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Quit Your Day Job: Spiderbite

Aug 31, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Sarah Jane, the creative mind and savvy businesswoman behind Spiderbite, was just 8 months out of earning her degree from art school and working at the Subway fast food chain when she decided to make selling on Etsy her full-time business venture. She’s truly been able to start from the ground up with a fresh idea and feels the flexible hours outweigh the isolation she often experiences in running a one-woman operation. Keep reading to find out why she recommends email lists and branding a business as the best marketing one can do for their shop and why some months she’s willing to live on PB&J sandwiches and Ramen noodles.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I went to the Rhode Island School of Design for illustration and while there I took a class on developing products. For our mid-semester assignment we had to develop a product and sell it at the student sale. That’s when I came up with the Nightmare Snatcher journals. At the sale I sold out and thought it was great. So I added the books to my illustration portfolio site and a teacher of mine showed them to his friend who owned a gift shop. Next thing I knew I was wholesaling to several stores. I think I just got a bit lucky and knew some of the right people.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
When I started on Etsy I definitely knew that my goal was not to work at a fast food joint the rest of my life, but I didn’t really anticipate being able to do it so soon. I was really disappointed to graduate from art school and spend my days working at Subway. But I was really only out of college 8 months before I was working for myself. It was the greatest feeling in the world to finally stop working at sandwich shops and shoe stores and be my own boss.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
For the most part I just jumped into it. Since I was so soon out of college, I didn’t have a family to care for, a mortgage to pay, or too many bills, so it was kind of easy. I picked up a couple of bigger wholesale clients and was selling consistently on Etsy to the point that I didn’t need to work another job. When I figured out that I was making enough to pay my rent, what few bills I had, and my student loans, I decided to go for it.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
The most effective marketing I have done by far is having an email mailing list. It’s a good non-intrusive way of keeping in contact with former customers as well as people who are just interested in your work. You can let them know about new products, sales, and special offers. I often include coupons and first dibs on certain products for those on my mailing list, which is a good incentive to keep people signed up. The key is to never add anyone to your mailing list without his or her permission and to not send out too many emails. I send about one or two a month.

My best marketing tip is to brand your company and your product. Keeping a consistent and cohesive look to all your packaging, logos, and products helps to solidify your image and company in people’s minds. That way every time they see a package, a new product, or your logo, they are immediately reminded of your company and of where to get more great items.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
People always seem to recommend Twitter, Myspace, Flickr and a myriad of other free online venues to advertise your wares, but I’ve personally never found them to be that beneficial. For the amount of work you have to put in to get it to work for you, it seems like it would be more cost effective to pay for advertising. I’d rather pay for ad space and use my time to refine my craft and make more products to sell.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy the flexibility of the hours the most. I’m pretty much a night owl and being able to start my day around 2-3 p.m. is ideal. I’ve worked night jobs before, but then I ended up missing everything else that my friends and family were doing because I was always working while they were off. Being able to make my own hours, I can work late at night one day and if I decide to go out the next night, I can just get my work done earlier in the day. I miss having co-workers to pal around with and complain about work to. This is probably the reason I’ve spent so much time in the Etsy Forums. I’ve gone whole days without seeing a single person, so it can get lonely working all by yourself.


Walk us through your typical workday.

  • Typically I get up between 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (I said I was a night owl!) and jump on Etsy. It can be really addictive to check. So I try to limit it to 3 times a day, but I usually end up checking about 6 times a day…
  • If I have orders, I go through and pick them out and package them up.
  • Next, I start making monsters. Typically I’ll pick one main job for the day depending on what I’m running out of, whether it’s cutting fur, putting together the monster faces, or adding pages to the books.
  • If it’s a Tuesday or a Friday, I take a trip to the post office to drop off my orders.
  • Finally, I just work on into the night until it’s time for bed.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part is probably cash flow. It’s a Catch-22 when you don’t have a part-time job or a financial backer to fund your business. You need to spend money to make money, but you need to make the money in order to have money to spend. So, it can get a little tight some months. When that happens I usually eat PB&J and Ramen noodles for a month.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I would have started on Etsy sooner. When I signed up, I didn’t actually open up shop for about 6 months. As soon as I did, I was outselling my personal website ten-fold and had more stores contact me about wholesaling.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I’d like to finally reach my 1000th sale, which I’m hoping isn’t too far off. I would also like to make some new lower priced items, and some larger sized books for Spiderbite. I would likewise like to get my second shop, WeirdlingWorks, which I run with my dad, filled up and going.

