How did I go from creating printable stationery to blogging, giving workshops and teaching creatives about project and time management? It's kind of a long story but I'll try and keep it short.
When I quit my day job, I went through a kind of 'corporate detox'. I wildly embraced the new world I was discovering of Etsy, makers, micro entrepreneurs, bloggers and creatives of all stripes that were carving out an alternative way of creating a livelihood.
it felt like coming home. I was (and continue to be) extremely excited by like-minded people that are striking out on their own and making it happen. I did notice, though, lots of people struggling with how to get it all done, or get focused or how to structure their time so they could work on their business on the side, quit their day job or just get whatever they were trying to achieve done.
I'm able to put the deep expertise I gained from my corporate job as a creative project manager and methodology designer to work for me. I used these skills to exit my corporate job successfully, and was use them to run my business. I soon realized that I have a lot of specialized knowledge that could be useful to my new peers.
Since (the fun) part of my day job had been putting together trainings and guides to help creative teams understand workflow and project management, I thought 'Why not just do that, but for a wider audience, and one I care more about?' I presented these concepts at the very first Hello Etsy! conference in Berlin in 2011. It met with great feedback:
"I just quickly wanted to let you know that when I asked around for peoples' highlights, everybody I asked mentioned your workshop! They really really loved it!"
"I really enjoyed your workshop and feel it was the most informative and useful block of time I had the pleasure of taking part in while at the Hello Etsy conference. I made sure to let all those who got too drunk the night before and slept in until 10 what they missed out on."
I even got a shout out from Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy.
So I created a kit. I thought that would be it, but I continue to be fascinated by the subject and enjoy reading, writing about and sharing it. I continued doing workshops. But you can only get so far in ninety minutes or two hours. There are always questions at the end that just require more time and depth than there's time for.
So I had the idea to create a six week online course with the whole nine yards: video tutorials, assignments an online group and weekly calls. I wrestled with myself for awhile about doing it, since I sometimes feel I should focus on just one thing (not going to happen!) but ultimately decided to do it.
It's been fun (and scary!) putting it together, but it is simply one of those things that wouldn't stop rolling around in my mind until I just sat down and did it.
I'm limiting this first run to just 50 spots, so if you want to sign up for it you can read more about it and do so here.
Photo taken at Hello Etsy by Profaniti.