Etsy Time

03 Feb
Etsy Time

045BLACK CROW CURIOS believes in creative reuse by reclaiming and transforming cast off items into useful and decorative home accents.  Beach combing and the inspiration of the outdoors are essential components of the BLACK CROW CURIOS design process.

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Etsy Time

How much time are you devoting to your online business?

I am finding that I am spending wayyyyy more time on my Etsy Shop than I had imagined I would. Literally 5 or 6 hours some days. I don’t have an addictive personality, however when I do decide to do something I get 100% involved and I have to be careful that when I ‘power up my computer’ and sit down at my desk I don’t get sucked into the Etsy vacuum and lose myself in the reading, absorbing and applying of what I am learning.

Normally I keep my life balanced. Allowing and enjoying time for family, friends, real job, hiking, kayaking, creating something and yet lately I’ve begun to feel that I am spending more time than I had expected to allot to an online business. Some of this time is very constructive, interacting in the discussions, learning new strategies and applying them, but I need to come up for a breath now and then and determine where best to put my time here, and my hope is that this time will all be well spent, like sowing seeds for a later harvest…

How much time is too much?

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Happy 2013!

My Etsy shop is new and I don’t have a ‘previous year’ to compare it to, so while my Etsy team members are preparing for their approach to 2013 and setting goals, I’m more focused on my accomplishments and reflecting on what I have learned.

And I have learned and accomplished plenty!

I’ve learned that opening an Etsy shop is time-consuming and comes with an enormous learning curve. I’ve accomplished opening a shop, stocking it with Barn Window Mirrors, Driftwood Boats and Hooks and Folk Art and I am actually making sales from people other than my friends and family. People unknown to me actually felt my product was worth purchasing. Go figure…

In reviewing my successes in 2012 the only thing I know for sure is that I am exactly where I need to be. I enjoy being creative and I required an outlet to sell my product so opening an Etsy shop was the right solution.

So what does 2013 bring?

I learned that if you want an honest critique from your team that is exactly what you will get. If you want compliments ask your friends and family! I have learned many things from the team I have joined, such as my photos are horrible, dark and cluttered and my shop is not cohesive. • So 2013 will see new brighter product photos, a more cohesive look and a paring down of product line. • To increase my shop’s reach I am learning the INS and OUTS of social media. So ‘friend’ me on face book, ‘like’ me on my blog, ‘save’ me on Wanelo and ‘pin’ me on Pinterest.

Basically I am requesting all your hearts and attention…

My Question To You: What have YOU accomplished in 2012 and what Business Strategies work best for YOU?

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After some wild winds and big swells some lovely pieces of driftwood were washed up on our shore.  Perfect for Sailboats and coat racks!After some wild winds and big swells some lovely pieces of driftwood were washed up on our shore. Perfect for Coat Racks!

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5 responses to “Etsy Time

  1. dlynnart

    February 4, 2013 at 2:43 am

    On the weekends, I spend hours, usually less than three or four though. During the week, I typically spend no more than 30 minutes a day. I still use the renew feature even though you aren’t supposed to need to.

    • blackcrowcurios

      February 4, 2013 at 3:40 am

      It sounds like you keep a good balance, I’m still learning the ropes and probably put in way more time than I should.

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 19, 2013 at 1:55 am

      Dlynart I was advised just recently to always use the renew feature!

  2. wishingchair

    February 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I’m new ish to esty- I have bought from there since last year but only opened my own store there this month. I think It can take up a lot of your time- especially trying to understand and tweak keywords, titles etc. Like you I could spend up to six hours. I work all week so I only really update properly at weekends though. I guess my hope is that over time the hours and work pay off. At a craft market the results are instant, whereas on etsy it can feel a bit as it you put in so much time, and aren’t getting much back.

    • blackcrowcurios

      February 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Yes I do agree, however at a craft market we have to stand there and with Etsy a sale can happen while we are asleep! Good luck with your shop!


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