I am starting a new shop on Etsy. My old one, TravelingGnome was doing ok, but not moving as fast as I would have liked. Also, I felt the name didn't suit my products. So, here I am with a new user name and no items for sale (I am trying to wait and plan a bit more this time and make sure my products are top notch!) Last time I just dove right in and started adding things for sale, having sold a few things on Ebay, I thought I knew what I was doing... (silly me!) However, now I realize there is a lot more to this online business stuff than I ever imagined!
The main thing that became a problem right away was just getting noticed. (Even now I feel a bit silly, broadcasting my thoughts probably to no one..) Putting your artwork out there is like standing naked in a room full of people (and I am a very shy person in general) - it can be very uncomfortable. But then, just to get people to look at your stuff you have to put on a show ... called promoting... (which I suppose I am trying to do right now, through this blog!) It makes me feel slimy and gross and I hate advertising to my friends and telling them to tell their friends like I sometimes do on my facebook page.
And then there are people out there who do next to nothing and still get awesome sales numbers! I do not understand how that happens! While I am happy for them, I am jealous and baffled and seeing that makes me feel like theres something wrong with my stuff. (This is why I am trying to take my time with the new store and wait to make sure my items are awesome before posting them and I am attempting to expand my product line!..)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to anyone who reads this!