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Quit Your Day Job: realisationcreations

Jan 19, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Natalia of realisationcreations has successfully been running her online jewelry business since quitting her previous full-time job of running and managing a car detailing business in Australia.  While she admits the money currently coming in doesn’t allow her to spend as frivolously as in the past, she couldn’t be happier.  Keep reading to find out how this night owl manages to turn her hobby into a full time business, all the while proving to her loved ones that making and selling jewelry full time IS a real job.

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

It has been my dream over the last few years to successfully make jewelery my full time job, and a recent year-long foray into a quite profitable — but very stressful — car detailing business proved the turning point for me. I felt frustrated and depressed the entire time I owned and ran the business, and decided I would have a short break once I sold the business to decide whether I would give Etsy 100% or seek employment. It seemed like the moment I made the decision to take the plunge with Etsy as my full time job, things just started falling into place, and I felt more fulfilled and happier as a result.

What was the deciding factor resulting in pursuing Etsy as your full time job?

As I mentioned earlier, it was while I owned the detailing business, that I started exploring what I really wanted to do with my life, and thought about what might work for myself and my family. The detailing business was one of the most stressful periods of time I have ever experienced, but it was the catalyst to start taking Etsy seriously. While I had already been selling here on Etsy with some degree of success, I had always thought of this venue as supplementing what I sell locally in galleries; and my family — while they love me dearly — have always seen my jewelery as a hobby, not a career choice, and I suppose I was thinking along those lines too. I’ve really worked hard at making this a job that I love to do, not a hobby that I yearn to get to in the in between times. Since I have been more consistent with new designs, keeping my store looking fresh and offering a broader range of items, I have seen my views, hearts, and sales increase in direct proportion to the effort I have put in. As anyone who has run their own business will tell you, it’s very long hours — but when you are fortunate enough to do what you live and breathe, it’s so rewarding. My family has really noticed how much calmer and more centered I am.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

I had already registered as a business in 2004. Then I had a logo and business cards made up and decided that while I owned the detailing business and a large amount of money was coming in I would make some more extravagant purchases – which I enjoyed! In hindsight, I would have benefited greatly from planning ahead more, especially in terms of a safety blanket, as I have expenses that I need to cover each month regardless of what money is coming in.

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

I suspect I am like many artists and crafters — I quite dislike promoting! I do have some online presence in the form of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and also a blog, but I am a little sporadic in updating these. I am also a member of some fantastic street teams -— DUST (Down Under Street Team), the Freethinker Team, the Wire Artisans Guild, and SASsy (Sellers Assisting Sellers team). I have bought Showcases often, and have had mixed results — always lot of views and hearts, but only sales directly from this a couple of times. I try to create Treasuries as often as I can, and participate in the Forums as well — although this can be a trap, as I often end up spending too much time there! I think all of the above add to create name recognition, which is incredibly important in marketing yourself. I am investigating advertising outside of Etsy currently.

What have you found to be unsuccessful promotion or something that’s just not working for your shop?

For me, the promotion section of the Forums has never worked — it’s just too fast moving! I tend to not use that anymore, as I’ve personally not seen results with it.

Would you walk us through what a typical workday might entail?

  • I usually get up 6:30-7am and am straight on the computer to check for sales, convos…and hearts!
  • After this it’s a mad rush to get my husband and two boys ready, beds made, lunches packed, and off to work/school by 8:30.
  • I’m usually home by 9:15am, and after letting our chickens out to scratch around for the day, I make a cup of tea and back onto the computer. I try to get all the promotional stuff out of the way first – like Twitter, visiting the threads I have contributed to in the Forums etc, answering convos and emails.
  • Then I get stuck into making jewelery for a few hours, with a break for lunch, and/or a quick walk with the dog.
  • The early afternoon is usually when I take photographs, package items, and visit the post office before I pick my boys up from school.
  • The rest of the afternoon is then spent with their various activities (at the moment we only have gymnastics and rugby tag booked in after school), homework, cooking, housework, and if I get a chance I’ll edit the photos I took earlier that day.
  • Once Leon (my husband) is home, we try and spend a little time together talking about the day — at the moment coming into summer, we sit out on the veranda and have a glass of wine — lovely!
  • After we’ve had dinner, and the boys are off to bed, Leon and I will spend time talking, or watching the idiot box, and usually when Leon goes to bed I spend some time online and/or making jewellery again for a few hours.
  • Bed is about midnight usually, although if I get “into the zone” — as Leon and I call it — it can be much, much later.

What do you enjoy most about having both a day job and working on Etsy? Is there anything that’s difficult?

I do miss some of the day-to-day banter that I enjoyed when in the workforce, and I also miss being able to predict when the money is coming in! Apart from that however, I love my own company, I love being able to listen to whatever music I want, and being able to spend the day creating in old jeans and a sadly ripped t-shirt, if I so desire! I love being able to take my boys to school each day, picking them up each afternoon, and spending time with them. I love being able to make meals from scratch, and being able to pop outside for a walk with the dog, or indulge in a spot of gardening if I need to clear my head. I don’t miss running a business that I’m not passionate about, and where I have to depend on other people – who in the main I found unreliable and energy leaching. And I truly love being able to make my job doing what makes me happy and fulfilled.