Thanks to Sarah Jane for sharing her story. Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with her Thursday, September 3 at 5 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

You can see some of Sarah Jane’s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

244 comments

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 10 years ago

    I LOVE Spiderbite's nightmare snatcher journals! I've always thought how great an idea, how unique, and its great to see her showcased like this for her great success! CONGRATS!

  • ptitebaloue

    ptitebaloue said 10 years ago

    I've been admiring these little monsters for months... congrats spiderbite!! :) I envy your success!!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 10 years ago

    Aw, I LOVE this Spiderbite! Congrats! :)

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 10 years ago

    Thanks such an awesome article! I love Spiderbite's journals. It's one of the sellers that really caught my eye when I was just beginning here on Etsy! ^_^

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    I just love her shop! So nice to read her story :)

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading Sarah's story! I admire her work. Very original twist to creating journals!

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 10 years ago

    These are THE cutest little notebooks and a great idea! congrats on quitting your dayjob!

  • trinaberg

    trinaberg said 10 years ago

    Sarah, these are just way to much fun! I can't wait for my kiddos to get big enough to have their own...I think every young student should have one. It would make writing, journaling, sketching, etc., soo much more fun! Thanks for your inspiration...congrats!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Love these!

  • auryndesign

    auryndesign said 10 years ago

    Yay! I've always admired Spiderbite and her monsters. Congrats!!

  • moonscreations

    moonscreations said 10 years ago

    I adore Sarah Jane and her wonderful creations. She has been one of the kindest people to me when I started my Etsy adventures.

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 10 years ago

    I heart monsters! Thanks for sharing with us! Congratulations on your success!

  • Snowberrylime

    Snowberrylime said 10 years ago

    oh yay! Thanks for featuring spiderbite, love the journals!

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 10 years ago

    wow I love those monsters!!! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing. http://www.etsy.clubviv.com

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 10 years ago

    I love the nightmare snatcher journals- I can just imagine kids hiding under the covers with a flashlight in the middle of the night, scribbling furiously... then drifting off peacefully to sleep!! What a truly creative idea- best of luck to you!

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 10 years ago

    love it here's my shop http://www.clubviv.etsy.com

  • Genoire

    Genoire said 10 years ago

    That's so cool! I remember seeing these journals for sale on a website and thinking what an awesome idea that was! I had no idea that person was a seller on etsy. Very inspiring!

  • martice

    martice said 10 years ago

    what a cool idea! :) Didn't see this before on etsy :) great feature :)

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 10 years ago

    LOVE your work! Glad you are being featured!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 10 years ago

    Cute! Thanks for sharing your story! Best of luck!

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Congrats :)

  • thriftstore

    thriftstore said 10 years ago

    I love those journals. So darn cute!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Congrats! What a great story!

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 10 years ago

    High Five Girlie!!!

  • caoimhamarie

    caoimhamarie said 10 years ago

    congratulations :) i'd love to be able to quit my job lol

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 10 years ago

    bravo!

  • CopperLeafStudios

    CopperLeafStudios said 10 years ago

    wonderful story! Here's to your continued success!!

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 10 years ago

    congrats! You're livin' the dream :)

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 10 years ago

    So Awesome!!!! Congrats Girl!!!! I wish you the best!

  • sandart

    sandart said 10 years ago

    What a nice story, congrats!! I love these cute monsters!:)

  • JellyfishJunk

    JellyfishJunk said 10 years ago

    I voted for one of the monsters in a past "member's choice"--it's nice to see more of them!

  • mizkatie

    mizkatie said 10 years ago

    Wow!! These are so cute!! Congratulations!

  • buttonandboo

    buttonandboo said 10 years ago

    takes a lot of courage to do what you love full time. keep up he good work and thanks for all the advice!

  • Squier

    Squier said 10 years ago

    Great article!

