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  • Writer's pictureBettina Butler

After 8 Years It Is Time To Say Good-Bye...

On the 1st of August 2015, Miss Priss Polish opened for the first time.

On the 1st of August 2023, Miss Priss Polish will close.

After 8 years I have made the heartbreaking decision to close my business.

People have often commented on how amazing my nails look or how great my nail polishes are and questioned me as to why I wasn't making it my full-time career. My reply was that I didn't want to mix business with pleasure. I did my nails and made nail polish because it was something I enjoyed, something that I wanted to do, not something that I had to do.

Recently working on Miss Priss projects has started to feel like a chore, like something I had to do. While I still love creating polishes and painting my nails, much of the spark of running a business has dwindled over the years.

One of my biggest struggles has been with marketing. I've never been big on marketing my products online. It takes so much work that it is practically a full-time job on it is own. With marketing demands and changes in social media, I've found it difficult to keep up.

My personal life has changed. Within the past eight years, I have met and married my husband. We are even talking about starting a family soon.

My career has also changed over the years, which has had a big impact on my spare time. When I first started Miss Priss Polish I was a student at university studying for my teaching degree. When I finished my degree I went into casual teaching and short-term contracts. While I was studying and working part-time I had a fair amount of flexibility and free time to indulge in my hobby business. I now have a permanent position and am taking on more challenges and responsibilities. This means that I have limited free time because of my job, but when I do have free time I want to be spending more of it with my family and friends. I used to spend all weekend tucked away in my office creating and swatching. Now my weekends consist of weekend adventures with my husband, lunches with friends, or marking and planning lessons for my classes.

So between my personal life, my career, less free time, struggling with marketing, and losing the spark to dedicate every spare second to running a successful hobby business, I have realized that it is becoming something that I feel like I have to do, rather than something I want to do. So, it is time to say goodbye.

When I started creating polishes I was only making them for myself. I loved the creativity and was so proud of some of the polishes that I created. At the time I was regularly swatching for a number of other Aussie indie polish brands and purchasing copious amounts of my own polishes. Every time I received new polishes I was filled with joy. After about a year of creating for myself, I started to think that maybe someone else would find joy in my polishes, just like I did with the polishes that I received. I wanted to be able to share in my joy and creativity. For 8 years I have been able to share in my love and joy of nail polish with all of my wonderful customers. I deeply appreciate the opportunity that I have had and I would like to thank everyone for all their support over the past 8 years. I want you all to know that every single order, comment, and like brought me so much joy. I hope that I was able to provide some joy for you over the years too.

In the process of closing up shop, there will be a few things happening...

Firstly, I have finished a few polish projects and added them to the shop. As I have rushed to put them up for purchase online, there may not be full swatch photos available.

Next, there will be a progressive sale over the next few weeks to try and sell off all remaining stock. The sale will start with 25% off and increase all the way up to the closure date. Keep an eye out for sale codes in email and social media posts.

Once again thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business over the past 8 years!


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