Meet the Powerhouse Behind One of Australia’s Most Successful Online Companys
Not only do we love Etsy for the fact that it is one of the most successful e-commerce company's in the world (and for being responsible for some of our most enjoyable online shopping sprees, ever), but also for the fact that it provides entrepreneurs from all over the globe with a community platform to sell their creations and to make their creative dreams and visions a reality. The global online marketplace for vintage and handmade goods is a remarkable business, to say the least.
Unsurprisingly, when we were given the opportunity to discuss all things career with the managing director of Etsy Australia and Asia, Helen Souness, we jumped at the chance. Not only does Souness live and breathe the Etsy brand, but she truly is as inspiring as the brand itself, too. Scroll on and read our interview with one of the Australia’s most impressive businesswomen.
Probably the hours, because I think people expect it to be a joy (and it is!) working with so many makers and creative people inside Etsy and outside in the Etsy community. While there is much joy, I will do 7.00 a.m. calls with New York colleagues and am as likely to do a 9.00 p.m. call with European colleagues. I have a lot of flexibility though, which I love to use to take back some hours picking up my daughter from school on Fridays for example.
Paul Bennett’s Start Up Daily NewsBot is an amazing round up of global and local digital and start up news. I also have a load of Google Alerts set up and find that a great way to pick up press on Etsy and many other topics I want to follow. Of course, Twitter is great for bites of news from lots of sources too, with favourites accounts including The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Techcrunch.
I wake up to a dog barking alarm that makes me roll out of bed to walk my dog on the beach. A day starts well watching my dog’s complete joy at getting wet, sandy, and generally into trouble on the beach and dog park. I end the day almost inevitably catching up on Twitter, which is sadly to the detriment of reading books.
Etsy’s plans for growing Asian markets and what this means for empowering small makers and new online entrepreneurs, and helping a whole host of makers, designers make their creative business dreams come true this year with Etsy Resolution, our free email course which guides you through the process of starting a thriving creative business on Etsy.