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

Owning the detailing business was a real trial by fire for me, and was a valuable lesson in budgeting. As I had up to 8 people on my staff at any given time, it was crucial that I could pay them each week, and that I could pay the suppliers each month. Cash flow was a top priority, and this is a lesson I have carried over to my jewellery business. I now use an accounting software to record expenses and sales, and this is invaluable for spotting trends, and ensuring that I pay myself.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year?

A steady increase in sales would be fabulous!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Even though I have a wonderfully supportive family, it has been really hard to convince them that this is my chosen career path. At this stage, I do feel a little guilty as it does not bring in anywhere near the amount my previous business brought in – yet! – and obviously that’s incredibly important. However, apart from the argument that I do believe I save money being home – no childcare fees, minimal takeaway (I do like cooking!), less petrol used, etc, I am also much happier, which in turn makes the whole family happier. Its part of a whole life change that I truly believe in.

Thanks to Natalia 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.

186 comments

  • GoodNightLolaSue

    GoodNightLolaSue said 11 years ago

    great article--inspiring for us jewelry designers, who sometimes fret over the saturation of jewelry here on etsy. goes to showyou that if you want results, you will have to work hard for them! ....off to get workin! ♥

  • TroveDesigns

    TroveDesigns said 11 years ago

    Yay to Australians quitting their day job to pursue their art!! As always, this is a wonderful article and totally inspiring. Congratulations and good luck!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 11 years ago

    Isn't it wonderful to be your own boss! Even though I think we must work twice as many hours It is definately worth it! Thank you for the inspiring article! XoXo Poppy

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago

    So inspiring!!!!! Thank you!!!

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 11 years ago

    Great article!! Great job to you- thank you for being so inspiring!! :D

  • JoulesVintage

    JoulesVintage said 11 years ago

    I own at least eight pairs of Natalia's gorgeous earrings, plus a necklace! I wear them often; all are wonderfully crafted. Her shop is very beautiful; she is such an awesome seller here! Natalia, kudos to you, for making your dream, a reality.

  • thejunebride

    thejunebride said 11 years ago

    I love realisationcreations and it was so nice to read more about her and her life and dreams!! Thanks for featuring her!!

  • StephanieFizer

    StephanieFizer said 11 years ago

    Congrats to you for doing what you love :) LOL my parents have frowned upon my art business for quite some time, especially when I quit my cushy day job to become a fulltime illustrator! They continually throw out suggestions to me about what my next "real job" should be, even though I'm now more successful as an illustrator than I ever was at my office job.

  • beadsme

    beadsme said 11 years ago

    What a great article and such inspiration.

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 11 years ago

    Go Natalia, Go Natalia, Go Go Natalia!!! (and Go Adelaide!) :D Quotelicious: "The harder I work, the 'luckier' I get" ~ Samuel Goldwyn Congrats!

  • TheBeadedJewel

    TheBeadedJewel said 11 years ago

    Her jewelry is very unique, it definately has her own personal touch. Every piece has that higher quality look to it. I very much enjoyed this article and hope she gets that increase in sales she wants and deserves!

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 11 years ago

    Excellent story... that is wonderful that your doing what you love!

  • rainbowrevolution

    rainbowrevolution said 11 years ago

    Natalia..you are an inspiration and I am certainly inspired by what you have said in this wonderful article!

  • Sinta

    Sinta said 11 years ago

    Great interview! I always enjoy these spotlight articles :) So inspiring!

  • raycious

    raycious said 11 years ago

    Great story and so inspiring! Congratulations Natali!!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    An encouraging story! Thanks.

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 11 years ago

    congrats! Always great to see a jewelry seller making a living at it. I can identify with "being in the zone". I just have to watch that late night time as I have a day job for now. Congrats!

  • raegunfabric

    raegunfabric said 11 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing I really love hearing everyone's story

  • Northernista

    Northernista said 11 years ago

    Nice article, thank you! Lovely work too.

  • Enrichment4you

    Enrichment4you said 11 years ago

    I always enjoy reading how other people are able to make a success of their talent. Thank you for sharing.

  • ebbandflo

    ebbandflo said 11 years ago

    Congratualtions on being featured! Your work is beautiful, I applaud you for being able to work and be at home for your family but in no way is this "quitting your day job". It is exactly the same as what countless other mums who are sellers on Etsy do and in real life do, it's exactly the same as my working day except that I will only categorise it as "quitting my day job" when I can hire domestic help for the housework and cooking, and can afford regular childcare. Until then (and in all honesty I don't want to quit my day job) I call it supplementing the family income that my husband brings in while being able to stay home for my child, fitting my jewelry and craft work AROUND my day job. Etsy, at least be honest about this QYDJ feature.

