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Quit Your Day Job: NanLawson

May 17, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Nan of NanLawson set up shop on Etsy as a creative outlet while temping at a large television company. She never dreamed of the possibility of Etsy becoming a full-time venture, but it wasn’t even a year and a half after opening her shop that she was able to quit her 9-to-5 job due to the success she was seeing on her new shop. She now enjoys being her own boss and the freedom it lends, including the ability to do things at her own pace. If Nan could go back in time, she would tell herself to stop holding back and try new things outside of her comfort zone. Keep reading to learn why making new art and drinking loads of coffee lend to her Etsy success.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve been drawing my entire life but I never thought it would be a career. I studied filmmaking in college and never took drawing classes, it was always just something I was good at and loved to do. I started my Etsy shop as a hobby and used it as an excuse to start drawing again. To my surprise I almost instantly started making sales. I must say it was addictive! I decided to take my shop seriously and treat it as a second job instead of a hobby and within a year and a half it became my full time job.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
When I first moved out to Los Angeles, I was very lucky to get a full-time editing position at a small entertainment news company within my first week of living here. It wasn’t a dream job but it was a relaxed and fun environment. Unfortunately because it was a small company they didn’t make much money and after 2 years of working in the same position I was laid off. I was unemployed for a month and really used all that free time to stock my shop and create a cohesive drawing style. After that I got another 9-to-5 job as a temp at a large television company. The job was quite mind numbing and I knew that my position wasn’t going to get me a full-time job there. After six months I was ready to leave, and luckily Etsy sales and commissions had picked up to the point where I actually had to quit my job to keep up with it all.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
When I first started my Etsy shop I didn’t even believe it was possible to earn a living from it. I didn’t start dreaming of selling art full time until I started to get daily Etsy sales and thought “If I just had 10 sales a day I could do this full time.” Of course now I know that’s not exactly how it works, but I did often dream about it.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
Not necessarily. Everything that needed to be done was already done. I had been selling on Etsy for over a year and had learned things along the way such as getting a DBA and a seller’s permit, paying taxes (you mean I get to write off art supplies as a deduction?!), also having a separate bank account for my business made tracking my business expenses super easy!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business?

  • My most successful promotion has been making new art! Every time I add a new illustration to my shop It is seen by new Etsy shoppers.
  • I also have a strong online presence; I use Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and blogging to talk about what’s new in my shop. I think it also has given people a chance to get to know me as not just an artist but as a person.
  • Giveaways are a great way to get your name out there. I have been lucky enough to be approached by a few popular blogs to participate in a giveaway and it has brought so many new customers!
  • I also have an ad on a blog about illustration and that brings new traffic to my shop every day.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I don’t have any major regrets, but I have made the mistake of purchasing unnecessary things, like pretty and pricey packaging supplies. While I do believe in good presentation, I don’t believe you should spend extra money on something that is just going to end up in the trash.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • 8 a.m.: My cat Milhouse meows in my face, or my boyfriend Michael tells me he’s about to leave for work and that is my cue to get up.
  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Drink coffee, read and answer emails, drink more coffee, read blogs for some daily inspiration, continue drinking coffee.
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: If it is a shipping day (I ship things 2-3 days a week, depending on the number of orders I have) I print and pack all of my orders and take them to the post office. This takes a lot longer than one might think! If it is not a shipping day I draw all morning. Usually I draw commissions (I always have quite a few!) for couples and family portraits.
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: I eat some lunch, answer more emails and read more blogs.
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: More drawing and painting on the computer. I usually have music, a radio show, or a movie on in the background so I don’t get stir crazy.
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: This is my “have dinner and relax with boyfriend” time.
  • 8 p.m. to bedtime: This is usually the time I work on my own personal art projects. I spend most of my day making drawings for others, so if I am not too exhausted I like to use this time to come up with new ideas for illustrations to put in my shop.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy so much about not having a day job! I enjoy waking up when I please, wearing whatever I want, doing things at my own pace, being able to run errands during the day, and being my own boss is the best. I don’t miss anything about my day jobs. I really mean that.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Doing everything on my own. I don’t like spending three hours packing orders, but it has to be done. Also I am always on the clock, as I am constantly answering e-mails and working on drafts for clients.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
If I could go back in time I would tell myself to stop holding back. Don’t be afraid to try something new and outside of my comfort zone. I am lucky to have a boyfriend who has been so supportive and really pushes me to try new things (like having an art show at an industry party) that I would normally be terrified to do.
My advice to others is to invest in your business. Spend money on supplies and promotions. You might not make a profit for a while (I sure didn’t for the first six months of business!) but It really helps get your name and product out there, and if you spend money on quality supplies it shows in your work.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
My goal is to get more work in my shop. I really want to experiment with different styles and subject matter, while still staying true to the “Nan Lawson” look I have created. I would also love to branch out and make more wearable art such as jewelry and clothing with my work on it.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would just like to say thank you to everyone at Etsy for creating such a wonderful opportunity for artists. I know that without Etsy I would not have been as successful as I am today and I am truly grateful for it. I also want to say thank you to anyone who ever bought something from me, referred someone to me, or blogged about me; the amount of support I have gotten from strangers has completely humbled me. Thank you.

