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Last updated on 17 Jan, 2018

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Sales 5,110
On Etsy since 2017

CHANGING MY LIFE AROUND AT 52 after almost losing everything!

I thought I had it all figured out. I was running a quaint, but very productive graphics and print shop that slowly but surely became bigger and bigger. We sold tons of products all across Canada, but were making pennies on each item sold because the Chinese Market was competing against small companies like us that were paying good wages, great conditions and making environmentally friendly products. I found myself against giants in the fields of notebooks which crushed me and my company down quickly. I was faced with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and my accountant told me to declare bankruptcy. Hell no! I wasn't going to lose my name, and having signed personally my home. Being an entrepreneur I wasn't allowed to have unemployment, and I had no retirement plan. Not a great position to be at 52. So I told my accountant, no way and then had to let all of my staff go including my daughter and son in law. It took three years to pay everyone back including the credit margins and I did it by taking on contracts to pay off all debts. Thank goodness I knew how to run almost all the machines in my shop!
Then it hit me, I was overwhelmingly tired and i had lost most of my ambition. It felt as if I had passed through the death of someone close. Dreams of what I wanted this company to become, to produce children's educational and safety products,things I had been working on while we were selling agendas, planners, motivational charts etc....
NOW WHAT? My daughter had started illustrating on Etsy and told me about it and suggested that I do the same. So in 2013 I started part time drawing clipart and papers. Learning a new way of doing business which was online! Long hours of learning how to create, package and promote online products. Applying all the knowledge I had acquired throughout the years in my business to my online shop. It took four years of really long hours and constant pounding and creating new products and now my online shops are in the six figures. Trust me if I can do it... YOU CAN DO IT TOO! You can find my other shop on Etsy : AMBillustrations.

BUT WHAT ABOUT MY DREAM? From the closing of my physical Print shop I still had my hard drive filled with projects that had been done and others that hadn't. It was my niece Menoukia that told me that when she was small (twenty years ago) she remembered a bunch of characters I had done and stories I wrote.... For some reason, that brought back my Mojo. I looked inside my computers external drives and decided that I was going to modify, improve these products, these projects. Bring my dream back to life.

So this is the first step in this process. Color My Planner shop. With this shop I will put up the products I have created and designed and of course create new ones. There is always hope and as long as you have hope then there is possibility. But I also learned that sometimes you do lose hope and you do lose your dreams. Sometimes you just have to let it go.... if it has to be manifested then something will happen to bring back that hope to you as it did to me. It is good to cry out and sometimes there is a time for quitting. Sometimes things were just not meant to be the way we thought it would be. Sometimes better things happen when we let go.

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  • Anne-Marie

    Owner, Designer, Customer Service

    Graphic designer, illustrator and business owner of a graphic and print shop since 1998 specializing in product development, marketing and print.

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Last updated on 02 Aug, 2017

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