Things Are Going Up

I’m a bit late to the game on this but it took me some time to get around to reading up on it (Boo full-time job requirements!)
 
I understand Etsy’s need to keep making money for their stakeholders. The cost of doing business will always go up; nothing will or can remain constant throughout. So I’m not exactly sure what all the noise is about. Companies need to ensure that their fees will cover their operating costs and have a profit.
 
To me, the raise in fees would have come sooner or later. What I do like about this update is there are new tools coming out. I would check out the new tools once they are out to see how best to grow my Etsy store – since I have not done well so far.
 
Those are all issues I have to fix on my own and I can’t possibly blame Etsy for the lack of my sales as some are doing. It is a competition out there and each store needs to stand out on their own. Etsy only provides a platform for people to sell their wares, and to bring people to the site.
The year on year sales growth is pretty good by this chartThere was 3.25 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of sales through the platform in 2017. That is nothing to scoff at. Unfortunately, none of that is mine. People pick what they want to buy based on various reasons. They are spending, the only question is, who are they spending on? 
 
That is what I need to fix for my store – to get people to pick me over others. I do need to get better at Etsy. Anyone with ideas?

Happy 2018!

Hope you had a great countdown celebration with much Champagne and revelry!

Now that the excitement has worn off, the reality of what today brings sets in. For me, it brings much possibilities and worries all at the same time. Questions such as – “What can I plan to achieve this year” to “What if I don’t make the goal again like last year” has been plaguing my thoughts for the last few weeks.

I’ve been writing lists and thinking a lot which is a double-edged sword, I swear. I’m hoping the new year brings much success and I will be planning for it. But as one grows older, you tend to worry that failure is always around the corner. I will hope that most of the goals I set out to achieve this year (half of them are still pending) will come to fruition.

One of my main goals for 2018 will be my handmade accessories store: phoenixfaire.etsy.com (check it out if you have yet to!). More products will be coming this year.

I’m also going to be collaborating with a talented crafting friend. There will be gorgeous shawls knitted by both of us – we are exploring design options now. For the more crafty inclined, keep your eyes peeled for design launches in the year ahead to try your hand at.

As I paraphrased one of my favourite new year’s quote in the image, it’s time to get started on my 2018 story!

What will your 2018 story be?