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Quit Your Day Job: thisisit

Aug 31, 2010

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

Jodi and Dan make up the team behind This is It! Creations. Today Jodi shares their in-depth strategy for successful marketing (including a full reading list) and advice for those considering a similar path. Partners in both work and life, Jodi and Dan have professional backgrounds in technical editing and teaching. They are starting to be accustomed to a new work routine and striving to find an even balance between the success of their Etsy business and their personal lives.

How did This is It! Creations come to be?
I’ve always been creative, crafty, and had a love affair with paper, but I never imagined that I would be making a living doing what I love — with the one I love. I truly believe that larger forces were involved in helping us make this happe. Things had to happen in just the right order for me (a security loving lady) to take the leap and go for it!

Here’s a quick rundown of the chain of events: I met Dan and began to realize that dreams do come true and that you don’t have to settle in love or anything else. I worked at a job I truly wasn’t supposed to be in that paid well (again — that security thing). After getting in a car crash I spent a couple years out of work, healing, and rethinking my life and what I was meant to do with it. I realized I wanted to create a company with Dan that I felt good about — one where we helped animals (through our donations), the planet (by using eco-friendly materials) and people (through our inspirational products). After getting a settlement from the accident, voila – This Is It! Creations was born.

When we first started selling on Etsy three years ago we had both already quit our day jobs. What we weren’t able to do before Etsy was support ourselves with the profits from our  business. I am very proud to say that we have now done that for over a year! I fell in love with Etsy from day one, and that love has just grown stronger over the years. I tell everyone I meet about it. It’s definitely become a way of life for me.

Why the name This is it! Creations?
We felt in our heart of hearts that this was it. That was how we felt about each other when we met (cheesy, but true!), and that was how we felt about this job — it would be our last job, period. That was 5.5 years ago, and we’re still here cranking along!

Tell us about your previous working situation.
This isn’t the first time that Dan and I have worked together: we started working together just month after we met. Even in the beginning we knew we had something special and wanted to spend as much time together as possible. In our first job we worked as technical editors for an archaeology firm. It was so nice being together every day, but we just weren’t passionate about the work itself. Our next job was creating a newspaper for an after school program and teaching middle school journalism. The kids were super sweet and wonderful, but we weren’t trained as teachers and quickly realized that we were in over our heads.

We soon created This Is It! Creations and found it finally be the right fit. The third time was definitely the charm! We get to combine our creativity with our love for helping people, animals, and the environment. Dan is a writer, and I always wanted to write books that helped people. I feel that our positive journals (especially our new interactive journals) are doing just that!

How did you prepare for making This is It! Creations your full-time undertaking?
We really didn’t do much. We just knew that we couldn’t go on working at jobs that didn’t feed our souls, so we jumped in and had faith that it would work out, because it just had to. The nest egg from the car accident settlement got us started financially. However, neither of us had any business background going into this. During the time I was recovering from the car accident I spent more time than I should admit on the couch watching TV. The good thing that came out of this was that I discovered crafting shows. That’s where I learned how to make our first journal — I watched the woman do it, then I tried it, and it felt so natural. Something in me sparked that day: I knew this was what I was meant to do.

Soon after this, a friend (who is an amazing jeweler) taught us how to make a basic loop for an earring. I was smitten with jewelry making from the very start. We also spent some time talking with two friends who made their living selling their handmade soap at craft shows. We asked them about what they had learned along the way and about their successes (as well as their mistakes). We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, and their advice was really helpful. However, we needed to learn this whole “running a business” thing for ourselves. Everyone is different and every company varies, and we had to forge our own path — mistakes, successes and all.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • You have to start with a good product that people want to buy. It really comes down to that, first and foremost. You can have the best photos and promote nonstop, but people have to like your product for it to sell.
  • I think our best marketing tool has been our great customer service. I love reading our feedback and seeing how happy our customers are! We don’t want it to just be about buying a journal — we want to build connections. Many of our customers have turned into friends, and I love that part of my job!
  • Another great marketing tool is frequently listing new items. If you aren’t able to list something new each day, I would definitely recommend renewing items. There are a ton of shops on Etsy, and this puts you at the top of the search. We recently added a survey to Paypal that asks our customers how they found us. The majority of those who have answered say through Etsy’s search. If you aren’t at the top, it’ll make it hard for customers to find you.
  • Being a part of Teams is great for marketing and also a way to make some lifelong friends! Our teammates have been so awesome: they put us in Treasuries, on their blogs, and write about us in the Forums. I am so grateful for all of their support.
  • I also love social networking — find us on Twitter and Facebook. I’m not sure how much it pays off, but it is a great way to get your brand out there, make friends, and support other artists.
  • About a year ago we started offering personalization for many of our products and our sales really picked up.

