I just got my third Etsy sale. Although this isn't exactly an onslaught of interest, I'm encouraged. It's exciting to think that someone out there, other than my sister and my best friend, thinks my work is worth parting with their hard-earned dough. I stayed up way too late last night changing all my earring listings on Etsy to reflect my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. I've offered free shipping on all my earrings, and on a few other select items. One such item is the necklace that made my third sale. Since shipping through Canada Post can be expensive, this is a good deal, I think. Next week, I'm having a trunk sale at school. After that, I think I'll shift my leftover merchandise by offering a 10 percent off sale on all my stock. Etsy has a cool coupon code app now that allows you to offer whatever percentage discount you want by including a code in the listing that the buyer enters when checking out. The code automatically cuts the price by the designated amount, and you don't have to mess with revised invoices. Revised invoices scare me. They're the reason I haven't had the nerve to try a sale before this.
This blog is meant to be a record of my adventures as a new home-based business owner. Starting my jewellery business was one of the most daunting things I've ever done, next to giving birth. Especially since I was (am?) pretty technically stunted. In this blog I will describe the trials, tribulations and, hopefully, eventual successes I experience while navigating the world of (really, really, really small) business. I also plan to use this blog to talk about all the aspects of jewellery design that fascinate me, keep me addicted, and cause me to spend thousands of dollars (What, honey? No, I didn't say thousands...) on gemstones, beads, findings, etc. I welcome your input, ideas, and stories of similar experiences in beading, jewellery design, or running a handcrafts business.