I am a Business Owner!
If I say it over and over again.... will I start to believe it??
So, you did it! You opened a Business!!! Gooooo You! High Fives all around! But, there is one tiny problem... YOU ARE Terrified! Will anyone want what I have to offer? Will everyone think I am insane for starting up this new venture? Will I make money? Will I lose money? Will I look and feel stupid for trying?
I have two business, I own a preschool and I have a shop on Etsy. I was so scared starting both of them. When I opened my preschool I had one student and as the first year ended I had 8. Now 10 years later I just graduated 37!
The photo below was taken right before our Town Parade!
When I started my Shop on Etsy... it took me 4 months to get my first sale. And now, a year and a half later, I have 70 sales. Am I reaching for more??? You Bet!!!
My point here is that everything takes time.
You just have to stick with it!
Selling online is crazy! No sugar coating here folks. If you are looking for one of those stories "I made millions with my online store and quit my day job" you are in the wrong place! I am what my friends call a "Negative Nancy". I call it being real and not getting carried away on a cloud of fancy. Day dreaming is not my thing! I am a person who believes that baby steps is now everything starts.
To be honest when I read those "I make millions" stories it just pisses me off! I know they are meant to capture the Dreamer and prove you can do it. But, to me it just makes me think that some people will get too disappointed if they don't see Big Money right away and quit before they get started.
Here is the thing.....
Things don't just drop out of the sky and all is good in the world. If things are dropping out of the sky... RUN!
Things take energy, time and dedication!
If you have a hard time lighting a fire under your own butt...
well... having any type of business is not for you...
What you need is called a hobby.
Now for the good news! Etsy can be both. Lots of folks make their hobby into a business. Lots of folks work Etsy part time. Lots of people have so many wonderful items that they just need good homes for them so they can enjoy making more goodies! But, if you want to sell those outstanding items you can't think of it Only as a hobby. Nothing will ever sell and you should just think of who you are going to give what to at the holidays!
If you are going to open or you have an Etsy shop ....
1. Get on Facebook and get yourself a Fan page!
2. Get yourself on Google
3. Get yourself on Pinterest
4. Get yourself on other social sites.. there are a ton of them.
5. Get yourself business cards and leave them everywhere.
6. Talk about your shop... not so much that people run the other direction when they see you coming.. just enough so they know you are still selling and what you are selling.
7. Join teams on Etsy
8. Never hide your 'favorites'
9. Promote others on the site... Don't be what I call a 'Me Monster'
10. Enjoy what you do...
You only live once and life is toooo damn short!
Smile, giggle, and make friends!
Stop on over and check out my shop!
Thank you for reading!
Don't forget to check out the shop links to all these wonderful Etsy shops I featured in the blog!