What tactics did you find to be less successful in the long run?
We’ve certainly made mistakes along the way, but we’ve done our best to learn from them, which has helped our business grow in the long run. Some of the things that weren’t really worth it for us were:

  • Blog giveaways. We’ve participated in 10 or so over the years and none of them have brought in many sales. But I don’t see doing them as a failure because we’re still letting more people know about us and our brand. We’ll definitely still do some giveaways for that reason, but they will be giveaways that are close to our hearts (such as an animal rescue group or a self improvement site).
  • We once spent a pretty obscene amount of money for a full-page ad in a magazine. While I do think we made our money back with orders, it just didn’t show us the results we were hoping for. However, you never know if someone will see that ad down the road and place a large order. So again, I don’t see it as a mistake.
  • We wish that we had reached out more and asked for help, especially in the beginning when we didn’t know much about running a business. There are so many great resources and mentors out there, and we’re learning now that it’s never too late to ask for help.

What’s a day in the life of This is It! Creations look like?

We each try to work “on” the business every day instead of just “in” it. What this means is that we do something toward the big picture each day,  be it marketing, new products, working on the website, etc. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the “in” part, for example; orders will always need to go out and paper will always need to be chopped, but you have to mark out time to grow your business, even if you feel that you don’t have time to do it. We work from home and have two sweet kitties and a very sweet dog. Because they are all extremely spoiled, our schedule is frequently determined by who needs to play, get love, drink from the bathtub, go for a walk, be fed, etc.

  • I get up around 7 a.m. with my mind whirling with ideas and things to do. I grab a drink, feed the furry babies, and am on the computer by 7:15 to answer the emails/convos and deal with relisting on Etsy.
  • I tear myself away long enough to get ready and grab a breakfast shake, then it’s back to it.
  • Dan wakes up around the same time, gets ready and takes our sweet dog, Xena, for her morning walk.
  • We just came up with a new workday schedule: since I tend to rebel against structure, our mornings are completely free and unstructured. I normally use them to create, do administrative work, and figure out what orders need to be made that day.
  • Dan usually either continues on production from where he left off the night before or works on new products, like writing and editing our new books.
  • After lunch we have a quick meeting to go over the existing orders, anything that needs to ship that day and get started on production. Usually this means that I design and print  while Dan chops and binds. We take a dinner break and get back to it for another round.
  • We try to work in 90 minute chunks. We’ve read this is the timeframe where you can maintain efficiency. If we have orders that have to go out the next day and we aren’t finished, we keep cranking until they are finished or until we just can’t do it anymore. We usually stop between 10-11 p.m.

Things we would love to change to make a typical workday into our ideal workday: Being proactive instead of reactive. We are constantly playing catch up with orders. If we were more proactive, we would have more inventory built up and could prepare shipping labels the night before so we could schedule a pickup and not have to take the packages to the post office. We are also aiming toward not working after dinner. We currently don’t have much of a life outside of This Is It! Creations and it would be nice sometimes to hang out as Dan and Jodi, not as coworkers.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
We both love being the creators of our own lives. Getting to decide what to create, what to focus on, and how to run the business is so important to us. We even get to decide where to live, so we recently moved to Oregon, which is amazing! We love working together and from home. We’re so grateful that we get to be with our furry kids all day long, wear whatever we want, wake up without an alarm, listen to music that we want to listen to, take breaks when we feel like it, and spend each day together.

There is something wonderful about being our own bosses. We no longer have to answer to anyone. If I am designing a new product that’s taking longer than I originally planned, I love that I can keep working on it until it’s finished. Also, we’ve both worked at jobs before where you felt like you had to “look busy.” Not having to do this speaks volumes.

Having our own business has more ups and downs (emotionally and financially) than a regular day job. We can get a ton of orders, some great press, and we’re jumping up and down with excitement. Then the next day it could be slower and we start to rethink and question everything. With our previous jobs there was never any high or excitement, and there were definite lows (like why was I wasting my time editing things), but, for the most part, it was more in the middle. We both miss having the security of a steady paycheck, though — we never know from one month to the next how many orders we’ll have and how busy we’ll be. Thankfully, our business has grown a ton this year, which is how we are able to support ourselves. Also, it would be really nice to have health insurance.

