The Number One Thing You HAVE to Do For Etsy Success…But You Probably Won’t.
I’m not going to lie – most people who read this aren’t really going to like what it says. Because it’s scary. And hard. And there are no list-making, working-longer-hours, hone-your-craft shortcuts around it. But it still stands, and it’s the one thing you have to do that you probably haven’t done yet, but it’s more important than any other thing you’ve done so far.
You ready? Here it is…
Stay with me! Ask for what you say?
Ask for whatever it is you want.
If you want a client to make a purchase, ASK FOR THE SALE.
If you want to sponsor a giveaway, ASK TO SPONSOR A GIVEAWAY.
If you want someone to sponsor a giveaway for you, ASK FOR A SPONSOR.
If you need help with something, ASK FOR HELP.
If you want to do a guest post on your favorite blog, ASK TO DO A GUEST POST.
^^ I can testify that this one works, all it took was a smile and a blog comment. XD
I love this principle because it’s so simple and direct. But I also, eh, don’t love it because of its simplicity and directness, because it means that there’s no way around it except through. And frustratingly, in this case simple does not = easy. If anything, it means that the task ahead is really, really hard. Why?
Because it requires putting yourself into a vulnerable place, where you’re not hiding your intentions, you’re going directly for what you want and you have to trust that the other person is going to respond favorably. It’s hard because you are vulnerable to direct rejection.
Take heart though – the people who you are going to be reaching out to are, well, [kumbaya-moment alert] just like you. Seriously. If they are successful, I guarantee that they were once where you are right now, so they of all people will appreciate and know exactly what you’re doing, and they’ll want to help you. Plus, if you approach them with a smile and a great attitude, ready to give your best to them and make their lives better, why would they say no? The answer: they won’t! [/kumbaya moment]
So, call-to-action time:
Why have you not asked? Are you ready to ask?
If your answer is “no”, too bad. You should ask any way!
Start by asking people you know, even if it’s as simple as asking what they think of your idea. Ask the shop owners and bloggers you admire; you already know they know lots of stuff, pick those brains and benefit from their experience. Heck, ask me and Tim! Take that step – you’ll be happily surprised at what happens!
Until next time J
Hi, I’m Diana. I’m an actor by trade, a blogger by hobby, and an Etsy seller by necessity. I’m also really bad at writing in the third person. I started my blog, This Disorganized Life, in Aug 2010 to chronicle my forays into learning to be domestic. My Etsy shop [of the same name] is a recent development, and came as a result of my mania for making lists, and trying new things. New items are being added to both