  • spongetta

    spongetta said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    Yeah Natalia! Pretty inspiring, for an old timer! ;)

  • jackpink

    jackpink said 11 years ago

    thanks your insight--i just got layed off on friday--and im really going to make alot more products and get my name out there!! you give me hope!!!!! i worked out of my home for 5 years in L.A.--but since i moved to NY i had to get a job-- i couldnt afford the overhead and trade shows in NY!! im truly networking my busoness and feel like im starting all over!! thanks again!!!! jack pink--jackblue handbags

  • wiccked

    wiccked said 11 years ago

    I loved reading this, Natalia! And you know - I honestly hadn't realised that you'd quit your day job! Way to go! This is very inspiring... makes me feel very slack about the way I work. I know I need to work regular hours!

  • Doodlage

    Doodlage said 11 years ago

    Great job, Natasha! Udachi i vdoxnovenija :)

  • bobishi

    bobishi said 11 years ago

    It is so great to see aussies being able to give up their day job and income and be able to replace it (or some of it) with etsy! Good job:) I'm inspired:)

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 11 years ago

    I think your jewellery is completely beautiful, and your story equally as inspiring. It just shows we should never give up on our dreams...

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 11 years ago

    Very interesting to read the similarities and differences between the US sellers and sellers around the world! Great article!

  • angie180281

    angie180281 said 11 years ago

    woot woot Natalia - well done :) Obviously you work hard at your craft, and are now lucky enough to call it your job!

  • lisspopps

    lisspopps said 11 years ago

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Natalia! you are awesome - so brave for quitting your job! your work is incredible

  • vohandmade

    vohandmade said 11 years ago

    I'm always inspired and amazed that people are able to turn their art into their full time job. Good for you Natalia.

  • michvanetta

    michvanetta said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous article Natalia, as is your work and as are you. I wish you much luck and success. xx

  • TulaaJewelry

    TulaaJewelry said 11 years ago

    Very Pretty jewelry! Congratulations on your success, you obviously work for it!

  • AmandaYuDesign

    AmandaYuDesign said 11 years ago

    Congratulations that you have found your happy career :) I am totally agree with you and I am expecting this to my career, to be able to spent the time with family like yours it's precious! I know all my effort will not be wasted instead they will be traveled over the world. :P Thanks a lot for sharing your story and it is inspiring! Good luck! :)

  • wanderingmoon

    wanderingmoon said 11 years ago

    A wonderful article about wonderful Natalia. You are a real inspiration to me as I would dearly love to do the same. I'm going to read this over and over until I get the courage!! Thanks so much for a great article MaryMary. And thank YOU Natalia for being incredible and sharing your amazing creations with us. (: ~lara

  • laceandlinks

    laceandlinks said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Natalia :) You are truly an inspiration to us all. Good luck for 2009 xoxo

  • ScarletteRoseFairy

    ScarletteRoseFairy said 11 years ago

    Yeahhhh Natalia!!! Great article and very inspiring to follow your heart and enjoy life!! It's your year!! GO NATALIA!!! X.x.

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Natalia :) Wonderful Article, thank you so much for being such an Inspiration!

  • FaerieMajikk

    FaerieMajikk said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Natalia, You are truly an inspiration, and for those who want to prove that a hobby can be a career you have certainly proven that. Keep up the wonderful work and keep inspiring!

  • RockCity

    RockCity said 11 years ago

    realisationcreations wrote: "Even though I have a wonderfully supportive family, it has been really hard to convince them that this is my chosen career path." _______________________________ I'm taking a chance by reading between the lines here, but I want to congratulate you for standing firm. I think many Etsy sellers know what you mean. There's never a shortage of people telling us how much more money we could make by, for example, working full time in a tractor factory for 20 years, or some other head-bashing "career" that would shorten our lives and leave us disappointed in life, full of regrets, and with children we don't know and possibly with work-related health problems. These people have something in common: they're never interested in what WE think THEY should do with their lives :-) But back to the positive side: you're an inspiration to many here, and as your internet presence grows, so will your family's pride in your accomplishments, and there will be no need to "defend" your choice of career. (Pssst...actually, you don't ever need to defend it! But that's another subject.)

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 11 years ago

    thanks for the tips and advice!

  • vintageprincipessa

    vintageprincipessa said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Natalia!!! Wonderful article and it is great to get more of an insight into your work :) xx

  • nikisha

    nikisha said 11 years ago

    Good to hear from another successful seller. Just keeps my hopes up. I just had one sale and hoping to get myself known in the big etsy world...fingers crossed...

  • MarthaHorman

    MarthaHorman said 11 years ago

    A wonderful article - hope things continue to go your way. You deserve it.

  • NMdesign

    NMdesign said 11 years ago

    As usual, I have found a lot of great insight in this "quit your day job" article. It is clear that Natalia still works VERY hard at what she does, but the difference is the passion towards her work. Natalia, your jewelry is quite beautiful and your photography, very well done. Also good to read that you use accounting software for inventory purposes...that is one aspect I have continually struggled with. THANKS and much continued success.

