Printsy has been selected to participate in a survey that explores creative entrepreneurship. Your team was one of those chosen from among Etsy teams whose members produce and sell original crafts and artwork. The study is being conducted by Kristine Kuhn, Associate Professor, and Tera Galloway, Ph.D. student, in the College of Business at Washington State University.
We are requesting that you post the attached survey invitation to your team blog and/or send the invitation out as an email to team members of Printsy. The survey questions are as follows:
1. How long have you been selling your handiwork on Etsy? What were your primary motivations in deciding to start this business? To what extent have your goals (financial, creative, etc.) been fulfilled? 2. Do you receive support, ideas, or help from other Etsy members? Please describe in terms of whether this information has affected the type of products you sell (designs, styles, etc.) and/or how you run your business (marketing, technical support, etc.) 3. Do you provide support, ideas, or help to other Etsy members? Please describe. 4. Why did you join an Etsy team/s? Please describe any advantages and/or disadvantages of team membership. 5. Approximately what percentage of your income comes from selling your handiwork? Is this substantially more than, less than, or about what you expected when you first started this business? Do you expect your revenues to change significantly over the next two years?
We are asking respondents to simply email their responses to these five questions to kmkuhn [!at] wsu.edu. Your team’s participation will help provide a greater understanding of the role of information sharing among creative entrepreneurs. All responses will be kept fully confidential, and no individual names, team names, or personally identifying information will be released. If you are interested in the survey results, let us know and we can share general response trends across teams with you (although not individual responses).
Although we do not have the budget to compensate all respondents for their time, we will select 10 people at random from all those who respond to this request by October 15th, and send them $20 Amazon gift cards to the email address used in their response. If you have any questions, please contact us at the email address or phone number below.
Kristine M. Kuhn Associate Professor Email: kmkuhn [!at] wsu.edu Department of Management College of Business Washington State University Pullman, WA 9914-4736 Tel: 509-335-1694
Tera Galloway Ph.D student Email: teralynn [!at] wsu.edu Department of Management College of Business Washington State University Pullman, WA 99164-4736