Monday , 30 November 2020

The Engineering behind Selling Online

The engineer in me makes me analyze everything I do, it is undoubtedly my biggest pitfall. You are a craftsperson and an entrepreneur, but did you realize you are an engineer too?

All artists are secretly engineers.

You use an engineering process daily that takes your product from idea to selling in your Etsy shop.   It is known as a spiral process and it frequently used in the engineering world for rapid application development. Let’s take a look shall we:

Clockwise from top left:Make a Wish by TidbitsPhotography;Colored Pencils by petekdesign;Steampunk Necklace by CompassRoseDesign;“Dogwood” Folding Screen by MHDdesigns

There you are taking your morning shower (that is where everyone has their best ideas, right?) and then you have it, your next idea that is definitely going to be the next Etsy Front Page product.  Of course, you dash out of the shower, forget about the morning coffee and get straight to creating this ingenious product.  Once your product is made you then go through the process of determining the value of your product and take photographs until you capture that perfect angle.  Lastly, you put it all together and you go ahead and list your item on Etsy, knowing it won’t be long before it makes it to the Front Page. (We can all dream a bit, right?)

The process is evolutionary, there is no need to be perfect from the start.

Of course you don’t sit around and wait, you do it all over again the for the next product, or even reinvent the old products in your shop. If you are thinking about selling on Etsy, stop thinking about it and just get started, your products will evolve as your learn.

About the author:

I’m Charlie – an avid crafter, an engineer, and a new mom. I have been creating with ceramics for 8 years. In 2010, I decided to add certified metal clay artist to my crafty repertoire. I am inspired by my travels and my work, so I suppose my work could be considered eclectic. I frequently make custom pieces for my customers and ultimately my goal is to make beautiful treasures for you and your home. 

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  1. The shower is definitely the place to be! Especially if you have two huge shower heads. Two heads are better than one. :)

  2. Agreed. It is amazing how many peoples opinions can go into a product sometimes. Especially when you are trying to improve it.

  3. a great reminder that waiting for perfection just slows the process!! We can all grow and change…

    • This is very true, I tell every newbie (and myself occasionally) to just post something, at least that way the work is out there, there is always room for improvement.

  4. What is it about showers and great ideas? I guess your mind has to slow down in order for the thoughts to bubble up where you can catch them.

  5. Keep creating! Seems like you’ve got your method down. Me, I don’t know if I could ever bypass the morning coffee though!

  6. Ah, but what leads to the dreams is critical…I wonder if we knew what leads to the dreams would influence what we create ? and yes, the morning gets skipped a lot !

  7. Ah, I totally agree! I have started many projects with just an idea and wanting to do it, but not necessarily knowing HOW to do it. And somewhere along the way I figured out exactly how to do it.

  8. Great post! That’s so funny, here was I thinking that I was the only one who had great ideas in the shower. Ha Ha Ha!

  9. I take hot baths instead, float around, and dream. It must be water that is inspirational.

  10. so right! we evolve as we go along! most important is to START! the rest will follow…

  11. Engineers and mathematicians and scientists of all kinds. I’d say we as thinkers.

    Thanks for the article.

  12. Since perfection is unattainable, waiting for perfection to come along is a waste of time. Your quote is terrific: “The process is evolutionary, there is no need to be perfect from the start.” Thank you for reminding all of us perfectionists that we need to take action, the product will evolve from there!

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