Monday, September 29, 2014

A Selling Milestone

I need to let  you in on a little secret.  I absolutely love making new pieces of jewelry, but.... I am really bad at getting them listed for sale.  I mean really really bad.   I post new pieces on Facebook all the time, but when it comes to listing it on Etsy or my website,  nope.   I procrastinate, put it off, find something else to do, get distracted by beads.  You name it,  I find an excuse.   I can't tell you how many times my pricing files and my Etsy shop have sat open on my taskbar never to be touched.   

I was looking at photos the other day, and I noticed I had beautiful pieces that I loved creating that went back to July!  It is almost October and I hadn't listed those pieces.  So,  I put my nose to the grindstone this weekend and got some listings done.  I am now up to the middle of September and feel like I have accomplished a lot!  Yes, I have more to go, but progress is progress!  And it really does make me feel better to see the products listed.   

To add to that, I made it to 100 active listings on Etsy.  That is a milestone I have been trying to reach.  So in honor of me accomplishing it,  I am offering 20% off using coupon code HUNDRED.  Check out my Etsy shop Forest of Jewels

So what have I learned from all this?  Procrastinating doesn't make the work magically disappear.  It is still waiting for me and the beautiful jewelry sits, waiting to be cataloged and put away until it is sold.  And what else did I learn?  By not listing my products quickly,  I don't get to really allow them to reach their real purpose...making someone happy because they are wearing one of my designs.

From now on Monday will be listing day.   I will be dedicating some time each Monday to make sure that my listings are current.  Once I get out of the back log that should only be a few listings a week.  Monday is good for me because I usually photograph my designs on the weekend.  No reason to make things sit and find a way to put it off.  After all, taking little bites always make the project manageable.  So, if you are a designer out there who puts off listing your work, give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

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