He is not only passionate about sharing his knowledge, but he is also an amazing metal artist. He creates furniture, jewelry displays, and has a collection of unique jewelry. Visit his Etsy shop to see all of his inspired pieces.
When I decided to start Inspired Success Week I knew I wanted to do and interview with Tim. I was thrilled when he agreed and volunteered to help with spread the word. Thanks Tim!
I have had to pleasure to follow your career of creating amazing metal artwork, a variety of blogs and websites, and writing a book. How is your business different today then when you started selling online?
I remember the day I started ... and sadly it was on ebay... I tried selling my Les Paul Coffee table on ebay and lost $40 in listing fees and never sold it... blah. Then a friend told me about Etsy...... that's where it all began! I started my shop in February of 2007 and had to quit my job a year and a half later due to the volume of sales.. I even had to hire my friend to help me fill orders during the Christmas season. During those crazy years I actually found the time to blog and grow a social media network. Fast forward to today, and my business is very different then when I first started. I still sell my metal all over the world, but it has slowed. The main part of my business is Handmadeology. The blog , Handmadeology Pro, and the Etsy shop.
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There is one story that inspires me to this day, and here it is. In 2008 I was blogging on my old blog teaching sellers how to run an Etsy shop, and I received an email from an Etsy seller. She said she was following my tips and started to set up her shop when she lost her job at the bank. She went on to say that her shop took off and now she was making more selling on Etsy then she ever did at the bank. So you ask what inspires me? If I can teach someone how to make extra money to help pay the bills from selling what they love to make then my job is done! I love hearing from people that this blog post helped, or this ebook changed my way of thinking. The success of my readers, fans, followers, customers, and clients is what inspires me to help.
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|Simple Necklace Tree T-Bar Display|
Providing for my family is my main motivation. It helps to have a wife that shares the same vision of owning your own business. Yes at times it is a struggle to get everything done business wise and still have time for a life and family.
Do you have a book that has inspired you and help you gain focus for your business?
I don't really have one particular book that comes to mind, but there isn't one day that goes by that I am not learning something new. I am always on the hunt for articles, ebooks, videos, you name it!
What is your favorite part of running your business?
My wife owns her own photography business,so I love being able work at home with my wife and son. The flexibility of owning your own business is awesome... right now we are planing our first family vacation!
Here is a Television News story about Tim and his Business
Thank you Tim for taking the time to share your inspiring story with us!
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If you could ask Timothy one question what would it be?