(although it hasn't been all that cold here),
the shortened days
(although they're getting longer)
or my own natural inclination to work until collapse
(in a 24/7 selling environment that doesn't really allow for collapse this is not a good model - unless of course you are prepared to really collapse, like into a great big old mahogany box with a velvet liner)
but an awful lot of Etsy sellers are using a 10 letter "e" word to describe their state of mind lately.
And it ain't "exhilerated" (which is 11 letters actually).
I have said it before and I will say it again - this is all a great deal of work
(and before you think I am a big whiner - although hello ... this is not news folks, I did devote
No matter how we sell our makings online we have to - market ourselves, create relationships, take amazing pictures, basically make ourselves stand out among the thousands/millions/gazillions
(where the hell are all these people coming from anyway)
of other makers creating amazing makings and doing the same things we are.
(if you have been doing this for awhile just hearing me say it out loud can make you tired and cranky and reaching for your Snugli and I should add that if you do read my posts out loud I am from New Jersey and should be read with a Carmella Soprano 'foget-about-it' inflection)
There are 5 ways to make money on Etsy:
(maybe more I appear to be out of fingers)
(I recommend a magic 8-ball for this or some market research I have found them to be equally inaccurate)
or you will be sitting on alot of excess inventory and miss out on sales when you run out of stock.
Of course, there is also supply selling on Etsy (5) which involves mostly buying things in large batches and selling them in smaller batches for a profit. The pitfall being that you could end up doing an awful lot of work for not an awful lot of money. You really need to know your profit margins and what your competition (you will undoubtedly have alot) is doing.
Anyhoo, I have been talking to some successful shops who sell in these various models for some great tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded "e" word. I will be posting them over the next two weeks - so check back starting on Friday for Vintage and (hopefully) Large Batch Makers.
* carry me by redbishop
* squirrel salt and pepper shakers by kella
* tshirt by xenotees
* map necklace by sherry truitt
* wish illustration by pale preoccupation