On another note...Edward gets a slight makeover. Do you like it? I think it's a better rendition of Rob's hair than the previous hairstyle. But who knows? Let me know what you think! Should it stay or should it go? ^__^
I've gotten several e-mails over the past couple months as to how others can find success on Etsy. Personally, I think I'm really the worst person to ask this for a number of different reasons. The first one being that even after a couple of months on Etsy I'm still not quite sure as to what I'm doing. Secondly there are far more successful Etsy sellers than myself. I'm very lucky that I have the support of my family and boyfriend. Without them I don't think I could do what I'm doing and not drown in bankruptcy. I can barely help Chris with our bills as it is. lol Fortunately, HE makes bank and it's getting a bit better now with some more organizing on my part. ^__^At least that's what I keep telling myself. O__o
But as for my Etsy shop I really had no plans, no direct vision, just some clay and paints. I looked at a few sites, jumped into it and hoped for the best. If I can give any advice this would be it: Plan ahead, do your research and be UNIQUE.
Planning is key. As I said I just dove right in. I wish I was able to organize a bit more but I didn't expect to be doing this either. Look at other Etsy sites, craft sites, go to the book store and look at craft/art books. Find out what kind of things catch your eye and get you excited. Buy some materials and see if you can make the stuff. Don't go overboard and buy $200.00 worth of supplies. Practice for a bit and get a feel for it and see if you enjoy it. ^__^ Look at blog sites and read the articles on Etsy's Storque. Take advantage of the forums and chats and ask questions! ^__^
Be unique. I don't know how much more I can say this without sounding like an old broken record. lol This part is integral in my opinion. There are a lot of sellers and crafters on Etsy. Stand out. And if anything don't copy others. Obviously be inspired but don't flat out copy someone else's work. Not only do I believe this is ethically wrong but you're better off coming up with your own ideas anyway. Yes, it's a little harder and more time consuming, not to mention headache inducing, but it's worth it in the end. We all have the capacity to be creative. People want stuff that's unique and different. ^__^
I also got this question recently "How do I quit my job and sell on Etsy full time like you?" First off, please don't quit your job. I was laid off from my previous work before I finally said to myself, "Okay, this is it. Now's the time. No more dallying. Just do it. What do you have to lose?" If you find yourself in the same situation, go for it! But if you have a stable job with benefits and health care please don't go up to your boss, slap him in the face and tell him you quit. Test out the waters first. Set up an account, post a couple of things and go from there. Start a blog, join an Etsy team, network. Experiment with new ideas, see what's selling and just keep going. Push boundaries and don't be afraid to experiment. Expect failure and embrace failure. ^__^ Remember, it takes time and effort and it's different for everybody. ^__^ So be patient!
Last but not least, LOVE what you do, LOVE what you make. People can see that in the product. If it's sloppy and not done right then people will take note of it. Keep in mind that if you're not proud and happy with what you've made then how can you expect others to feel the same? As I said, I'm not an expert or anything. I'm still learning, still trying to figure out my schedule, where I can buy the best supplies without having to give up my penchant for Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream. ^__^
That's pretty much it from me though! As I said, I'm not the best person to get advice from. But I will say that we all have to start somewhere. ^__^ Questions, concerns? You know the drill. See you guys on Saturday! Bridget's Haul is next, some Harry Potter shtuff...and maybe some werewolf action. ~__^ I know, I'm a tease!!!
(Currently listening to The Beatles ^__^)