“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
― Joseph Chilton Pearce
3 Years on Etsy
February 23rd 2013 was when we first opened our online doors here at Create the Cut, 3 years down the line and Create the Cut is now a small Design Studio employing us both full time. To get a true understanding of how this came about we really need to look back 5 years to the beginnings of our Etsy journey and our first venture into e commerce.
Back in 2011 as a side project while pursuing our day jobs (which were both small businesses that we owned separately) we ran an Etsy shop selling wedding guest books. This was the first time we had dipped our toes into the world of e commerce. At first it took time to gain traction, eventually though we started to see some sales trickling in and after a time we managed to see a very small income from it. During this time however we had come to the realization that although working from home and running a business together was always the goal, this business didn’t feel right. We spent more time posting and packing orders and conversing with people rather than creating products. Our most popular products were items that had the same design which left very little room for creativity, it started to feel monotonous making them over and over again. Although we never put a ‘closed’ sign up, we fulfilled our last orders with the remaining stock and stopped listing new products. While this was going on, subconsciously we were actively exploring other options.
A personal friend and mentor had a business model that inspired us both and although our current business is worlds apart from his product, the principles and theory involved have proved to be invaluable.
3 years on we have experienced:
We just want to say a massive thank you. Thank you for all your support, kind words, fantastic feedback and continued custom. Our customers truly are some of the nicest people on the planet, so, so talented.
Over our working lives we have been involved in the start up and running of 7 businesses between us, each one building on top of the next, none have been “wrong” but each have allowed us to explore our creativity further. We are both thankful that we have had this opportunity together.
Here’s to next year!
All week we will be giving a thank you free gift with any purchase and as a special anniversary day treat if you make a purchase on the 23rd of February you will be entered into our prize draw to win 3 free clip art sets of your choice from our Etsy shop! In fact, since its been 3 years we will have 3 winners!
To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is make a purchase between now and midnight on the 23rd of February and write the phrase “Happy Anniversary” in the note to seller.
HOW IT WORKS:
– Purchase any item in our Etsy shop.
– Go to download your item.
– At the bottom of the download page you will see a Note From Create the Cut
– There will be a special link within the note to the free gift. Copy and paste the link into your browser.
– Download and enjoy your freebie!
– Terms and conditions still apply.
If you are unsure of how to download your free gift then please just get in touch after purchase and we will send you the link manually.
Free gift available until February 28th 2016