How it all started.
My little shop, Maley Designs, started out as a way to pass the time while we lived in South Korea during my husband's service in the Army.
I remember the day I bought a $99 Singer sewing machine at the Army PX and taught myself to sew. I started making baby blankets and burp cloths.
I quickly found that I loved it and was not half bad at it either. And just like that, our handmade business was started.
If first you don't succeed...
After our first son was born, I decided to start personalizing pre-made quality blanks. This is when I started getting serious about selling on Etsy.
Neil had been patient with me and all my attempts at starting businesses. I knew I wanted to one day own a DTG machine to print on shirts, but I did not have the funds to start out with one.
He gave me $500 and said that was the last of the money he was going to give me to start another business. 😄
This was my last chance.
I purchased some vinyl and a Silhouette and started learning everything I could about how to be successful on Etsy.
As I learned about optimizing my shop and how to find great keywords, my shop started growing.
I worked every day between the kiddo’s naps and stayed up late every night making designs, cutting the vinyl, and packaging orders.
My office started in the living room, so Neil and I were still spending time together at night as he played video games and I worked on orders.
I wish I could tell you that building an Etsy shop into a full-time income was a breeze. The steps were simple, but it was the hard work we put in along the way coupled with our strategy that made us successful.
Many late nights and weekends, we worked in our basement printing and shipping out orders. That is where we hired our first employee and then our second.
Our family was growing again and then came the news.
Neil and I had a tough decision to make. Between the business growing and having to deal with continued military deployments and relocations, it was hard on our family.
We had built a strong foundation for our Etsy shop using our Sustainable Sales System and decided to take a huge leap of faith.
We left the Army to run Maley Designs full-time as a family.
We have learned so much along the way.
We created Small Shop Success to be a resource for Etsy shop owners covering everything we wished we would have known form the beginning!
We believe selling on Etsy:
Doesn't have to be complicated.
Doesn't require you to always be on social media.
Can change your life, just like it did ours.
Whether you are just starting out or have been on Etsy for a while and are frustrated with the lack of sales in your shop; we can help.
We have been there and got the t-shirt while printing several thousands along the way😀
Do you want more sales in your Etsy shop?
After looking back on the past 7 years of selling on Etsy, we identified what worked and what didn't. We created the Sustainable Sales System to teach Etsy sellers like you, who want more sales in their shop exactly how to do it.
There are different ways to drive more traffic to your shop, but if you are not getting consistent sales right now- you need to fix the holes in your shop before you drive traffic.
No one told me that when I was growing my shop, but you now have me on your team. I want your shop to be the next small shop success.