Thanks to Nan for sharing her story. You can see some of Nan‘s art in the Related Items.
Check out previous Quit Your Day Job
posts here.

301 comments

  • rubypaperco

    rubypaperco said 9 years ago

    Thanks- I've found a new shop to bookmark! There are really wonderful pieces here. :)

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 9 years ago

    Great story and great illustrations! Congratulations on your success, Nan!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 9 years ago

    Great article,Congrats !!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 9 years ago

    I love your shop and I love your work day :) Great article, thank you for sharing!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Great work & congrats!!! I love illustrations! Thanks!

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 9 years ago

    Congrats Nan, your artwork is so creative and inspirational. Best wishes for continued success :)

  • trashbaggs

    trashbaggs said 9 years ago

    love your work!

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 9 years ago

    Congrats, hope you have many more sales :)

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 9 years ago

    NanLawson - You are a true artist! MaryMary - Thank you for the wonderful article!

  • juliepeach

    juliepeach said 9 years ago

    These articles never get old. It takes a combination of talented & determined to be able to work for yourself- Nan is a great example!

  • tanyabond

    tanyabond said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this inspiring interview!!!

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 9 years ago

    impressive.

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 9 years ago

    I love finding someone "new to me" whose work I adore! Thank you so much for sharing your success (and congrats!) It gives those of us with dreams of "quitting our day job" some hope and inspiration!

  • WillowandQuinn

    WillowandQuinn said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Nan! Love your story and your work.

  • brittkenlu

    brittkenlu said 9 years ago

    Congrads!!! That is great Best of wishes to you!

  • psarokokalo

    psarokokalo said 9 years ago

    congrats!

  • supernovadesign

    supernovadesign said 9 years ago

    Yay! All the best to you....LOOOOOVE the print you made for me of my fam!

  • batzy

    batzy said 9 years ago

    I love the photos!!

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 9 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on your success!

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 9 years ago

    Wow, what a fantastic article. Love your work, Nan! This is very inspiring for me - down to earth, to the point, uncomplicated. Congratulations on your Etsy success and being able to do what you love (and are very good at :-)!

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 9 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing your life :)

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato said 9 years ago

    Nice article. thanks!

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your shop!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on quiting your day job happy you found Etsy, great place to hang out~ like your shop too~ :)

  • PaintedBeauty

    PaintedBeauty said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this bit of inspiration, as I needed it today . . . we all need such a story from time to time! Your shop is great, Nan . . . best of luck to you for continued success and happiness! :-)

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 9 years ago

    congrats Nan!

  • blackandwhitejewels

    blackandwhitejewels said 9 years ago

    I'm so happy that you have found what you LOVE to do and are able to make a living at it!! :) You inspire me! Love the mounted deer print. :)

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your shop too. Thank you for your words of wisdom and congratulations on your success. Very inspiring... my cats usually get me up first thing too.

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 9 years ago

    nice stuff. makes me want to go and draw.

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs said 9 years ago

    :)

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 9 years ago

    I am so excited for you Nan! What a treat to read about the behind the scenes story of your business. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with your charming and delightfully unique illustrations & portraits. You triple rock! Hooray Ole! xo, Katy

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 9 years ago

    Kudos on another sweet interview! : )

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 9 years ago

    awwwwwww!!!!! I love youuu!!!!! And love your work!!! You deserve this Nan!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on quiting your day job. You have a really nice store and I love your attitude. Good luck with all your endeavors Nan!

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 9 years ago

    This is such an inspiration. I adore your work, Nan!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 9 years ago

    Every time I read another "quit your day job" post, I am inspired thinking about all of the budding artists working at home in their jammies....Thinking what a gift ETSY is to me and so thrilled to have this as my place where i can create, play and earn a living. Feel like a lucky girl. THANKS, ETSY! I HEART YOU~ xo

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 9 years ago

    What a great interview, thank you! And congratulations, Nan! I'm off to visit and bookmark your shop now.

  • ERMoriginals

    ERMoriginals said 9 years ago

    Awesome work, hope you have continued success!!!

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion said 9 years ago

    Mary, thank you for this great story! Nan, impressive! congrats!

  • ColeysCollars

    ColeysCollars said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Great interview!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed your story, Nan. Love your work, best of luck in the future.

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 9 years ago

    Hooray for Nan!! Awesome article, I love Nan's work :D

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Nan! Wonderful story!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    Nan, great piece. Yay, we don't have to work in the tv/movie biz anymore!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 9 years ago

    nan .this is so inspiring . way to go!!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 9 years ago

    Aw, all of Nan's drawings are so cute, I want one!

