DQYDJ An Interview with Bright Circle

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Beebeebee says

Q:How did you originally get into the business of making things?
One day I saw the little sparkly glass things with holes in them, they were even better than plastic rhinestones! I somehow figured out how to make jewelry with them, and a friend (that was back when I had a friend) invited me to share a booth at the craft fair.

Q:Tell us about your previous working situation:
I did production work for an entrepreneuer in the city 12 hours a week. Of course, I was traveling 8 hours a week to work there, but it was work, until she got exactly what she wanted from me and after that she didn't want me, so that was the end of that.

Q:When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams of quitting your day job?
What day job? When I first started selling on Etsy I had no day job, but now I work one whole day a week (it used to be two and a half) at a regular job; the rest of my workweek is selling on Etsy.

Q:Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Before signing with Etsy and listing, I had read a book or two about selling crafts, but absorbed very little except basic ideas about pricing. But mostly I learned by the seat of my pants, reading every book, article and forum thread about business that I could find.

Q:What are the most effective ways you've marketed your business?
Wandering around DeviantArt, commenting on other people's art and posting my own, in hopes of being discovered by the Justin Timberlake of jewelry (hasn't happened yet). If I ever get friends or co-workers I'll outfit them all in my stuff, but I've got neither yet, so it is not effective for me.

Q:Walk us through your typical workday:
8:00 Wake up about 8 hours after I went to bed. Check my sales, convos and email. Forget to eat breakfast.
9:30 Remember about how it's unhealthy to skip breakfast. Grab some of whatever's in the fridge, and retrieve what I have squirreled away (assuming it hasn't been found and eaten by someone else). Try to remember what's on the important list of things to do today, and places that need going to.
9:45 Post a few pieces to DeviantArt, edit pictures, network on a beading forum. Fix flash drive.
10:30 Realize in order to print something, I have to carpool into town and will be gone until early afternoon. Scramble to be ready when the car leaves.
11:00 Fail to print that thing that I've been needing printed for two weeks now (it's been one thing after another; driving conditions, broken cars, broken flash drives, inexplicable problems with loading the file). Am stuck in town until carpoolmates are done with their errands. Settle in at the bookstore, try to read a book while deflecting overly friendly men who want to know where I work.
1:30 Arrive home, check email, convos, and see if I made a sale again. Edit more pictures, list five things, do business research
2:00 Eat lunch, take yet more photos to go in the mountain of photos needing editing.
2:30 Post in my friendly team threads. Read business threads. Submit designs to bead magazines.
3:00 Put on Stargate SG-1 or whatever tv show I'm currently watching, and make some jewelry.
5:00 Check my favourite sci-fi blog for the latest news of upcoming movies, Iron Man 2 spoilers, and decide yet again that I want to watch the first one... again. (Iron Man is officially the superhero movie I have seen the most often.) Get distracted checking my email again, and my DeviantArt account. Remember I have a Facebook page now. Try to figure out how to use it, then wander over to Twitter and get distracted again reading wilw's latest blog entry.
6:30 Dinner and a little Dirty Jobs, Cash Cab, Mythbusters or whatever someone else has on, until they go upstairs.
7:00 Watch a little WWE and yell at the tv set.
8:00 Check Etc just in case there's something interesting. Say hi to the serene soul healers. Edit more pictures, check my DeviantArt account, answer convos there, read blogs, check one or two nameless blogs
10:00 Accidentally start a WTF thread.
11:45 Remember that thing called 'sleep', brush teeth, fall into bed.

Q:What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I adore how I have no friends to have a cup of coffee with, or co-workers to network with, how I have zero real-world personal connections to anyone not related to me.

It was a rainy day in Washington DC when we agreed to meet. My code name was Deepthroat. Hers- Cabslut.

We metup in the back room of a Sci-Fi gaming store in Manassas, VA. To do this interview.


Q:If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
I'd tell myself to not waste so much time trying to make friends on the forums as binary code can never give you lasting connections. Oh and I'd tell myself to start being active on DeviantArt as soon as I started Etsy.

Q:What advice would you give someone else?
Be just like me, and you might turn out just like me! Or you might not! Oh and spend your Etsy profits on hillsidebakery's fudge and Loreto's perfume.

Q:Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Without Etsy, I would never have known of the Church of the Living Bacon, or how to make a smoothie that makes moss grow on rocks!

Posted at 11:51am Mar 2, 2010 EST

Responses

I love Cash Cab.

I often fantasize about wandering around the streets of NYC and hunting it down.

Off to check out the fudge now...

Posted at 12:04pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

Beebeebee says

Sorry, the intro got thrown into the article;

It was a rainy day in Washington DC when we agreed to meet. My code name was Deepthroat. Hers- Cabslut.

We metup in the back room of a Sci-Fi gaming store in Manassas, VA. to do this interview.

Posted at 12:04pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

bomobob says

Truly inspirational. I'm moved.

Posted at 12:18pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

LOLS... Someone should start a thread on what you watch while you craft... that would probably be interesting...

Posted at 12:19pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

Beebeebee says

I like it on in the background. Personally, I enjoy those judge shows where they scream at each other over $200.

Reminds me of my childhood

Posted at 12:23pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

bijoutery says

lol, great interview!

Posted at 12:23pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

Q:What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I adore how I have no friends to have a cup of coffee with, or co-workers to network with, how I have zero real-world personal connections to anyone not related to me.

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This is my favorite. The look on my husband's face when I say, 'my friend from Etsy' is priceless.

It's funny. I think my husband thought he wouldn't have to hear 'workday drama' after I left my day job. He was probably so excited. I swear some days I have way more 'workday Etsy drama' than I ever had at my day job. :)

Posted at 12:30pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

knotworkshop said:
Q:What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I adore how I have no friends to have a cup of coffee with, or co-workers to network with, how I have zero real-world personal connections to anyone not related to me.

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This is my favorite. The look on my husband's face when I say, 'my friend from Etsy' is priceless.

It's funny. I think my husband thought he wouldn't have to hear 'workday drama' after I left my day job. He was probably so excited. I swear some days I have way more 'workday Etsy drama' than I ever had at my day job. :)
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I was seriously trying to explain this positive vs. negative no humor stuff... My husband was like Maybe its time you turn the computer off for a little while. LOL...

Posted at 12:38pm Mar 2, 2010 EST

Whoop! I'm all famousified now.

Posted at 12:40pm Mar 2, 2010 EST