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! Truly inspiring.

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 11 years ago

    Your story is a wonderful inspiration to me! Your work is so beautiful. Congratulations on your success, and for getting your story on Etsy! Many blessings and sales to you!

  • festiveearrings

    festiveearrings said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for your inspiring story. I understand about wanting to do something that makes you happy. Good luck!

  • LystraK

    LystraK said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 11 years ago

    VIVA Natalia!!!!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 11 years ago

    Good for you!!

  • Finki

    Finki said 11 years ago

    Natalia, You're a constant source of wisdom, inspiration and talent. Thankyou for sharing.

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    Very cute!

  • dickanddora

    dickanddora said 11 years ago

    I love reading stories like this - good on you, keep at it. Now I'd better stop reading and make something!

  • SuzeesJubileeZ

    SuzeesJubileeZ said 11 years ago

    Yahooo congrats fellow freethinker

  • NeverEver

    NeverEver said 11 years ago

    Congratulations, Natalia, and thankyou for being an inspiration. I also find myself wishing I need not do any other work than my Etsy store, as I feel I could put so much more in if I had the time. One day! Fingers crossed.

  • ShapeYourWorld

    ShapeYourWorld said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Natalia - you certainly are an inspiration. You deserve all the success that comes your way.

  • allmyheart

    allmyheart said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. Great Jewlery!

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 11 years ago

    Congrats Natalia, good for you! You're such an early riser, I think I'd better take inspiration from that!

  • ShadeOfABonsai

    ShadeOfABonsai said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Natalia! Great article!

  • hannahfaerie

    hannahfaerie said 11 years ago

    Congrats Natalia, so good to see you here! Your help and advice through to DUST team has been so valuable.

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie said 11 years ago

    YAY to small business and to etsy and all who believe in the handmade! congrats to Natalia. isn't it great to be your own boss?

  • planettreasures

    planettreasures said 11 years ago

    Fantastic, Natalia. You are indeed an inspiration, creatively and business-wise. Dont ever stop!

  • artdecadence

    artdecadence said 11 years ago

    Great interview with Natalia...girl you're an inspiration to so many artists who are out there working in jobs that they don't enjoy...and your interview was so open and honest...thank you for sharing with the etsy community...i just know that your business is going to continue to grow...because of your talent...your committment...and the joy that you get from your art...

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 11 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS NATALIA!!! you make the DUST team and aussies really proud! I love your work...you put in so much energy and loving details to your jewellery. I'm so proud of your achievement! It's so good to see so many encouraging support and love on this thread for you!!! congrats dear xxxxxxxx

  • emilygrayjewels

    emilygrayjewels said 11 years ago

    Congratulations NAtalia! I'm so happy to read a little about you at last! Love your jewelry - it has a really unique quality. ~Emily~ xox

  • smabla

    smabla said 11 years ago

    Wow Natalia... you are a true source of inspiration and always have been. You are a brave, oustanding designer and on top of that the sweetest person there is. :) ~ Good Luck! ~

  • MareeGraphicS

    MareeGraphicS said 11 years ago

    Natalia, it sounds like you have found one of the most important keys to the happiness in your heart ---- Doing what you love in life and leaving things you loathe behind ---- share this with your family and friends and show them what impact this positive change has had on the way you express yourself. They will soon see that all this work is paying off and that the emotional remuneration has a much higher value than your $$$ earnings from your store. Thank you for sharing both your words and your photos with us all - both were honest and inspiring :) *hope that budda reminds you to keep calm when the pliers misbehave! I am glad that your computer table looks like mine --- what more could one want, gemstones, sterling and Etsy!!!*

  • avacreat

    avacreat said 11 years ago

    Great article, thanks a lot for all your help and advice!

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 11 years ago

    No amount of money can replace the value of increased time with family, loving and living life to the fullest--blessings for continued success in the new year!

  • FabricatedFamily

    FabricatedFamily said 11 years ago

    I cleaned houses and commercial buildings for 27 years--I was smart enough not to hire anyone (I knew finding dependable people would be virtually impossible) but I worked myself to death! At last, old age and back problems caught up with me, and I decided to pursue my dream of writing. Fortunately, I have ahusband to support me--or I'd starve--but you never know where the next idea is going to come from. I can't imagine how Natalia endured the stress of coping with eight employees in the detailing business. Good for her...she's finally doing what she loves!

  • chrisideabounty

    chrisideabounty said 11 years ago

    Well done Natalia, very inspirational... For all those reading this blog, you're guaranteed to also be interested in a similar story of a South African designer, who has recently started up his own t shirt brand (Mingo Lamberti), where he gets artisits to design the prints. Very awesome idea and t-shirt designs. See some of the designs and read interview at: http://www.ideabounty.com/blog/post/1904/mingo-lamberti-rare-and-tasty posted on: www.ideabounty.com

  • owlandfox

    owlandfox said 11 years ago

    You're an incredible inspiration for all of us, well done Natalia!

