Etsy Success: What's the Secret?

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April 20, 2010
"The most important question you need to stop asking yourself is this: What is the real secret to <insert whatever here>? What is the real secret to X drains you. It robs you of your confidence. It allows for hesitation to creep into your actions." 

I read these words on Remarkablogger this morning, and thought, "Yes! I must share this with Etsy Success readers!" There's no secret, that's the secret. You really have to make your own path and find out what works for you. Today I'm sharing what's worked for a few artists; collect this information and enjoy it, but as always, find your own path. 

.Quit Your Day Job: JessicaDoyle's Video Edition
Jessica Doyle is a Canadian writer, artist and influential Etsy seller. Her blog, Art & Musings, is deeply honest, touching, inspiring and contains beautiful illustrations and images. She grapples with serious issues of addiction and how it affects her life and work. Elastic Lab recently released a video interview of Jessica, "Working the 9 to 5 Job Was Killing Me," for their Culture of Content Creation Series. Here it is!


Repurposing and Design With The Steel Fork 
Kate and Ben are also artists and bloggers with a passion. Their blog, The Steel Fork, thoughtfully covers food, farming and design. What makes their work so intriguing? I think they explain it perfectly: "We’re looking for something that will give us layer upon layer of beauty and intrigue. We want more: we want a story." Read their post to learn more. 

.Deanna's Story 
Deanna of dedeetsyshop helped run her husband's three businesses, went to school for ultrasound tech, and took on the role of stay-at-home mom before opening her Etsy shop. It began as a creative outlet, but its success soon demanded more of her time. She's now focused on the shop full time, which allows her "the opportunity to do something I love, something creative, and something that truly makes me happy!". Find out how she got into the business of making things here.




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