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RSA report: Are you working five to nine?

Sep 1, 2014

by Jamillah Knowles handmade and vintage goods

You might remember that we are working with the RSA on a series of reports called ‘The Power of Small’.

Earlier in the year, the first major study took a closer look at the UK’s growing community of self-employed micro-business owners. Good news – they’re happier!

In the latest report, the RSA has surveyed 600 Etsy sellers to find out what’s making them tick and how their businesses grow and change.

The survey has shown that a high percentage of our sellers are young, female and that they have a significant income created outside of the 9-5 working day. This paints quite a different picture of an entrepreneur and business owner and it’s brilliant to be able to support this shift in stereotypes.

The researchers at the RSA have found that since the start of this year, the number of people working for themselves part-time has increased by 10%, that’s the equivalent of an extra 100,000 people – we’re in good company!

We’re grateful to all of the sellers who took part in the survey. To understand how businesses thrive on Etsy means that we can work out the best ways to be supportive and encouraging.

Our own Global Director of Digital Marketing, Andre Rickerby says, “Shining a light on the incredible work our sellers do to make their businesses a success is a great way to make sure we can provide support in the right way through our platform,” he says. “Our sellers are so impressive, creatively and through the hard work they do, it’s really interesting to see how this new paradigm of the entrepreneur is having an impact on the UK economy.”

There’s plenty more gold in this new report and we’ll be exploring some of the themes right here on the blog to pull out some discussion points.

Meanwhile – to take a look at the research for yourself, download the report here – Breaking the Mould.

How are you using Etsy to break the more traditional business mould? What are your plans for the future? Comment below or tweet us @EtsyUK using hashtag #BreakingTheMould – and mentioning @theRSAorg.


  • printsofheart

    Lisa from PrintsOfHeart said 6 years ago

    I think happy is the key word here. Yes it's hard and in reality it's more like working 24/7 but boy is it worth it. Plans for the future? Stay happy :)

  • kazm51

    Kaz M from KARTISH said 6 years ago

    "The survey has shown that a high percentage of our sellers are young, female and that they have a significant income created outside of the 9-5 working day." An interesting fact somewhat contradicted by the cover of the report...

  • sophiebruen

    Sophie Bruen Ceramics from SophieBruenCeramics said 6 years ago

    Hmmm yep 5-9!!??? Much more like 24/7 and more! I set up my business a year ago,gave up a teaching job to dedicate myself to my studio and with kids and all that that entails is no mean feat !! However my business has bloomed with nearly 7000 followers on faceboook,filming by ITV for a series which includes me as one of they're 'bespoke artisans' and have just been accepted by Liberty's of London to sell my work! Its been a rollercoaster! But equally I have literally worked my arse to the bone! Marketing takes probably 30% of my time,which is time away from my studio,there is no easy fix,no shortcuts,just get used to no sleep,never enough money and guilt for not spending enough time with your kids if you are a single parent.Having said all is all sooooo totally worth it,I am after a year finally seeing the fruition of my hard work and my daughter is delighted! I will take her on a great big fat holiday just as soon as I have delivered my work to Liberty's so we can spend at least 3 weeks together having fun XXXX

  • kimworthington

    Kim Worthington said 6 years ago

    Inspiring :D

  • spokeuk

    Spoke from Spokeuk said 6 years ago

    We are just starting, and yet to make a living out of it, but this is definitely more exciting than a 9-5 job!!! :) xxx

  • ilkadickens

    Ilka Dickens from DickensInk said 6 years ago

    I have been selling on Etsy for just under 2 years. My business grows by the day - as does the time I spend on it. I'm a full-time Mum with a part-time small business which is slowly growing to full-time. I work when I can - nap times, after bed time and I never stop thinking about my business. The wholesale side it taking off too. My dream was to be my own boss and to spend more time with my children. This is so far going to plan. It's often hard jugging a young family and a business but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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