Etsy Business Spark : Honey’d Designs

Hello! I have been sewing and designing since I was a teenager and was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles while I was in High School. That is what originally brought me to California from Minnesota. My plans got derailed due to financial issues which kept me from attending school there. So I worked a couple different desk jobs for a few years until I met my hubby and had our two children. I then became a stay at home mom. After my children became a bit older, I decided it was time to do something with my creativity. So I started my own brand called Honey’d in 2007. From there I had a custom logo designed and trademarked. I then ordered matching logo labels and hang tags for my handbags. I went on to start up my own website which turned out to be an absolute nightmare! I did not know the first thing about running a website so it didn’t work out so well. Without knowing about Etsy or any other avenues for selling my handbags, I went ahead and shut down my website. I then basically gave up and packed away all of my supplies and beautiful fabrics. I had thought about trying again until I found out that I was pregnant. I knew that between having a new baby and everything else I had going on that there would be no extra time for my handbags. Sadly I miscarried 4 months into my pregnancy and then took a few months to heal my broken heart.

Then I found out about Etsy and how easy it was to navigate the website and start my own shop. So once again I decided to give my business another try. So I unpacked all my supplies, my sewing machine, purchased a good camera and went to work. I started selling on Etsy in Novemeber 2009. I sold my first item instantly after I listed it. At first I didn’t know what happened to my listing and thought I did something wrong. I was happily surprised when I realized I had sold it! It was a pillow cover, which is one of the things I also sell in my shop. Although I sell jewelry and pillow covers, my main focus now is my handbags. It’s where my heart is. I’ve learned many things about business since starting my Etsy shop. The Etsy forums and Storque Blog have the best information! I have learned so much about photography, pricing, shipping tips and so much more. I’ve also learned that international shipping is not as scary as it sounds. The USPS website has excellent information and if that doesn’t work just go to the post office and they will answer all your questions. The first step is the hardest and it’s usually smooth sailing after that.

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The best advice I have for new sellers would be about getting your shop exposure. The most important thing is your pictures! Invest in a good camera and don’t have the date stamp on your pictures. The better your pictures are the more visits you’ll get to your shop. I would also suggest not spending a ton of money on advertising. The best money I’ve spent on advertising is simply renewing my items a peak shopping hours. I follow the morning, afternoon and late evening times for the east and west coast. Those seem to be the best hours to renew items. My shop is still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying every minute of it and I look forward to what the future holds. I’m glad I have Etsy to make my business so much easier and fun. You can get to know me a little bit better by reading a recent article I was featured in at http://www.nuok.it/2010/03/today-in-new-york-sahnda-black/. Thanks so much for reading my story and have a great day! ~Sahnda

Handmade Handbag/Wristlet-Scooter Print

Handmade Handbag/Wristlet-Scooter Print

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  • http://www.afinetoothcomb.com Julie – Fine Tooth Comb

    That’s a great point about making sure that product photos don’t have time stamps on them. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention that before, but it’s a great point! Anything that distracts customers from the product is a no-no.

  • Tim Adam

    Yeah.. I have not really thought about the time stamp…. great point!

  • http://AudreyGardenLady.etsy.com AudreyGardenLady

    Lovely shop. I think I’m in love with your Lotus wristlet….
    then I went to your esty shop and Whoa!!
    Your spring color collections are too beautiful!

    Thanks for the article and advise.
    I’m climbing that learning curve on improving my shop pictures.

    Audrey

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/emilyorpin Emily Orpin

    As a serious bag junkie I am very pleased to meet you and your shop Sahnda! Hearts ahoy!

    Also – the photo thing is so true. As a writer for this blog I’ll often find the perfect Etsy item to illustrate a story, but I won’t use it for a post because the photo isn’t crisp, clean and clear. So not only do bad photos put off potential customers, they’ll also result in missed exposure opportunities on blogs etc.

  • http://www.wellofcreations.etsy.com robin

    congrats-your hard work definitely shows in the quality and the presentation of your product

  • http://www.honeyddesigns.etsy.com Sahnda

    Thanks so much for sharing my story and for the wonderful compliments!

  • http://www.oceanavenuesilks.etsy.com Ocean Avenue Silks

    Really great article! Nice to know you a little better! Wishing you lots of success!! 🙂

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/aubepine Jen

    Great feature! You have a lovely shop :).

