Thursday, July 26, 2012

So Many Places Yet So Little Time

I have been giving a lot of thought as to how I can increase my business sales. I have joined several teams on Etsy and have been trying to actively participate in them several times a day. I have also been trying to make a treasury per day. Things that interest me or items from teams members that I like, to help promote others. I am not sure if I am doing it completely right and I am not even sure that it is having a positive effect. 

So where do I go from here? Well lets see. Facebook fan page *check*, Twitter account announcing everything and my whimsies *check*, Blog to help promote business and talk about crafting and business *check*, Listing in more than one online venue *????* uh oh.

And there in lies my quandary. I really want this little venture of mine to be a success. I want to continue to make pretty things that other people like and want to buy whether it is my full time job or my part time jig after school. 

So do I list in other locations? and if so what locations? There truly seems to be dozens to choose from:

 So how far do I expand?? How many stores do I keep up and running? How much time will I have to dedicate to the marketing and how much time am I willing to donate. If I wasn't looking at going back to school in a month I think I would try and do them all. Make this my full time job. But I do have plans to return to school. Of course right now my thought is but if only this was successful I wouldn't have to go back to school lol.

This truly is a hard decision and right now I am just not sure which decision is the right on. I think it is something that I need to sit with for awhile. I need to meditate on it and try and find some advice from with in. And I need to discuss it with a few people that I truly trust on can I be successful here or am I just playing at having this business. 

Whatever my decision I continue to enjoy making beautiful *to me at least* items. I am constantly having ideas and being inspired by things and people around me. And I truly hope it never goes away as my little Cancerian self needs an artistic outlet. 

Stay tuned and Happy Beading :-)

Best News EVER!!

So I have the best news ever and have been dying to write about it since this past weekend but unfortunately life has gotten in my way (as it tends to do). But now that it is quiet in my life for 2 whole seconds I can share. 

I HAD MY FIRST ONLINE SALE!!!!  Um. . . does that seem a little excited?? Well good because it is supposed to be ;-). When I first found out I have to say I did a little jig with my 8 year old (she was very excited as well). Of course then I had to breathe and go and see exactly what sold. It was 2 pairs of my custom earrings and I have to say 2 of my most favorite pairs at that. 

I have to say it was a little confusing at first as to where the money was going and how and blah blah blah lol. But I got it all figured out and couldn't wait to hit that "this item has been shipped" button. 

I am proud to say that the package was received and in one piece (have to admit I was a little worried about the spirals) and I was contact to the recipient who was thrilled with their purchase and couldn't wait to wear them. My heart swelled because I never really thought that I would be successful at this. It has always been in the back of my mind that I enjoy making these items but really who is going to buy them.

Now that question has been answered and I m thrilled for me and the buyer. Someone bought my things and someone is going to be wearing them. This is only the beginning and things will only go up from here. Already I am receiving more views in my shop . I have felt a renewed fire and have gotten back to promoting and most importantly crafting. I so look forward to what is to come :-D.

Happy Beading

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Some Days I Wonder

Some days I wonder if I am doing the right thing? I wonder if I am following the right path? As my first sale continues to elude me I wonder if my items are worthy of selling?

I really enjoy making the items I make and love having ideas for new items. And then I think yes I am doing the right thing and I must work harder to promote what I am selling and get that name out there. And there is lies the problem lol. I hate self promotion and totally suck at it. I have that thought of no one wants to hear from me *sigh*. And of course I also would rather be playing with my beads and creating than self promoting.

So the bottom line is I just have to get over myself if I am to be a successful small business owner. And I need to start dedicating more time to promotion. Because right now this awesome stuff isn't going to sell itself ;-)

Happy Beading (or promoting as the case may be today)