This is a vent and some constructive criticism. I have been seeing a lot of whining and complaining in the Etsy forums about not getting sales, no views, no feedback left, blah, blah balh.......don't get me wrong, its not that I am not a compassionate seller, it just seems there is too much focus on the why's and not enough on improving the product or the shop.
I don't live on the forums, I don't have time. I am to busy raising 3 kids, maintaining my marriage, working my regular job and creating items/patterns to sell locally and online.
Ever heard of self full filling prophesy? How many of those etsians you are complaining to or about are your former or potential customers? This doesn't rub well with me.
Stop complaining and get to work! :)
Selling is hard work. Getting your audience to your items is the hardest endeavor you will try to achieve!
I think there needs to be a "should I open a shop series"? There is a lot of great artists out that there and they make great items but is there a demand for what these artists are making? You cannot continue to sell what isn't selling, as much you and Aunt Gertrude like it, it just cannot be. This is not good business practice. You will go broke.
Running an Online shop is no different from running any other type of business, just the venue is different.
I think many of us need to do more research about what we are trying to sell. Am I cut out to sell my items? There is no shame in having someone else sell for you.
I have said this so many times before, don't put all your eggs in one basket! I consign (not everyone wants to or likes to) at 3 shops locally. The folks who own these shops help me immensely, with ideas, suggestions for improvement, whats classic, or a soon passing trend.
These are the questions I think one needs to ask oneself prior to opening up shop:
1) Is there a demand?
2) How original is my creation? Are there many out there already?
3) Can I afford to do this? Monetarily? Time? Energy?
4) Can I afford my supplies? Is it available wholesale?
5) Are my creations seasonal?
6) Can I meet deadlines? Planning?
7) How much time do I really have to commit to my shop?
8) How much will I make, after advertising, fees, taxes, etc.?
This may be a little bit cranky, but I am giving tough love!