What advice would you give someone considering taking a similar path?

Persevere. I really think that our success is directly correlated with how committed we are to our business. We are here today because we continue to put in the time, believe in ourselves, and refuse to give up.

Be willing to keep learning. Be flexible. Be grateful and celebrate every success. Believe in yourself and your product, be your own biggest cheerleader. Have excellent customer service. Learn to delegate, figure out what your strengths are and what you like to do — delegate the rest. Get a good system in place for the inner structure of your business (a business plan, bookkeeping, etc.). Find companies that you can look up to. Ask them for advice.

Spend time in the Etsy Forums, especially the Business Topics section. This is such a wonderfully supportive community, and you can learn a lot here. Remember that you are no longer representing yourself, you are representing your company and your brand. Make sure you are proud of what you put into the world (in the Forums, in your shop, on your blog, etc.). Be kind to everyone: customers, people you meet at the grocery store, anyone you come in contact with. This is just good advice, period, but you never know when someone will become a great business connection.

Ask yourself if your craft is something that you are passionate enough about to make it over and over and over again. Realize that you may not always have the freedom to create new products because you have orders that need to ship, pictures that have to be taken and formatted, marketing that needs to be done, etc. Assembly will become a way of life for you, so make sure you’re prepared for this. Make sure you’re prepared for all of the nitty gritty that goes into running a business. It’s so much more than creating.

If you are going to work from home, set clear boundaries with friends and family. Make sure they know that just because you don’t leave the house doesn’t mean you aren’t working. If I am creating, I won’t answer the door or the phone and that’s okay. Here are some books that helped us along the way:

What’s in store for thisisit?

  • Our Etsy sales really took off when we started offering personalized/customized products, so we’re in the midst of creating new products that allow our customers to do just that!
  • We are also in the process of expanding our wedding section to include all sorts of eco-friendly wedding favors, bridal shower gifts, and guest books.
  • We sell our products at local craft shows on the weekends and our interactive journals sell out almost every time. We’re working on writing more — we actually have three more in the work that we’re super excited about.
  • We are also going to focus more on our eco supply shop.
  • We’re going to continue to learn more about SEO, it’s so important! We’ve been working on our new website for a long time, and we’re finally going to have that go live very soon.
  • We plan on marketing our company to the press and potential customers (both wholesale and retail) through press releases, hiring more sales reps, our new website, and advertising.
  • We would love to hire an assistant to help with production and craft shows.
  • We hope to continue helping as many animals as possible through our donations (both monetary and product).
  • Finally, we’re going to work to find more balance in our lives. We create products that resonate with our own lives and it will be great to implement the messages into our daily routine: remembering to breathe, find balance, practice self care, etc.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

  1. Having mentors and shops you look up to is really important for your own growth here on Etsy. Taking a look at what your mentors are doing to succeed can help inspire you to succeed, too! One of those people for us is Ryan at littleputbooks. She is such a creative, powerful force on Etsy, and she’s also super sweet, kind, and a good businesswoman. She had some wonderful suggestions for our shop, most of which we have implemented.
  2. We are also huge fans of teesforchange. Andreea is an amazing person that we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Her tees are eco-friendly, amazingly soft and inspirational. She plants a tree for every tee sold! The way she runs her business is an inspiration to us.
  3. One of our dearest friends, Christian, happens to be a genius at drawing and painting. His shop, fagerlund, showcases some of his work. We continue to be blown away by his talent, and we think he is one of the greatest artists of our time. His portrait drawings are so realistic that they look like large photographs (but better!), and the expressions that he captures are breathtaking. And he does commissions!
  4. I am also so happy to be a part of some great Teams. Dan and I are both huge animal lovers, and we are so proud to be a part of great teams that support our lifestyle: EtsyVeg, VeganEtsy, and Etsy for Animals. All of the members are such awesome people, and many of them donate to animal charities!

Any additional words of wisdom?
We wanted to be completely authentic and give our honest experience of what it’s like to run our business. While it is a ton of work, a ton of hours, and sometimes feels like a long, hard road, it is not something we would trade for anything. After knowing what it’s like to work at “day jobs,” we now have seen the other side and we would never give this up. At the end of the day, we have created a company that we are proud of, that (hopefully) inspires others, and that pays our way on our terms.