  • Trollflings

    Trollflings said 10 years ago

    I am PROUD and HAPPY to call you my pal. Monster love foreverrrrr! Congratulations ((hugs))

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Love Sarah Jane's work, seen it around Etsy and I love the concept of those furry journals! Finally; someone else who is a night owl!! I too work late and get up, er, late. Having your own hours is a blast. Congrats Sarah Jane; no more Subway for you!

  • Zadyball

    Zadyball said 10 years ago

    Spiderbite is awesome! Great feature!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 10 years ago

    Ah, those are so cute! Congrats!

  • Candies64

    Candies64 said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Great story and advice :) Thanks!

  • HowdySailor

    HowdySailor said 10 years ago

    Yay! That's so great that you are making it! I own a Nightmare Snatcher and have given 2 as gifts and they are amazing! Can't wait to get more! xo

  • magicjelly

    magicjelly said 10 years ago

    Go Spidey!

  • gothicreations

    gothicreations said 10 years ago

    Nice stry. I've always like the nightmare snatchers.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Yay Spider!!!! WTG.... I'm so glad you're doing so well!!

  • thelittlecrocodile

    thelittlecrocodile said 10 years ago

    Those are so cool!!

  • cowgirlheaven

    cowgirlheaven said 10 years ago

    I love your shop.

  • senoraalegremuertos

    senoraalegremuertos said 10 years ago

    Those are absolutely adorable! I want one and I am sure my kids will too!

  • tannerglass

    tannerglass said 10 years ago

    congrats Spider! She always offered great advice in the forums (esp when I was new), and I'm grateful for that! Thank you!

  • creativelyspun

    creativelyspun said 10 years ago

    great story. inspiring! best of luck to you spider!

  • Spaceboyjordo

    Spaceboyjordo said 10 years ago

    I absolutely love my journal. One of my prized possessions! beep

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    Oh YAY! I've been a fan for a while Sarah! Glad to see how well you are doing!

  • tikikiki

    tikikiki said 10 years ago

    LOVE your work!!! Thanks for sharing such an awesome story and keeping it real, PB&J is what it's all about!!! xo

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 10 years ago

    AHHHH! I LOVE YOU SPIDERBITE! CONGRATS!! E>>>>>

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 10 years ago

    These are flippin awesome!!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    congrats Spidey! Great interview. :)

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Wish you the best!!!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success ~ your items are adorable !

  • SkantiqueJewels

    SkantiqueJewels said 10 years ago

    Great story, and what a fabulous idea! Sounds like you are on the right track. Best wishes!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 10 years ago

    love your work!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    Congrats - the journals are so adorable! Wow!

  • burntmill

    burntmill said 10 years ago

    those are cute! I love the "quit your day job" my fav thing to read

  • littlesmurphy

    littlesmurphy said 10 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Congrats!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 10 years ago

    Way to go, Spiderbite!!!

  • freshandclean

    freshandclean said 10 years ago

    I bought two of these for each of my girls a while ago. My oldest daughter loves her book. It's one of her most cherished possessions! She was just looking over my shoulder and screamed out Nightmare Snatchers! :-)

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Spiderbite!! Great story.

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 10 years ago

    Huge fan of Spiderbite! Congrats!

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 10 years ago

    Congrats SpiderBite! I hope you get your 1000th sale soon!

  • peachtreelane

    peachtreelane said 10 years ago

    Congrats spiderbite!!! that is so cool i will check out your shop!

  • FrozenEngel

    FrozenEngel said 10 years ago

    I've been a fan of Spiderbite's work for a little while now and so its so nice to see this interview! :)

  • Tresijas

    Tresijas said 10 years ago

    Very cool, such a unique and excellent product. Any child (or adult) who owns one of these will sleep a lot easier at night. Great feature!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 10 years ago

    Love this kind f article, real people, real stories and so inspirational!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I featured one of Spiderbites journals on my blog. http://eyespytheuniverse.blogspot.com I love her stuff! Spiderbite, keep on doing what you're doing!

  • novella

    novella said 10 years ago

    wow! great inspiration!

  • ThePinkPirate

    ThePinkPirate said 10 years ago

    Finally a "Quit Your Day Job" artist I can get behind, something really unique! I love these journals, I'm asking for one for my birthday this year from my husband. I need to make up my mind which one!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 10 years ago

    One of my favorite sellers! Congratulations!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    great stuff Sarah Jane - and I completely agree with you about email lists with permission first! congratulaions and here's to more success for you - you have a great product, witty and fun and a vibrant bunch of faux fur personalities!

