We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Having more control over my brand and product is what led me to starting my own business and website. I had been a seller on an ECommerce website for several years. I had no control over the look of the platform or the increasing fees. I wanted to build a community around my brand and share what I love most, creativity!
My journey started as a vintage inspired crafter. I wanted to tell a story through my creations and would sell my finished goods to help cover the cost of supplies. While this in itself was successful, it was more of a hobby than a business. I found that I could not create enough product to keep up with the demand nor generate a steady income. That is when I decided to start teaching my trade. I started a Youtube channel, began holding classes and creating digital theme kits. While my kits can take weeks to months to create, once it is created, it will continue to generate passive income for years to come. I still am able to do what I love, teach like minded crafters while building a brand.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a vintage inspired designer, I strive to tell a story in my creations. I don’t work toward perfection and I try to instill that in my classes. To me imperfection is reality. Life is not perfect and neither should our designs be. When I first started out, I tried many different mediums and did not have a true focus. It wasn’t until I started creating for myself and not trying to keep up with the latest trends that I found my calling. I started to get recognized and known for my style of work and that is when my community started to grow. I love the connections I have made with crafting community and enjoy the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Being a creative for me is easy, it is all the other things that are hard. I now have a website and store to manage as well as the monthly books, while keeping up with social media and producing more digital kits. I overcome these challenges by setting realistic goals and making sure that I keep it fun! When it starts to become overwhelming, I allow myself to step away for as long as needed. I think the biggest lesson I have learned along the way is to be true to you. If you try to pull yourself in to many directions, you probably will not be successful in any. I enjoy combing through flea markets and antique shops looking for inspiration and literal pieces of the past that I can incorporate into my designs. It is important to remember that a hobby and a business don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in an old Western town called Prescott, It is a tourist destination, with lots of places to eat, drink and shop. Whiskey Row is a favorite place to stroll. It has some old time bars and great food. Being a local, I also know some of the hidden gems that are found down stairs and back allies. the Point Bar and Lounge is a favorite of ours with some of the best drinks in a speakeasy atmosphere. There are also some wonderful antique shops On Cortez street, which is also known as antique row.
For a day trip, you can easily drive down to Jerome or Sedona. Jerome is an historic mining town with some great history, shops and restaurants. Sedona is the home of the Red Rock and has some wonderful hiking trails, more shopping and great food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A well known designer by the name of Tim Holtz has been a continued source of inspiration in my creative journey. He has a love for eclectic vintage and designs products to help re create and capture the past.
His influence and style has been a source for much of my inspiration creatively.