As some of you might remember my earlier post about starting a brand new business and waiting on my first sale on Etsy here.
After 1 month and 4 days on the 4th of February Wednesday morning at 6.30am I noticed an email pop up on my phone, someone was contacting me about PayPal.. Initially I thought I have that, maybe they were a novice user and didn’t know how to proceed with it when in fact I’m was the novice seller on Etsy and didn’t tick the box and enter in my email address to allow PayPal to occur. Oops, I thought my error would put the customer off, but halleluiah the sale went through!
My very first sale, someone actually valued my work enough to pay for it! I told my sister straight away and some unflattering happy dance followed (which lucky for us won’t be shown via YouTube for your entertainment and pleasure).
Three days later I got my second sale, although I can’t financially quit my 9-5 job as yet.. but I’m an inch closer and just a little bit more confident. Honestly after 3 weeks of nothing (and this is probably not that long in the grand scheme of start-ups) the negative thoughts about my creations started to seep into my head like “Maybe I can’t do this”, “My creations are not as good as I thought” and even “Should I really just stick to a day job and be done with it”. Unfortunately we have more negative thoughts in our heads than positive on a day to day basis, even to this date with over 30 sales now on Etsy I still have these thoughts, but I will catch myself having these thoughts either stop it or counter act it with positive thoughts like “People are buying your creations, it’s just that you haven’t been around long enough yet”, “If other people can do it why can’t you” and I just keep going one creation at a time, one sale at a time and experiment different designs and different marketing strategies which I will share as I go along my journey.
Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. – Bz Stone
If you want to check out my store and try your hand at sewing for your loved ones or to sell in your own shop then have a look, or just to see how I have set up my shop and done my pictures (I’m not saying they are perfect yet but I will keep revamping it) here is my store.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch with me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time stay creative, live a life that makes you feel alive and forever challenge the status quo!