Today I want you to meet Sophie, who creates beautiful things that she sells on Etsy and blogs about it at Onetenzeroseven.
I met Sophie through Daisy and just like her, she is an unstoppable force. In just five years, she has built a brand. For two of those years she’s been self-employed full time. When I’m around Sophie I feel really good about myself and my own goals – a testament to the sort of person she is.
She’s also the Co-Captain of Etsy Team Leeds!
How long have you been creating, making and selling?
I’ve been creating and making for as long as I can remember. I still have a sketchbook from being around 8 years old, filled with really terrible sketches of a clothing line I was desperate to create back then, haha. Some day maybe I’ll make them a reality! I started selling about 5 years ago when I opened up a shop on Etsy and I’ve learned and grown so much since then. It’s crazy to think about where I’ll be in another 5 years.
To you, what is ‘creativity’ really about?
I think being creative is taking what you have and building something really incredible for yourself and the people around you. It doesn’t have to be artistic, you can build something from anything. Creativity is seeing possibilities where other people might not, it’s building a family with strong values, it’s climbing the corporate ladder, it’s looking at your life and deciding where you want to be and setting of on a journey to get there, even if it seems a million miles away. You have everything you need to live your dream life, you just need to be a little creative.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own business?
Do it now. Do it yesterday. It’s the most incredible feeling I’ve ever had. Even if it seems right now that it will only ever be a little side hustle, to build something with your own hands is like nothing else. It can seem overwhelming and you’ll want to have everything perfected before you let your creation out into the world, but the best advice I could ever give is that “done is better than perfect”. It’s no good to have the best idea in the world if you keep it all tucked away to yourself. Pick a point and just start and you will build and grow from there. No one is an overnight success.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
I don’t really believe in discipline, I’m more of a breaking-the-rules kind of gal. When it comes to working hard, though, I believe if you truly love something and want something so much it hurts you will stop at nothing to make it happen. When I was working full time there were occasions where I would work on my business until 4am and get up at 8am to go to my day job. It’s not something I recommend of course, but it was necessary to me at the time. I didn’t really go out and see friends, I didn’t spend money on luxuries like clothes and holidays, for me the most important thing was to build my business and so what may seem and sound like discipline was just pure passion and determination. Now those days are behind me and I have the fully flexible life I dreamed of!