  • StudioMeco

    StudioMeco said 9 years ago

    love your story and your drawings!

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 9 years ago

    Yay Nan! I've always been a fan....so cool to see your interview :) xo,~Lori

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 9 years ago

    Inspirational and educational and such fun artwork!!! I just love to hear success stories, it's like geting a vitamin B shot... Thanks!!!!

  • penelopemarie3

    penelopemarie3 said 9 years ago

    I'm very inspired by your story, this makes me want to get back into ceramics. My next move.

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 9 years ago

    You're so Creative, good luck with everything!

  • fromlosttofound

    fromlosttofound said 9 years ago

    'Adorable!' is the first word that comes to mind, but I could go on...and on...

  • fromlosttofound

    fromlosttofound said 9 years ago

    'Adorable!' is the first word that comes to mind, but I could go on...and on...

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great interview I love your shop and it is such a good thing to be your own boss.

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 9 years ago

    Nan..thank you so much for sharing your story, I adore your work and your shop!!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    I was waiting for the day when you would be featured here; CONGRATS NAN!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 9 years ago

    great interview! loved it

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 9 years ago

    congratulations, Beautiful work :)

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much Nan for sharing your story and 'not holding back'. You spoke the same words that I could have said...stop holding back!! I need to listen to these words each day. May this story assist in you selling more than 20 pieces a day!! You go you hipster!!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop, congratulations!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! It's nice to hear that you don't miss ANYTHING about your old day jobs. I imagine I wouldn't miss anything, either. :)

  • fashionandfate

    fashionandfate said 9 years ago

    What an inspiration! I am new to etsy but am excited about this new venture and sharing my love of jewelry design with the others. Congrats to you and your success story! :)

  • callex

    callex said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! Have a look at my new treasury http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4bf1d77f4d168eeffeb113ea/summer-love

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 9 years ago

    Great stuff, great story. Thanks for sharing.

  • honeydipjewels

    honeydipjewels said 9 years ago

    loved Your interview, your personality shines in your work as well. Here here to positivity, coffee and success!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 9 years ago

    very inspiring! congrats on this success. love your shop and work :)

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!! Nan,Thank You for sharing your story. Love your artwork. Your an inspiration!

  • gardenleafdesign

    gardenleafdesign said 9 years ago

    Great Nan....Loved the article!

  • ArtistaStyle

    ArtistaStyle said 9 years ago

    Love you work Nan, fresh, individual and a little bit quirky, to me thats the perfect combination of expression. cheers to your success.

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 9 years ago

    Great article :) PS Regarding the Wikipedia link--I think she meant Doing Business As (DBA), not Database Administrator.

  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage said 9 years ago

    great to see you doing well. it is easy to see how organized you are by your studio shots.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    cute illustrations...good luck!

  • brookiecookiesbows

    brookiecookiesbows said 9 years ago

    Wow, Nan...you're amazing! I love reading stories such as this, as it's fun to dream, but it's always hard to imagine doing what you love and *really* getting paid for it! Great advise! Many blessings and continued success! Liz

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 9 years ago

    love it. must have coffee to create.

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 9 years ago

    wow..good for you, it's wonderful and encouraging to read about artists who no longer have to rely on a day job. i love microns too.. :)

  • antiqueannies

    antiqueannies said 9 years ago

    Always inspiring to read the "quit your day job". I'll keep dreaming! Love your work, Nan, love that you're happy.

  • boujieboho

    boujieboho said 9 years ago

    I'm so inspired. Thank you!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Great Stuff! Thanks for sharing your story!Very inspiring!

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 9 years ago

    Great article! Love it! Thanks for sharing your story and CONGRATULATIONS!

  • CleanerScience

    CleanerScience said 9 years ago

    "I also want to say thank you to anyone who ever bought something from me, referred someone to me, or blogged about me; the amount of support I have gotten from strangers has completely humbled me. Thank you." I think about this all the time, but I couldn't have said it better! Etsy is like no other place on earth: everyone is so supportive, helpful, and friendly... and complete strangers, nonetheless! Your story is so inspiring!

  • designsofartisan

    designsofartisan said 9 years ago

    i love Nan's work... they're very adorable... =)

  • FrankiesArtwork

    FrankiesArtwork said 9 years ago

    This is very inspirational. I hope that is me in the future. It gives me hope. :)

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 9 years ago

    Congrats Nan and thanks for sharing your story! Your work is wonderful!

  • berryisland

    berryisland said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, makes you believe it's possible...and not feel bad if it doesn't happen right away :)

  • berryisland

    berryisland said 9 years ago

    Cute stuff. Makes me hopeful :D

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 9 years ago

    I love Nan's work! Great story.

