I've been trying to maintain my business-like demeanor but right now this whole business thing is feeling pretty sucky! I'm not blaming the economy or Etsy's fairly recent plummet in item views due to the batch loading system getting all gummed up (ok, placing a bit of blame on that second one) but whatever the problem it's bringing me down. It's been nearly 3 months since I've had a sale! I'm making fewer sales even though I'm making and listing more than I did before our big move and my reopening shop. I made more sales in the months right before we relocated and I did nothing to my shop, so I'm finding it difficult not blaming the Etsy issues.
I feel like I'm making all this super sweet stuff for no one. Maybe it's just going to be that way until the boys are both in school and I can devote myself full time to this little venture. I'm trying so hard to see it as a fun hobby, a creative outlet, but I can creatively outlet into my own scrapbooks. I know, woe is me. I'm frustrated. To sell you have to make make make and list list list, even more so with the aforementioned issue. If I'm not selling I don't have the money to make and list. Since I know that a full-on bitch and moan session isn't terribly appealing I'll put on the breaks before I go careening into a dark ravine of self pity (or is it too late?) and share some things I plan on trying to do to drum up some business.
- I am trying to get some sales warming up by listing several times a day. This has become quiet the conundrum since I can't always make enough new items and find time to take, edit, and post said items with the distractions of kids, pets, husband...but no excuses, I'm trucking along none the less. At the very least I hope to be creating a large stock pile of goodies to take with me whenever I decide to finally take the plunge and try selling at my first craft show.
- Sell at craft shows. This is an incredibly intimidating prospect but one I think I should be planning on tackling next Spring.
- Hand out all those stinkin' cute business cards I made! I have a stack of business cards holding a spot in my wallet when they should be going out into the world to inform people of my existence!
- Approach local shops about selling my wares in my heavily trafficked downtown. Also a very intimidating prospect.
- Give Etsy's Alchemy feature a test drive.
- Discover a magic potion that endows me with boundless energy, time, money and creativity to accomplish all this! That could be a successful endeavor. I think Starbucks is already making some serious headway in the area though!
NOTE: My shop The Beehive is now Papercut Kitchen! Please visit my shop Papercut Kitchen by clicking here.