Etsy features a blog series called Quit Your Day Job where they highlight sellers who are successful enough to run a full time Etsy shop. Making the leap from hobby to full time business is a choice for most people, but a necessity for some.
During the month of September, I will be running a series of interviews with five other Etsy shop owners who have disabling chronic pain conditions. They are not able to work outside of the home. Etsy offers the freedom and flexibility for those, like me, who have pain conditions that restrict us from holding down "day jobs." These women will share with you how they overcame their challenges, worked to grow businesses with certain limitations, and also tips for others considering starting an Etsy business.
My inspiration for writing this post came from a time where I tried to go back to the workforce myself. I am recently divorced and trying to support myself without relying on disability services because of the way a lot of people view "invisible illnesses" vs visible disabilities. I found that I was unable to work outside of the home due to a variety of conditions, and I am so thankful I also have my Etsy business I can continue to grow. There is something truly special about being your own boss when you are not able to report to others due to medical conditions. I will share my story this week, and I hope that you will also continue to follow the entire series.
The statistics on chronic pain vary greatly, but it is currently estimated that up to half of the American population experiences some type of reoccurring pain. I know that many chronic pain conditions affect women more than men, so I thought that this topic would be interesting to share with all of the people who love Etsy (which I know has more women Sellers/Buyers than men, so I thought it would also be applicable to both populations).
I hope that you will check out their shops and choose to support their businesses when you are browsing Etsy. I have already purchased items from one of these sellers and plan to support others as the Holiday giving season approaches.
Featured Etsy Sellers:
Anna of Artibility
Kris of Laughing Vixen Lounge
Loretta of LorettaJos
Loye of Loye's Threads
Shannon of Perriewinkles
For more information on the American Chronic Pain Association and Chronic Pain Awareness Month, visit http://www.theacpa.org/September-is-Pain-Awareness-Month
Looking forward to sharing this series with you!