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 9 years ago

    really cool your art... and your story is inspirational... I really would love to make etsy my only income faucet... hopefully soon!!!! :) thanks for sharing!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    I have seen this shop before and love NanLawson's work. Congratulations to Nan for turning her creative work into full-time income and living her dream.

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Love your story and your art!

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 9 years ago

    great great great!

  • corduroy

    corduroy said 9 years ago

    I love this. Nan rules!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing!! Nice items too!!

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 9 years ago

    Great work Nan! You are really an inspiration! I also love your photography :)

  • brillianttreescoll

    brillianttreescoll said 9 years ago

    Wow - great story and gorgeous illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 9 years ago

    Dude, this is so rad! Really glad to see you here. *muh* xo Christy Pepper

  • muchloveilly

    muchloveilly said 9 years ago

    she is one of my faves! :)

  • TransitDesign

    TransitDesign said 9 years ago

    Very nice work. And inspiration to someone like me who has recently opened my own shop. http://www.transitdesign.etsy.com Thanks, Nan!

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 9 years ago

    wonderful interview :) thank you for sharing Nan, your work is fabulous!

  • circlecreekhome

    circlecreekhome said 9 years ago

    So fabulous! I vote you keep it up! Circle Creek Home

  • TheGoodShipLollipop

    TheGoodShipLollipop said 9 years ago

    Beautiful drawings...and inspiring story. Thanks!

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work , Nan ! You have definitely got your Nan signature on your style. Good luck and wish u much success. Marked you as a favorite!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    I love her work!

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 9 years ago

    I used to sit at my desk at work reading these articles and dreaming of this moment. Thank you all for your kind words! I'm honored to be featured!

  • AmorPuro

    AmorPuro said 9 years ago

    this really inspired me to keep working on my site and keep up the hope. thank you

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 9 years ago

    nice one! very inspirational!!!!!

  • Stylishknitting

    Stylishknitting said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your shop!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    I love your whimsical and sweet drawings! Congrats on your endeavors!

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • denisesitu

    denisesitu said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing and I love Nan's work.

  • DutchMonologue

    DutchMonologue said 9 years ago

    Like your look.

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 9 years ago

    Congratualations!!! This is very inspirations.

  • DianePIroon

    DianePIroon said 9 years ago

    so glad i read this article! just started getting into etsy a lil while ago! hope to be as successful as you! and lovely art work!

  • thesecrethermit

    thesecrethermit said 9 years ago

    Fab interview, Nan's work is awesome!!

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 9 years ago

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing sharing your story!

  • KickingandBiting

    KickingandBiting said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous work, congrats on Etsy being your full-time job, it gives us all hope! Amanda x

  • photosbyrosie

    photosbyrosie said 9 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job - a great post, very inspiring. And Nan's work is coool!

  • Judykaufmann

    Judykaufmann said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    I loved your story also your artwork is too cute. Maybe someday I'll quit my day job too!

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 9 years ago

    Inspiring, congrats on quiting your day job, love your illustrations :)

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 9 years ago

    I really really love your 'I'm Not A Hipster' series, Nan! I've been a fan of your work too. Such an inspiring story you have! Thanks much for sharing!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 9 years ago

    this is way too cool :D used to see Nan in the chat room..love her work since the begining & hearted some ages ago.. :D congrats to u!

  • GardenBeads

    GardenBeads said 9 years ago

    Great Job!! Keep it up!!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    Nan! This is great inspiration, thank you so much for sharing and I love your work. I hope to add some of your work to my personal collection doom!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 9 years ago

    what a wonderful story...i envy your morning "alarm clock"...must success in hopefully expanding your business into other media.

  • aisha123

    aisha123 said 9 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • tizzalicious

    tizzalicious said 9 years ago

    What a lovely shop! :)

  • BlacknickSculpture

    BlacknickSculpture said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Best of luck to your continued success on Etsy!

  • DevilishlyDomestic

    DevilishlyDomestic said 9 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your success.

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri said 9 years ago

    I love your honesty and advice. Congrats to you! Keep drinking that coffee it seems to be working GREAT! :0)

  • attackofthevintage

    attackofthevintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I know it will inspire many artists who just need that extra push to believe it can happen for them too. Congratulations on your success!!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Great article and work!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 9 years ago

    Clicking my coffee mug to yours, Nan! Congrats!!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 9 years ago

    gorgeous work-- super inspiring:)

  • KidzKraftz

    KidzKraftz said 9 years ago

    Nice article and really cool shop. Congrats!!!!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Thanks for the insprirational article!

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils said 9 years ago

    yes, It's wonderful to work from home! Congrats to you!!

  • TheJewelryNook

    TheJewelryNook said 9 years ago

    Great article, Great inspiration for New Etsy Sellers. Thank You!

  • KuDum

    KuDum said 9 years ago

    such an inspiring story... good luck with your shop!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 9 years ago

    Congratulations to all of your success!

