I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January of this year. I started my etsy shop hoping to make some extra money for my medicines and bills! But I just love to create! My favorite part is seeing something I made in somebody else's home or on somebody else.JUDITH... 4. Blog & Shop Being able to work for myself is a dream I hope to one day accomplish. As a photographer, I cherish that creative freedom that few photographers have, which is why I started my Etsy Shop. It started out as selling vintage items, then handmade items and finally, my prints. I love everything about working on my shop and I love that I have that freedom to offer a variety of items to suit everyone's needs. KATJA... 5. Blog & Shop I forgot about being creative for some time, but I thought I'd need a new hobby at the end of last year. So I started to get crafty again and... wooosh! There was the obsession :D My friends bought some of my creations, so I opened my etsy shop in May 2009. My first sold item was "Mr. Tea", a cute handmade tea-bag from felt. I'll never forget how overwhelmed I was that someone (apart from family and friends) really seems to like what I do. The best thing about it is that I rediscovered blogging at that time. It's an everyday "To-Do"-point for me right now. My very favorite part of it all is the "crafting communtiy". I love how respectful and cheering everybody is! This has become such an important part of myself, I couldn't imagine spending a week without crafting! INKA... 6. Blog & Shop I started my own etsy shop because Leigh-Ann inspired and couraged me to do so :) It had been in my mind for a while that it would be nice to sell my own creations in a place like Etsy. The favorite part of having my own little shop, is when you have the inspiration (and time) to make new things and you see/hear that people like what you´ve created. One of my very personal favorite thing is when I can pack the envelopes ready and ship them to my customers :) DIANA... 7. Blog & Shop
The reasons I began a small business were all a matter of opportunities that came into place; it was never planned, but I don't believe in coincidences. I was let go of my job as a librarian at an academic college due to budget cuts. At the same time, I was getting emails and flickr contacts asking for prints of my photographs. I gave out some free prints at first, but decided to start charging a small fee. It grew large enough that I added my more popular items into what is now my Etsy shop. The shop has expanded from prints, to paper goods! I'm very thankful for the opportunity to work from home and my favorite part is the challenge. The motivation and discipline can be difficult, but pushing through is a great feeling.If you'd like to be a sponsor in November, please email FreckledNest@gmail.com to reserve your spot :) Please Note: The ad options have changed, details here. Thank you to my sponsors & supporters & readers!!! Good luck, this is a great giveaway!! XO!