Saturday, March 27, 2010

Etsy Updates!

I have been making changes in my shop over the past few weeks. These changes include:

A fleshed out profile, telling you more about myself.

A fleshed out policies page, to answer customer questions.

Product updates.

Sale and promotion updates

Some changes to products - all orders will now be shipped with a thank-you note and business card, as well as consumer-exclusive promotions. I feel like this is a good way to tell people how much I appreciate their business, and encourage them to check back into the shop often.

Charms will now be shipped in a little gift box, ready to give to someone special.

Check out the site at

Also, I've been recieving some great tips from other Etsians, most notably who makes some GREAT jewelry. Give it a glance - you won't be disappointed!

Hopes and Dreams

With the impending arrival of our little bundle of joy in August, I am now turning my thoughts to what I want to do job-wise. Until now I have been conent with jobs like waiting tables and working as a cashier, but as the baby approaches, I realize I want to spend as much time with her as possible (that's right - HER! We found out earlier this week). After some consideration and encouragement from my hubby, my parents, and one etsy-addicted cousin, I am turning my attention to my Etsy shop, and hope that I can build it into a source of sustainable income.

I've always known I wanted to be a stay at home mom, but living without a source of any personal income, and having to function off what would essentially be an allowance from my husband niggles slightly at my modern-woman sensibilities. Since I've always said I want to go into business for myself, now seems like the perfect time to start.

Short term goal - make enough money each month to afford my student loan payments, plus a little extra for spendables and saveables. (This comes to roughly $300/month)

Midterm goal - build my business into a source of income comparable to my current job waiting tables (about $500/ month)

Long term goal - Tend my shop and grow my clientel to a point where I am a significant contributor to my family's bill-paying (Hopefully as much as $1,000/ month or $12,000/ year).

I think these goals are achievable, if I can market myself well enough. I feel like a high diver getting ready to perform for the judges - only I'm not sure I'm quite as prepared. While I have worked in customer service fields for years and years, I have never owned my own business, and am not entirely sure where to start. I guess here is as good a place as any.

Let it begin!