  • SmugglersChest

    SmugglersChest said 10 years ago

    Awesomeness!!

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 10 years ago

    Congrats Spiderbite- what an inspirational story. Best of Luck with WeirdlingWorks!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 10 years ago

    Wow! These are so cool! What a fantastic business you have! Congrats and best wishes!

  • ragadoos

    ragadoos said 10 years ago

    monsterific! these stories are always so energizing - especially when the featured seller is so real and honest. hooray for the sisterhood of pb&j!

  • yellowcherry

    yellowcherry said 10 years ago

    Genius!

  • handsewn

    handsewn said 10 years ago

    Great seeing you all famous and everything and to think I used to bump into you in the red room! continued success- your monsters are the coolest!

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 10 years ago

    What a great story. Always inspiring. Hope this feature buys you some good nutritious food.

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 10 years ago

    love your monsters! and love these articles!

  • rctees

    rctees said 10 years ago

    Your monsters are just too cute. Nothing like going for what you believe in.... Good for you!!

  • mustlovehomedecor

    mustlovehomedecor said 10 years ago

    spiderbite has always been so helpful in the forums. Much success to her.

  • BathtubBling

    BathtubBling said 10 years ago

    what a great interview!! her nightmare journals are amazing!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 10 years ago

    I love your monsters, congrats on your success! :)

  • TheQuietOwl

    TheQuietOwl said 10 years ago

    How cute are these little monsters?!?! I love them!

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous monsters...great story Sarah Jane!

  • JJSketch

    JJSketch said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a creative idea! Glad to hear of Sarah's success. :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    You are an inspiration Sarah, love your little monsters!

  • dreaminofbeadin

    dreaminofbeadin said 10 years ago

    I love to see the real person behind the Avatar that we've all come to know and love. Keep up the great work Sarah!

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 10 years ago

    I've noticed Sarah, her shop and avatar in the past. Great to see get to know the character behind it all a bit more. THANKS for sharing!

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 10 years ago

    I've noticed Sarah, her shop and avatar in the past. Great to see get to know the character behind it all a bit more. THANKS for sharing!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 10 years ago

    Good job! I love the quit your day job articles, it inspires me to dream that it is possibl e.......one day! And no doubt your journals are adorable!!

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 10 years ago

    We laughed out loud looking at your monsters and journals. Thanks so much for your inspiration - I wish you the best!

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 10 years ago

    I loorv spiderbite!

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist said 10 years ago

    awesomeness... love your story spiderbite and congrats!

  • botodesigns

    botodesigns said 10 years ago

    woohoo!!! your journal was one of my very first purchases on etsy two years ago. congrats on your success!! keep up the great work :)

  • misscourageous

    misscourageous said 10 years ago

    hooray! I've been a spiderbite fan since my first visit to etsy! Love, love, love!!!

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    As always, awesomely inspiring :o) http://twitter.com/MoradoShop http://www.facebook.com/MoradoShop

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    FAB! Congrats Sarah Jane!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 10 years ago

    yay Sarah Jane! Your fab!!!

  • MollyMolStudios

    MollyMolStudios said 10 years ago

    great product.. love your story. Congrats!!!!

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis said 10 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful. I can think of a few people (young and old) who would love to have one of these journals by their bedside. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

  • brassjewelrysupplies

    brassjewelrysupplies said 10 years ago

    Congrats Sarah you made it!

  • clevergirl

    clevergirl said 10 years ago

    Yay! Great interview! We have a Lomper and a Worry-Woolie in our home- my son uses them to manage anxiety and kid-fears! They, and Spiderbite, are the coolest!

  • UglyGerbil

    UglyGerbil said 10 years ago

    Yay for SpideyB and her well deserved fame and success!

  • Scallyrags

    Scallyrags said 10 years ago

    wow your Awesome... your stuff rocks

  • GalleryJuana

    GalleryJuana said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about how Spiderbite went from concept to wholesale to quitting your day job. Hurray for nightowls! I am one too.

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz said 10 years ago

    Sarah Jane, congratulations on this feature! You rock!

