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

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Welcome to another installment of the Don't Quit Your Day Job interview series. We thank you for your ongoing support of everyday struggling etsians sharing their advice from the journey they've taken as shop owners.

Today we have some insight from sunflowerexpress, our resident reality maven. After we talked negatively about everything in our lives for some time, we decided to get down to real business- talking about the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County and how we can't wait for the Real Housewives of New York to return. After that, we sat down for this chat.


Q:How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Sunflower Express was born from a project based around a kids Television Show that me and a friend created that made it to two episodes. It was about art and creativity for kids and as an extension of the show I did have some kids stuff i was selling thru this shop but CPSIA brought that dream to a halt. But I did win an award for Creative Direction for it so I have a fauxemmy from the city.
Yes it's on youtube.
Yes thats me and no I'm not that fat anymore.

I had a previous shop that housed my fine art stuff but um that is REALLY hard to sell here.

Q: What made you decide to sell your wares?
My house started to look like some sort of shrine to half naked ladies on canvas and somebody's felt processing plant.

Q:Tell us about your working situation:
I’m a graphics designer who works mostly on moving images for the web and broadcast under contract for a lovely firm. Majority of my time is spent editing videos for companies for presentations. When I dummy videos I like to put curse words in for the transitions and ocassionaly when I'm programming in flash I will name clips curse words... It amuses me. if mc_dumbass hits mc_asshole goto and play frame 1. I do all this from home and occasionally I feel like a hostage in a really bad Harrison Ford movie. I sometimes live for client meetings where I get to get dressed up and go into work.

Q:When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams of quitting your day job?
Um no. around Christmas I had a delusion that maybe it would be a possibility and then February hit and well here I am with my will craft for food sign.

Q:Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Nope, Can't you tell?

Q:What are the most effective ways you've marketed your business?
What is this marketing of which you speak?
Shows have been really good for me and I do have some steady business from that and I’m a facebook and twitter prostitute. I have done some facebook and myspace ads and hope to do some marketing on craft sites soonish.

Q:Walk us through your typical workday:
1) 8-9am Get up make sure the four year old didn't destroy anything, if he got up before me.
2)Make coffee
3)Turn on computer and Scream at the hubster that he needs to get up to go to work.
4)Check emails, Check sales, die a little inside, come to the forum
5)Leave Etsy window open and start on my day's fantastic projects... Pray that it is interesting
6)Make phone calls for work while son screams about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Or for me to wipe his hooo hah from the bathroom.
7)BFF calls for our morning coffee chat.
8)Set the toddling monster up with an activity or get him playing games on his computer in the office so I can work.
9)Pretend that I am really efficient
10) Preschool time, Be thankful that some other crazy person isn’t doing this.
11)Put son down for a nap.
12)Shower, change pajamas
13)Playdate... Try not to die of boredom while some zombie mom describes their kid’s bowel movements.
14)Take pictures, list stuff on etsy, renew stuff, think about what I want to make...
15)See if there is anything in the freezer that doesn't require me to cook. Start cursing thaw something out.
16)Have dinner with the boy and save something for the hubs who will magically appear at 1am from his day of socializing and cooking for others at Restaurant. I'm not bitter.
17) 7:30 Put boy to bed
18)See if there is a Real Houswives Marathon on... If not flip a table like Teresa
19)Craft marathon till I stab myself with a needle.
20)Pass out on the couch waiting for hubby to come home or stumble into bed.
22)1-2am Wake up and say hi to the hubby ask him about his day go back to bed.
21)Wash and Repeat :)

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

Q:If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
Um Lisa for real... Perfection is overated.

Q:What advice would you give someone else?
You must strive to be perfect... Behave perfectly, Look perfect, Have a perfect house and perfect family. Fit as many things into one perfect day as possible or else you will be an utter and complete failure. ;P

Q:Is there anything else you'd like to share?
My fail proof Etsy business Model
1. Decide Your stuff is crap
2.Realize No one likes crap
3. But occasionally someone might buy your crap
4. But don't count on it happening regularly
5. Make sure you list pages and pages of crap
6. One day your crap will catch on and you will be hot shit for a millisecond
7. then they will move on to someone else's crap
8. In a jealous rage scour etsy saying OMG I can't believe someone bought this crap.
9. You will be on the brink of throwing it all in and then someone will buy your crap.
10. Start at #4

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Thank you sunflowerexpress for this insightful interview. Did anyone else read the first answer and think she was talking about herself in the third person because she's such a huge success?

We thank you for your ongoing support of the DQYDJ interviews. We think we're going to take a break for a bit as we hope the moderators and flaggers will forget about us and start keeping the threads in business where they belong. :)

Posted at 9:43am Mar 4, 2010 EST

Responses

bomobob says

My house started to look like some sort of shrine to half naked ladies...

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And what exactly is the problem here?

Posted at 9:46am Mar 4, 2010 EST

I think it was the 4 year old that maybe made that an issue LOL..

Posted at 9:56am Mar 4, 2010 EST

My fail proof Etsy business Model
1. Decide Your stuff is crap
2.Realize No one likes crap
3. But occasionally someone might buy your crap
4. But don't count on it happening regularly
5. Make sure you list pages and pages of crap
6. One day your crap will catch on and you will be hot shit for a millisecond
7. then they will move on to someone else's crap
8. In a jealous rage scour etsy saying OMG I can't believe someone bought this crap.
9. You will be on the brink of throwing it all in and then someone will buy your crap.
10. Start at #4
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Bwahahahaha....
oh how very true. LOL

Posted at 9:58am Mar 4, 2010 EST

BlackStar says

Great interview! Would love to see the fauxemmy.

Take a break? Say it aint's so!

Posted at 10:02am Mar 4, 2010 EST

improvised says

"die a little inside." Ahahahaha!
Sorry I did laugh at this review. The person needs to take up writing. She's good, and seriously, has a real talent there.

Posted at 10:06am Mar 4, 2010 EST

elgarbo says

Marking for a time when it's not 2am and I'm braindead.

Posted at 10:07am Mar 4, 2010 EST

BlackStar said:
Great interview! Would love to see the fauxemmy.

Take a break? Say it aint's so!
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He looks like a very cheap version of an oscar... currently covered in 8 types of stickly as my son uses him to play transformers LOL... www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30673152&l=10d451a6c6&id=1304828206

Posted at 10:08am Mar 4, 2010 EST

Great interview! Love the business model. So true! Please keep them coming.

Posted at 10:09am Mar 4, 2010 EST

Yet another good laugh that was much needed at work. But i'm hungover so I'm going to bitch about the fact that laughing at that made my head hurt. K? k.

Posted at 10:09am Mar 4, 2010 EST