Here's what Val of ValMade had to tell us.
1. Why do you do what you do? I’ve always knitted and cross stitched since I was young, and when all my friends reached the age where they started having children I didn’t want to just buy something off the shelf, so made them all baby booties and a little cross stitch picture with their babies information on it. It was great to be able to give them something more personal and they appreciated it. Since then it’s evolved into other craft projects. Basically I don’t like sitting at home with nothing in my hands, so am always making something whilst watching the TV.
2. How long have you been selling online? Why did you start? I’ve been dabbling online for a couple of years, but only started trying to make a serious go of it this year when I discovered Artfire. I started, as friends who received my gifts suggested I try selling some. Also my spare room has reached a point where if I don’t sell some of my creations I’m not going to be able to get in it soon.
3. What's your inspiration? Every day life. I’m always wandering around looking at every day objects and thinking of ways to use them. I try where possible to re-use things, so some of my friends think I’m a bit mad when they see me picking up things others may have discarded.
4. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Ironically I wanted to be an airline pilot, which if you saw how bad a flyer I am these days you’d laugh.
5. Do you have a day job? I do. I work for a small company in the finance world in Hong Kong.
6. What advice would you give to someone who just started selling online? Don’t give up. The internet is a very different world to selling in person, and takes a lot of perseverance. Great customer service is essential as well. People are generally dealing with an anonymous presence online and if they aren’t kept abreast of what is going on with their request they can get upset quickly.
7. Anything you'd like to add? I love looking at all the creativity there is out there on the handmade venues. It’s nice to see that there are still a lot of people who take the time to create things themselves. A welcome change in the mass produced world we live in today.
Links you can find Val at:
Val on Plurk
Val on Twitter