ago

    An inspirational article! Thank you for sharing :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 11 years ago

    Congrats on your success, great story~!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article...great tips. Congrats Mia!! :)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 11 years ago

    thank you Mia for your thoughts and story - it was great to read! It really shows that you have always wanted your own shop too! congratulations, and thanks for the tip about relisting with different pics/titles!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 11 years ago

    Thank you for inspirational story.

  • psheredano

    psheredano said 11 years ago

    thanks for sharing your success, and wishes for a happy, successful and fun new year.

  • SupplyLounge

    SupplyLounge said 11 years ago

    What a lovely shop! =0)

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 11 years ago

    Great article! Congrats Mia.I enjoyed reading your article, you are an inspiration! Thank you!

  • CaseysCozys

    CaseysCozys said 11 years ago

    I wanted to say that was a very encouraging article fo someone looking for direction on how to improve. Thanks :D Casey

  • angelene

    angelene said 11 years ago

    what a lovely, and honest story (she used the "P" word!) congratulations on your success, it's lovely to see. :-D

  • TreasureTroveMetals

    TreasureTroveMetals said 11 years ago

    That's awesome Mia,Congratulations on your success!!!

  • lubytheghost

    lubytheghost said 11 years ago

    this is very inspiring!! thank you!

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams said 11 years ago

    Your my hero..congratulations to great success!

  • OriginalDesignUK

    OriginalDesignUK said 11 years ago

    Ah, well done girl! Congrats on making it happen and I wish you continued success! Lou

  • theGlassOnion

    theGlassOnion said 11 years ago

    Mia is the best. (hi Mia. congrats!)

  • kushkush

    kushkush said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring... thanks for sharing the tips. Congrats!

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 11 years ago

    such a lovely lady and such a lovely shop!

  • Khathle

    Khathle said 11 years ago

    Congratulation !!! You are living and dreaming in the same times, creating such marvellous jewelry. I think you reach a lot of etsy girl dream.

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 11 years ago

    Congratulations, Mia! I think I need those Snowbell earrings.... wait, I just got here, and I'm already window-shopping?!? Well, that's the trouble with ETSY. Too much cool stuf!!!

  • HungryDesigns

    HungryDesigns said 11 years ago

    i love reading success stories!

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch said 11 years ago

    well done and congrats! if we want we can!

  • shubey

    shubey said 11 years ago

    Inspiring story. Congrats to you!

  • lisagradydesigns

    lisagradydesigns said 11 years ago

    hooray Mia! You story is so motivating and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • SouthPawBeads

    SouthPawBeads said 11 years ago

    GREAT INTERVIEW. you remind me of me. i am a full time artist too. love your studio! love how you say, you would like to thank your boyfriend for putting up with your mess. That makes me laugh, because my hubby, deals with that same dilemma, daily. but for the past 8 years! best of luck to you. -Katy

  • djd8

    djd8 said 11 years ago

    Enjoyed your story. I am very impressed by your maturity and aspirations. Dreams of your own boutique, will be a reality, sooner than you think. Many blessings upon you, Donna

  • sloeginfizz

    sloeginfizz said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for your story. Finally! A success story from a non-early bird. That makes me very happy. I wish you much continued success.

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 11 years ago

    Great interview, thanks! Congratulations on your success!

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 11 years ago

    great story! thank you.

  • edieart

    edieart said 11 years ago

    Such an inspiring interview!! Lovely :)

  • pureblissdesign

    pureblissdesign said 11 years ago

    What an inspiration for young girls...I have a 17 year old daughter and I feel it is so important to let her know that she can do and be whatever her heart desires! Keep on keepin on Mia!!

  • betsyryland

    betsyryland said 11 years ago

    Great advice about retaking photo for a item that doesn't seem to move. A new perspective gives energy to everything.

  • bluebirdiesinger

    bluebirdiesinger said 11 years ago

    what an inspiring story! Your work is beautiful and your methods and approach to business very informative. Thank you :)

  • chiquisdesigns

    chiquisdesigns said 11 years ago

    Wonderful advice!! Great business information that can be very helpful!! Thanks so much.

  • lovejujube

    lovejujube said 11 years ago

    Hum... An inspiring article.

  • Leelinau

    Leelinau said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story ^__^

  • deafdog

    deafdog said 11 years ago

    I am just addicted to these articles! And this is an especially good one.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    Great story. Thanks!

  • eclecticthings4u

    eclecticthings4u said 11 years ago

    Your article has renewed my spirit today... Let the creativity flow... !