  • MoonLightSally

    MoonLightSally said 10 years ago

    Wow, great article. Congrats!!

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 10 years ago

    Great article! Those journals are so cute!

  • WithThisNeedle

    WithThisNeedle said 10 years ago

    Those journals are just too cute

  • TheSeed

    TheSeed said 10 years ago

    Those take me back to my childhood when my aunt used to sew "monsters" that look eerily similar and sell them/give them away, I used to covet them! Mine are still in my attic- 30 years old. Man she was onto something, but went into the restaurant business instead. I'm such a nightowl too...

  • GreytEscape

    GreytEscape said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article and inspiring story. I wish that I had found Etsy earlier in my career and glad I'm here now! Fabulous journals!

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates said 10 years ago

    This is a perfect example of branding, which is something I need to work on. Very inspiring story, and great products! :)

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 10 years ago

    what a great idea..like the monsters :D

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Nice shop!

  • 9108designs

    9108designs said 10 years ago

    How creative and original! Very inspirational to see your success, congratulations!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 10 years ago

    Amazing how things just click sometimes, huh? Congrats on all your success! Your story is very inspiring and makes me want to work harder (thanks!!) Best of luck :)

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 10 years ago

    i love those creatures!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 10 years ago

    Loving those monsters... so adorable! Nice interview too!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Congratulations fellow RISD alumni!

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 10 years ago

    Great shop! Good luck with everything***

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 10 years ago

    Sarah Jane, your monsters are adorable! They remind me of the little monsters I were scared of when I was a small child and would wake in the middle of the night. My dad would pretend to beat them with his belt! Great interview too!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 10 years ago

    Wow these journals are such a great and funny idea! Just love it. Congrats to Sarah Jane, very nice interview :-)

  • auleecreations

    auleecreations said 10 years ago

    Such a good idea !

  • wildpen

    wildpen said 10 years ago

    these are amazing! and how cool that Sarah made the leap into the world of the self employed.

  • ChocolateMintCrafts

    ChocolateMintCrafts said 10 years ago

    congratulations!!! Your monsters are just the cuttest thing ever!!

  • PenelopeAndAnastasia

    PenelopeAndAnastasia said 10 years ago

    A forever fan of all things monsters...congrats Sarah Jane!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    such a different work:-)

  • RedMarionette

    RedMarionette said 10 years ago

    A wonderful item! I have admired them from afar for a long while!

  • Oriol

    Oriol said 10 years ago

    I'm sure it was a great idea to open an etsy shop. I really liked the interview to Sarah! nice answers for all those interesting questions!!! :D

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Adorable ~ congratulations on your success!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you, such a great interview!

  • whisperedtrees

    whisperedtrees said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful, fun interview. And her ADORABLE creations definitely had me sold. I purchased three for my children. Congratulations, Sarah, on your success!

  • danielabesso

    danielabesso said 10 years ago

    great article!! congratulations Sarah

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 10 years ago

    Heartwarming to hear of the person behind such a wonderful product. Best wishes to you!

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring :)

  • chinacutter

    chinacutter said 10 years ago

    So cute!They are great.Good luck.

  • graphicspaces

    graphicspaces said 10 years ago

    Your monsters are the cutest ever! Love, love your work... congrats!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 10 years ago

    yay for the monsters... grrr arrg!

  • polarity

    polarity said 10 years ago

    I LOVE Sarah Jane's monsters and it is so glad to see her doing so well- what original, inspiring work she creates!

  • louilouivintage

    louilouivintage said 10 years ago

    cute stuff!!!!

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, you are such an inspiration and I LOVE those monsters!

  • hollygems

    hollygems said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this! Sara Jane is a total sweetheart and I could not be happierfor her success! Go Spiderbite!!!

  • amandalouise

    amandalouise said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Spiderbite!!!!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 10 years ago

    I sincerely love Spiderbite and all her ramblings in the forums too. She's matter of fact and has a really awesome product ^_~ Nice to hear the back story SJ!

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 10 years ago

    Love your monsters!

  • mazzoni

    mazzoni said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story...thanks for sharing...love those monsters.

  • dollfacedesign79

    dollfacedesign79 said 10 years ago

    Love the monsters- but love the story too... wish Etsy had existed back when I got out of art school! Guess it's not too late- but having a jump on the game from the start certainly helps. Good for her!

