When I first decided to leave my teaching career to go back to school, I was talking to my friend Julie, and she told me there are lots of graphic designers on Etsy. I had never heard of Etsy before! So I immediately looked it up and have been hooked ever since. (Thanks, Julie!) It's this amazing online marketplace for handmade goods. You can check it out for yourself here.
I began reading the forums, browsing through shops, and learning about successful sellers in the "Quit Your Day Job" blog series. I started thinking, I want to do this, but I knew I needed to learn more about how to make it work for me. I found these two books and read them both cover to cover!
Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Cat Seto can be found here.
How to Make Money using Etsy by Timothy Adam can be found here.
Both books recommended starting a blog to accompany your small business, and so here I am! My Etsy shop is in the works, and I hope to open by the end of the summer!
As for my name, I knew I wanted it to be unique. Something fun and memorable, but meaningful. I came up with Boju, which is a combination of my parents' names.
In a way, Boju is me! I love the way it sounds, and it makes me feel happy.