Monday, July 8, 2013

Are You Waiting For Sales in Your Etsy Store? Stop Waiting!

Sometimes the Etsy forums make me crazy. Today I was reading a post about how long did it take for your business to boom. Most posters replied they are still "waiting" Waiting for what? Waiting for sales to just drop in your lap? Waiting for the money fairy to show up? Stop waiting!!!

If you have an Etsy shop and you have only made lets say 30 sales in a year; something is wrong!! To be blunt you are wasting your time and money. If I only had 30 sales in a year I would definitely be changing things and finding out why my items were not selling.

Now if you just have an Etsy shop for fun I am not addressing you. But if you have an Etsy shop to earn income please wake up! That old saying "insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" is so true. Obviously if you are not getting sales on Etsy you need to immediately change something or maybe many things.

To make money on Etsy here are the basics that you must have

  • Great pictures
  • Good prices and good shipping prices
  • Items that people want to buy 
  • SEO on each and every listing
Do not try to make your profit on shipping. Buyers are too savvy for this. I see many put a low price and then slap the difference on shipping. That will always keep people from buying from you.

I have found that many people just do not want to put in the time it takes to get sales on Etsy, Ebay etc. They don't want to research what their best keywords are or take the time to re take pictures. Yes I hate taking pictures too but I know if I don't have good pictures items won't sell. 

Many like to make excuses. Oh its summer so sales are slow. Oh its a holiday week so sales are slow. Hmmm I just sold about 700.00 from the 4th of July to Sunday. So obviously people still buy during the summer and during holiday weekends. Stop waiting and stop making excuses!

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