Since my daughter was born in December I’ve had plenty of time to sit around (thanks, dreaded night feeds…) and browse the Etsy forums.
And those forums, they made one thing clear!
There is panic is the air.
So many Etsy shop owners are worried about the future of their biz.
And it’s not just the Etsy forums.
I’m hearing a lot about the recent changes Etsy has made and how its hurting etsy shops. I’m getting emails from sellers who are only getting a handful of views and can’t seem to grow past that.
I’m answering questions in my Crafter Facebook group from ladies who are wondering if they should quit Etsy and go elsewhere!
It seems that many of you are down, confused and disheartened and wondering if selling on Etsy is worth your time in 2017.
I felt that I HAD to reach out to you. I want to know…
How are YOU feeling about your Etsy business?
Are you in panic mode?
Are you kicking butt?
OR Are you somewhere in between and want someone to tell you that it’s all going to be ok?
Whatever you’re feeling right now, know that you aren’t alone and there are many sellers who are going through the exact same emotions.
Need An Etsy Pep Talk?
All of this late night contemplating got me thinking about what I do when I’m not feeling so great about things with my business.
I’m sharing some of those things with you just in case something in there helps to move your biz forward, even just a little bit.
Totally easier said than done but hear me out. (If you’re rolling your eyes at me while reading this…I’m talking to you!)
Doing your best to keep a positive mindset around your shop really does make a difference.
Negativity definitely breeds negativity.
Have you ever had that super bad day that just keeps getting worse and worse? You start out getting mad at one sucky thing that happens and pretty soon you’re seeing nothing but super sucky stuff happen everywhere you turn.
That bad day can easily turn into a bad week, month or year if we let it. It affects our businesses and our lives. That’s why it’s so essential for us to keep an optimistic outlook as best we can.
Your happiness depends on it.
My top tips for staying positive about your biz:
TIP #1 – Spend less time with people or in groups or places that make you feel bad or doubt your business. (ie. negative forum threads, facebook groups and friends or family members)
TIP # 2 – Spend more time with people or in groups or places that make you feel great about your business! (ie. positive forum threads, facebook groups and friends or family members)
I’ve noticed that my husband likes to solve issues as soon as they appear. I think it’s a man thing. They don’t like to chat it out, they just want the problem solved.
Me? I am guilty of spending way too much time moaning and complaining about something BEFORE I fix it.
But in the interest of moving forward, let’s take a leaf out of my husbands book, stop moaning and do something to improve whatever isn’t working so well in our businesses.
No more panic, no more freak outs.
Successful Etsy shops aren’t built that way!
Right here, right now let’s commit to taking smart and strategic action that will move us forward.
Don’t Know What To Do? Get Help.
There is always help available if you are willing to seek it out.
You could read the positive and useful threads in the Etsy forums.
You could scour the Etsy blog for tutorials and how to’s.
You can reach out to Etsy educators and coaches, just like myself, who are able to guide you in the right direction and hold your hand to help you reach your Etsy shop goals.
It doesn’t have to be me. If I don’t resonate with you, that’s fine. I don’t aim to be everything to everyone (and you shouldn’t either) but there is a coach out there suited to pretty much any type of Etsy shop owner!
Help is out there if you want it!
Here’s How I Can Help YOU Right Now
- Check out the craftercoach blog for help with photography, pinterest, facebook, SEO and other Etsy info.
- Join the Crafter Community facebook group and get to know me and other crafters in a safe, supportive and fun environment.
For every seller choosing to spend their time worrying about the state of their businesses there is another seller who is taking action, learning, growing, asking questions and making changes that will lead them to Etsy success.
There is always something else that can be tested, tried or tweaked.
I’m hear to guide you through it.
So don’t panic. Let’s get on with it!!
P.S Baby’s awake, gotta go. Pop into the Crafter Community FB group and say hi…it’s my middle of the night hang out!