  • http://twitter.com/Carolinesjolund Caroline Sjölund

    I found the most gorgeous handbags athttp://www.handmadespark.com/blog/etsy-business-spark-honey%E2%80%99d-designs-2/ …. Me LIKE! I WAAANT!!!

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Do You Have it in You? Business Realities Part Three – Opportunity

Having your own business takes some special skill sets that even I am still grasping.  Here is the third in a series of articles that will hone in on those often-overlooked business realities.

Thus far, I have talked about sacrifice and discipline in regards to developing and running your own business.  This week I want to focus on opportunity, because, truly, it can be the best and most exciting part of your business!

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Not every opportunity is equal, however, in the beginning I suggest taking advantage of most everything that comes your way.  Opportunities come in many forms; people, events, contests.  This is your time to be a sponge and take it all in…as you develop your business prowess and define your niche, you will be a better judge in how to spend your efforts.  These early opportunities will help define your direction…it is part of the process!

Here is what I’ve learned along the way…

Prepare an “elevator speech” a 30 second to 2 minute brief description of you and your business.  Think of it as speed dating; you want to give them just enough to make them fall in love with you.  I’ve done this in the weirdest places: the grocery line and doctor’s office to name a few.

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Hand in hand with your “speech” you should have a business card to give out that refers to a website, blog, or twitter account.  Business cards are easy and cheap and so are websites & blogs.  Give multiple business cards to your friends and family too; my mother is probably my biggest advertiser and you know what…it works.  I’ve had sales just from her passing them out around town!

Get involved!  Find a cause you are passionate about and volunteer.  You are sure to find like-minded individuals to friend and who better to support your business than some more new friends!  And here’s the upside to community involvement…publicity!  I am an avid supporter of local business and joined my local Chamber of Commerce. Just from this one organization, I have been repeatedly in the local paper and radio.

Remember though, the best opportunities are the ones you create!  What is your best advice?

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop? Here Is An Easy Answer

This morning I bought these fabulous notecards from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Flapper Doodle.

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flapper doodle boxed stationery set - personalized

flapper doodle boxed stationery set – personalized

SassyBelle’s Spotlight:

When I was going through the checkout process, I noticed something in the PayPal part that I had never seen before. There was a one question survey asking how I found Flapper Doodle. I always wonder how buyers have found my shop, SassyBelleWares, so I was almost as excited about this question as I was about my new notecards! Yeah, I know about Google Analytics but that makes my head spin so I was thrilled to find there was a simpler way to get an answer to, “How did you find my shop?”! Of course, getting an answer is dependent on the customer answering the question, but I figured it can’t hurt to try.

So off to PayPal I went to figure out how I could get this question into my checkout process. I found the answer almost immediately and was shocked at how easy it was to implement the one question survey! I realized I couldn’t be the only one who did not know this was an option. After all, this was the first time I had seen it at checkout and I have done lots of shopping on Etsy! Thank you Eloise and Ramona for making me want to buy your notecards thus stumbling upon this helpful feature! In return I will share my discovery with everyone!

The quick and easy steps to add the one question survey:

1) Login to your PayPal account

2) Under “my account” click “profile”

3) Under “selling preferences” click “custom payment pages”, then click “options” and go to “merchant service options”

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

4) Check “add a customer service survey” and fill in the blanks*

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

Ever Wonder How Customers Find Your Etsy Shop?

5) Make sure you click “SAVE” before you exit

* I used “How did you find SassyBelleWares” for my question. I thought using my shop name rather than just “us” or “me” might help them remember my shop better for next time. You can ask any question you would like and add any answers for the customers to choose from. For the five answer choices, I used:
-friend/family
-google search
-yahoo search
-facebook
-Etsy

Hope this information is helpful to you!

kidnaroundcreations says:

Just in case you are looking for the survey after a sale…click on transaction details and almost to the bottom of the page it will say ” Survey Details” and the answer will be there if your customer took the survey.

sassyfrass123 says:

Hey Hey! I upgraded to my Paypal account status and now I have the options! I didn’t even know their were different types of accounts. I have now added that survey and can’t wait to see the responses. Thanks so much!

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EVERYBODY WILL BE FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES (No.2) – Limited Edition Art Print

Do you gather inspiration from words? Andy Warhol said many inspirational words, and turning them into art can create a focal point of interest in any room.

Inspiration is the backbone for many new ventures and found success. Not many are inspirational and along not many are enthusiastic to be inspired.