We wanted to thank our loyal friends, family, and customers, too. Those of you who have been supporting us from the beginning (especially you, Mom) will always be close to our hearts. Those of you who have come on board recently — we are so grateful for you, too! We are here because of you and we never will forget that. We will continue to create products that we feel good about putting into the world, and we hope you will continue to support our efforts.

Thanks to Jodi and Dan for sharing their story. You can see some of their work in the Seller’s Items below.

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  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Oh, I love your items. Good wishes on your continued success!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop! Great story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    Very interesting. Love your shop. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! Jodi I finally "meet" you. Congrats on this article. I wish you the best.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, encouraging success story:)

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational and some great information - well done! Congratulations on your success. :) Natasha

  • PolarBlueGlass

    PolarBlueGlass said 6 years ago

    Jodi and Dan, I'm so excited to you see both in this feature. As the proud owner of one of your notebooks, I can say from the bottom of my heart that you're an amazing team that create fantastic products. Good luck to the both of you and I wish you all the success you guys deserve x

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    fagerlund IS amazing...i just discovered his shop a few days ago! (nice to see figurative artists on Etsy!) great article, great advice...inspiring all around!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    I loved the story behind your shop name. :) Congrats on your success, and thank you for the tips!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    What a great journey both in love and business. Congrats on your success and best for the future!

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 6 years ago

    I love that photo of the rainbow of colored paper. Great article!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 6 years ago

    Way to go Jodi and Dan. What a wonderful inspiring pair you are :) Good luck and great success to you both.

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 6 years ago

    I love it! Continued success to you both!

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! & I appreciate the idea that we can create our livelihood to be LIVELY! Thank you for sharing!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story about how you started your business, and thank you for providing such helpful advice for those that are starting out!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    Great marketing tips! That is my downfall at the moment and I think I will look into some of those books you guys posted. Great work and Congrats! :)

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 6 years ago

    Great story and thanks for sharing.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Nice to hear the story behind a shop that I have admired since I started on Etsy. Congrats on your success and you have beautiful pets!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success-so inspiring! (I like anyone who remembers to thank Mom!)

  • WigArcher

    WigArcher said 6 years ago

    This is a valuable story. Thanks for sharing.

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Neat shop :)

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    I love this story! You guys rock, and I adore your shop! Thank you so much for sharing! I love that you did this together too! So inspiring! I'm just about to take the leap myself, and its always so good to hear such fantastic successes! I wish you many many more! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! ~~~ Custom Orders Always Welcome ~~~ <3

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    What an ideal life! Staying at home with the family. Ps. The dog and cat are sooooo cute!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Congrats, great story & great advice...horray for Oregon!

  • doxallodesigns

    doxallodesigns said 6 years ago

    Incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing !! :)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    great tips! and heres to much continued success!!

  • DreamzBoutique

    DreamzBoutique said 6 years ago

    wow.. this is nice.. check mine.. want to quit my day job :)

  • DreamzBoutique

    DreamzBoutique said 6 years ago

    check mine

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Jodi & Dan - you seem like 2 really genuine people and I wish you genuine success for the future! I am sure ThisIsIt will continue to grow from strength to strength. Congrats!!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Wonderful read!!! Congratulations!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    YAY! I purchase my personalized bambuearth paper note pads from thisisit! I've always had such wonderful customer service! I'm almost out of my paper (I write all of my thank you notes to customers on them) and I will be back for more! I love that these are eco friendly, and they go right along with MY branding too! Love you guys and congrats on the feature!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Inspiring. Continued good luck to you.

  • oldohiofarmfinds

    oldohiofarmfinds said 6 years ago

    May your success continue! and . . ps ~ that cat is a sphinx!!!

  • ecodog

    ecodog said 6 years ago

    Great article, inspiring items & colorful, clear photography! Thanks for bringing another great eco-friendly product to Etsy.. & Happy Crafting! :)

  • LoveMeAmberLee

    LoveMeAmberLee said 6 years ago

    Great. Thank you.

  • PrincessSamy

    PrincessSamy said 6 years ago

    Adorable shop and great interview! =)

  • OooohShiny

    OooohShiny said 6 years ago

    If there's anyone who deserves to be featured, it's Jodi & Dan - incredible & inspiring people. Congratulations, and many wishes for many years of continued success :)

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! My husband and I want to be there, without the accident of course! God Bless and keep it up!

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 6 years ago

    Great success store. Love all of the tips and advice that is given. Thank you!

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 6 years ago

    Lovely - congrats on doing what you love, with the one you love!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    great advice!

