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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Etsy RE: Quit Your Day Job.....What Is Your Day Job?


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I just found out Etsy has a forum. You can expect to see me less often on other places for the next few weeks while I go through reading the entire site. ;) There 5 minutes and I'm already posting answers! :)

Quit Your Day Job.....What Is Your Day Job?

indiepin says:
well after a recent Storque reading binge, I read most of the QYDJ articles and it got me intrigued as to what most Etsians do for their "real" day job (if they've not already quit and gone full time on Etsy, that is).
I'll start, and I'd love to know what you folks do!
I graduated from University with a Psychology degree in the summer into the harsh economic climate of the recession and so at the moment Etsy is my main "job". However, I am also a professional magician, so I end up spending most evenings working events!

Who's next?

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them: I'm an artist and author.

My blog's bio-intro reads:

"You have reached the official blog of Wendy C. Allen aka EelKat. I am an author, artist, fashion designer, doll maker, rooster and feral cat rescuer, Squidoo addict, alien contactee, 5 time NaNoWriMo winner, CosPlayer, Steampunk life actor, huge Sesshomaru fan, vegetarian animal rights activist, and the original outspoken Proctor and Gamble Boycotter, who lives on a farm in Old Orchard Beach, Maine."

Yeah, basically what it says there, that's my "day job".

About 90% of my income comes from my art sales on Zazzle.

My second largest source of income is Squidoo but this is keeping in mind that I am listed as one of Squidoo's top 10 highest paid members as well, due to the fact that I am there #3 member for having made the most lenses at 507 articles written and more on the way - I am in the extreme minority on Squidoo, most folks barely make a few cents per month, so don't go quit your day job than join Squidoo thinking you'll make a full time income there like I do, because out of 800,000+ members there are less than 30 of us that make that much money there!

In addition to writing non-fiction and how to stuff online, offline I'm an author of short stories, chap books, novellas, horror, sci-fi, romance, The Twighlight Manor Series, and a couple of novels. I also write doll pattern booklets and non-fiction books about ufology, alien abduction, and crytozoology.

I also have been an Avon Sales Rep since 1997, but I basically sell it so that I can buy their products for my own use at huge discounts, so it's not really a big source of income.

Additionally I'm an on call temp/seasonal sales associate and fitting room attendant for Macy's, so I work there off and on for a total of about 8 weeks a year, usually during the Christmas season.

The rest of my income is spread out across CafePress, Associated Content, eBay, Amazon, LuLu, LinkShare Affiliate Programs, and of course Etsy is my newest addition to my income stream and hopefully in the long run will become my top source of income.

My goal is to have my Etsy store bringing in $5,000 per year by 2012, and expanding that goal to $20,000 per year in the long run once I've got it fully set up and established.

In short, my career is to do whatever pops into my head at the moment and find a way to make money at it for a strange assortment of multi-streaming incomes, so I don't end up having all my eggs in one basket.

Waiting for Emmett to come.

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