So after a year of operating 4 Etsy shops and working 3+ jobs I’ve really started to feel like I’m burning my candle at both ends. Sure, I can keep up with the jobs and the jewelry creation enough, but my friends and family time, the cleanliness of my house, etc, has had to fall by the way side. Tired of being tired, I’ve tried to put in a big extra effort into my online Etsy shops to see if it would make a difference.
For the month of September I made more from my Etsy shops than I made at my weekend job. Maybe most people won’t think the actual amount is very much, considering I make just above minimum wage at my weekend job, but when I’m referring to the amount I’ll need to pay my electric and internet bill, then it’s a big deal to me. Seeing this comparison, I decided to take the leap. After 3 years of working 7 days a week at both a day job and a weekend job right out of college, I put in my 2-weeks notice at my weekend job.
Saturday was my last day.Am I nervous? Heck yes. After getting back from vacation last week I can’t seem to squeeze a single sale out of my Etsy shops, but I’m scrambling to get them back up to the speed they were in September. Maybe I made a mistake, maybe not. However, Autumn and Winter is prime craft fair season, and I plan to take full advantage of it. Working in retail for my weekend job, asking for time off during the holiday season had been like pulling teeth, so I had given up trying. Now, with my weekends free to operate as I see fit, I will be able to attend craft show after craft show. It’s a risk, but I’m excited to prove myself competent and give it a shot. Wish me luck!