Monday , 20 November 2017

An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks–My 5 Best for Success on Etsy

SPARROW and SUNFLOWER

SPARROW and SUNFLOWER

There is always things to learn when selling on Etsy.  Here is what Susan from SusanFaye has learned!

SusanFaye says:

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I am living proof.

How old of a dog am I? Well, when I was a young pup, my family’s one telephone had a rotary dial, it had a party line shared with neighbors, and it was attached to the wall with a cord. If you wanted to make a copy of something you used a mimeograph machine. If you wanted to change the TV channel you had to get up and walk across the room and turn a dial to select one of 8 channels.

So when the time finally came to own a personal computer and dive into the fast-paced and mysterious world of cyberspace, I was terrified to say the least.

But this old dog has learned lots of new tricks. Here are five that have contributed to my Etsy success:

1. Dive in. Early on I was tentative and fearful. What if I lost data or made an irreversible mistake, or worse–caused my computer to crash? My son was fearless, however. He explored, he clicked on anything that was clickable, and just learned things through old-fashioned trial and error or by asking one of his friends. I now do the same.

2. Become friends with your photo editing tool. Using the “dive in” approach mentioned in No. 1, make a copy of a photo then play with these basic gizmos: Crop, Lighten/Darken, Contrast, and Saturation. They will become your best friends forever, leading to irresistible images and innumerable sales.

3. Toot your own horn. I know your mom (and mine) said that bragging isn’t nice, but I’m not talking vuvuzela horn-tooting here. That would be like saying “look at me, look at me; aren’t I wonderful?” Instead, learn to toot with finesse, ie. “I LOVE what I do, and here is why I want to share it with you…” or “this is why I’m passionate about such-and-such, I hope you like it too” or “this is my favorite color, what do you think?”

Read the erst of Susan’s tips HERE.

Giving important Etsy forum threads written by the Etsy community a second look, so Etsy sellers can Read, Learn, and Apply!  Find more Etsy Tips Here!

PEACEABLE KINGDOM...Dog, Cat, Bird, Butterfly

PEACEABLE KINGDOM...Dog, Cat, Bird, Butterfly

 

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3 comments

  1. Agreed! You can absolutely teach an old dog new tricks as long as they are willing to learn AND willing to keep trying if things don’t go right the first time. “Patience is a virtue” should be the 2nd half of teaching an old dog new tricks. :)

  2. Wonderful inspiration here! It’s never too late…Thanks!

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