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe said 6 years ago

    Wonderful inspirational story!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    so very inspiring .. and down to earth as well. Your books are just beautiful

  • earthangelsarts

    earthangelsarts said 6 years ago

    Yes ..... dreams do come true!!!! I'm so happy to see another, sometimes it just needs a whole lot of courage. Life can be an amazing trip!! XX

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 6 years ago

    You guys are amazing. Thank you for taking the time to write this. I'll be reading this a few more times as I venture along trying to get known here is this world of etsy.

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    You go guys!!! Fellow Oregonians! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!! We are sooo proud of you two!

  • erintrees

    erintrees said 6 years ago

    I found this really inspiring, thanks. Lots of information that is useful to a newby like me. I also love your pets!!

  • erintrees

    erintrees said 6 years ago

    I found this very inspirational,lots of luck to you in the future. I also love your pets!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story. Showed my husband that I share a shop with everyday. Although we don't share work. Great paper use! And last but not least...the dog and the CAT! So cute.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    I learned some things that could help my store. Great advice section.

  • maggiemaevintage

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  • Beast1277

    Beast1277 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing with all of us:)

  • BlindTigerFlasks

    BlindTigerFlasks said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I am constantly looking for ways to improve my shop and appreciate ANY and ALL advice. Your story is inspiring!! Cheers!!

  • artbysusmitha

    artbysusmitha said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Jodi and Dan! I love all the beautiful creations on This Is It!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 6 years ago

    Jodi and Dan, such a well thought out interview, reads more like a wonderful story. A wealth of inspiring information, thank you! What a great idea!

  • Martaki

    Martaki said 6 years ago

    So interesting, your article, your job, an your life. I´m enjoy your shop, too.

  • KatarinasKorner

    KatarinasKorner said 6 years ago

    Very interesting story. Inspiring, informative, and a neat story! Congratulations on your success!

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely items! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It is inspiring.

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Jodi and Dan (almost wrote Jan and Dodi, lol)! Hugs, Celeste (Crickets)

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 6 years ago

    congratulations jodi! -kelly & scott

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your advice, it is always so very helpful!

  • aktie9

    aktie9 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Jodi & Dan!! Wonderful seeing you in this feature!! XOXO :)

  • auclairdelalune

    auclairdelalune said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Terrific, interesting interview!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 6 years ago

    Good article - and I think you were very honest about sharing the ups and downs :)

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    Congradulations on your success! I love to read these stories!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Your hard work is really paying off. Continued success! Oh and, cute dog and cat...

  • TheCyanPepper

    TheCyanPepper said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, and great tips! How great for you two to get to work together!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great article and great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story and love your work!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    I can honestly say I read EVERY word of your article and then went back over it again! Then I checked out your shop and have added you to my favorites while I compose my list of what I HAVE to have. Thank you for sharing so much information, help, words of wisdom.....and beautiful products. Your story is inspirational and makes me want to get right back to my torch and hammer tomorrow morning with hopes of "someday quitting my day job" too!

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    I love these inspirational stories! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 6 years ago

    Wow , what a story ! I agree with smilinggirl- I read your story twice :) I will do it again tonight. Loads of information, insight and advice..Thank you for sharing your experience. it helps newbies like myself to focus on what I love to do. Good luck !

  • finsnbones

    finsnbones said 6 years ago

    Great story! Hopefully I will get to quit the day job too!

  • finsnbones

    finsnbones said 6 years ago

    Great story! Hopefully I will quit the day job! Cheers!!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    congrats on your success! it makes sense to work so hard together and share the fun :)

  • spiralla

    spiralla said 6 years ago

    You have fantastic products and fantastic advices for beginners like me.Thank you!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    It is beautiful to see that one of your goals is helping animals. Good luck!!

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    stevensmith said 6 years ago

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  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 6 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job - you have inspired me to get my butt into gear today! LOL

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse said 6 years ago

    so inspirational! Such amazing tips too, great story :)

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 6 years ago

    what a wonderful couple this! they are not only extremely talented but the most generous people around! their vegan ways rock and their love for animals is truly amazing! i tip my hat to them both and thank them for all they do! hugs...andrea

  • ElizabethOHaraGlass

    ElizabethOHaraGlass said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for all the information, inspiration and straight talk on building and maintaining a business!

