Take 5 – Laura Baillie Designs

I am so amazed at the beautiful pieces of jewelry from Laura Baillie Designs! Her earrings and charm bracelets are a combination of elegance and style. Check out the fabulous interview with Laura, the artist behind Laura Baillie Designs.

Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 with an Honours Degree in Textile Design. My specialism was knitted textiles and when I started my business I made felted bags and corsages. It has only been in the last 2 years that I have started making jewelry for a bit of a change! I have been doodling and making all my life, creating from found objects and collecting scraps of wrapping paper for cards. I was making and selling cards to my family when I was 5!

I started selling my bracelets and earrings on Etsy in October 2007 so I am still quite new to all and finding the best ways to promote and find new customers.

Where would you like your shop to be in 1 year? In 5 years?

During my first year on Etsy, I would like to invest more time listing and driving new customers to the shop, and by October of this year, I would love to have reached 100 sales. Over the next couple of months, I would also like to add different products like cards and prints.

In 5 years, I would love to be making a steady income from the shop hopefully to live off of.

Looking back, if you could do anything differently in starting your business, what would it be?

I started my business 6 years ago and the only thing holding me back has been some health issues. So no, I wouldn’t do anything differently, apart from finding Etsy sooner!

What is a typical day in the office like for you?

First I check emails, Etsy, and my blog “daily reads” to see what is happening out there. Then I spend the afternoon making, photographing, and journaling. I have learned over the years that this is my most productive creative time, when the sun is high and it is bright outside. Evenings are when I update my blog and do paper work and try to sort out my desk afresh for tomorrow.

As a seasoned entrepreneur, what advice or words of wisdom do you have for those that are just starting out?

Ask lots of questions. Do something that you love and brings you pleasure. Don’t try to be something you are not, it shows. Trust your gut instincts and tell everyone you meet about your venture and always have some business cards on hand.

For more information on Laura Baillie Designs, check out the blog and shop!

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you so much! I’m going to repay the favour and mention you on my blog 🙂 Happy weekend x

  2. What a wonderful interview! Laura is so talented and it is exciting to hear more about her and her process! Thank you for posting this Emily! 🙂

  3. What lovely jewelry! Thanks for sharing this awesome artist with us!!

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