Kami started her side hustle by working nights from home. She hopes to work full time on Paper Clip.
Tell me a little bit about how you got started?
While working a 9 to 5, I was in search for a night job, where I could work from home. My mother already had a business on Etsy, so I decided it would probably be a good idea to start a shop of my own. I wanted to create a business where it didn’t take much startup funds. Since I’m a graphic designer, I decided on starting a company that sells affordable branding services to small business owners.
Why did you start your Side Business.
I really started my shop generate additional income. It’s just a bonus to be able to do what I love while being helpful to others. I enjoy seeing small businesses grow.
How long have you been doing this?
I opened my shop, Paper Clip on September 2, 2012.
How do you make money (Hourly, By Project, Retainer or One Time Fee)?
What Areas of Marketing have worked best for you, for instance Referrals, Social Media, etc?
I must say, Referral. To be honest, I’ve driven some sales in by social media but referrals have made my business what it is today. It seems to generated a snowball effect of increase in sales.
When do you find the time to work on your side businesses with a full time job and other obligations?
All night long. My side business can pretty much feel like a full-time night job. Some nights I work from the time I get home until midnight. It can feel a little over whelming at times, but I really enjoy what I do.
Did you set any business Goals when you started?
Yes. I wanted to double in sales each month. I also plan to one day quit my day job.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
My advice would be to do something you love, so it doesn’t feel like work. Make sure your clients feel appreciated and loved. I try my best to respond to messages within 24 hours and award my customers with a discount code for future orders. Also, if you start a business and it doesn’t work out, don’t quit, just start another one.
Anything exciting coming up that you would like for us to know about?
I’m working on bringing new designs to my shop! Please visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopPaperClip. I would love to help brand your company! xx