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather said 11 years ago

    Truly beautiful - both in terms of your art and your well organized work space.

  • papermichelle

    papermichelle said 11 years ago

    great interview, so helpful and inspirational

  • optimatordave

    optimatordave said 11 years ago

    Marymary and Mia, thanks to both of you for sharing this really informative interview. Good questions posed to someone in a position to share real insights! --Dave

  • DreamWeaverKalla

    DreamWeaverKalla said 11 years ago

    Congratulations, Mia! Reading this has inspired me to keep trying for a similar goal! I might just be getting on my feet now, but one day... Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us all!

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 11 years ago

    SouthPaw, Yes... even though I have the whole attic, my creativity seems to spread throughout the entire house, I can't help it! :p Purebliss, I am sure your daughter will appreciate your support; it's a huge thing! Thank you all for the lovely comments- and the mile high list of convos!- I'm writing everyone back as soon as I can! xo

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 11 years ago

    Congrats Mia! Beautiful jewelry!

  • MadisonReeceDesigns

    MadisonReeceDesigns said 11 years ago

    I really enjoy these articles. I just recently quit my job also, our stories are very similar. I'm also very easily distracted(working on this also), and not much luck with the social networks either. Best of luck to you!

  • KathyS711

    KathyS711 said 11 years ago

    Good for you! Best of luck. It gives us all a ray of hope that we can "quit our day job" too. :) Kathy Roz Petalz Studio

  • mrmichou

    mrmichou said 11 years ago

    love this feature, it inspires me to finally take he plunge! Problem is, I LOVE my day job as a children's librarian! : )

  • KnottyLoop

    KnottyLoop said 11 years ago

    Awesome story...and a great shop. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • alisonkelleydesigns

    alisonkelleydesigns said 11 years ago

    Congrats on your great success Mia! You are truly an inspiration! I love your packaging and how you have "that" cohesive look you mentioned.

  • indiansummers

    indiansummers said 11 years ago

    Congrats, Mia! Great to hear your story, and to discover some more lovely jewellery!

  • mishmishmarket

    mishmishmarket said 11 years ago

    These stories are very motivating! I love your work Mia and your gumption. I'm looking forward to when I can take the plunge too! Thanks!

  • GALwear

    GALwear said 11 years ago

    What an inspiration to a newbie like me! I learned so much from you, very appreciated, you do a service to us all, thank you.

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 11 years ago

    Great story. An inspiration, thank you!

  • booksbyjme

    booksbyjme said 11 years ago

    Congrats Mia! You deserve it!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 11 years ago

    great story! thanks for sharing.

  • mrsmaddenmakes

    mrsmaddenmakes said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I know what you mean about being distracted, especially on the lap top, so I am going to organise my day much better now.Congratulations on your success.

  • hokucreations

    hokucreations said 11 years ago

    How cute are you! Adorable and on the ball! I'm fairly new to Etsy and have been pleasantly surprised with everything! Sales, community, forums, blogs....It's all great. I still have a lot to learn and am grateful for your article. Thanks for the tips! And make sure you spend A LOT of time with that puppy!!! oh ya...and your boyfriend...haha! I have a Kevin too!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 11 years ago

    Wonderful information and tips! I really enjoy reading this series and meeting such great people!

  • Leeya

    Leeya said 11 years ago

    Good luck Mia and thanks for sharing! These stories mean alot...

  • Rose442

    Rose442 said 11 years ago

    Best to you Mia,great story!

  • jazjewelz

    jazjewelz said 11 years ago

    Congrats Mia! Wonderful work!

  • kuartzo

    kuartzo said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring! It's nice to dream a little and think that one day maybe me... :)

  • KelleyL

    KelleyL said 11 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  • handmadewhimsy

    handmadewhimsy said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your success! I love your store and having just started my own etsy store your work and positive attitude are a huge inspiration.

  • TheJulReeBox

    TheJulReeBox said 11 years ago

    wonderful tips. you sound so grounded - God bless you and may you meet all your goals!!

  • PatiR

    PatiR said 11 years ago

    MiaBeads was the very first shop I marked as a favorite when I first joined etsy. Her style really appealed to me. I'm so glad she has made such a success of her shop. Last year a friend encouraged me to try selling my own jewelry on line and now I have an etsy shop too. Hooray for etsy and congrats to MiaBeads shop!