  • myboutiquebijou

    myboutiquebijou said 6 years ago

    Jodi & Dan, I just want to thank you for your honest, inspirational, and motivating story. I, too, am in a full time job that is less than satisfying, to say the least. My goal is to "quit my day" job. It can be frustrating to want something so badly that that's all you can think about. Thank you for your sound advice. Your love for what you do shows through in every word.

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success and thanks so much for sharing your tips and insights!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    what a cool little love/work story such sound and inspiring advice! thank you..............

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 6 years ago

    What a great interview, with honest, helpful advice and insights. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational!!! I wish you much more success

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring interview - great ethics and wonderful products!

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic said 6 years ago

    How awesome !!!! Great interview and wonderful couple/company. Love it !

  • Veganville

    Veganville said 6 years ago

    beautiful and inspiring story!

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 6 years ago

    Super inspired ! Thanks for your honesty :) Hugs to your Pets they are so cute...My shop makes Donations to animals too, and for me that very important. That tell how a good person you are.... xoxo

  • palafoxstudio23

    palafoxstudio23 said 6 years ago

    great interview, thanks for sharing your lovely experience!!

  • CoastandCanvas

    CoastandCanvas said 6 years ago

    thankyou very much for sharing all this , some great ideas to take on board :-)

  • mindimade

    mindimade said 6 years ago

    great advise and a true inspiration to those of us just embarking on our own creativity-fueled lives. keep up the good work and thank you for your help in keeping the fire stoked. cheers!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    such great information here! thank you for sharing and continued success to you both... and your pets too!

  • melissallaneous08

    melissallaneous08 said 6 years ago

    As an avid journal-er, it's great to see eco-friendly, hand-crafted and original journals! Awesome stuff!

  • vboriginals

    vboriginals said 6 years ago

    Such a sweet...romantic story! Congrats on your great success! Thanks for sharing!

  • ladiesblend

    ladiesblend said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story, products and good info too, thanks for sharing. Love how you work with and around your pets, I have a kitty sleeping on my desk right now :) All the best!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    Lovely products ~ I'm so happy for you, being able to work with your furry kids around you. How they must love it, too!! Wishing you the best of everything.

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    I really love this article and have been thinking about it for a couple of days. Great business advice and stick-to-it-iveness!!

  • CatherineLovesRoses

    CatherineLovesRoses said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success, buying from you it´s always a pleasure, your love for animals is reflected on your great creations!!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 6 years ago

    That was a really great article, thank you for sharing... inspirational !

  • lilliannelee

    lilliannelee said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Great info for a newcomer. Love your items :)

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    Great story. Love the positive thinking journal. There's nothing like a good journal to inspire writing.

  • BenandJess

    BenandJess said 6 years ago

    Great article I got two important pieces of information from it..... To persevere and You have to sell something people want to buy Tracey Jane.

  • ATreeGrowsOnEssex

    ATreeGrowsOnEssex said 6 years ago

    I love your story! You're a lovely couple with lovely items!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    I too, believe it is a privelege to be able to get up everyday and do what I love. Continued success to you, it was a wonderful read. xoSherry

  • shannacreations

    shannacreations said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 6 years ago

    What a great and inspirational (and romantic) story - lovely.

  • storyline

    storyline said 6 years ago

    very inspiring, continued success!!

  • krystajackson

    krystajackson said 6 years ago

    I'm so thankful you included the E-myth book! Every small business owner should read that (and several times over at different points in the business's life). Continued success on the road ahead! Krysta

  • buildforfun2007

    buildforfun2007 said 6 years ago

    I Love your story and like you I plan to keep plugging along. Thank-you annette

  • paramijewelry

    paramijewelry said 6 years ago

    Great story! Hope you two have continued success!

  • SwellPapel

    SwellPapel said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and tips! You two are amazing role-models

  • doggonepurrtty

    doggonepurrtty said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. <3

  • onegearclothing

    onegearclothing said 6 years ago

    Wow, very inspiring!

  • Glossyphotos

    Glossyphotos said 6 years ago

    cool work guys ;)

  • NaughtyNaughty

    NaughtyNaughty said 6 years ago

    It is articles like this that makes me fall more in Love with Etsy everyday. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • charmeddesign1012

    charmeddesign1012 said 6 years ago

    very inspiring, thanks for sharing your story

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    So much wonderful information in your interview! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • creativebeadz

    creativebeadz said 6 years ago

    Appreciate your book list! Thank you :)

  • Olalahandbags

    Olalahandbags said 6 years ago

    What encouragement, and inspiration. Thank you from a first time etsy shop owner.