The whole process needs a different mindset to be impacted and affected. Why are only a few inspired? The reason is that they have seen life from all perspectives and know what it takes to suffer and to live a better life. Just like the people, founders of online trading platforms who got fed up of living a normal life, and got inspired from many billionaires, to reach the high peak of life, before we die; we also must have a reason and a purpose in life.

Well, when someone can create the path, why can’t we walk and utilise it for our betterment? Yes, why not utilise?

Many of us are ‘scared’ of trading, considering it a big hole that swallows the money. But, we fail to understand that we are under-looking an opportunity! Trading when done in a disciplined manner, and with the right plan, can never go wrong.

Can you child misbehave if you have taught them good basics and discipline? Not right? Similarly, a machine that has been designed to give strong success signals to trade, will surely not go wrong. The human mind can err, but not the machine.

The trading robot, which is an outcome of the founder’s struggle is sure to create a new lease to your life. They are completely automatic and require no human intervention, hence it has zero errors in time-lapse, and gives you results that you expect.

You can earn up to 5k$ per day if you have made the right preference settings and taken a small amount of risk in placing trades. You can’t win if you don’t trust and give your full support to the cause. There are many other platforms that claim to give you same results, but beware they are fake systems. They are here to take you for a ride, in their favour. They want to grow their business and not yours. Hence it’s important that you get associated with the right team and gain full control over your life.

Check out this Decor it Yourself DIY where you can learn how to create a Andy Warhol inspired focal point in your room.

here’s looking at me kid
here’s looking at me kid

I Love Lamp : Do It Yourself NYC Skyline Paper Lamp Shade

 NYC Skyline Black Punctured Paper Lampshade

Louise of Warpe Design on Etsy shares how to make an awesome NYC skyline paper lamp shade over on Decor It Yourself.  I will be putting this great how-to to use on the vintage metal floor lamp I bought this week for $3!! Cannot believe it? Yes, you read it right. The exotic lamp you see in the pictures can be seen on your table or hanging from your roof in just three dollars. Frankly admitting, I was also apprehensive about its quality and how well preserved it will be reaching me when the budget is too low.

More than the skyline design, I was attracted to the Overlap design since its color and appearance perfectly matches with the room and curtains where I had planned to place it. Once the lamp was in place, I was thoroughly satisfied with the rich complimenting look it imparted to my room and the house.

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Now, I am thinking of the same item with a more ‘kiddish’ theme to decorate my kid’s room. Get more information on this crafty visual on the merchant stores and official online store. The material used for making the lamp is economical, pleasing and easy to obtain, but it is very strong in resisting the ‘tough family environment’ in your house and can be cleaned effortlessly. Light metal and punctured paper with the wooden stand for the framework and you can change it into brilliant colors using lamps of different shades. The size is also flexible, you can order it as a bigger piece or a smaller one to fit in just right. Be sure to chesk out Louise’s Etsy shop!

 Punctured Paper Lampshade - Overlap design, white

Punctured Paper Lampshade – Overlap design, white

How To Make a Visual Marketing Plan For Your Etsy Shop And Have Fun Doing It

I needed help with my Internet marketing plan.  I read and studied about how to market myself on the internet, but it was still confusing to my little dyslectic mind. So, I came up with my own visual aid which I am sharing with you here because I am sure it can help you too. The plan was easy to make and doing it like this made it fun too.So, I came up with my own visual aid which I am sharing with you here because I am sure it can help you too. The plan was easy to make and doing it like this made it fun too. This was because of two reasons. One was that I was pretty sure of the idea of my activity and what I was expecting out of it. The second reason was that I could get all the technological and innovative support I want from Fintech LTD, the most trusted marketing partner in the business.

Visual marketing

Visual marketing
Etsy.com: In the center I drew my main marketing goal.  Of course, my main goal is the same one that many of you have: to drive traffic to my Etsy Store. Then, just like spokes on a wheel, I drew the sites that I have set up to drive traffic to my Etsy store around the perimeter. Let me list some of these for you and explain why I choose these sites:

Brendasalzano.com: 
This is my web site.  My son told me I needed a site as a headquarters” to bring together all my other sites.  I think he was getting tired of seeing my emails with this long list of sites under my signature every day and I figured he may not be the only one. So I purchased the domain name brendasalzano.com and set the site up thru Yahoo Small Business. Yahoo Small Business hosting costs $35 dollars every 6 months. I understand that there are other choices (see below!), but this was and an easy way to get started.  It is my contact site and the main page has links to every site I am on. NOTE: this site shows arrows going out to all the other sites.  Some show a pointer back to it also.  A good link is to eventually have pointers on both ends of each line, showing that I link to and from each site.

