It really came true! I am so honored to be a part of the Etsy Blog and share a little bit of what I do and why I do it.Click HERE to view article.In honor of the article, I am doing my FIRST EVER BLOG GIVEAWAY! Here's what you need to do:Add a comment to this post saying why you want to quit your day job...or why you already have!The contest will run until next Monday, July 27th. I will choose a winner and send them a Surprise Accessory Package!
I left "it", to... go on a different path, to live life without loosing it going too fast to a "non-direction", to stick to the essential, to see my child grow up and to make my daily life like a piece of art. I was SO captivated when I read about your experience... Your courage to decide about what is your priority. I am one step behind, just about to let creativity flow, just on the edge, a little bit scared, but other experiences give me strength. So thank you for sharing it, and good luck.Delphine
I love your interview! So inspiring, funny, and real. Thank you for sharing your experiences! I would love to quit my day job in order focus solely on design and art.
Yes, I quit my job also to start up a business. You have given me the motivation to get things rolling. I am just starting out on ETSY. I have only sold one thing but I believe I will eventually get there. It is so hard to get those few people to start buying off of someone who is new to ETSY. Any words on wisdom that you could pass along to me would be very appreciated. I love to sew it is what gets me through the day when I feel like screaming. So thank you for sharing and best of luck with everything.
I sort of quit the day job before I had proof that this was a good idea...and I'm still working to prove it! :) But I feel confident that if you do something you love that makes you feel creative it will prove to be successful. Congrats to you for proving that true!-Missy @http://www.ClothPaperStitches.blogspot.comhttp://www.ClothPaperStitches.etsy.com
So I can spend more time doing the things I love to do. Just like Confucious said, " "If you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life. " Yah. I'm ready for that. I really want to support myself and my family through my creative endeavours. Thanks for your interview!
I have not read your full etsy blog but wanted to congratulate you and say "way to go" from another Minnesotan and another day job quitter.In reality, my day job was a dream job as an independent contractor and art director. I've seen economic turn-downs before, but after 9 months I have placed my faith and my efforts into my yoga instruction and into building an etsy shop. My main focus is vintage, but I am still able to utilize my design backround. I get such a kick out of photo composition. As you know it is a tremendous amount of work, but what a great payoff in building community. Thank you!
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I left it, too, when i was about to become a mother...i worked at a bank, and was robbed at gunpoint my very first week as a teller. I did not even have my own drawer of cash yet, i was still working out of the trainer's drawer. The bigger my belly became, the more i realized i did not want to work there anymore. Then once i had my baby, i did not want to pay anyone else to raise my kid. It was really the best thing to do. My gosh, how much i would have missed had i still been at the bank every day!
I didn't quit, but I was laid off. And I'm trying to think of it as quitting to do something better. I'm going to school now (an MBA from our little state school) and hope to start my own business soon. But I'd rather not say more. Right now I'm relishing daydreaming about it.
Well, I am trying my hardest to quit my day job! I started out by having an talent and interest in Art in high school...and sewing with my Mother all througout my childhood! I started to realize that I wanted to help others so I studied Art therapy...then on to practice Mental Health Counseling. And now-a-days it seems as though I can't find any clients who want to be helped...I thought I could change the world...Make it a better place. Now I have a 1 year old daughter...and I want to make her world a better place by always having her creative Mommy around...looking forward to starting my Etsy shop soon! Catch me Bloggin' now...new to it! http://olivemahaylee.blogspot.com/
Hi! Loved your article! I have been blessed to be home for 9 years. I was a sp. needs mom, lost my oldest son in 02 to heart disease, then created a ministry to encourage other moms. After homeschooling my other son and doing some painting and speaking, we are at a point where I will have all boys in school, and really NEEDING to make an income. So my ministry will have to finally be self- sufficient, and I am counting on Etsy to help. I really love the culture here and hope to create quality products that will be a blessing to others. Thanks for your input!
I'd love to quit my day job because I love making crafts. My whole family are crafters of some sort and I know I'd have lots of support if I tried it. My husband just finished grad school, my current full-time job is down-sizing my position to part-time in the fall. The opportunity is lining itself up. Maybe soon, I can quit the job and start living a dream:-)
Congratulations on being featured in "Quit Your Day Job"! It's my favorite column in the Storque. Your interview was both encouraging and hilarious! I'd like to quit my day job so I can be passionate about my career while taking care of my house and my husband at the same time. Martha Stewart meets Bree Van de Camp. ;)P.S. I LOVE that you use Weebly! I'm a proud Weebly user myself and so many people have never heard of it! Who took the gorgeous family photo on your home page?
I quit mine when I had my baby a year ago. My sister and I started our etsy shop a couple months ago and we are hoping that we can help a little with bringing home the bacon. I loved your article, very inspiring! Congratulations....
Great article! I'm in the very beginning stages of turning my hobby of jewelry making into a business and it's interviews like yours that help me believe this is possible. I hope one day to be able to support myself doing something that I truly love!!
