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Becky Striepe of Glue & Glitter Hits the Big Time - Full Time!


Hey all ... LRBN member Becky Striepe was featured in an ICE interview ... as one of the two longest-running participants in the the Indie Craft Experience, who is going full-time now with her business.

Check our interview with her after the jump!

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Becky decided to leave her day job to work on Glue&Glitter, her business of blogging and crafting full time. Becky was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us via IM.

Lady Rogue: OK, so I am just dying to know the story of you going full-time with Glue and Glitter. Was this a goal, or did you ease into it?

Becky Striepe
I guess both in a way. Things have been getting busier and busier with crafty stuff ... it was reaching the point where I felt like I had no free time at all. So Dave (my husband) and I hatched a plan! We started aggressively saving and when we finally had a nest egg we were comfortable with - 12 months of income - I put in notice at my job.

Lady Rogue
What are the categories of income for G&G? And ... how do you think those will change once you're working full time on G&G? For example, are you planning on launching new products, or just refining your offerings?

Becky Striepe
Now that I'll have days free, I can work on expanding ... approaching shops, keeping my Etsy shop stocked, picking up more blogging and so on. It's going to definitely take some time, but I want to have a really diverse income stream so that if things are slow in one area, I'll still be in alright shape.

Lady Rogue
I am a big fan of that approach because I personally think it's healthier than relying on a single income source. Does it make you nervous? A lot of LRBN members would be hesitant to give up that check.

Becky Striepe
I'll be honest - it's terrifying. We're taking a huge risk, but knowing we have those savings as a backup takes the edge off. If we had a real disaster, we could rely on that until I found some work to make ends meet. I got a lot of inspiration and tips from Itty Biz. She talks all about marketing and launching your company without being evil.

Lady Rogue
Very cool ... that prompts another question ... who else helped you to make this leap? What did your respective tribe (family, friends, coworkers) think?

Becky Striepe
Ooh that is a good question! Most of the folks in my life have been really supportive. A couple of people have let me know that they think I'm completely crazy, though.

Lady Rogue
Do you have an Atlanta-based role model?

Becky Striepe
I really look up to Shannon Mulkey (co-founder of the Indie Craft Experience and the woman behind Patina). She supports herself through her crafting and through teaching art workshops at schools and places like the High Museum. She works really hard, and the payoff is getting to do things that she loves.

Lady Rogue
I know from reading your blog that you have some pretty strong ecological motivations for the work that you do. Does leaving your dayjob put you more in line with your values?

Becky Striepe
Absolutely. I feel like the company where I work does a good job with being responsible about that sort of thing in some respects, but I sometimes feel really out of place in corporate life because of my beliefs.

Lady Rogue
[i forgot to ask what your day job was!]

Becky Striepe
I work for Turner in Sales Operations. It's sort of an organizing and facilitating thing.

Lady Rogue
How do you think your work-life balance will change now that you have more control over your time?

Becky Striepe
I'm really looking forward to that shift. I hate that right now it feels like there isn't time to do things like pack Dave's lunches and keep the house in order, because all of my spare time and energy has been going to Glue and Glitter. It might sound insane, but I'm looking forward to having time to vacuum! Dave has really had to pick up the slack with things like that the past couple of years, and it will be nice to sort of pay him back in that way. (That last one makes it sound like I quit my job to be a housewife!)

Lady Rogue
No, I don't think that makes you sound like a housewife ... I think it plays back into the life balance question. Sociologists have written a lot about working women's "second shift" of housework; I'd argue that working women with side projects/businesses have the "third shift"

Becky Striepe
Yeah, I totally agree about the third shift. I'm so grateful for Dave. He's been incredibly supportive and picked up a lot of the slack when I just don't have it in me.

Lady Rogue
What advice would you give LRBN members who are still working their third shift?

Becky Striepe
I wish I could remember where I read this, but I came across some advice a while back that was basically "don't be afraid to blow things off." I'm not normally the sort of person who likes to let things fall to the wayside, and I think a lot of women working the third shift are the same way. Reading that was sort of an big moment for me. Sometimes, you really do have to just let something go to focus on another that's more pressing. You can't do it all, no matter how much you may want to. Not that I blow things off left and right, but if you really feel like you're at that breaking point, it's ok to let something go or ask for help.

Lady Rogue
What's something that you decided ... as a metaphor ... to accept the B on so you could pursue your A+ somewhere else?

Becky Striepe
Any time there is a craft market coming up, it feels like I have to make that call. I try to keep my G&G blog up with posts Monday through Friday, but if I need to focus on sewing for a one-day event, you'll see my posts drop off during the lead-up.

Lady Rogue
Thank you for the insights, Ms. Becky. Enjoy your last office days ... you'll be nostalgic in time :)

Becky Striepe
Thank you so much for chatting..this was fun!

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