Thursday, January 13, 2011

Etsybloggers Carnival - 2011 Business Goals

I have big plans this coming year, and it all revolves around my art on paper.  I want to discover more about painting supplies, tangles, bookbinding, and the "zen" of art journaling.  And when the weather warms up, I want to try my hand again at papermaking.  As I learn new techniques, I'll be writing about them in Storyland

One of the planned outcomes for 2011 will be to introduce new products on Etsy.  Many of you have heard me talk about moving my jewelry out of my Etsy shop and leaving only paper goods.  I’ll still have treasure necklaces on my blog, but other than that, beads will be removed... except my new paper beads I bought from the Philippines on Etsy last month.  I think they're fascinating! 


Selling online has been nice and easy for me, but I haven't been doing too good of a job.  Over the last three years, I’ve sold only 26 items.  In 2011, I‘m hoping to expand my art into the non-cyber world.  Getting involved with more festivals is one way.  Hopefully I'll have some money to pay for entrance fees.  I also need to find some businesses where I'm comfortable with leaving my jewelry... like at a museum!


On the administrative side of my business, I plan to write a personalized marketing plan.  I've already begun  this - last week was the first post in my new series, Sat. Strategy Sessions.  I hope you will join me and write a plan for yourself.  I also need to better organize my supplies - my little workroom is getting overrun with paper!   Last year I got a flat file cabinet for storing large sheets of paper.  Now I need a bunch of small containers for all the scraps of paper I'm accumulating. 

Thank you Missie, for hosting this week’s Etsybloggers Carnival.  To visit Missie’s blog, and read more carnival posts, go to http://sykin.net

9 comments:

tamdoll said...

Good luck selling off-line! I know having found a local boutique to sell at has been much more profitable than etsy - I think it's gotten very saturated... but... still good for reaching customers who can find you.

Erika said...

I like the cards you just introduced to your shop--I think they are a great idea for readers and note takers!

Like you, I know I need to push the sales and look into areas outside etsy. I have always sold more locally and I hope to actually increase the etsy sales once I get the shops open.

Go to goodwill or a thrift store for the containers--you might be able to find some great deals.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Here's to you and your goals! It will be fun to see what unfolds!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

You're really working hard already this year! You're off to a great start!

Let me know if you find any good storage solutions for your scraps...mine are taking over too!!!

Linda Pruitt said...

Paper products? Guess I need to take a look at your shop--I've been kinda out-of-it lately!

BeadedTail said...

Sounds like 2011 is going to be a fun filled, changing year for you! Best of luck with all your goals!

CandyCrack said...

Sounds like you have big plans for this year! I also plan on looking at other areas of selling this year too.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Good luck with all your goals!

Judy Nolan said...

These are wonderful goals. I am looking forward to reading your Saturday Strategies. Thanks also for the link to the tangle site. I bought a Zentangle kit last year and haven't done anything with it...just haven't set aside time (yet), but have lots of interest!

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