OK its the one you have all been waiting for here is our featured seller interview with MFIPC!!
Sorry for the delay in getting it on the blog!! Ive been sick!! :( but I'm all better! :)
Ok MFIPC or Jaden, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in this line of work?
I started making jewelry when I was a stay at home mom back in 1998. I was self taught by reading library books.-
Take us through a normal day for you.
My daily routine is this:
I wake up at 6:00AM, get the kids fed, dressed and ready for school.
7:30AM, I get on the computer and answer emails.
8:00AM, i get ready for work. 8:30AM, I drive to work.
9:00AM, I'm at work, check my voicemail, unlock the file cabinets, check more email, log onto paypal, start shipping jewelry.
It's about 11:00AM by the time all that is done so I do more of my "real" work.
Noon rolls around and it's off to lunch. During my lunch hour I go to my suppliers and stock up.
Back at work at 1:00PM, answer more emails, check ebay and etsy for sales, ship more stuff out. After that I check the mail. Now it's back to my "real" job. I post customer's payments to their account.
It's about 3:00PM by now so I start making jewelry.
I do this all the way up until 5:30 then I go home.
I get home by 6:00PM. I eat, help the kids with their homework, get them bathed, and read them a book.
Now it's time to take pictures of my jewelry and list them on etsy and ebay. I do this until 10:00PM. Now I can relax, watch the news, Everybody Loves Ray, Corner Gas, Sex and the City, and if I'm able to stay up late enough, I can get a repeat episode of Friends.-
What inspires you?
My kids inspire me. I used to do this as a hobby. I donate some of my profits to 2 charities which are Autism Research and Organ Donation. I do this because my 7 year old son is Autistic and my mom had a lung transplant in Dec. of 2005. Being that my husband was medically discharged from the Navy in 2003, I realized that I had to start making money out of this to help support the family because the VA disability just wasn't enough. That's when ebay came in. After 3 months of selling on ebay I made Power seller and averaged about $2000.00 per month. That still wasn't enough to pay the rent, health insurance, etc so I had to go out and find a job outside of the home. I've been here at my job for almost 5 years now. My boss is the coolest boss ever! He doesn't mind at all that I do my jewelry here as long as my "real" work is done. Now I think ebay and etsy are an addiction..lol..-
What's your most treasured possession and why?
My most treasured possession are my kids. I couldn't imagine my life without them. They keep me going. Everything I do is for them.-
Your photos always look good, do you have any tips or tricks for better pics?
Ahhh..the good ole photo question.
In my opinion, I think my photos still need a lot of work but I will be more than happy to give my tips so here goes:
I use a digital camera, a bad one too, only 300 megapizels. I use the Tungston white balance setting and take my pictures under white light. I use photoshop to edit my photos. These are the exact steps I use when editing my pictures in photoshop:
1. Open photoshop (of course..lol)2. Open the picture you wish to edit.
3. Go to image, then go down to adjustments.
4. Go to Match Color.
5. Take the luminance all the way to 200.
6. Take the color intensity to whatever you feel looks great for your photo.
7. Then I crop my picture to 500 pixels then I'm done.-
What are your top 3 tips for new Etsy sellers?
My 3 tips would be:
1. Get an awesome banner and avatar to match your etsy personality.
2. Participate in the forums.
3. Register on www.linkreferral.com and do your 30 clicks per day. Once I started this, I got 3 etsy sells in 1 day.-
My favorite food is Southern Cooking!!! I have to eat my greasy food! I love everything fried. I even got bored one night and deep fried a waffle..boy, that was good especially when you sprinkle powdered sugar on it. It tastes like a funnel cake.-Tea or Coffee?Coffee, if I drink tea, it has to be sweetened.-
Anything else you wanna say??
Wahoo!! I was contacted by "Flourish Boutique". They want to carry some of my jewelry in their shop and on their website. I will be alongside top famous designers like Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Level 99, Tarina Tarantino and many others. I'm not sure what caught their eye but they sent me an etsy convo. I accepted the offer and signed the contract on 9/10/08. You will probably see some of my item's on their site within the next few weeks. The web address www.flourishboutique.com.
Thanks Jaden!!! So who is next!! watch this space!!!
KEEP IT KITSCH!!