  • maycouture

    maycouture said 9 years ago

    It's a great succes story Congrats! There is nothing like do what you love to do...

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 9 years ago

    Love the artwork. Congratulations on your success. Robin

  • beautyschooldropout2

    beautyschooldropout2 said 9 years ago

    Well done! Very inspiring.

  • debster1111

    debster1111 said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your success.. I have been making jewellery for a few years now.. selling to friends and family.. I stumbled onto Etsy and have now just recently listed a few pieces.. you have inspired me to list more and ..(really go for it).. love your shop.. Deb

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    Great Article! Thank you for all the tips and continued success!!!!

  • HandmadeFlowers

    HandmadeFlowers said 9 years ago

    I love your work, congratulations.

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! I love the variety of items you offer in your shop!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 9 years ago

    What cute little people, I love this work and the colors. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    Love this article. love ur shop.

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 9 years ago

    Love your work~ keep up the great creating!

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 9 years ago

    Congrats on being able to do what you love as a full time job! I hope that you have continued success in your shop:)

  • oswaldflump

    oswaldflump said 9 years ago

    Totally inspirational story and shop. Love it!

  • WimseyJewelry

    WimseyJewelry said 9 years ago

    Oh how I would love to have to spend three hours a day packing orders, or one hour a day packing orders. It is so good to read about your success. You have a distinctive shop with unique, one of a kind pieces. Here's for clear skies and a stiff breeze in all of our sails/sales. Frances

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story! Congrats, and I wish you much continued success...

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 9 years ago

    congrats on living the dream! i agree with how amazing it is to wear what you want while still working. getting paid in your pj's... now that's what it's all about!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 9 years ago

    Contgatulations on your success and hard work! Bravo. angie

  • MiaLight

    MiaLight said 9 years ago

    I hope one day my story is a lot like your story! Congrats, Nan!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 9 years ago

    I absolutely love your chucks pen and ink drawing! I too opened my shop as a creative outlet to give myself an excuse to create the art I want to create. Hopefully I can one day quit my mind numbing day job like you. I envy you! Congrats on being able to quit your day job!

  • teddybear2247

    teddybear2247 said 9 years ago

    I love your story I hope very much that some day my story is quite the samas I love what I do and I know others will love it too.

  • laurengrothe

    laurengrothe said 9 years ago

    Nan, you're a total inspiration to me! Thank you so much

  • mucar

    mucar said 9 years ago

    lovely list...

  • culturashock

    culturashock said 9 years ago

    Awesome work:)

  • WeathersbeeDesigns

    WeathersbeeDesigns said 9 years ago

    Talent and hard work pay off! thanks for your story and the tips! Hope to quit my day job someday too. congrats on your success!

  • 2ndcoming

    2ndcoming said 9 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Nan is the bee's knees and her work is so fun and upbeat. Congrats Nan!

  • chateauvintage

    chateauvintage said 9 years ago

    your stuff is just darling.

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture said 9 years ago

    Nan, your art is amazing! Thank you for sharing. A very encouraging article! All the best to you.

  • carramaus

    carramaus said 9 years ago

    Loved the article! Keep up the good work, Nan!

  • ArtisanSoapSpa

    ArtisanSoapSpa said 9 years ago

    wow! Your artwork is amazing and it makes me smile.

  • thegraphicrabbit

    thegraphicrabbit said 9 years ago

    Congrats...im a recent stay - at - home - dad after 15 years in sign design. Is there anything better than art & coffee? I wish you continued success! eric denver,co

  • TheMadMonogram

    TheMadMonogram said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Awesome feature and great work! I wish you the best for your etsy future!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 9 years ago

    Great article. With Best wishes!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success here and the Etsy QYDJ feature, so awesome. As an artist and illustrator, I love reading about the work flow and typical day of other artists, especially I think because I feel like one of the only people who lives like I do and works from home or my studio, and for myself. I just love seeing that there is a community of successful people with a daily life not that far off from own, it's comforting. Anyway, well done, great interview :) Cheers!

  • juliettestrousseau

    juliettestrousseau said 9 years ago

    as a newcomer to etsy i found your advice inspiring. love your work. thanks

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 9 years ago

    Fantastic interview; what a level-headed approach to so much creativity. You bring character to the page; I wish you all the best with your continued balance and success!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 9 years ago

    congrats on all the success! it inspires me to get home from my 9-5 job (really 8-4:30) and create. best of luck and looking forward to your "branching out!"

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 9 years ago

    congrats on your sucess! it inspires me to got home from my 9-5 job (really 8-4:30) and get crafty. best of luck and looking forward to your "branching out"

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your sucess!

  • AlpenglowVintage

    AlpenglowVintage said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! I've included Nan's work in treasuries I created in the past, so it's great to get to know her better!