  • babook

    babook said 10 years ago

    What a great experience ...I totally got it now : )Thanks a lot to share this !!

  • pinestreetmakery

    pinestreetmakery said 10 years ago

    Very encouraging! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sara Jane!

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great story...thanks for sharing!!

  • Fullearths

    Fullearths said 10 years ago

    This was SO super informative for me! Thank you so much for the real *meaningful* tips and not holding them back.. your story encourages me that this CAN be done.. !

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 10 years ago

    I bet you have fun every day!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 10 years ago

    Love your creatutres! Cograts to you!

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns said 10 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring to all the young artists out there who need to take the plunge and start selling the stuff they love. Thanks

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 10 years ago

    I always love this series. They are very objective and thought provoking. So many things work for so many different sellers. Very good points in the article. Ren http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5506758

  • CelloRaisen

    CelloRaisen said 10 years ago

    What a great story and awesome product!

  • EllaPhantePhashion

    EllaPhantePhashion said 10 years ago

    yayyyyyy for spiderbite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's always been so fun in the forums--you go lady;)

  • LOOKAjewelry

    LOOKAjewelry said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! I love seeing artist's work that I have seen around for awhile on the front page!! I think these journals are a brilliant idea and loved reading about your business!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 10 years ago

    Congratulations spiderbite, it's great to see someone so young doing so well! You should be very proud of yourself!

  • psitsinthedetails

    psitsinthedetails said 10 years ago

    congratulations on your etsy success!!! you have a really great article and i got a lot of good advice from you - thanks so much! i just saw your monster books the other day and i thought to myself - wow! what a creative idea! patty :-)

  • tesorojewelry

    tesorojewelry said 10 years ago

    VERY INSPIRATIONAL! Awesome story and congratulations on your success! I just recently gave notice at my 9-5 job to pursue artistic endeavors - jewelry, painting, workshops. I'm super excited to be doing what I love.

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 10 years ago

    Great story, and congrats...I love your work!!

  • robinmcneil

    robinmcneil said 10 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration to all of us "night owls". Best of luck with your "Etsy" business!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 10 years ago

    Well done Spiderbite! I wish you ongoing success!!!!

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 10 years ago

    What a cool idea! These would be great for kids who are having "monster" issues - I could have done with one when I was little! Good way to get over your fear of the wardrobe/space under the bed/shadow in the corner!

  • Spiderbite

    Spiderbite said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for all the kind words, congratulations, and encouragement everyone. It means a lot to me! And thanks Marymary and Etsy for letting me participate in the Quit your Day job feature.

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 10 years ago

    Great story! Sounds like you hit upon a great idea from the get go. Your monsters ARE adorable. I'm admiring them right now. I wish you continued success in the future!

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 10 years ago

    great story,congrats for your ideas:)

  • nukilan

    nukilan said 10 years ago

    a wonderful story. those journals rock too! must put them on my favourites list so i can get my hands on some when i finally have space on my notebook shelf...

  • MartiArtStudio

    MartiArtStudio said 10 years ago

    I'm so happy for you. Thank you for the great marketing tips! You have an amazing product! Best wishes!

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 10 years ago

    Good for you! I love the notebooks! Congratulations!

  • freakylittlethings

    freakylittlethings said 10 years ago

    Cute little monsters and a heart warming story! Bless you, hope it just keeps getting better :o)

  • DeslynnWDesigns

    DeslynnWDesigns said 10 years ago

    This is cool. Wishing you much more success.

  • theflashbulb

    theflashbulb said 10 years ago

    Love reading these stories

  • lilprincessbow

    lilprincessbow said 10 years ago

    Nice story. amazing product! what an inspiration!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 10 years ago

    What a great idea! Especially for little ones when they get nasty nightmares. You must be be so focused to keep going on working for days without seeing anyone. Very inspiringx

  • TomBjornDesigns

    TomBjornDesigns said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Great article! it really gave me motivation to start by myself! Thanks

  • CelinaMancurti

    CelinaMancurti said 10 years ago

    Good story...realy inspiring! best of luck to you!

  • PixieSoap

    PixieSoap said 10 years ago

    Congrats Spiderbite! My daughter and nephew loved these the year I gave them for Christmas. Awesome article with a great seller and fabulous products.

