Supporting Artists & Small Businesses

On average, I get 2 emails or messages every day asking if I would consider sending out my shop stock for free in exchange for exposure. Some are even cheeky enough to suggest a discount code to pass onto their followers, to gain even more exposure. Disguise it as you will, be it a 'PR sample', a 'collaboration', trust me I've heard it all and I've only been running my teeny tiny shop for two years.

Since becoming a small business owner myself, I have developed an understanding of the importance of supporting others like me and I've also come to prefer to buy from online independent sellers over big retail chains. If I can get it on Etsy, I'll most likely be giving my money to that person in exchange for a much more personal experience and super appreciative customer service.


Do you know what artists and creators do when you buy their work? Each sale they make, a little dance breaks out, perhaps even a squeal of delight and a huge smile will spread across their face and last the entire day. What's even better is most of the time, buying from a tiny business means you'll often get a handwritten note, thanking you for your order and you can feel through that note just how much it means to them. I always pop a little sweetie into my orders too because this makes the opening of your parcel even more enjoyable. It's the little touches like this that make buying from an independent seller so much more special than buying from your huge retail giants.


It truly is a wonderful thing that so many people are able these days, to use the internet world to their advantage and run businesses, living the dreams and working from home. Perhaps a young parent who is supporting their children, an older individual channeling their love for knitting through an online shop or even a couple trying to build their empire. There are so many different creators and makers out there and once you stop to realise that these are real people, with real lives and real bills that need to be paid, you'll maybe think twice about messaging them asking for a cheeky freebie to review. 

If you really want to help and support a small business, buy a little something, share on social media, like their posts, comment on their photos and above all - be kind.

Thanks for reading,


8 comments

  1. I can't believe you've been contacted about this, especially when you're an emerging business. I see this a lot and I always feel for companies and small business owners that get this because it's so unsupportive. Your final paragraph was exactly the right way to support a small business. I follow a fair few Etsy shops on Twitter as all as business like yours and when I can't buy anything I always try to Like post, Retweet them or even just message them to say I like what you're doing to show appreciation. In this current economic climate I think it's bad PR to contact people expecting them to send out your hard work for free in exchange for exposure. I myself am a very small blogger and the amount of times I've been emailed to do a sponsored post just for my blog's exposure for something which has no bearing or relevance on the kind of things I post is so bad and I see it a lot in the blogging community. So know that I 100% support you and when I can I will definitely be buying a few things from you! :D - Tasha

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    1. Thankyou so much for your comments :) I get a lot of emails for my blog as well, like last week it was someone wanting sun cream research posting here. Instagram too, I get a lot of emails offering me follower growth programmes and I'm like whaaaaaat?!
      It's so important to spread awareness as to how much buying from small businesses helps so thankyou so much for understanding! :) x

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  2. Ahhh, type, that should have said, as well as businesses like yours, not as all as business - haha, I blame typing too fast! :D

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  3. I completely believe in the idea of supporting small businesses too, especially local ones! I'm always buying my cards on Etsy and most of my stationery comes from small online shops

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. That's awesome! Etsy is definitely the place to go for it :) x x

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  4. Somebody actually had the nerve to flat out ask you for a freebie in exchange for blog post or whatever? Wow, that's crazy. I'm sorry you have to deal with this nonsense. But you nailed it beautifully in your post what makes buying from a small business special, both to the customer and the seller - I laughed out loud at the "little dance, huge smile and squeal of delight" bit and was like: Yeah, we so do that whenever anybody buys anything from us! Glad to see we are not alone in that^^

    P.S.: Your art is adorable! The bunny...awww.

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    1. It happens a lot :( it's getting harder and harder to not respond with a blog post like this directly to the individuals so I'm choosing to ignore people now rather than respond at all haha! x x

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  5. So so SO wrong on SO many levels!!!! I am glad you have shared your experiences with this on here and YouTube, you have prepared me! xD
    Yes, I plan to review art materials, products and art from other artists on my blog and YouTube, but it never even entered my mind to ask for anything for free!! Creating online content doesn't make you royalty!!! Even as a financially struggling artist who for the most part is living in poverty, I WANT to spend my precious spare money on the creations of artists I love! If you truly love them and their work, you'd want to support them with money! Maybe it's because I'm an artist too and I appreciate how much time, effort, research, care, money and energy goes into each piece. It infuriates me when we're asked for free things! We all go through it and I treat every person with respect and as someone who doesn't understand, but if they continue or become rude, while I remain professional, I WILL use my claws! xD
    Ellis, you are incredibly sweet, talented, patient, funny, honest and wonderful! Don't let any of these greedy and self righteous and arrogant people get to you!
    If you ever feel upset or down, i'm just an email or message away <3

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