Monday, September 17, 2007

This seems like a job for me

Quick post today because I need to get some sleep. Been fighting off the same cold for about 2 weeks now.

So Anandi's Laboratory has another customer, as of this morning. Awesome! I have set a goal of 1 sale per week. So far so good, right?

I spent a big chunk of the weekend making more jewelry (yay) and cleaning up my accounting spreadsheet. Like a good geek, I want to know exactly how much I should charge for my jewelry, and how much it costs me to make and ship it. So I've been tracking those things pretty closely. Of course, what I've made so far doesn't even *begin* to cover all of the money I've spent on beads thus far. Maybe someday... But I am having *so* much fun, and that's what counts.

Just like any online community, etsy has a lot of tips and tricks and unwritten rules. Due to the vast number of virtual shopkeepers on etsy, people are always talking about ways to "promote" their store.

So I've started the marketing push, just a bit. I've added the link to the store on my outgoing personal email, have added small apps to my blog and my Facebook profile to display my pieces and posted a couple of ads on Craigslist and Windows Live Expo classified ads. We'll see how that turns out.

Any other creative marketing ideas from my smart readers out there?


  1. Craig's List. You never know unless you put something out there.

  2. Based on the # of views you're getting on the You Can Do Magic listing, I wonder if you retook the pictures to show off the piece more (better lighting?) it would sell? -LL

  3. Anandi - This is Shannon Gausman, Carl's wife. I was on hold on a long conference call yesterday & was checking out C & J's website to see if they had updated their picture of the week. I followed some of their links & wound up at your blog & saw your bead work. I wanted to tell you that it is BEAUTIFUl. You are quite talented. I'm trying to decide what will be my first purchase. :) Have a good day, Shannon

  4. It's a rare occasion when I read someone's blog and immediately add them to my list to read. Congratulations! :)

    If you're interested in me writing an article about your shop, which will then be published both on my blog and on Associated Content, either check out the EtsyRain Meetup message board (look for a post called "Free Promotion") or drop me an E-mail at scarywhitegirl (at) gmail (dot) com. Love your stuff! :)


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