  • booberrybaby

    booberrybaby said 11 years ago

    I congrat you on your success, having family and friends and especially your boyfriend support is a big deal and with out it i am sure you would have a different storey. I to enjoy and have a real talent for jewlery as well as paprer crafts. When ever i make things people constantly ask me why i am not selling... But to get it all start public to sell is a big deal and a big step way to go Mia Bella

  • Babiezbling

    Babiezbling said 11 years ago

    It is good to read this story.... There were some great tips and pics!

  • PetrinaCaseStudio

    PetrinaCaseStudio said 11 years ago

    Congrats! I like your fair prices and pretty art works.

  • handmadewithlovejd

    handmadewithlovejd said 11 years ago

    Excellent piece, have picked up alot from reading your article. I only opened my shop at the end of last year and hope I can only inspire to be a success like yourself. I'm hoping that as I live in England Etsy will be just as sucessful for me. I have sold four items to date and am just as exicted about that so congratulations for all of your success. Tasha x

  • ExoticFlavour

    ExoticFlavour said 11 years ago

    Inspiring and many great tips! It is nice seeing your working space too. Thanks a lot! :)

  • DolphinMoonCreations

    DolphinMoonCreations said 11 years ago

    Thanks for such a great story of success. Your work is beautiful and I love that they showed pictures of of your work space, inventory and jewelry. You look very organized to me!

  • beadsforever

    beadsforever said 11 years ago

    Great interview and good tips.

  • icemelon

    icemelon said 11 years ago

    great story and great tips! I loved seeing your working/creative space, and congrats!

  • FaberasCraftworks

    FaberasCraftworks said 11 years ago

    A great inspiration for those of us just starting out. Thank you!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    Cool. Good luck!

  • SweetPeaPhoto

    SweetPeaPhoto said 11 years ago

    Wow, Beautiful things!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 11 years ago

    Maybe one of these days....Great to read about such success.

  • ElBeso

    ElBeso said 11 years ago

    I almost quit puting my stuff in etsy, I though it may not work for me, but you have inspiring me. I will put myself to work. THANKS.

  • jfoleydesigns

    jfoleydesigns said 11 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration!!!! Beautiful work and such ambition and talent in your youth!!!

  • retailgirlonthego

    retailgirlonthego said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the great article! Your pieces are beautiful! It is so true that the pictures and banner, etc make all the difference and are worth the investment. I am working on that myself! Hope your sales continue to soar!

  • gastu

    gastu said 11 years ago

    wow that's a great inspiration! Congratulation on your business!

  • notmoira

    notmoira said 11 years ago

    This is awesome. Inspiring! I love to hear stories like this!

  • artbymsr

    artbymsr said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work--love your jewelry!

  • myownlittleuniverse

    myownlittleuniverse said 11 years ago

    so so inspiring... i love hearing helpful advice!

  • OrganicPanic

    OrganicPanic said 11 years ago

    Great inspiration to us all.

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 11 years ago

    Oh, Mia - I'm ecstatic for you!! I was thrilled to see who you are today!! Yayyyy!!!

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney said 11 years ago

    So fun to put a face to a name! Congrats on the Feature, Mia!! ♥

  • RhubarbIncident

    RhubarbIncident said 11 years ago

    What a great article! I love reading these types of things. Mia's workspace looks like a little corner of heaven. I love seeing where people create.

  • kel8110

    kel8110 said 11 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your article, what an inspiration for any one just starting out in the business, or even someone that has been in it for a while. I love your work and will continue to be a customer. Keep up the good! Mrs. B

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 11 years ago

    As a new etsy seller, reading your article was very helpful. Congrats to you!

  • lullabylily

    lullabylily said 11 years ago

    Mia, what a sweetheart you are! Wishing you all kinds of wonderfulness

  • beadnchainjewelry

    beadnchainjewelry said 11 years ago

    Hi Mia, What an inspiration it was reading your story. I've been selling on Etsy since July of 2008 but have not had any sales yet. I am 72 years old and have been beading for many years. I have sold much jewelry at other venues and friends but not on Etsy. I know you are very busy, but do you have any suggestions? I wish you continued success. Blessings, Jeannine

  • 8milecreekdesigns

    8milecreekdesigns said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Congratulations!

  • bonhomiejewelry

    bonhomiejewelry said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Mia! You're an inspiration!

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 11 years ago

    Love the packaging and the workspace! It's great to see people who can make a living in the art and craft world - it can be done!! Your photos are really great, I am trying to get my pix up to scratch, not as easy as it seems!!

  • jadoregigi

    jadoregigi said 11 years ago

    I'm just starting out and new to etsy. Great article and thanks for the advice on how to be successful! I am very encouraged!