  • dsenyo

    dsenyo said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • AdornedYou

    AdornedYou said 10 years ago

    Great Journals!

  • alyssakaycollections

    alyssakaycollections said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing. Even though I sale jewelry and that is tough, these stories are so inspirational.

  • alyssakaycollections

    alyssakaycollections said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing. Even though I sale jewelry and that is tough, these stories are so inspirational.

  • piperewan

    piperewan said 10 years ago

    love it! for so long i have seen you in the forums, and i have a confession to make: i always imagine a monster voice (that matches your avatars) giving advice in the forums! great to read your story. congratulations!

  • lizhutnick

    lizhutnick said 10 years ago

    Great success story! I am inspired!

  • ebbnflow

    ebbnflow said 10 years ago

    I came across SpiderBite's work probably a year or so ago from seeing her in the forums. I fell in love with her marvelous monsters and thought she had a very ingenious item. Congratulations on you success and thank you for sharing your tips with us!

  • PaperPixieCreations

    PaperPixieCreations said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration. Great products, I really like those monster. They are so cute.

  • darcyarts

    darcyarts said 10 years ago

    Thank you.

  • myrtleandlloyd

    myrtleandlloyd said 10 years ago

    Those little guys are awesome. This post was great motivation (and made me kinda crave a pbj sandwich). Thanks for sharing.

  • Ildved

    Ildved said 10 years ago

    Great article! I Love these.

  • NaturalGemDesigns

    NaturalGemDesigns said 10 years ago

    I am proud for you. I know myself it is hard to get your product out there and get people to notice you so congrads!

  • uptownjewel

    uptownjewel said 10 years ago

    I love your story, you made it sound so simple.

  • Uniqueartglass

    Uniqueartglass said 10 years ago

    They are so cute!!!! I love it Thanks for sharing:-)

  • ashjewels

    ashjewels said 10 years ago

    THe little monsters are just too cute..THanks for sharing!

  • AustinElements

    AustinElements said 10 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring, I'm so glad that you could put your art education to good use and get off the food service treadmill! Your monsters are absolutely adorable!

  • rswilsonjewelry

    rswilsonjewelry said 10 years ago

    Your story is inspiring and I can really relate to the night owl work schedule. I agree with you very much about the branding and carving out your own niche, you are well on your way with your very unique products!

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop said 10 years ago

    Great story. Love the monsters!

  • heirloomsbylorraine

    heirloomsbylorraine said 10 years ago

    Just reading your story has inspired me. When things get slow, I get a little wary about my craft, but I love to make my books so I keep going. I'll follow your tips, thankyou for sharing them. I love your little journals. I just showed my grandaughter, who's almost 13, and she also loves them.

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great advice there, thanks. Am scribbling it in my journal right now! Am on the verge of chosing to quit or to keep my part time job so this was really inspirational... thanks

  • plasticmoon

    plasticmoon said 10 years ago

    félicitations ! you did it :-D

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 10 years ago

    I admire Sarah's journals. And she practices what she preaches. All her journals and photos have a distinctive look. Good going, Sarah. :-)

  • folkheirloomsbypaige

    folkheirloomsbypaige said 10 years ago

    Great Job! Great advise! I will take this and learn from it thanks!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 10 years ago

    Great Job! Keep it up and you are such an inspiration!

  • RebeccaParksDesign

    RebeccaParksDesign said 10 years ago

    AWESOME PRODUCT! I hope to be an independant someday also!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 10 years ago

    I just LOVE these books! Best wishes for continued success!!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 10 years ago

    amazing history. Congratulation for all

  • amandaatkins

    amandaatkins said 10 years ago

    This was so inspiring/awesome. I've loved your journals a long time. Someday I will buy one. I got working on packaging my wholesale print orders right after reading this! :)

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 10 years ago

    This is a great article. I can definitely relate to the cash flow issue, since I do Etsy full time too. Figured it was worth giving it a shot since no one's hiring anyways! Props to you for doing this full time :)

  • bohemiennes

    bohemiennes said 10 years ago

    Thank you for being an inspiration to those of us who are new to Etsy!

  • zen4you

    zen4you said 10 years ago

    Great advice, very motivating in this economy! Kudos to you for following your passion.