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 11 years ago

    Great article, and wonderful jewellery :)

  • crystalcreated

    crystalcreated said 11 years ago

    I really look forward to reading the QYDJ series - especially when jewelers are featured. It's a very competitive business, but there is still room for everyone. Thanks so much for sharing your story. This is also my fulll-time (money-making) job although I have to supplement it with local craft shows. Either way, I get to do what I love and I'm glad you do too. Kudos.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 11 years ago

    Nothing is better than following your dream, congratulations to you. Continued success.

  • beadznthingz

    beadznthingz said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story and stunning jewelry!

  • mamafamilias

    mamafamilias said 11 years ago

    QYDJ is always my fav, especially when it is a WAHM. It is tough balancing being there for your little ones (who aren't little forever) and having a life with goals to pursue outside of kids and cleaning and cooking. Good for you and good luck in the future!

  • chocolatetulipdesign

    chocolatetulipdesign said 11 years ago

    Kudos to you for pursuing your passion!! Many blessings and your jewelry is beautiful!

  • marmarcreation

    marmarcreation said 11 years ago

    More to you Natilie, I've resently join Etsy and you've given me the power to go futher with my efforts. I do encourage you to try others areas of selling your creations.I am doing the same as for a family of five and not having a job out of the home. take care.

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 11 years ago

    Yay Natalia! I was surprised and VERY pleased to see you featured here. Thank you for sharing your story. Arlene

  • BeadersBoutique

    BeadersBoutique said 11 years ago

    OMG! One of my fave customers is featured in a storque article!?! I LOVE IT!! You inspire me Natalia. Brianda

  • beatricestudio

    beatricestudio said 11 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you so much for this! Best wishes to you and your gamily!

  • Iseultglass

    Iseultglass said 11 years ago

    Great story of inspiration. Thank you and best of luck in increasing sales/revenue! Iseult.

  • soolkadesigns

    soolkadesigns said 11 years ago

    Wow, Nata. Your work is fabulous. It was very inspiring to read your story. You are truly gifted! tsiluyu!

  • vella

    vella said 11 years ago

    So inspiring!

  • HHeartfeltHandbags

    HHeartfeltHandbags said 11 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy and plan on selling some of my purses very soon. It is nice to hear that it is doable while still having enough time for a family. Seeing that I have a nearly 2 year old and a husband that works full time, this is a way to do something I love and still be a stay at home mom while bringing in a little bit to supplement our income in these hard times. This article is inspiring for me. My hopes are high. Thanks for your story!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 11 years ago

    Fantastic! I love your work! Especially the Visualizing Calm earrings. Stunning. You're very inspiring. *sigh* I hope to have a similar story someday.

  • laurrose

    laurrose said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! I want to thank you for this inspiring article. It is wonderful to hear of other jewelry sellers success on Etsy. Your work is beautiful and so unique! Thanks :-)

  • blinkonmynose

    blinkonmynose said 11 years ago

    Congrats Natalia! It is great to hear that you focusing on your art has a snowball effect on your family and that everyone is enjoying the positive rewards. A very inspirational story.

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 11 years ago

    i want to quit my job so bad

  • daisylouise

    daisylouise said 11 years ago

    I am so addicted to the Quit Your Day Job articles! Congratulations, Natalia- it is especially inspiring to hear of parents who have used their artwork as a tool to let them take care of their children instead of using daycare.

  • tbuchle

    tbuchle said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! And good luck in the future. Wonderful jewelry.

  • RosesDesigns

    RosesDesigns said 11 years ago

    Great Story.. I hope to be there someday! :)

  • BlackLotusDesign

    BlackLotusDesign said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for the inspiration to continue on with this. Your jewelry is stunning and your story is great. Good luck with your future goals!

  • meganaker

    meganaker said 11 years ago

    nice work on the article and really nice quality jewelry!

  • noralane

    noralane said 11 years ago

    I am always so inspired by these. Great job!

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest said 11 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, and what an inspiration! Goes to show, it can be done with hard work!!!

  • raspberrypink

    raspberrypink said 11 years ago

    Great article Natalia :) Could barely believe it when I saw it on the front page!

  • NerysPurchon

    NerysPurchon said 11 years ago

    Ah well Natalia...it was bound to happen as your work is exquisite and you keep up a constant, cheerful presence in the Forum and other places. I really enjoyed knowing more about the way you arrived at this point and the past that led you here. Go well, Nerys

  • gobecke

    gobecke said 11 years ago

    This is an inspiring article which includes realistic expectations--that you might not make as much money as your day job, but the non-$ rewards enrich your life greatly. Keep up the great work and it can only get better.

  • unicajewelry

    unicajewelry said 11 years ago

    Good for you! The marketing info was especially helpful as I am new to Etsy. I like your designs & you should have no problem seeing better #'s in '09!