  • forKMZ

    forKMZ said 6 years ago

    Help the environment and animals.. cool!

  • CeramicsForEveryone

    CeramicsForEveryone said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your words of wisdom. I am a new Etsy seller so you're advice is much appreciated. Thank you.

  • marixino

    marixino said 6 years ago

    interesting story and nice couple! thanks for your tips. really helpful!

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring and interesting. Hits home. I loved the fact when reading this article you seem very genuine and makes me remember why I love being on etsy so much. Congratulations to you both and much success with your business.

  • SweetNSassySewing

    SweetNSassySewing said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story! It seems that you are truely blessed to have found one another. Keep up the excellent work!

  • baileybags

    baileybags said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • LindaHollingdale

    LindaHollingdale said 6 years ago

    What a great story...I'm inspired! I also am one of your happy customers. I am a THERAPIST at a COLLEGE and we often ask STUDENTS if they'd like to journal. Even though some say yes, few take the empty page book and do any writing at all. I bought several journals for our staff to give to students...we are excited about students having PROMPTINGS that will assist them in their journaling. We also bought gratitude journals and will be ordering some transitions journals...They even made some custom cover/inside combinations for us. Thanks Jodi and Dan for your work, your personal care...I consider you Etsy friends! Congrats!! Linda

  • LuluBoopVintage

    LuluBoopVintage said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I am desperate for my first sale!! Thanks for sharing..

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for this! My husband and I are working through building our etsy business together and it is challenging at times. Thanks for the encouragement. Warm wishes, Tonya

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    such an inspiring story...thanks so much for sharing!

  • finchfieldart

    finchfieldart said 6 years ago

    Excellent advice and article. Thanks for sharing it with us; you're a very inspiring couple!

  • oceansandbeads

    oceansandbeads said 6 years ago

    I love your story and the inspiration and encouragement it gave to me, I am always hesitant to show myself online and to let out too much about myself, but I think you are on the right track and I have to learn to do that too! thanks a thousand times, Sue

  • WendyLeeCooper

    WendyLeeCooper said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your story! Very helpful! Best wishes for continued success.

  • OnTheRoadVintage

    OnTheRoadVintage said 6 years ago

    That was so inspirational! Especially the part about continuing to market as one sells. And I got a chuckle out of the "self-care" reminder! I'm sitting here in one of my husband's oversized tees, with cat and coffee, listing. Gotta get up and brush my teeth real soon. Best of luck to you both. Jan

  • MudworksPottery

    MudworksPottery said 6 years ago

    Amazing article that was just the helpful push I needed to get over the hump of listing now and then and really working at etsy. I'm grateful

  • artaffect

    artaffect said 6 years ago

    Great Advice! It is always inspiring and also helpful to read other etsy seller's full story. I wish successful business for this couple.

  • TandRHandweaving

    TandRHandweaving said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! Love the dog tile necklace. Keep up your hard work and success will follow.

  • InviteMe

    InviteMe said 6 years ago

    Perhaps my favorite "Quit your day job" article yet! You guys are super inspiring and have awesome journals! And yay for Oregon! :D

  • thisisit

    thisisit said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words about our interview! Our hope was that by being truly authentic and telling our story, we could help inspire others to know that living your life on your own terms is possible! Your comments mean the world to us. :)

  • TooMuchOfAGoodThing

    TooMuchOfAGoodThing said 6 years ago

    Welcome to Oregon! It's an amazing state and i love living'll never want to leave :)

  • JustMaidenAlaska

    JustMaidenAlaska said 6 years ago

    You guys are so awesome. How inspirational! I love that you two are in love and can work together. Really great stuff too!

  • handstosew

    handstosew said 6 years ago

    What an absolutely inspiring interview. And your shop is truly delightful. There is always a sense of pride and accomplishment from making something with your own hands, isn't there? I know I definitely feel that way. I've posted you as a shop to visit in my Shop Announcements. One of my ways to help other shops who have helped me. Best Wishes for continued success.

  • Mumbot

    Mumbot said 6 years ago

    This is AWESOME! What a nice story. Also nice to see the EtsyVeg Team mentioned~! =)

  • sannachristina

    sannachristina said 6 years ago

    Great tips and thoughts. How great that you can work together and inspire eachother.

