How I Started:
I suddenly lost a great corporate mgmt position just as the economy was turning. Quickly realized that a 50 yr old self taught finance and business operations overseer was going to have a tough time going up for jobs with younger, more qualified people. Bought a sewing machine to learn how to sew, wanted to learn to quilt to “relax” and took a part time bookkeeping job. Came upon a great stash of upholstery fabrics and made some tote bags. Did a couple craft shows, was told of etsy and started my shop. Told my husband I’d clip coupons to help reduce expenses. Hated the store bought organizers I was finding, and designed something that worked for me. Started selling them at craft shows and on etsy, and they really took off! In late 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had to cancel my holiday shows and go through surgery, chemo and radiation. Etsy became my sole source of income. It was a godsend to me, both financially and emotionally to have etsy with me at home. I was unable to do any craft shows in 2010, yet etsy kept me going, paid the household bills…and allowed me to start chipping away at the $10,000 medical debt incurred. I’m now fully back on my feet, planning more expansion in my business, and etsy is key in my continued growth and success!
What I’ve learned on etsy:
I have learned there is so much to learn! You need to work SO hard to get your product seen, to turn interest into sales and to keep up with all the technology you need to know to accomplish that. I take none of my success for granted and work every day to better myself as a human and as a self employed business owner. Etsy, handmadeology and the internet has SUCH resources. Take advantage and read, learn and absorb! Join teams and get involved.
Love what you do. Take care of your health and well being. It’s easy to put yourself on the back burner…and burn out. Learn, love, share and laugh. Believe in yourself and what you create. Shine and Glow!
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