  • baboom

    baboom said 11 years ago

    natalia, it is great to know more about you! Good luck to you both on etsy and real life! xo Olga

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 11 years ago

    Your story is inspiring, giving up a stressful business to pursue what you really enjoy is awesome and your family will benefits in ways that money can't buy. Wish you MUCH success. Lisa

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage said 11 years ago

    Her packaging is lush! Great article x

  • clingingimages

    clingingimages said 11 years ago

    Nice to read about a fellow Freethinker! Congratulations!

  • artnomadix

    artnomadix said 11 years ago

    Well done Natalia, 2009 is Your Time to SHINE ! Thank you for all your extra hours work, helping any and all in the Dust Team, free of charge, you have accrued, HEAPS of Good Karma ! May it flow into you and your business like a never ending waterfall, always full of fresh clear water, rejuvenating your creative spark ! You are a wonderful role model, a shining example of a successful online artisan, you inspire me and many others.

  • LawrenceGallery

    LawrenceGallery said 11 years ago

    Great story. I love quit your day job stories. This one is inspiring. I hope to create items someday that sell and I know it's possible reading this. I hope you have many more sales.

  • MisfitsNoMorebyMD

    MisfitsNoMorebyMD said 11 years ago

    Natalia, You are an inspiration to us all. I am a grandma now, but was blessed to be able to participate in self-employed businesses that allowed me to be home for the children before and after school. I have pumped oil wells, helped in our beekeeping business, had a small cafe, sewed for the public, and numerous others. When you get my age (50's), I'm not washed up yet-LOL- you start to reflect back on what was and is important in this life.It is a blessing to see that you have such a love for family and I believe you are blessed with an awesome talent in your jewelery making as well. Blessings to you. Mary

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 11 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous, as are the names you give your pieces. I admire your honesty about not yet being at the financial place you aim for. Not yet, girlfriend, but soon! Your schedule sounds like mine each day, and I just love it too. Cheers!

  • rhealeanne

    rhealeanne said 11 years ago

    Lovely article. It's hard to take a step like that and really inspiring to see someone who has done it successfully. Good luck in building up your business and keeping the faith. I admire you for taking the leap. (I haven't got there yet!)

  • CREATEHAPPINESS

    CREATEHAPPINESS said 11 years ago

    A great article-thanks for taking the time to write it. it was very inspirational for me.. my family also thinks my business is a hobby

  • TejaesArt

    TejaesArt said 11 years ago

    We support you!! Way to go Natalia.

  • ElleBelleDesigns

    ElleBelleDesigns said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for your story! It is very inspiring. Keep it up!

  • rockriverstitches

    rockriverstitches said 11 years ago

    Great article about you! Your jewelry is outstanding, I can see why you are so successful!

  • abbyhorowitzdesigns

    abbyhorowitzdesigns said 11 years ago

    Your story is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • shiplett

    shiplett said 11 years ago

    True inspiration! Wishing only the best for you. I love the beautiful jewelry you make. I can see why you are hearted by so many!

  • msduds

    msduds said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on your accomplishments.This wonderful article came across my computer just in time! Thank you, thank you. I have been contemplating moving in the opposite direction: finding employment to supplement my Etsy business. In my heart, I know I can do this. Only fear stands in the way. You have helped me see that all I need is right in front of me. Now, all I have to do is go for it. xoxo

  • uptownstudio

    uptownstudio said 11 years ago

    Being your own boss is wonderful! Wishing you much success and prosperity in your future!

  • SarahMadsen

    SarahMadsen said 11 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring.It can be done.. Yes I CAN! Mother of 4 and desperately loving the arts.This is such a great website. Every one is just amazing:)

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 11 years ago

    a mother, wife, and chicken owner.. love it!

  • treeformjewelry

    treeformjewelry said 11 years ago

    Great Article. Very Informative! Thank You.

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 11 years ago

    Fantastic story! Congratulations Natalia on reaching this point, I wish you every success (and more sales) in the coming year :)

  • LulaAndMe

    LulaAndMe said 11 years ago

    I love these articles and obviously so do a ton of others. It is so gratifying to see so many following their own hearts and knowing we have so much support from kindred spirits around the globe.

  • yaffa

    yaffa said 11 years ago

    Thank you Natalia for inspiration and encouragement by sharing your experience.And congratulations on your success!

  • doublestardesign

    doublestardesign said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article... beautiful work! It is also important for myself to follow my passion for art and painting. Keep each day filled full of color and hope for a gratifing business. I need to get my paint brush moving just a little faster, with high hopes of more success... Cheers to the stay at home moms who are fulfilling their dreams as artists! -Mary

  • thesmilingfoxstudio

    thesmilingfoxstudio said 11 years ago

    A terrifically inspiring article. I've just started on etsy (though I've been selling successfully off-line) and it just shows what can happen if you try. And I love your work!

