I recently had the pleasure of chatting with KaKyung Cho from BarSoapBrooklynLLC. BarSoapBrooklynnLLC opened on September 5, 2011 and was Sneak Attack by the Handmade Movement on January 5, 2012.
Thank you for reaching out and I would be glad to answer your questions:
How did the sneak attack affect your shop?
We all know how hard even get noticed when you start out Etsy shop. You look forward that 1 view of product or shop, then 10, then the first sales. Likely you don't have great product picture, you don't have SEO lined up right, you don't have keywords set up right-all that frustration, and moreover, you might not even know necessity of those. Sneak attack was a break-through moment for my shop and got me courage and strength to go on this journey as maker.
What was your reaction to the sneak attack?
I was not sure what was going on! I could not believe the sales boost and community support! I still see traffic from sneak attack after three years. It is just amazing.
Are you selling on other venues?
Yes, wholesale is my main business and I do sell to retailers around country.
Comments you would like us to pass on to the team?
My moto for the business is, that everything has a small beginning. Etsy provides ground for your business to start and possibly sustain your life as a maker. Nothing can rise to the sky in a second. You only can grow when you put your mind to nurture it. Improve, improve, improve everyday and look around what's going on. Do not copy other's idea-there is clear line in between doing market research versus copying other's ideas. Oh, most important thing-DO NOT QUIT your day job unless you have your business plan set up and you already make enough from Etsy (or from other sources) to sustain your life!