Cafe Press: 
Cafe press is a site where you can upload your own photo’s and the company puts them on all kinds of products.  Clothing, cups, dog shirts, computer pads, etc. If Cafe Press sells something with your content on it, they send you a commission. I have set up my marketing plan so that Cafe Press links to my Etsy store, but my Etsy store does not link to Cafe Press. I’m happy to make commissions from Cafe Press but my main goal is to encourage people to buy from me at Etsy.
Visual marketing
JAVA the MUTT a design by Tirzah Bauer My daughter

Image Kind:
 Image Kind is a marketplace that is run by Cafe Press.  Whereas Cafe Press sells products, Image Kind sells framed artwork. They do all the work, and you get a percentage of each sale.  As you’ve probably guessed, I have set up a link from my Image Kind site to my Etsy store, but not from my Etsy store to Image Kind.  It does link to brendasalzano.com though, and back.  I hope you see what I am doing on my visual marketing plan now?

Salzono’s Creative Art Blog
 and Adapting Today: I have two blogs.  A blog about Handmade Fashion and New Artists, and a blog about saving money in today’s up and down economy.  These two blogs have become great places for me to express myself and are places where customers can get to know me. I have gotten a lot out of writing them!  As you look over my marketing plan, you will see a lot of arrows to and from these blogs.

Facebook:
 Facebook has two types of pages you can make good use of, your regular Facebook page and the Facebook Fan Page. In my diagram I put these as one. When you go to Facebook page there is a link that connects right to my Facebook Fan Page.  Having a Fan Page enables you to separate your personal content from your business content. Again, notice my arrows from Facebook to other sites, especially to Etsy.
Visual marketing
Twitter: So far not anyone else on my Etsy Street Team are as “into” tweets, as I am.  It does not fit every lifestyle or person.  I love it.  Go to Tiwtter, say your peace, and leave.  Some who like to have a two way conversation are not that pleased with it.  I do occasionally strike up a small conversation, but it is normally one or two posts at most.  I read the news, make some comments of things of interest, and am off.  I do this a couple times a day.  The main link here is to my Etsy store.  You get only one, unless you put a back ground on your profile page with other links.  I like just the one link.  Otherwise links to other sites are updated when I comment on things.  I use twitter to tell everyone when a new blog post is up or Squidoo post, or a new listing is up over on Etsy.  Twitter has led me to have some regular customers!  I just hit 1,000 plus followers this year!

Flickr
Flickr is a great place to keep your favorite photos.  Soon, I needed to upgrade!  The basic account is free.  But I found I wanted more categories, and the ability to put all the photos I wanted up.  I was able to get a photo on a major publication when Portland’s tourist agency saw a photo of mine they wanted to use.  No payment, but I received my name and link on every brochure published in 2008!  The key to networking here is to join lots of “groups”.  I have about 20 groups that I can upload a photo of what is new for me, and this gets more traffic to my Flickr profile which in turn leads to my link to Etsy or my domain site.  Interlinking arrows!
Squidoo: Squidoo is a great site for writing articles.  They call them “lenses” at Squidoo.  Every “lens” is a article about anything you want.  It can be a how to do something, or just a interesting story.  You are able to put up photos, and links.  Then,  by linking from Amazon books, you can receive small percentage of income from any sales.  If you wrote about homesteading in Alaska, then you link to Amazon books about that subject.  I did.  I made $5.00 in February from sale of those books on Amazon.  You can see my arrows from and too Squidoo.  Linking each article I have made, back to Etsy.
To see my old marketing plan and updated article of how far I have come visit http://www.squidoo.com/Working-at-Home-11
I will not go into all the area’s on my marketing plan but just wanted you to see how much this mapping could help you keep on track and keep learning.  I see how I need to link back on some of my destinations, and keep networking.
What’s my payoff been for all this effort?  I am up 400% in traffic to my Etsy store from 2 yrs ago!  I am not up to where I need to be in  sales yet, but I know I will be! We can always keep learning and growing.  We never know it all, or have no room for improving.  And, networking with others, and other sites, is the key to a quality growth as long as we keep honesty, hard work, quality and kindness to others at the top of our lists.
If you have any questions about my map and doing one for yourself, please email me!  I would love to help you if I can.