  • shopbonnin

    shopbonnin said 9 years ago

    Nan's work is one of my favorites and I'm proud to say I own one of her prints http://bonnindesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/more-indie-talent-to-add.html and it's proudly displayed on my Indie art walls http://bonnindesigns.blogspot.com/2009/07/bathroom-art-walls-completed-well-sort.html

  • HandSqueezed

    HandSqueezed said 9 years ago

    You are an inspiration to me and many others. I really hope i can follow in your steps cause who wants a day job when making art and jewelry is fun.

  • shopbonnin

    shopbonnin said 9 years ago

    Love Nan's work. I'm a huge fan and own a print that's proudly framed and hanging in my gallery of Indie art. It's a little room and I've ok'ed it with all of the artist's I've purchased from because it's my toilet room. It's just lovely!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 9 years ago

    Nice story to wake up too and inspire us:)

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

    Your artwork is so lovely!! Congrats on the success with your Etsy shop!

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

    Your artwork is lovely!! Congrats on the success with your Etsy shop!

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 9 years ago

    I loved reading this! Super cute stuff. Keep it up :-)

  • vnes

    vnes said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration! Congrats on your success!!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I truly enjoyed reading your story and the advice you had to offer.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job.

  • tiniposh

    tiniposh said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the advice..and congrats on your success!! Love your work!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 9 years ago

    So agree with your positive thought about our opportunity to show and sell our works.

  • MichelleCaryn

    MichelleCaryn said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Love your work!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 9 years ago

    Great article Nan -- thanks for the inspiration - great art work! Fun. :)

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 9 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share. We are close to going full time with our handwork shop and I love reading about others who are doing it. Warm wishes.

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 9 years ago

    This too shall pass - excellent words! Thanks for the article :)

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 9 years ago

    Wow! I remember you purchased something from me when you first started and I remember you telling me how you hoped to make this your full time job one day. Looks like that dream came true! Congrats! :)

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 9 years ago

    Great story and lovely artwork. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Congratulations on all your success - wishing you much more.

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 9 years ago

    congrats and love your work!

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 9 years ago

    Nan, congrats on your success! Great shop!

  • BigRiverBeads

    BigRiverBeads said 9 years ago

    I love your style. Great story. Agree with you on the coffee! I love your french press.

  • DeederTheBeader

    DeederTheBeader said 9 years ago

    Great story. As my day job is coming to an end, I'm hoping to take my Etsy shop further and this gives me great inspiration and hope. I do wonder, the link above for DBA takes us to Wikipedia's "database administrator" page. I was thinking it was for "doing business as." Which is correct?

  • InviteMe

    InviteMe said 9 years ago

    Nan, you're a fabulous artist! I adore your work! Thank you for the article, I love reading success stories!

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 9 years ago

    I love reading the stories of people who have had success in Etsy! and what a beautiful work!

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, I loved reading about your experiences!

  • JiSTglass

    JiSTglass said 9 years ago

    wonderful success story! thank you for sharing

  • cocoachuchu

    cocoachuchu said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips!!!!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 9 years ago

    Cute Stuff!

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success, and thanks for sharing your story. I love your style!! The voyeur in me also loves seeing how other etsy sellers spend a typical workday.

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story Nan. It's so fun to hear about the journey of successful Etsy sellers. Love your artwork as well!

  • teacupdesigns

    teacupdesigns said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your story - wishing you continued success!

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! As per your questions about the DBA link - I did mean "Doing Business As", since my full name is not Nan Lawson (Nan's a nickname).

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 9 years ago

    YAY nan!

  • naturalgoatsoap

    naturalgoatsoap said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. I love your work!

  • PinkyCrafts

    PinkyCrafts said 9 years ago

    This is really inspiring, as I'm trying to turn my Etsy shop into a full time business. Thank you for showing that it can be done!

  • AmericaJane

    AmericaJane said 9 years ago

    I love your illustration style! Thanks so much for sharing and for the inspiration.

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 9 years ago

    Congrats - love the look of your shop and items!!!

  • InvisibleFountain

    InvisibleFountain said 9 years ago

    I like it.

  • Angeltodora98

    Angeltodora98 said 9 years ago

    Great story. It gives me to keep up the hope. Thanks.

  • IchibanJoyas

    IchibanJoyas said 9 years ago

    Wow! This is so great! Thank you for sharing this! One day maybe we can reach this amazing accomplishment too!

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 9 years ago

    Neat items, wishing you more success!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 9 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats!

  • AutumnAndEve

    AutumnAndEve said 9 years ago

    Ten thousand congrats!

  • CupcakeMountain

    CupcakeMountain said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, Nan! Love your shop!

  • LavaGifts

    LavaGifts said 9 years ago

    Nan, you are an inspiration to this fellow artist and java fan. Your cat alarm clock made me smile. :)

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Congrats, Nan!!! Your work is amazing, thank you for all the great advice and tips!!!

