If a teen can do it so can you. Heres a little insight on how 329 became a self funded business by such a young entrepreneur.
Have you ever thought about making some side cash by utilizing that awesome and crafty mindset of yours? We aren’t going to lie, starting an Etsy shop is not the easiest thing to do in the world, but it’s worth it.
When 329 Dorm Decor started, there actually was no hesitation. I knew I wanted to make some side cash while going to college and still be able to maintain a flexible schedule. Sure there was a lot of doubts and roadblocks. But one of the keys to starting an Etsy shop, much like any other business, is to overcome roadblocks and maintain a little bit a faith ( a little bit of starting cash always helps too).
As a teen, I took my $100 paycheck I made while working at a local frozen yogurt stand and cashed it in. From there I started a Etsy account, started doing research, and brainstormed what I wanted the shop to be about. I cut coupons and bought all the materials I could afford (and that were on sale) to start making things that I liked, not necessarily what I thought people would like.
See that’s the great thing about Etsy.
Etsy is home to many crafters and artisans that aren’t just trying to make an extra buck, but are showcasing their passions through their products in their shops. The best part? People are buying it. There is something magical about buying a product that someone put their heart and soul into making rather than just buying it off the shelf.
And that’s exactly what I did. I was moving into my own dorm and didn’t really enjoy the decor that was already on the shelves. It all seemed so lifeless and machine made. Worst of all, it seemed like everyone was buying it, making the original value even less. I started painting canvases and drilling bottles to make bottle lights. Before I knew it my mom’s mini van was packed to the top and I was on my way to decorating my dorm and starting my first business.
I guess the moral of the story is… If you are thinking about starting an etsy shop…DO IT. Find what you love doing, cut some coupons, and put your heart and soul into it. We believe in you and there are others out there that do too. So saddle up and hold on tight to enjoy the crazy ride.