  • Klewism

    Klewism said 11 years ago

    Yaaaay, Natalia!! You are AWESOME- and such an inspiration to me ;)

  • thyme4creating

    thyme4creating said 11 years ago

    Thank you for an inspiring story and good luck to you and continued success.

  • OneDogTalking

    OneDogTalking said 11 years ago

    How great is this? And a success story from one who admits to disliking marketing, too! TalkingDog / OneDogTalking / AltheaP Freethinker

  • Juliagrogan

    Juliagrogan said 11 years ago

    Inspirational and motivating article. New to the world of business and trying to quit my day job to devote time to jewelry....love the creations and designs, hate the marketing, too, but this article puts it all together showing how important the total package is to a successful endeavor.

  • planetdestiny

    planetdestiny said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is a great inspiration it motivates me to keep up the hard work and dedication.

  • glasstastictreasures

    glasstastictreasures said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work, Natalia. It was great to hear your story! Keep up the good work. PS. I miss my chickens! :) well, their eggs, anyways. haha

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 11 years ago

    Inspiring. I too have been careful who i tell of my plans here, because it doesnt seem "valid". I have worked for years in soul destroying jobs...

  • Alterity

    Alterity said 11 years ago

    Certainly is inspirational! Makes me want to keep up the hard work :]

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 11 years ago

    Great article. This series is always inspiring. Makes me believe even more! Ren

  • WhimsiGals

    WhimsiGals said 11 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring, thankyou for sharing your story ... it gives us all inspiration to follow our hearts no matter what! Blessings, Kathleen

  • uniquedichroic

    uniquedichroic said 11 years ago

    Fabulous Natalia ! Your passion for what you do shines through... and it's wonderful that you are doing what you love. Thank you for sharing :) Deborah

  • cosmomom07

    cosmomom07 said 11 years ago

    thats great you can live your dream(in a real world kinda way) thx for all the tipes

  • busybeecrafts

    busybeecrafts said 11 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiration, I really admire your determination. I am going to take notice of your tips :) Good luck for the future.

  • WhiteTwig

    WhiteTwig said 11 years ago

    I agree that being able to balance life as a mom, as well as the bonus of having a creative outlet, is a really motivating factor for keeping a store on Etsy. Great job Natalia! Stay inspired!

  • Frommyhand

    Frommyhand said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring. I am jealous.

  • GoodyToo

    GoodyToo said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful interview! I can relate to having in a stressful full-time job, making the most of mom/ wife/ family time and wanting to make your business a success. I hope this article brings you a steady income! Being an accessory crafter myself, I hope to be in your shoes someday! Best wishes to continued success!

  • ArtsyTartsyJewels

    ArtsyTartsyJewels said 11 years ago

    I love reading these articles. I'd love the have the day-to-days that you describe. Best of luck, Natalia!

  • JoOliveWorkshop

    JoOliveWorkshop said 11 years ago

    This is why we all work so hard, to be true to ourselves and have the quality of life that we yearn for. To be able to be self-sufficient AND look after our families is what a lot of us strive for and you have achieved this - well done. Go Aussie! Congratulations!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 11 years ago

    Oh, Natalia - YAYYYY!! I'm so glad you are able to do this!! Congratulations! You already know I'm one of your fans. Love your things!! =0)

  • Sacheen

    Sacheen said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and expressing what many of us dream and feel each day. Congratulations...only the very best!

  • LoveAngelaHandmade

    LoveAngelaHandmade said 11 years ago

    Well done, Natalia! Congratulations on making your love your career. It gives me hope that my jewellery business (also in Australia!) will become my sole income some time in the future as well. And I wish you more sales too! Cheers Angela www.LoveAngelaHandmade.etsy.com www.LoveAngelaHandmade.blogspot.com

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 11 years ago

    Great work, Natalia! I hope to be in your shoes one day. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article and very encouraging. lovely jewels

  • cthings

    cthings said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!! That is wonderful that you can now stay at home and also be with the family!! Very beautiful jewelry!! Cheers to you and many more success!!

  • insectus

    insectus said 11 years ago

    Now you REALLY get to live your life. Great news!

  • jewelryinfusions

    jewelryinfusions said 11 years ago

    This sounds like my ideal situation. I don't want to be rich, just want to be able to look back on my life and say that I did what I loved with the people that I love. I'd love to teach my children that following your passion can still be successful, no matter what it is. Keep 'em coming!!

  • kathleenkrucoff

    kathleenkrucoff said 11 years ago

    Wonderful words of wisdom about tracking expenses and being able to pay yourself. A great inspiration. Thanks!

  • Navare

    Navare said 11 years ago

    Another inspiring article. I quit my day job a few months ago, and many days are discouraging, but I cannot stop believing, especially when I read these true stories.

  • angeew

    angeew said 11 years ago

    It's a brave move to go full time jewelry making! Way to go Natalia! Your rock!

  • ToughBird

    ToughBird said 11 years ago

    I love these articles. It makes me think twice about getting back into corporate land!

