We love Etsy, it’s filled with handmade joy. We’ve been allowed to rummage through their blog archives and share our findings with you. This month’s post features an interview with the terrific Janick Nea! Enjoy!
After introducing a new line of embroidery into her current line of jewelry at Neawear, Janick found new selling success! She saw enough of an increase in sales and blog features for the new line, so she decided this was the much needed push she needed to take the plunge and try her hand at selling on Etsy full time. Working from home is no stranger to Janick, but she’s now getting by solely on her own line of crafts. Keep reading to find out what her best marketing secrets are and the morning routine that she can’t seem to kick.
When you first started selling on Etsy did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
At first, two years ago, it was basically to see if something would sell, since I had been making some jewelry for myself for already six months. Having an extra income with it was indeed in the back of my mind, but since I was working as a freelance graphic designer from home, my “day job” was already having my own business! I looked at my Etsy sales as some shopping money, to be truthful! I’ve wanted to sell what I made for as long as I can remember, but never did.
How long were you selling on Etsy before taking the plunge into selling full time?
Weirdly enough, now that I think about it, it was AS I started two years ago, but I didn’t know then! When Etsy came into my life, my dad had passed away six months before. I then started having trouble staying motivated in graphic design once in a while, and with time it got worse. Now I realize that my Pops was my motivation in all of this. He was a business owner – I have that fiber in my blood – and I wanted to prove that I could do it too! Not that I didn’t like graphic design – I still love it – but more in a personal way than for clients. So as I was taking less and less design jobs, the crafting part of my life became much more important and inspiring for me!