Wednesday , 1 October 2014

Creative Etsy Success

Here’s the Simple Formula For Success

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Welcome to part four of my success series! It started when I asked you to research your best life: First, you made a list to help you figure out what you want. Next, you created a list of all the things you didn’t like about the way your present life is unfolding. Last week, you made note of everything you ... Read More »

Make more-better-faster! Tips to Increase Productivity in the Studio

  The summer craft show season is fast approaching and for many of you that means replenishing inventory. Here are a few tips for streamlining your production that you can use this summer and all the way through the busy holiday season. Spring is a great time to reorganize and rethink your workspace. Arranging materials in the order that you ... Read More »

50 Reasons You’re Not Getting Etsy Sales

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Not sure why the Etsy sales aren’t rolling in? Here are 50 possibilities -and how to fix them. 1. You don’t have enough items. Etsy is a host to hundreds of thousands of products galore, and their search engine will only show 250 pages of them at a time for broad, generic searches. (Not that anyone would actually flip though ... Read More »

Let Your Customers See Themselves in Your Products

  When browsing through a rack of dresses at the mall, I’m going to consider how I would look in each one. I wouldn’t buy a dress just because it’s a pretty dress. I would buy a dress because it makes ME look/feel pretty when wearing it. Shopping on the internet is no different. Customers need to be able to ... Read More »

Don’t Be Afraid of Copycats

Guest Article by: Jenny Hoople Some handmade artisans are afraid of people copying their work and stealing their ideas (which is something that happens, I know!) but I prefer to thank imitators in appreciation for the sincerest form of flattery: imitation. There are a three main reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of copycats and can freely share your techniques and ... Read More »

10 Things Buyers Are Looking For On Your Product Pages

When shopping online, your customers don’t have the luxury of trying on your products, touching them, feeling them or asking you questions about them. This can leave them unsure if they should purchase from your site. To make sure that your customers click the ADD TO CART or BUY NOW button, here are 10 things you must have on your ... Read More »

The Truth About the Snowball Effect | Tips For Etsy Sellers

When you are starting a business people tell you there will be a snowballing effect. Be patient, success will come. You just gotta give it that good initial shove, and then once the sales start rolling in they will multiply, right? Well……. sort of. There IS a snowballing effect, but what they DON’T tell you is that the course you ... Read More »

The Renaissance Niche, Part 1 – Finding Your Niche

  The Renaissance Niche, part 1 written by Gypsy from Estuary Magicks         Has anyone ever told you that you do too many things?         “Pick one,” career counselors tell us in school, or “what do you like more than anything else?”  One of the first pieces of advice you get as a creative entrepreneur is to “find your niche” and stick to it.         They ... Read More »

Overcoming Creative Blocks

Overcoming Creative Block – All of these beaded wooden necklaces began with one idea: “wood” And one technique: brainstorming. Creative Block can be nasty.  You’re sitting in front of a blank page/blank canvas/blank beading board with a blank look on your face.  Then begins a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach accompanied by self-doubt, then the “I-feel-a-headache-coming-on” feeling ... Read More »

Conscious Threads: A Tool For Channeling Creative Crafty Energy

  Do you love crafting, but have too many projects and ideas and too little time? Do you get that feeling like you’ve got to create/sew/paint/bead right this second or you’re gonna blow up, but you can’t decide where to start? Believe it or not, I can help!  Last week, I wrote about a powerful technique for directing creative flow ... Read More »

You Are Good Enough – Guest Post by Marked by the Muse

One of the largest universal fears, that can block us from living our dreams come true, is the fear of not being good enough The cure? Stop letting people convince you that you’re unworthy, invaluable, and have nothing to offer. These feelings of incompetence are learned feelings. We were not born feeling inadequate or unskillful. We are taught to feel ... Read More »

Is an Artist’s Residency Right for You?

Tres Amigos by AndolsekArt   I am writing this article in the quiet comfort of a large air conditioned studio space. For the past week I have been attending an artist’s residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE. For those of you who may not be familiar with an artist’s residency, it’s kind ... Read More »

How much should you Share?

How much should you Share? In the beginning I was reluctant to share. I was reluctant to tell anyone how I made things. What if they steal my ideas? Of course they will! I’d better keep a lid on my ideas. But then I started working on my Etsy shop. I started researching articles and the web. I discovered that ... Read More »

Your Dreams are Waiting for You! What are YOU Waiting for?!

Welcome to the finale of my success series! If you haven’t been following along this weekly journey, you can catch up on the rest of the series on my blog, Marketing Creativity. In this final session, my intention is to speed up your travel about your map and help you get started on your dreams. To do this, we must ... Read More »

6 Tips To Help You Find The Time To Create

We’re all busy, too busy. With jobs, family, and households to tend. Finding a little time to be creative can sometimes seem almost impossible. Following is a short list of tips to help you find the time to be creative. Keep it handy. Carve out a space in your house that allows you to leave your creative projects out and ... Read More »

What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?

What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do? So, you like to reach for the stars! Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why do I want to touch them?” As I explore my next moves for the great year of 2011, I find myself being bombarded with tips and advice for handling great success. Premonitions? I hope so! I quote ... Read More »

The UnAware Artist – The Truth About Untapped Creativity

I believe that everyone is an Artist. Maybe not by popular definition, but all people have tapped or untapped creativity. For example: hobbies such as knitting, sewing, painting, drawing and doodling require creativity. To me, people who engage in these activities are Artists. Whether they sell their work or not is inconsequential – they still create. Some people are such ... Read More »

7 Projects to Snap You Out of a Creative Slump

Even though spring is here, sometimes we get into an artistic slump. Here are seven projects to challenge you and work your way out of the slump. I chose seven because you could do one thing each day for a week. I’m going to start this on Monday, April 11, and post each day of activities on my blog. Follow ... Read More »

Are you an artist?

Are you an artist? Guest post by: Stephey Baker Before you say no, consider that Artist here is being defined archetypally, as either a fine art Artist, who creates pieces of visual works such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, and jewelry designs. Or perhaps you’re the literary Artist who, creates because of harnessing inspirational messages by capturing words on paper, through ... Read More »