7 comments / Posted by Lindsay Emery

This new Setting Up Shop series on the blog is a topic I've wanted to tackle for a long time. One of the first questions I'm asked when I tell people about my business is, 'How did you do it?' and it's the question that I struggle the most to answer, because there isn't a simple answer.

I don't think that there's a magical, one-size-fits-all strategy to starting and growing an idea into a meaningful business; or let's be honest, dependable income. I'm not going to gloss over that part of the business, because making money is fundamental to my business's growth and sustainability. Making money is why I don't have to work a traditional 9 to 5, or even a part-time job anymore. All my focus goes into Suite One Studio, and that singularity of vision has created tremendous results for me.

This series isn't going to be a guide with flashy titles or promises. I can't guarantee that any of these steps will create success for you. But I'm going to share my journey, important decisions and major mistakes I've made, and simply, what's worked for me.

If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask about my business, please add a comment here or on this same post on instagram. I'll incorporate your questions into the upcoming Setting Up Shop posts. 

For now I'll leave you with this Before photo, a screenshot of my very first Suite One Studio sale back in 2010. I took this photo on a piece of particle board, on my stovetop, at night with the stove's hood light. Mortification for me... motivation for you. Proof that you can start anywhere, even exactly where you are with what you have.


  • Posted On June 25, 2016 by Katie Payne

    Lindsay, I am fascinated by your success and visual beauty you’ve built in your business. I am a high school ceramics teacher and over this summer I’ve been selling my work at the local farmers market to test out the waters. A question I’d love for you to answer in your next blog post is how did you expand your customer base? I’m a huge fan of Instagram, do you think Instagram is the right platform to have your work seen? Did you ever use a Facebook page? Or is Etsy the way to go?
    Also, I’d selfishly love to see a tour of your studio! :)

    Can’t wait to read more from you!

    Ennis, Texas.

  • Posted On June 23, 2016 by Bijay
    I discovered you on Instagram and have been a fan. I too gave up 9-5 Job , and took the plunge and I am working hard to build up a business.I am looking forward to this series from you. Will you also find some time to share , how does one person ,manage to do all of it ? where do you find the time, how do you create time for yourself ?
  • Posted On June 08, 2016 by Katy

    I’m so excited about this Lindsay! Thanks for being awesome and willing to share. And thanks for sharing the first Etsy sale – I’m sure mine is in a similar vein, dare I look! x

  • Posted On June 07, 2016 by Anna

    So very excited to read about how you started your business! We have been slowly building our brand but it is always fun to read other people’s journeys. What do you think was your tipping point?

    Thank you!

  • Posted On May 20, 2016 by Katie Curry

    I’m so excited to read more about your experience as a creative entrepreneur. Thank you for wanting to help and encourage the rest of us!

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