1. Fill in the Blank
Basically this is a to do list. My to do list is a 2 parter. The first part are daily etsy activities
- take pictures
- improve pictures (using models)
- edit descriptions (make them a little more engaging and interesting)
The second part are ideas for the shop that I need to start working on. This part of the to do list is project oriented
- create a jewelry tree for craft fair display
- create gift boxes from greeting cards, and handmade paper to accent
This article basically argues that success comes from listening to your real wants, and believing in yourself. My favorite quote from the article was
"Be the you who doesn't go for perfection, but
goes for authenticity and uniqueness."
3. Get a head start on your holiday stock
This one's pretty obvious, but also difficult. Right now I'm working on a few recycled pendants using bottle caps and a more moderately priced cowl.
One of the most difficult things about maintaining an etsy shop is creating while marketing, and this is even more evident during the holidays. I think success is about planning and perseverance, which can be more difficult than it sounds!
I also came across Timothy Adam's 50 Questions For Etsy Sellers
Here are the most valuable things I found in this long questionaire:
- etsy's new experimental search tool called explorer http://www.etsy.com/explorer# promises to be valuable for coming up with tags, and for creating treasuries
- post a clickable view of your treasury on your website, blog, etc. http://www.whalesharkwebsites.com/tools/treasury.php
- Automatically renew your listings on your own schedule http://statsy.org/clockbot.php