  • sweetiepiesuite

    sweetiepiesuite said 11 years ago

    What a great story! What inspiration!! Thanks.

  • donnas150

    donnas150 said 11 years ago

    I am new to this(although I am an "oldie" in age.) I have a lot to learn. You are very inspiring. I hope to have my first Etsy sale soon. Thank you.

  • annsquiltnstuff

    annsquiltnstuff said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the great article and business tips. Will put them to use! Love your stuff!

  • stormeejean

    stormeejean said 11 years ago

    I am so encouraged by your article,thank you so much for sharing. The thing that I love about Etsy is I have learned so much. You are the same age as my granddaughter and yet I have learned alot from you in this article. God bless you and your business. Your jewelry is beautiful.

  • wrapitup

    wrapitup said 11 years ago

    yup I thought so... you're already in my favorite sellers... thanks for sharing and hope you continued success

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 11 years ago

    Great article! Congrats Mia. I love your stuff good work~

  • thecottagecupboard

    thecottagecupboard said 11 years ago

    Well done,Mia.You are an inspiration to all of us newbies Some good advice .

  • TheSaraInitiative

    TheSaraInitiative said 11 years ago

    OMG! I just changed the my front pic for one of my items and the item sold in like 5 mins!! She wasn't kidding! :D

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 11 years ago

    congrats. lots of great info. to use. way to go.

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing ~ great story ~ Love the jewelry!

  • Magicgreen53

    Magicgreen53 said 11 years ago

    Thank-you for your story! Very inspiring! I'am new here! I'll probably lurk a lil' more to learn more, before putting up an etsy shop. Have a great evening everyone.......................

  • MarvelousMeow

    MarvelousMeow said 11 years ago

    Your story is very inspirational! I am a college student & have found my niche in making jewelry. I've always had a creative knack & finally got around to making a store here a month or so ago. I hope I can have as much success as you when I look back!

  • soinlovedesigns

    soinlovedesigns said 11 years ago

    I love these inspirational stories and thanks for all the great tips in the virtual lab today!

  • JulieBsJewels

    JulieBsJewels said 11 years ago

    very nice items. Very creative. I aspire to do as well as you have on Etsy! Thanks for giving all us newbies some hope!

  • Katheyl

    Katheyl said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring! I am also looking forward to doing etsy-ing on a full-time basis :)

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika said 11 years ago

    Great story!!So inspiring!!Keep up the good job!! :)

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story... right back to the work table for me then! Thanks so much Mia! ;)

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 11 years ago

    Awe such a great story!

  • ArtFromTheHeartBySue

    ArtFromTheHeartBySue said 11 years ago

    Very insightful story...and inspiring! I appreciate all the business tips and the "stick to it" attitude that you've shown!

  • PeriniDesigns

    PeriniDesigns said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great Story.

  • shellydaly

    shellydaly said 11 years ago

    You go girlfriend! Very inspirational. Hopefully some of your magic will wear off on me!

  • InfiniteCosmosGirl

    InfiniteCosmosGirl said 11 years ago

    lovely shop, lovely story, lovely etsian!

  • bagalicious

    bagalicious said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Mia!! It's always interesting and inspiring to hear how people get started with their crafting business...keep up the good work!

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 11 years ago

    Love your story!

  • doeydesigns

    doeydesigns said 11 years ago

    truly inspiring ... bravo mia!! thank you for your insightful words and for being so candid and open about your story and your continued success. All the very best to you!!

  • LoveKnotDesigns

    LoveKnotDesigns said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful nice that your Dad supported you. I just started my shop and am amazed at how much time goes in to just trying to get the listings up. You really have it together, girl!!

  • Moonlilystudio

    Moonlilystudio said 11 years ago

    This was so inspiring! I hope one day I can be half as successful. Thank You So Much for all the advice! I'm working on clearer pictures as we speak!

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 11 years ago

    I am overwhelmed by the sweetness of the etsy community right now! Thank you all so much for the nice comments and messages- again, I'm writing everyone who convo'd me back as soon as I can! xo

  • Jenarter

    Jenarter said 11 years ago

    Awwwwwwwwwwe! Mia helps people, so sweet!! Booyah!


    JPATPURSES said 11 years ago

    Mia!! You go girl! One of my most fav Etsians-- such a cutie too :)) JPAT

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story Mia! Congrats on quiting your day job! You are an inspiration!!! Thank you!

