PM: Where are you based out of?
Just me! Except my 10 year old daughter does a great job at putting our mailer boxes together, folding papers & making the “promo packs” of business cards for all the samplers. I’ll take all the help I can get & she doesn’t ask for any money either. That’s always win-win for a start up.
PM: What inspired you to start the company?
PM: Did you have a background in crafting prior to starting the company?
I had started out in mixed media collage back in the early 90’s, then a scrapbooker but now I mostly just do digital & project life, designed & sold t-shirts for a few years, designed & sold transparencies for crafting, designed some more mixed media collage & other paper goods for a few more years, sold travel photography, a little bit of everything you could say…
PM: Did you run into any problems or resistance while launching your company?
It’s going to sound completely odd but I didn’t. I was completely prepared to have to really fight to get people to see what my vision was for this project, to understand what it was & what it was all about. Instead I was floored by shops that not only “got it” but contributed whole-heartedly and were “in” from day one. They were so awesome. I was blessed.
Not having to sit at a desk and answer phones (my old job). I probably work more than I did with my previous employment but I love seeing this venture flourish & grow every day. I love hearing the feedback from customers. But I really love when a review comes out that gives great shout out’s to my contributor’s shops…I get so happy when I see them getting exposure. It’s all about them as much as it is about me.
PM: What do you see in the future for Indie Craft Sampler?
Just to keep growing and evolving. Keep hammering away at getting the word out. I might take the Sampler to some of the big craft shows. Skies the limit :)
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