  • mmtncrfts

    mmtncrfts said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I love your shop! Thanks for sharing. The advice and insight really help inspire me.

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 9 years ago

    Congrats, I wish you many sells and all the best!

  • autumnraycreations

    autumnraycreations said 9 years ago

    I would love to quit my day job! I just opened a store and received a lot of views but no SALES. Congratulations on your success! May you have many years of success in the future. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    Congrats! You are such a great artist and a great inspiration!

  • AlinaandT

    AlinaandT said 9 years ago

    very inspiring!!

  • ConnieandAndrew

    ConnieandAndrew said 9 years ago

    Yeah! Another artist "off the grid" so to speak. Congrats! And thank you for paving the way with your dedication to creativity.

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success, it is much deserved. Thanks for sharing with the etsy community some inspiration and reassurance that dreams can be reality.

  • finolei

    finolei said 9 years ago

    wonderful story ! all the best for the future !

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 9 years ago

    Your art is fantastic! I can see why you had sales right away. I wish you much continued success!

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 9 years ago

    I love your ilustrations! Very trendy!

  • Downandoutchic

    Downandoutchic said 9 years ago

    nan is one of my VERY favorite etsy artists. such a lovely peek into her daily life! thank you!

  • bboyce

    bboyce said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on the jump! You are my hero!

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 9 years ago

    Nan our days sound so identical to a tee almost!! So happy for you and to hear other success stories :) I too agree once I started doing this full time, I really had to find a focus to push myself out of the comfort zone, it took awhile to do so, but once I did all the wonderful success of doing what I love followed. Congrats !!!

  • JeremyDaniel

    JeremyDaniel said 9 years ago

    Great Story and Advice...I'm new to Etsy so all the info I'm able to pick up is good. Gluten-Free (Wheat Free) baked goods are gonna be my medium. My boyfriend is GF so you can say he is my inspiration. Love the artwork by the way. You have some really great stuff. I'm not to much in the 2D stuff myself. I've dabbled in the 3D modeling for a while before though. Have a good 1... Dan

  • CausticThreads

    CausticThreads said 9 years ago

    awesome items! I love this artical! Nans bicycle drawing is simular to mine :)

  • fibreartey

    fibreartey said 9 years ago

    I love the word HOPE! It oozes out of this article like honey! Thank you endlessly - Nan, & The Folks In Charge: These stories are the ones that I, like Nan, wish to live & drool to read! I'm getting ready to put my toe in the water (that's a few degrees of hesitation in that statement!). It will happen, though. Time has a funny way of moving us closer & closer towards our dreams, even when we aren't noticing. Great continued good luck, Nan!

  • ChelleChic

    ChelleChic said 9 years ago

    What an inspirational article! Best of luck and continued success!

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 9 years ago

    so inspiring! and i love nan's work. :)

  • trinketalley

    trinketalley said 9 years ago

    Nan,you are a true inspiration. Love your interpretation as an artist.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 9 years ago

    What a great article! Congratulations on your success and may it continue! Jennifer:)

  • copperlady50

    copperlady50 said 9 years ago

    You are such an inspiration! I've been at Etsy for a little over a year and have had about two sales a month but have not been putting much into it. The last month I have decided I'm going to do my very best and give it my all. Success stories like yours remind me that dreams do come true and anything is possible!

  • LittleBatch

    LittleBatch said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, Nan! Your advice about not holding back is very true. I ninnied around for a while before actually opening up my shop. It's time that was essentially wasted. Love your drawings and enjoyed your article!

  • CherryRedStudio

    CherryRedStudio said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! You are so inspiring :)

  • PassedBy

    PassedBy said 9 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about Nan and her experiences with art and Etsy. Thanks, Jennifer.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 9 years ago

    Great article, thanks! Nan, congratulations on your success and making it work. Your art is great and it looks like you are a very organized person!

  • LANYARDLADY

    LANYARDLADY said 9 years ago

    I love reading about talented creative people who are able to do what they love to do fulltime. Best wishes for continued success, Nan.

  • NadaBanana

    NadaBanana said 9 years ago

    I love your work, and your packaging!

  • shopnevertheless

    shopnevertheless said 9 years ago

    This is a really inspiring article, your work is amazing and your success and recognition is truly deserved. Congratulations :) and keep up the fantastic work!

  • julssewcrazy

    julssewcrazy said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I am inspired again to create my OWN designs. I love to make custom orders. I love when the freedom to dazzle a little is there too. Thanks for sharing. You are very lucky to have a supportive boyfriend,too!

  • skyzthelymit

    skyzthelymit said 9 years ago

    im new to this site im familiar with ebay. Not having to much luck. If you were to compare or give me any advise what would it be?I think its great your success, i will follow you and try to be like you some day! lol i can only dream too. any help is appreciated. Thx Christina

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success, nice article

  • KellerCrafts2010

    KellerCrafts2010 said 9 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Congratulations!

