dpd1 - 10:18 pm on Nov 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
It's going to be hugely different for everybody. I started as a hobby to make extra money. Technically sold stuff right off the bat, but maybe just a couple things a week. Was actually ready to quit because it didn't seem worth it after about 4 years. Then for some odd reason it started to take off. I figured I'd put a little more into it, since I had more time. I pounded the pavement online, working the forums and stuff. Good thing I kept with it, because now it's full time, and my old job is basically gone. But it took ten years to get here, which is an OK living at this point. But could be better. Growth means more products, so just need to find time for that. It's a lot of work. Too much. Almost 7 days a week. But it is what it is. I do a little AdWords, but that's it. It's basically all word of mouth and back links. And maybe there's some search stuff going on, but I have no idea how much. I don't obsess over the SEO type stuff. I'm more traditional. I figure if I build it right... They'll buy. I've put a huge amount back into it. Anytime I order other makers products, I try to add a new item or two. I always try to add on new things. I try to make as many items from the same basic materials as possible, so as to offer as much variety as possible, without having to have a million parts. I try and do positive things with the money, which is important.