I don’t know about you, but my favorite Etsy enhancement since I’ve been on the site is the ability to save draft listings. As an “arsty-fartsy” it was so difficult to sit down and create a listing each time I wanted a new item to appear in my shop. I love being able to gather up my creations from the week, photograph them, and “draft” all of my listings at one time with the ability to publish them later.
Wow! – I can save my listings without making them “live”"
Woe – The only feature that would enhance this further is the ability to set a “publish at a specific time/date”. However, I ain’t knockin’ it. I can usually hop on my computer or phone a few times a day to get items posted.
Thank you, Etsy, for this brilliant addition for sellers!
What do you love about Etsy? What improvements would make your life easier?
It is easy for me to get so focused on needing to accomplish a specific task that I let other productive endeavors go by the wayside. I am working to change this idealistic way of working… because I think we all know that not everything goes exactly as we plan.
Recently I got stuck on production of some jewelry pieces because I was waiting on a supply order that took longer than expected to arrive. I felt trapped and useless… until I found something else business-worthy to do. It made me realize that if I had a better business plan, a comprehensive “to-do”, I’d never be overly-focused on a single activity. I have a great daily “to-do” list for creating, but it doesn’t cover many of the business-building/marketing things I need to accomplish. When I realized that I could be learning more about my weaknesses (social networking, blogging, search engine optimization, photo sharing) I discovered that I had more than enough to occupy every moment of the next several years… and I didn’t even consider all of the bookkeeping activities that I regularly ignore.
The new plan: make a serious list of ALL activities that will help to grow my business and make it function efficiently. It’s difficult to address my weaknesses, but I know they are there and without an effort to improve, surely they won’t.
I’m sure you’ll see more about my social networking phobias in future posts. It’s easy for me to create and terrifying to share those creations.
What gives you “the willies” when you think about growing your business? Marketing? Bookkeeping? Legal mumbo jumbo? Or is it just putting something out there for the world to see?