I wish that this were an instant success thing, I know I make great stuff, therefore it should be selling right?? Alas it's not. Granted I have made 18 sales (3 away from etsy) since I officially opened my shop a month ago, they have all been to friends and family. Which I love, I love the support, but I cannot expect to stay afloat on that alone, I want that coveted first stranger sale! Well, I guess you should say second stranger sale, my 2nd sale on etsy was to a random person who was apparently looking for orange shell earrings. Oddly enough the item ended back up in the Detroit metro area; nobody has yet confessed to being this person.
What I am learning now is, etsy is flooded with jewelry, so much that only some of my items have over 100 views. I am trying to figure out how to get the big wide world out there to LOOK AT ME!!! I have not seen too many items out there with my look on them though, but then again I do not look THAT much at other people's things...maybe this is part of the problem? I feel like I'm back in Chemistry class struggling to keep up and figure out how to stay afloat!
I am becoming so obsessed with getting that sale from someone who has not seen my stuff in person that it's affecting (effecting? Here comes that spelling part....) my other job right now. I know, not good, that's the one with the real money potential. But all I can think of is making a sale with jewelry. It's my passion; it iswhere my heart is! On that note though, I should buckle down and make 10 calls...I'll be right back...
Ok, so where was I?
I am beginning to think that word of mouth is going to be my best friend. Business cards are on their way out to friends who have purchased things; I have added perks in it for them, freebies for getting me sales. Any advice that can be thrown my way would RULE! I have lost the spark for writing while I was making calls, so I guess I should go back to that and leave the blog alone for now.
PS - anyone know what is up with the slideshow gadget? I have a great album lined up, yet it won't show up in my list...