Friday , 24 May 2019
Joanne Waring of JoArtyJo on Etsy is an artist from the United Kingdom. Her shop includes color-your-own pages, original artwork and bookmarks! She's also a member of the Handmadeology Etsy Team. She fought long and hard to get to 100 sales. She's now seeing business pickup, and feeling more confident about her shop and her products. Hear her Etsy story here.

JoArtyJo Etsy Seller Interview | Getting Past 100 Sales

From JoArtyJo on Etsy: Zentangle Coloring Pages

Joanne Waring of JoArtyJo on Etsy is an artist from the United Kingdom.  Her shop includes color-your-own pages, original artwork and bookmarks!  She’s also a member of the Handmadeology Etsy Team. She fought long and hard to get to 100 sales. She’s now seeing business pickup, and feeling more confident about her shop and her products.  Hear her Etsy story here.
How did you hear about Etsy?

“I stumbled across Etsy while searching the web for somewhere to sell my drawings. I am now very lucky to be a stay at home money to my one year old boy! I wanted to have a hobby/small business to keep me doing something for myself since I don’t go out to work. I quickly fell in love with everything Etsy- the community feel, the fact I have my own little shop- I just LOVE it! I love creating my art, and I also love listing things in my shop and seeing my little business grow.”

Original bookmark from JoArtyJo.

How much do you social network?

 I use facebook and twitter to try and tell the world about my shop. I also use them both in a social way. This helps, as otherwise it would become very dull. For example, on twitter I follow lots of other stay at home mommies, so we chat about all sorts of things we have in common (rarely Etsy related, more about nappies and daily chaos!) I also follow lots of other Etsians and we help promote each other which is lovely.

Zentangle Art Print, JoArtyJo.

Are there any tips you have learned while social networking?

I think the key is to show you are a real person, show your personality and talk about day to day life. I know I for one quickly unfollow people who only tweet about their shop as this is so boring! Occasionally I will tweet a link to a new listing, but I keep this to an absolute minimum.

 

What advice do you have for others, based on the tricks you’ve learned?

My advice for others is to read LOTS, the forums, teams, etsy handbook etc are all full of useful information and tips. Also,  keep on creating and listing! The more items you have the better! When I started I promised myself not to give up or get discouraged before reaching 100 items. I kept going for weeks without my shop being noticed, but I didn’t get stressed because I had my goal. When I got to around 70 items, sales started getting much more regular and the hard work started paying off. So set yourself a target and stay focused!

Original Art by Joanne Waring.

Connect with Jo:

Facebook 

Twitter

Etsy 

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20 comments

  1. Congrats and good for you, Joanne!

  2. Love your drawings, Joanne!

    I just reached my 100 sale mark two weeks ago! I remember when I started my Etsy shop in 2009 I thought that day would never come. I missed that mark as a goal for 2011, but I only missed it by a month and January 2012 was my best month on record (by about 9x my average over the last 2 years (!!!)) so I’m still just over the moon about it all!

    I celebrated by patting myself on the back and then wrote an extra nice Thank You note and explaining to the person how much it meant to me, and made her a special pair of earrings to match the necklace that she purchased, to complete the gesture.
    It’s possible that she thought I’m a crazy person for thanking her so profusely…I guess it’s not really as if she set out to make my day I suppose!!

    Oh, and then I had a glass of wine and just…sat still for awhile (it doesn’t happen very often).

    Congratulations on this amazing milestone; I hope you celebrated well! And keep on truckin’. Before you know it we’ll be congratulating you on 200 :)

  3. Congratulations! Someday I hope to have the amazing success that you have :-)

    Josie

  4. Congratulations!!

    Someday I hope to have the amazing success that you have :-)

    Josie

  5. Well done Joanne nice to hear your story of determination paying off, it encourages me to carry on.

  6. Love your positive attitude! Great, practical advice! ~Dee

  7. Your drawings are amazing! Congrats to your success!

  8. Lovely drawings. I’ve enjoyed reading your article….best wishes.

    Judy

  9. Thank you for the brilliant article, and for all the lovely comments! Here’s to many many sales for all us etsy sellers! :-)

  10. I was on a team w/ you back when sales were slow & I am so thrilled w/ your success! You are so very talented & I am glad the world noticed! Kudos to you for getting to stay home w/ your son :) Your color pages seemed to be the key to your success any thoughts? an affordable item that lets one diy.

  11. Congrats!! I’m nearing the 100 mark and your advice is so timely. Inspiring post!!

  12. Great article Jo. Very inspiring to read about fellow handmade artists. Keep it up!
    (A small correction – stay at home ‘mommy’ instead of ‘money’ in your answer to the first ques)

  13. Reading your article brings me encouragement. It is taking me awhile to really get into all that is involved with selling on etsy, let alone using the social media. It is taking awhile for me to get my systems in place and it is good to know others have had a slow start. Here’s to your next 100 sales to happen in much less time! Thank you for sharing.

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