  • pandoraslocker

    pandoraslocker said 9 years ago

    Love hearing these stories-lovely work by the way :)

  • Chadrific

    Chadrific said 9 years ago

    Ah! This article has made me smile...I am going through a kind of a rough patch and hearing you say 'don't hold yourself back' really really made me grin! I feel better about my work and myself as a creator!! I will be back Etsy! Thanks Nan...and your work is adorable!

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 9 years ago

    Such cute stuff! Great article :-)

  • DaintyHob

    DaintyHob said 9 years ago

    Great shop, congrats!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 9 years ago

    Great writing, Congrats! Keep making art!!!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 9 years ago

    great story. Keep making art!!!

  • JewelryByLarraine

    JewelryByLarraine said 9 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration! Very adorable drawings!

  • purplehazebunny

    purplehazebunny said 9 years ago

    I'm soooo happy for you, thanks for sharing...and I loooove your art!!!

  • sannachristina

    sannachristina said 9 years ago

    Great article! I am encouraged.

  • uneekpillows

    uneekpillows said 9 years ago

    great story and inspiration!!

  • BellaKat

    BellaKat said 9 years ago

    I appreciate that you took the time to share your story and inspirations and make the jump to full time artist. Seems like you followed your heart and did well.nice work!

  • BellaKat

    BellaKat said 9 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to share your inspiring story-it's something we need to hear. Nice work!

  • ShopRedLeaf

    ShopRedLeaf said 9 years ago

    Great interview Nan. I love your shop, and I love the typewriter print I got from you. I'm gonna go back and take another look at your shop! Congrats and I hope this brings you tons of new interest.

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 9 years ago

    Beautiful illustration and a great feature.

  • Silkartist

    Silkartist said 9 years ago

    I just love these articles about artists who "Quit Their Day Job"! It is so inspiring and that is my dream too! I'm so happy for you that your dream has arrived. Thanks for sharing!

  • Shoottothrill

    Shoottothrill said 9 years ago

    LOVE your drawing of Max.............and your fellow love of coffee.Ill be purchasing work soon!

  • studiorandom

    studiorandom said 9 years ago

    Fabulous post. I love the QYDJ series... By the way you might want to fix one little thing in this post. Where you talk about getting your DBA, it links to the database administrator entry on Wikipedia. I think you meant Doing Business As. :P

  • abbyart89

    abbyart89 said 9 years ago

    I love her style of illustrating. And she has such a great humor about her work. Definitely an awesome find.

  • PinMeUpCouture

    PinMeUpCouture said 9 years ago

    LOVE! Congrats on your success!

  • skdraeger

    skdraeger said 9 years ago

    Your stuff is so cool, it hurts!! I need the hipster print on a t-shirt, stat. Because that is so me.

  • NiceArt

    NiceArt said 9 years ago

    Beautiful illustration!!

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    love your work!

  • nowcreations

    nowcreations said 9 years ago

    Vary nice shop. Love your story. Congrats.

  • hollygolighty7

    hollygolighty7 said 9 years ago

    I am so inspired by your story! Thank you for sharing... great work!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    Very Inspirational!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Missevilkitty

    Missevilkitty said 9 years ago

    really cool write up!

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 9 years ago

    Great story and good suggestions. I like the recommendation to stop holding back...

  • BeggarsBowl

    BeggarsBowl said 9 years ago

    Great story thankyou!

  • sockmonkeycards

    sockmonkeycards said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! My hat is off to you! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant said 9 years ago

    Love your cards!

  • buttuglee

    buttuglee said 9 years ago

    diggin' the lunch box!

  • ruddlecottage

    ruddlecottage said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! Go Forth! My Best Jayne.

  • drifted

    drifted said 9 years ago

    i hope to have my store do as well in 6 months! inspiring story.

  • candybagsnyc

    candybagsnyc said 9 years ago

    Great drawings, also great story.

  • lensar

    lensar said 9 years ago

    Just beautiful Nan, I LOVE your work!

  • sublimenprojects

    sublimenprojects said 9 years ago

    very cool!

  • ChristinaFloyd

    ChristinaFloyd said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story!!!!! Fun,great drawings!

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 8 years ago

    I love your story & your amazing illustrations. { congratulations! } : )

  • SuzanneUrban

    SuzanneUrban said 8 years ago

    enjoying this interview,wishing you continued success. Suzanne U.

  • SuzanneUrban

    SuzanneUrban said 8 years ago

    enjoying this interview,wishing you continued success. Suzanne U.

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 8 years ago

    great article! blessings to you!

  • nitablum

    Nita Blum from GoldenPlumeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • fancybread

    Fancy Bread said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiration - makes me want to go and draw something!! Im so proud to have a Nan Lawson hanging in my hallway!

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