"I was at my kitchen table by myself for a year and a half rolling every single piece of paper, printing, cutting every single piece of paper," she says. "I was my own bookkeeper."
"I need more management tools that are not present on Etsy," Noss says. For example, she says, the messaging system made it tough to sort through a lot of customer emails.
Etsy has gotten very big, very fast. This year, sales are at about $800 million. "Their growth on all the major metrics you want to look at has accelerated really consistently," says journalist Rob Walker.
In some of the Scandinavian countries, more advanced handicrafts form part of the formal, compulsory school curriculum, and are collectively referred to as slöjd in Swedish, and käsityö or veisto in Finnish. Students learn how to work with mainly metal, textile and wood, not for professional training purposes as in American vocational–technical schools, but with the aim to develop children’s and teens’ practical skills, such as everyday problem-solving ability, tool use, and understanding of the materials that surround us for economical, cultural and environmental purposes.