  • kallliopi

    kallliopi said 11 years ago

    great to read! very inspiring.... i agree with the comments about how it is better to be doing something you love than something that you dont love but it brings in more money. i just quit my job to start a business which combines architecture (my profession) and jewellery so i LOVE reading stories like this!!

  • KMalanowski

    KMalanowski said 11 years ago

    Yay Natalia! Keep up the great work.

  • dayinthepark

    dayinthepark said 11 years ago

    Great info...the part about what types of marketing do and don't work for you was very interesting and gave me good food for thought. Thanks Natalia and continued good luck!

  • muyinmolly

    muyinmolly said 11 years ago

    hello Natalia!sorry I'm late :) What an amazing story of yours.I'm glad to know you are happy! (and I can't believe you sleep so little...Am I the only full time seller who has to sleep 9 hours a day?)

  • GemstonesbyDSign

    GemstonesbyDSign said 11 years ago

    Wow!! YOu have a wonderful story and Congrats on being YOUR OWN BOSS!!! I love your jewelry! Your story inspires all of us Jewelry makers/Gem Cutters! Best of luck!

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa said 11 years ago

    Your story inspire jewelry makers like us who want to stand on their own feet and be financially secured ,and it is so darn hard. But article like this one give us hope and strength to stand tall and keep on working hard for what we believe deep inside. My only joy is that I am not alone and ETSY is such a community- so warm and uplifting. Thanks.Dita

  • cherbie

    cherbie said 11 years ago

    yay! very inspirational!! : )

  • CharmsBowl

    CharmsBowl said 11 years ago

    I congratulate you on making the difficult choice to shed the predictable income, and taking a risk. I applaud your discipline! Best wishes for you in continued sales growth! Halina

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 11 years ago

    I would just like to say thank you all so much for the incredibly kind words! I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment. :)

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 11 years ago

    Congrats-awesome article, you go girl!!!! Your and mine days are quite similar except for Snow and Ice preventing a glass of Wine on the veranda. Christina

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 11 years ago

    lovely interview Natalia! and so glad that you have found happiness and contentment in your work - especially with a lesser income (compared to your day job), so it is really glad that your family now understand how serious you are about etsy. I grew up in Australia (I miss it!) and I wish you all the best of success, it was inspiring to read this and I am thankful to etsy for sharing your story, best wishes, Annette

  • SalmonStreetStudio

    SalmonStreetStudio said 11 years ago

    Natalia: you are great and I am happy that they featured you + I hope this brings in many new buyers : )

  • SpindralChamber

    SpindralChamber said 11 years ago

    Thankyou so much, Natalia. Im an Aussie etsy newbie, just started my shop in the last few days. Its nice to know that im not the only one battling to convince my husband that my illustrations can make us a living. Keep at it :).

  • hundredsofbuttons

    hundredsofbuttons said 11 years ago

    I'm another Aussie tinkering with the idea of marketing on Etsy. My product is good, I just have to take the plunge yet!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 11 years ago

    Wonderful work Natalia!

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Natalia.

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Natalia.

  • KentwoodKreations

    KentwoodKreations said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational!!!So nice of you to share this with us.

  • eclettica

    eclettica said 11 years ago

    Babes, can you believe I've only JUST seen this?? Woohoo!! Way to go!! Now I can claim I knew you from way back "then" :) Big hugs to my friend. xo Sheela xo

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    I stepped out on faith a couple of years ago and quit my day job ....then the economy went south! I am preparing to jump out there again. New year, new President, new vision, new Etsy shop! LOL! Stories like yours are so inspiring because they help us to imagine what can be. Thanks so much for sharing! ~Unessalyn

  • LotusJewelryThreads

    LotusJewelryThreads said 11 years ago

    I love your earrings! That was good advice to budget. I'll definitely do that.

  • Biagreen

    Biagreen said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Very inspiring. Best wishes!

  • ClassiquePearl

    ClassiquePearl said 11 years ago

    What beautiful jewelery, you are so talented. Thanks for a wonderful and inspiring article, good luck to you, you deserve it. ~Amanda

  • ArTeDeLaSol

    ArTeDeLaSol said 10 years ago

    Bravo Natalia. You are a shining example to us all. Thank you so much for this great dose of much needed hope and inspiration. I wonder just how many of us out thare are in the same boat, the super mums trying to do it all. I think we are all such amazingly creative creatures, our efforts don't go unnoticed. Well done to all of us!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your story! Your jewelry is soo fabby!!! PS- your nails look nice too!!! :)

  • greenstudio321

    greenstudio321 from GreenStudio321 said 7 years ago

    Very honest article, thanks for sharing, just stumbled on your nice jewelry and I thought I would read your etsy article. Your jewelry is on pintrest fyi....

  • CandSastles

    CandSastles from CandSastles said 7 years ago

    I have a GE 12.2 megapixel W1200 camera. I can't figure out the correct settings to get detailed pictures of my jewelry. Can anyone help?

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