  • ohthatssocute

    ohthatssocute said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Mia continued sucess in your business. Thanks for sharing a wealth of information.

  • dawningsoleildesigns

    dawningsoleildesigns said 11 years ago

    This is very helpful and inspiring! I am just starting out and working on listing my items next week. So far I have been looking and researching the same things, such as the score website and getting legal advice. That made me sigh with relief that I was going in the right direction! I'm starting out slow but very excited to start nonetheless. Thanks for the experience for all to learn!

  • TheBearAffair

    TheBearAffair said 11 years ago

    What a great story. I am just starting out and it is so refreshing to see what is possible with alot of work. Thanks for sharing and continued good luck. Sally

  • dbarrstuff

    dbarrstuff said 11 years ago

    Wow! Good for you!!! Determined and focused! Isnt Etsy a wonderful place for all of us that love to sell what we create!!!? Look what it has done for you!

  • MakeMeOver

    MakeMeOver said 11 years ago

    How absolutely wonderful Mia! A truly motivational & informative writing - thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. I appreciate your honesty about all the hours it takes us to do this type of work - especially on a full-time basis. It's so much fun, who needs sleep? LOL Thanks again for sharing! Lori

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 11 years ago

    Thanks for all the great tips, Mia! Good luck in all your ventures - you're doing great! :)

  • DustandClay

    DustandClay said 11 years ago

    Mia, your work is lovely- from the jewelry pieces you create to the packaging. Way to go! I wish you continued success. Bettye

  • ambrzart

    ambrzart said 11 years ago

    Way to go Mia! Helpful and informative article... and I'm writing this from my day job!!

  • KentwoodKreations

    KentwoodKreations said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.Your story is very inspiring.Im just starting my etsy shop.Some days I tell myself I cant make a living selling jewelry.But when I hear stories like yours I see its possible.Thanks again.!!!

  • Eleven11designs

    Eleven11designs said 11 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story Mia! Very inspiring! I'm new to Etsy and I'm very excited about the possibilities of making a living selling my jewelry designs full time! Your work is lovely and thank you for sharing!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing story! I wish you even greater success in the future! Be blessed! ~Unessalyn

  • bikimiki

    bikimiki said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story Mia! I learned a lot and will apply it to my Etsy world =) More power!

  • decoratethediva

    decoratethediva said 11 years ago

    Awesome tips!!! She is so pretty!!!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 11 years ago

    what a great story! thanks for sharing it with us. you make beautiful jewelry , Mia!

  • lindab142

    lindab142 said 11 years ago

    Mia, love the article and your story. When I grow up (hehe), I wanna be like you. Thanks.

  • toolisjewelry

    toolisjewelry said 11 years ago

    Mia, great article, thanks so much for all the tips. I love your shop, you create wonderful jewelry. I have to say that every day, trying to sale, waiting for a sale, promoting… is a new day of straggling. I do my best trying to make my business grow, and it's so hard. You really gave me hope! Thank you for that. Meital


    ALEALE said 11 years ago

    dream came truth !!! Congratulations Mia !!!! Blessings !

  • miniaturecrochet

    miniaturecrochet said 11 years ago

    Ilove the idea, it's loving what you do.Prosperity has definitely touched you.

  • ReginasDreamCreation

    ReginasDreamCreation said 11 years ago

    Mia, I love your story and thanks for all these very helpful infos. I will keep your articles in my favorites. This article gives hope as it shows that a young and very talented person can create a successful business. I hope one day I can say the same for my business. By the way your jewels are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! Regina

  • LotusJewelryThreads

    LotusJewelryThreads said 11 years ago

    I love how simple and elegant everything looks!!

  • helenmarybeck

    helenmarybeck said 11 years ago

    so excited for you! Well done girlie

  • BlueSurge

    BlueSurge said 11 years ago

    Thanks for your tips and insight. You are an inspiration! Well done!

  • chocolatesilver

    chocolatesilver said 11 years ago

    I love the organization of your workspace. The glass bottles are great! Great article too. It's nice to hear such a beautiful success story. Lauren

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story! I feel inspired! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

  • beatroad

    beatroad said 8 years ago

    I always come back and re-visit this QYDJ when I need some inspiration...

  • lita07

    Carla Garro from LitaSeaGlassJewelry said 4 years ago

    Mia! what a beautiful job you do! Thanks for sharing your story, I enjoyed reading this! I can relate to a lot of the things you said about working from home .... when you are a creative person it's hard not to "drift into a creative dreamland"! Some of my best work comes from these dreams! Best of luck to you Mia!

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