Don't Quit Your Day Job- An exclusive interview with bomobob

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Original Post

Thanks everyone for your support of the DQYDJ series. We hope sharing the experiences of a wide variety of etsians in a humorous way will help us all feel a bit of camaraderie about our own etsy journeys.

The long awaited day is here. Yes folks, bomobob has decided to let us view a slice of his life. Luckily, this interview was conducted before the hockey match yesterday. Since then, the last anyone's heard of him he was seen streaking through the streets of Montreal shouting 'take that you poncey southerners!'

Alas, last week, he gave me safe passage through the Montreal mafia territory so we could meet up at his place for a few questions. After settling in on his mattress (he has no other places to sit funnily enough) we got down to the business that is bomobob.

Q:How did you originally get into the business of making things?

Ever since I was a little kid, I really liked gluing things. Actually, just the open jar of glue was always enough for me.

Q: What made you decide to sell your wares?

People always told me that the stuff I made was really nice and that I had lots of talent. The driver on the short bus and the teachers at my school all said the same thing. I even went to a special school. All my life, people have been really nice like that, and I'm sure they were sincere, so I decided to try selling it.

Q:Tell us about your working situation:

I graduated from Electrical Engineering, and worked in the field for a long time, but I don't do that anymore. I have trouble with arithmetic. Now I just sit at home in my underwear. I guess what I'm saying is that everybody has a different definition of "work".

Q:When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams of quitting your day job?

Yes, I sure did, but I knew I wouldn't get the great severance package I was holding out for. Fortunately, my company went tits-up soon after, due to some really astute and clever leadership, so they gave me a great huge pile of money.

Q:Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

No, I just signed up and listed what ever I had kicking around the house. The macaroni-on-construction-paper stuff didn't do so well, so I switched to selling photos.

Q:What are the most effective ways you've marketed your business?

I'm active in the forums because I know all those other people are there to shop. I've made a few sales at AA meetings as well. I have 21,000 followers on Twitter, none of whom I know nor care to, and I constantly spam my feed. It's free, and if they're stupid enough to buy from me, well, who am I to argue?


Q:Walk us through your typical workday:

6:30 - 8:00; Get up...sort of.
8:00 - 9:00; Have leisurely breakfast, play with cat.
9:00 - 10:00; Check email, make sure there were no sales.
10:00 - noonish; Do some work, if there is any, maybe knock down a wall or two.
12:00 - 1:00; eat something
1:00 - whenever; fart around, take pictures, do renovations, go for a run.
Whenever - later; Look back on my day, proudly noting I didn't do anything useful except run 10k.

Q:What do you enjoy most about having a day job?

Not having one.

Q:If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

You should have married that Malaysian contortionist, even if you were drunk.

Q:What advice would you give someone else?

Learn to scuba dive in your 20s. The world will be your oyster.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share?

*Note, bomobob didn't answer this question. But since I've spent some quality time with him, I'd like to share this- there are in fact some cool Canadians and I consider bomobob to be on that list. I'd also put Michael J. Fox and the ladies on their hockey team who smoke and drank on the ice on that list. But Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, uh, please revoke their visas. (the views expressed here are not necessarily the views of bomobob)

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Thanks bomobob for that extremely insightful interview. I'm sure many of us will have visions of you sitting in your underwear while being on the etsy forums seared into our minds.

If anyone would like to be the subject of a DQYDJ interview, please just send me a message. We think everyone deserves a chance to share their experience here. Since only a select few can be featured by etsy, we'll take care of the rest.

Posted at 9:00am Mar 1, 2010 EST

Responses

KBShimmer says

Great interview, love the series!

Posted at 9:02am Mar 1, 2010 EST

flirtdeux says

another wonderful interview

Posted at 9:04am Mar 1, 2010 EST

Love this part...

Q:What are the most effective ways you've marketed your business?

I'm active in the forums because I know all those other people are there to shop. I've made a few sales at AA meetings as well. I have 21,000 followers on Twitter, none of whom I know nor care to, and I constantly spam my feed. It's free, and if they're stupid enough to buy from me, well, who am I to argue?

Posted at 9:04am Mar 1, 2010 EST

Thanks for that. I'm Canadian but not nearly as cool as bomobob.

Posted at 9:04am Mar 1, 2010 EST

I've become a fan.

Posted at 9:04am Mar 1, 2010 EST

Wish I was that cool! Very inspiring. Will learn to scuba dive. Thanks for sharing:)

Posted at 9:07am Mar 1, 2010 EST

lol, I loved reading this!

Posted at 9:09am Mar 1, 2010 EST

I ♥ these threads.

Posted at 9:10am Mar 1, 2010 EST

TattieTats says

I agree, this is a great series. I love that we're able to laugh at you guys (and maybe ourselves) rather than wallowing in misery everyday. (kidding, I don't really wallow, I'm much too miserable to move.)

Posted at 9:10am Mar 1, 2010 EST