Hi Jen,Congratulations on being chosen for The Storque spotlight, and thanks for sharing the details of your life and craft in the article, it was very inspiring and encouraging.I am actually new to Etsy and I have signed on this month; while I am a bit nervous I also excited about the possibilities. I have created handmade crochet and beaded jewelry for a little over three years and I am so passionate about jewelry,accessories and connecting with other women. While I do stand to make a profit from my craft and want to also branch into creating a line of home decor items, ultimately everything that I do pertaininig to the collection I have is to create a platform to not only sell products to women but to assist, encourage and bring women together from all walks of life for the betterment and growth of themselves.My belief is when you help one woman your helping about ten other people.Therefore, I feel it is so important that we are well physically, emotionally and that we take time to nurture and grow ourselves. It makes all the difference in the care we give to others and the energy we send out into the world. But for now, I run my business part-time and I work full time as a supervisor assisting others provide the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities. While I love what I do, I also feel limited in the number of people that I can help and this is why I want to quit my day job.But for now I am patient and believe with faith, hard work and dedication to what my cause is, everything will slowly unfold into what is meant to be. In the meantime, Love and Peace Jen and thanks for all that you have shared.P.S I love the pics of the postal people and the little write up you did on them. It's great!!! My mom works for the postal service.-Catalina
I would like to quit my day job because it seems like the more I work on a day job, the further I get away from pursuing and achieving my real goals and life aspirations. I grew up making fine art pieces, writing poetry, short stories and making crafty items so it seemed that I was destined to work in the art field and I took a slight detour and then graduated from school and then started working in retail to pay bills and student loans and it seems that I can never get a boost.My day job is taking a toll on my physical and emotional well-being and I view it as a never-ending cycle that is making it difficult for me to find the time and energy to devote enough efforts to the things that I really want to do.
I want to quit my day job so that I don't have to work nights and weekends anymore! I always work at home (and have my own Etsy shop), but I've been scared to just "go for it". The article about you on Etsy has me thinking though.... :)
I just recently graduated college and looking for a "full time" job. I would LOVE to have Etsy as my full time business. Maybe some day! I am hopeful! :o)I love your work and your website. You have such a great attitude. Axel is adorable as well! Your Quit your day job chat has been so much fun!
I would love to quit my day job but am frightened by the "what ifs" I would quit my day job so that I could spend my time working on what I am passionate about instead of what others tell me needs to be done. Like you, I would be my toughest boss, and would probably work too hard and too long. But I feel like if I was working on something I was passionate about it probably wouldn't feel like working in an office at a computer.
Well lets see....I quit my day job just over 2 years ago when I found out I was expecting. I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom, and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I left my marketing director position at a major real estate company and never looked back. Now I have a 20 month old little boy, Huestin, who is the light of my life and a wonderful husband who thankfully has a job that supports us! I will be officially opening my etsy shop soon and am looking forward to following in Jen's footsteps!!!!! I have been making things and sewing as long as I can remember and have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design (in case that sounds too fancy, it is product design!) I hope to have some success on etsy, and get my family off of my back (harrassing me to sell my creations.) Jen, congratulations and thanks so much for sharing your story!P.S. I really enjoyed your virtual chat today, that was the first time I have participated in something like that and it was fun!
I too quit my job when my son was born. I didn't go back to work until he was 3. And I still want to be able to take him to school and pick him up and be home when he's home.I have a masters degree and the only job I can find is teaching adult ed. I'm tired of it.I would love to make a living promoting my husband's art, my art (firepotter on etsy), and from my website: www.organic-raised-bed-gardening.com.
I have dreamed for a long time now to be able to quit my day job to solely do what I love.....crafts!But it's always been just that....a dream. I signed up for Etsy two years ago but never did anything with it for almost a year then realized I was missing out on an opportunity. I have since started posting but get most sales locally by word of mouth. I now have business cards (also free via VistaPrint) and I pass them out everywhere.Now reading your blog has really inspired me to kick things up in high gear and truely make things happen.I know that some day soon I will be able to quit my day job to enjoy my passion and get paid for it.Wouldn't that be wonderful!
I QUIT!!!!I cannot wait until my last day of full-time work - August 24th. I'm going to stay home with my 2 little girls, run my baby gift website, and cross my fingers that I make enough to pay my bills. I'll be able to get my kindergartner off the bus every day and watch my 4 month old grow. My bills will always be there waiting - but my babies will not! Last night I went and stared at my sewing machine before bed... I just cannot wait to throw myself into sewing and creating.Congratulations to you for making the leap. Way to go momma!xo,Kathryn
I would love to quit my day job. I have done art as long as I can remember. I even graduated collage with an Art degree. But where we live there are few jobs for artist. I married my high school sweat heart, a country boy, and settled down. I do all my art and sewing at night when everyone is asleep. I keep thinking I will one day quit. But the mail man keeps bringing me those darn bills to pay.
I long for the day when I too can do what I love. each day I take very small steps to get there. thanks for the words of encouragement.Angie
I long for the day when I can do what love. Thanks for the words of encouragement.
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This is so beautiful and creative. I just love the colors and whoever gets it in the mail will be smiling.