Blog Spark : Kind Over Matter

Tell us a little about the both of you!

Amanda:  Well, I’m one half of the Kind Over Matter team & I live in western Pennsylvania, where I am a mama to my 2.5 year old son Zenin & we have another little light soon to make his appearance. I am a crafter, poet, lover & run Pretty Messes & verve bath press , a micro-press that publishes handmade chapbooks. I am the author of several of poetry chapbooks including love notes & bloodlines. You can connect with me through other social media outlets here but Facebook is the best place to find me.

Well, there would be enough explanations and experiences that you would get to hear from many traders about their trading journey. But for you it would be your first trial that would make you realise and understand all these because it is this trading with the crypto code that would give you the real hand on trading.

Jenn: I’m the other half of our dynamic duo, I live in northern Virginia & work for a non-profit in DC doing all things social media & multimedia related. I’m a photographer & writer, alternating between telling stories with photographs & words, I like help people find the positive in the neutral or negative. Yoga, chai lattes & sunshine make my heart go pitty-pat & I think snuggles from my kitten make the world go ‘round. The best places to find me are Facebook or Flickr .

How did you become interested in the handmade scene?

Amanda:  For as long as I can remember there has always been handmade goodness surrounding me, be it by my mom or grandmothers.  All of them have been involved in crocheting, cake decorating, ceramics, jewelry-making, sewing, knitting, gardening, so I guess it was the next natural step for me.  When I joined Etsy in 2006 I never looked back.  I love everything about the handmade scene, the community, the quality of goods, all of it.

Jenn: I found Etsy…. I think through Amanda & I just fell in love with it. I really like supporting independent artists, I like that pretty much everything on Etsy is handmade, everything is so unique.

Why did you start blogging?

Amanda:  I’ve been blogging for years, via Livejournal & then blogger as a personal outlet, a way to express myself & connect with like-minded individuals.  Kind Over Matter was something that Jenn & I hardly planned out.  I had made some printable cards for Card Drops to put in my shop, passed them along to Jenn & she suggested we started a Flickr Pool — & then that blossomed into a blog very quickly.  The response has been so totally amazing & we are so grateful for our readers, their comments & encouragement!   Working with Jenn has been so, so awesome too, I can’t think of anyone else that I’d rather work with on Kind Over Matter – we just click so well, very fluid & lax, we are very lucky!!!  Blogging is all about connection & finding & providing inspiration for me.

Jenn: Hahahaha. All of my friends had blogs in college & I started blogging because it looked like so much fun! One thing led to another and I started a journal on Livejournal, had one for years, & then moved to Blogger not that long ago. I really like using blogs because it lets me connect with people that I would never have met otherwise, I like sharing parts of my story to let people know that they aren’t alone in this wonderful messy life.

Where does your inspiration come from when writing articles?

Other artists, creatives & bloggers.  Kind Over Matter is very image heavy & we often feature artwork that is positive & uplifting, blogs, projects, products that we come across that push us to live better or make us Feel Good.

Who taught you or how did you learn the technical (design, setup, etc) side to blogging?

Amanda:  I’m a self-taught blogger.  My dad does web design on the side & I’ve had a few friends that have tinkered in it, so I’ve had some influence from them but mostly I’ve taught myself how to maneuver html, etc.  Same goes for graphic design, many hours spent learning Photoshop, which I adore!  I am by no means an expert though & I am learning new things all the time.

Jenn:  I’ve taken some classes here & there — HTML, Photoshop, things like that, but mostly, I taught myself how to do things. There were (so!) many happy accidents along the way with layouts & such, I poured over HTML tutorials & when all else failed, I peppered my friends with questions, & because they love me, they helped me tidy stuff up. Oh, how they love me.

How did you build a community around your blog?

It’s challenging to build a community, it’s hard when you’re just starting out. We spent a lot of time basically putting ourselves, this blog, this concept, out there – through Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, connecting with other bloggers, doing collab projects. When people e-mailed us, we e-mailed them back, if they left comments, we’d respond, we put our faces & names so readers would see that we’re real. We made things personal & intimate, I think, & that’s really the only way I know how to make a community. You have to be open & be willing to be open.