  • OffOurRocker

    OffOurRocker said 10 years ago

    some great advice....since I am new to this type of selling, it has become a little overwhelming....' good luck to everyone!

  • JenniferTrotter

    JenniferTrotter said 10 years ago

    What an awesome concept! I love their fangs, how scary and cool...

  • jessgonacha

    jessgonacha said 10 years ago

    This is great, and so awesome to see someone doing well selling fun and quirky items! I love reading these 'Quit Your Day Job' articles-- they're very inspiring.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 10 years ago

    very cute idea!

  • MsLegacySews

    MsLegacySews said 10 years ago

    Well I think it's true that Twitter, Myspace. etc. can be a waste of time. The most importsnt thing is to have a quality product. That will get you regular customers. And that's what it's all about.

  • jensingh

    jensingh said 10 years ago

    My daughter would LOVE one of these-very unique! And I agree about Twitter, I'm about ready to throw in the towel with that time-waster!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 10 years ago

    such a different idea, congrats on your success!! : )

  • OctoberMansion

    OctoberMansion said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the advice about not bothering with Twitter and Flickr. Now I don't need to waste time with them and can concentrate on more effect promotion ideas.

  • OctoberMansion

    OctoberMansion said 10 years ago

    darn. Should be "effective".

  • KismaeGrimes

    KismaeGrimes said 10 years ago

    Hey I think these are cute!!! I want a Hot Pink one.

  • MoonCircus

    MoonCircus said 10 years ago

    Wish you the success you deserve !!! :)

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 10 years ago

    I love the nightmare snatcher idea, that is just brilliant. Great work, congratulations.

  • icanspellit

    icanspellit said 10 years ago

    So much CREATIVITY. I love it!!

  • LittlebeaneBoutique

    LittlebeaneBoutique said 10 years ago

    I LOVE these... I bought one for my son.. he loves it and like to draw his monsters in it! thanks for creating such a fun item!

  • bkupcake

    bkupcake said 10 years ago

    ohhh estos están muy bonnitos,,, cute,,, cute!!!

  • SownComfort

    SownComfort said 10 years ago

    I loved your story and can completely appreciate your typical work day schedule. I, too, am a nightowl and sometimes feel the need to apologize for sleeping in and not wanting to work a typical 9-5 day. You've inspired and encouraged me! Congrats on your success!

  • Carlottavaldes

    Carlottavaldes said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed this story. For several reasons: I too try not to check my shop so much - although I check a ton because I just started getting serious with my shop. As a new seller, it was helpful to see another seller's schedule because I could use some tips. I particularly like the "what is the most unsuccessful" marketing question because I too have felt that twitter has been a waste of my time. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

  • BitOknitting

    BitOknitting said 10 years ago

    Great product.. Congrads,

  • FlutterbyQueen

    FlutterbyQueen said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful info. I am very new to etsy, only on about a month. I checked out your shop and enjoyed your creations. Some of the tips I surely needed. Still working on figuring out the shipping thing, guess that will come. I have just recently been widowed and don't want to have to get a 9-5, haven't worked in 20 yrs.. You gave me great hope. Congrats on the great success!!!

  • ChudCity

    ChudCity said 10 years ago

    What a good story!! I'm so glad to see another crafter having such success! It makes me feel hopeful that I can get there one day, too. Btw, the nightmare snatchers are adorable!

  • ZaliahsShop

    ZaliahsShop said 10 years ago

    Great word!

  • irmaliz

    irmaliz said 10 years ago

    just awesome!!!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article! It IS possible to be successful as an artist! Thanks for sharing your story, Sarah!

  • Gratefulthreads

    Gratefulthreads said 9 years ago

    Just adorable! Very creative.

  • SidonieYang

    SidonieYang said 8 years ago

    These are so cute!

  • meredithea

    meredithea said 8 years ago

    A friend of mine gifted one of your nightmare snatchers to me a few years ago. While drawing in it, I've noticed it puts me in a better mood after an unsettling dream. Highly recommended! And probably a good gift for little people too. : )

  • NeckCessory

    NeckCessory said 8 years ago

    What a neat product! I'm just starting out, so it is great to see other people doing so well with their etsy shops! Congratulations :)

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