Never have I ever enjoyed buying cards at a card store. The words don’t come out right, they picture isn’t funny to me… I always preferred making my own cards and paper goods. After creating a card to give the love of my life… it dawned on me that people might actually like what I create.
My first design was a card called I Love You and Your Beard – it is a popular one! I branched out to make ones stating love for the ‘Stache and the Banana as well… I made my etsy shop, EmiliePaperie and didn’t do much with it. I had a few sales here and there but 2013 I was focused on Apple and other things.
Recently, I came to the conclusion that I want to make this a small side business, a part-time hobby that actually makes money. I learned SEO tools and the power of social media marketing. I made an Instagram and a Twitter to link my shop together across platforms. A few weeks ago, I applied for an assumed name so EmiliePaperie can be mine and mine alone.
I added new content and capitalized on the upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day, and created some cards that a like-minded individual would appreciate. Let’s be honest, this holiday is about chocolate and “romantically enjoying one another”. I want someone to reach my etsy shop and find the perfect card for their soulmate.
Like this other best seller,
Recently, blogs started to feature some of my cards on their Valentine’s roundup and I was over the moon!
A mommy blogger over at Another Day, Another Diaper
A beautiful wedding website at Emmaline Bride
A well-written blog designed by fantastic local Minnesota women at Flock of Broads
Aside from that… the fact that websites are featuring my cards… all it takes is a single order, especially an international one, to make my heart skip a beat.
The other day, I had an order from South Korea and New Zealand. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?
People across the globe like my creations enough to pay for them to be shipped to their doorstep?!
I’m feeling all sorts of giddy and filled up inside with glitter and happy thoughts.
I hope this is the start of something I can make sustainable and make work for me in all the right ways.
For those of you whom have supported and continue to support, my thanks travels to you on this snowy-Minnesota day,