ETSY when its Slow: Creating New Product Lines

“Innovation is a new way of doing something or “new stuff that is made useful” . It may refer to incremental and emergent or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. …”

When it comes to your shop I have one question this afternoon, “Have you been innovative lately?”

I know for myself, coming to ETSY was not about the money but for me it was about sharing my passion for creating unique items. Over the years I have developed new styles, laid to rest others, and really have had a fun time thinking outside of my creative box. I love crafting, I could never imagine making the same few items (the ones that sell good) over and over in my shop. Of course now I like to make money, so I still sell what sells good but I am also constantly searching for new things to make. This week I have a new idea that I think is going to be wonderful!

Innovation has done good for me and my little store. I introduced vintage inspired last year and my sales have been good ever since. I introduced flower items this winter and this spring those items exploded. I can only think good things can come from being creative and learning new things to make.

So, when was the last time you were innovative with your little passion, craft, and shop?

Amber

ETSY Renewing: Confessions of a Renewaholic

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So last month I was determined to kick the renewing beast and really focus on turning around more profit on my listings. Believe me the bill was killing me, and after my fiance losing his job how would I support the habit? I felt like I was in Vegas, playing the .20 slots and crossing my fingers for jingles and jackpots. I truly was gambling more than winning.

I really wanted to learn if renewing all this time, because it was ETSY myth you had to stay seen in a saturated market, was really hurting me, helping me, or doing nothing. I found out it was hurting me. I have kept my renewing to under $5.00 a month in March, and so far under $2.00 this month and guess what? My sales were 33 last month, and so far 16 this month. February I had over 40 but I was also featured. Every month before that I renewed like crazy but never made more than 15 sales a month. I am finally getting consistent sales, but because of hard work, not because of renewing.

Some helpful tips I learned that I think helped:

* Adding new items often. Why waste another 20 cents renewing when you can list something new?

* Creating outside of the box. I have been working on new designs and they have been helping

* More custom work.

* More times in the forum.

* Realizing that some social tools weren’t working. I have better ways to spend my time.

So those are my confessions, my wallet feels better, I feel better, and I think I am rehabilitating pretty good. How about you?

TIPS for Selling on ETSY: Straight from Other ETSIANS

Selling on ETSY is hard, so it’s always great to get advice from seasoned sellers and sellers who are successful on ETSY. One of the best places to get advice from other ETSIANS is the forums. Over the last two years I learned so much from other sellers just from reading a forum thread they posted. Every week I will be adding an article to my blog with great forum threads full of useful advice!

Alternatives to Renewing. Here is a great article that can help maximize your profit without relying on renewing items. Why cut into your profits if you don’t have too?

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6390019

Tagging Tips.  Tagging is extremely important for sellers, it’s how your buyers find you on ETSY. Here are two very good articles, one on tagging to reach international customers and one to help with hard to think of colors

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6422936

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6473700

ETSY success tips. These are tips from sellers who are doing very well on ETSY and what they think has helped them sell well.

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6347556

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6444980