Any specific tips you have for newbie handmade bloggers who want to use their blog to grow their handmade business?

I think updating daily, maybe even numerous times a day is something that helps a lot.  Find blogs/bloggers that are focusing on the same thing you are & connect with them, you can do that by joining an Etsy Team too.  Read & comment on other blogs.  Offer tutorials, freebies, giveaways, make it FUN! Just be you, you can’t go wrong when you do that. Oh, Oh!  Patience is key, don’t give up & don’t be afraid to change or go in a different direction when something isn’t working for you.

Name three websites you couldn’t live without.

Facebook, Flickr & Etsy

What are your three favorite Etsy shops and why?

Amanda:  What a TOUGH question, I have so many!!!  Jessica Swift’s Shop – her artwork is such a huge inspiration to me.  |  Toadstool Soaps Cheryl has been my soap dealer for years, you must try her Pink Candy & Sugar Cookie soaps, YUM!   |   Hydra Heart – I’ve been dying for a pair of her Keyhole Flats for ages, someday!

Jenn: Ooooh, so hard to choose. Definitely vol25 – I love Jess’ art, it’s so pretty. Lunasa Designs – Rebekah’s jewelry is simply amazing! & Jennifer Morris Photo – her photographs are so whimsical & light, they all make me swoon!

Where do you see your blog in ten years?

Ummm, well, we know it will still be on the internet?! Hahaha!! No, really, hopefully blogs will still be around & inspiring people.  A decade is a really long time in blog years though, so we’ll see what becomes of Kind Over Matter, hopefully it will grow over the years, it could morph into some completely different, who knows!  We really haven’t thought that far ahead but we like to Dream Big – so watch out!

Etsy Vintage Shop Owner Interview : Dear Golden

I came across ‘Dear Golden’ when she were featured in a Treasury on the front page of Etsy.  I am always looking for vintage shop owners due to my endless search for vintage embellishments for Amelie Jo.  ‘Dear Golden’ is a revelation in the world of vintage clothing. Shop owner, Lauren’s choices are unique and pristine, and oh, so chic – definitely not your average thrift store finds.

golden vintage

Tell the world something about your self and what you do in life?

Vintage shop owner.

What current entrepreneurial efforts consume your time?

Acquiring great vintage and all the selling it entails, which is more than I ever would have anticipated.

Running my vintage shop, Dear Golden pretty much consumes all of my time. It’s the hardest I have ever worked but it’s the happiest hard work working for oneself!.

One of the best characteristics of The BitCoin Code is that it doesn’t require any download. It works on any operating system such as Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Investors can use the software on any device as long as it is connected to the internet.

 

This guarantees the most important personal benefits of trading which are termed as the privacy of a trader. With the feature mentioned here, one can freely choose to work from home and possibly earn a monthly income. Moreover, this is a chance to teach the mature new generation how to make maximum out of your leisure time.

How To Get Started?

There is a 3 step procedure that investors must follow in order to get started with The BitCoin Code. Traders must first complete the free sign up form that is available on the official webpage of the developer. They will then be assigned a broker with whom they will have to create a trading account. The initial amount that must be deposited is $250. But it is up to the trader how much they want to invest. Basically, the more they deposit, the more they will be able to earn.

Why do you do what you do? What inspires you? When do you get most excited?

I have always loved vintage clothing, ever since I was in high school, studying them historically always inspires me and I get the most excited walking into an estate sale that has a lot of vintage, it’s such a rush.

What is the last thing that made you belly laugh?

Some episode of 30 Rock I am sure.

Have you ever been in business before?

No.

At what point do you consider yourself successful?

I think I am constantly evaluating that. Some days I feel successful, some days I feel I am “in the weeds” and there are also days I worry about having to work a desk/office job again, blargh.

Where do you do your best thinking?

Probably right before I fall asleep. I am always getting up and jotting things/ideas down.

What does your average daily work / life balance look like? How much time do you work, play and sleep?

Admittingly, I work too much and am still trying to find a balance, it’s hard to stop working when you work for yourself and even more so when your work is in your home. I get enough sleep though, 7-8 hours! I also take at least one whole day off, which is sometimes quite hard to do, but then I look forward to the day after when I can work again!

If I could introduce you to anyone, who would it be?

Maybe Bjork, I’d just like to listen to her talk.

What stops you from giving up when you are frustrated?

Gotta work! Can’t not work!