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 6 years ago

    Really inspiring article with loads of sound business advice! Thank you both very much

  • dslookkin

    dslookkin said 6 years ago

    Wow I really appreciate the detail you put into this interview. Right now I'm doing something similar with my boyfriend and I've had my share of freak outs. Thank you for all of your advice, tips and links! :)

  • BeadedTail

    BeadedTail said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on your success! It's so pawesome that you donate to animal charities! =^..^=

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    I love all the great advice and positive vibes flowing from this industrious couple!

  • Dreastore

    Dreastore said 6 years ago

    This feature is always a MUST read for me. Another great story. Thanks for sharing!

  • lcphoto7

    lcphoto7 said 6 years ago

    great article - very helpful information especially as we start our new store. Thank you for sharing!


    KIMMSMITH said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational and beautiful work!

  • SaraFeiss

    SaraFeiss said 6 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    This was a great and very infomative article. You have really give us a lot of great tips that I know will help our business. Thank's for sharing with us all.

  • TracyEmmaCupitt

    TracyEmmaCupitt said 6 years ago

    I love your story, especially your advice to be kind to everyone, it's about a way of life, not just a product. Definitely going to look up ther books you recommended. Thanks and continued good luck to you x

  • rebeccaartistatlarge

    rebeccaartistatlarge said 6 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS!! And- I'd like to thank you for your tips and encouraging words!!! I am just about ready to open my Etsy shop, and I need all of the help that I can GET! I create Jewelry- out of Pure Copper and Precious and Semi-Precious Stones. I will also (when I can AFFORD it, HAHAH) will be dealing w/ Rose Gold. I LOVE it- it's ALL I have EVER WANTED to do!! I was diagnosed w/ Lupus, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis, about 8 nyrs. ago, so I am Disabled. I DO hope to increase my monthly income, from $1,100.00/ mo. to ANYTHING more!!! ANY extra PENNY goes to my business rt. now. But just by reading your story- I am INSPIRED, ENLIGHTENEED, ENCOURAGED AND eager/ hopeful!!!!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!! Your books are just WONDERFUL!!! :) Take Care!!!! Becky

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu said 6 years ago

    This has been one of my favorite, "Quit Your Day Job", posts yet! So much valuable information and such an inspirational story! Thank you so much!

  • chascreations

    chascreations said 6 years ago

    TERRIFIC ADVICE AND INSPIRATION! I just had brain surgery and have been "somewhat forced" back to the workforce but would love to take the leap and stay home with "Cha" and work on the business daily,but for now we'll do the best we can until the time comes to change. Best of luck to all in Etsy!

  • nalysta

    nalysta said 6 years ago

    Having, literally, JUST started with Etsy, I am reading everything and I greatly appreciated this article. It does give one hope that it CAN be done. Thank you.

  • IlGiardinoLuxor

    IlGiardinoLuxor said 6 years ago

    Congrats! :)

  • PennyFarrow

    PennyFarrow said 6 years ago

    Great story, will check out your reading list, thanks!

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 6 years ago

    very inspring article. At times working from home can be a challenge. Thanks for offering some great advice!

  • behressentials

    behressentials said 6 years ago

    Love love love your story!! We also would love to see Etsy as out day job and we really do celebrate Mother Earth and try to recycle and reuse and much as possible!!So it's wonderful to be a part of a community with like minded people. Thanks so much for you inspiration!

  • BarbarasPics

    BarbarasPics said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article - thank you for being so candid and sincerely wishing the best for everyone!

  • thedots

    thedots said 6 years ago

    Really nice article!

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, for your honesty, encouragement and helpful advice.

  • BeauBazaar

    BeauBazaar said 6 years ago

    Honest and inspiring interview, so true about working from home/yourself. Thank you for sharing and good luck with following your dream, long may it continue.

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  • haveadaisy

    haveadaisy said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! This was a wonderful interview and article with so many awesome tips. I need all I can get being a new little shop. You truly are an inspiration! Lee Ann

  • AuroraCollections

    AuroraCollections said 6 years ago

    Great article. Very inspiring and so helpful!!! All the best to you! :)

  • sublimenprojects

    sublimenprojects said 6 years ago

    This was a great read. "Be grateful and celebrate every success" was just what I needed to read.

  • thisisit

    thisisit said 6 years ago

    Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments! We are so happy to be part of the Etsy community, and it means so much that our interview/advice is helpful! :)

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling said 5 years ago

    very inspirational and helpful ... especially the "you don't have to settle, in love or anything else"!

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    KniTtEdFasHioN KniTtEdFasHioN from kKnittedFashion said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Once again truely inspiring.

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