With summer winding down and the last days at the beach approaching us, I am finding Message in a Bottle a great theme for Fab Finds Friday. So check out these cool bottles that I would love to get a message in...
My co-worker (who is a crochet/knit-a-holic), has been cleaning out her craft room and gave me a ton of the fur yarn and other novelty yarn. So I started knitting scarves for girls. Some are short for little girls and others are long for teens or hip women! I am having so much fun knitting because I bought these really light weight, bamboo knitting needles and the yarn is so much fun to work with. I brought some of the scarves into work the other day and ended up wearing one(I pretty much work in an icebox) and got lots of compliments. Now I need to figure out how to photograph them, so that they look as good on the computer as they do in person. Anyone with suggestions?
I fell onto etsy last year as a way of selling my items without paying the high cost of having a business website. Earlier this year I signed up with yahoo and set up a simple website that now directs people to my etsy shops and I have etsy mini's to showcase my items for sale. I haven't seen any sales come from having my own site and now I am wondering if it is worth the money. So I pose the question to you: Do you have a website and does it bring business?
I know that I typically blog about my business stuff but my mind is overwhelmed with the thought of I need to find a car by the end of August and the money to buy it. I have been fortunate to be able to use my mom's car but with a new school year approaching I need to have a car of my own to cart kids around to school and activities. I was hoping to generate some money by having the End of Summer Clearance sale but have sadly had only one sale of $1. As I am looking for a decent used car, most people I know tell me to go out and get a loan for a car but as a single mom with a tight budget that is just not in the budget for me. I could pick up a second job but then when would I see my kids. I don't want to sacrifice time with my precious children just for the wanting of my own car.
So since I am trying to generate more biz for my biz I am offering an additional 15% off my regular and sale prices. In the notes to seller please put blog15 and pass this around to all your friends.
I have been looking into advertising for my shops and so far I have been trying to find anything free because I am not selling anything and I don't want to spend money I don't have. Since I have added Project Wonderful on my blog I generate a little money which I put back into advertising on other blogs. I haven't seen an increase in views from it but I am trying to look at the long term goal of selling, not just for today.
So I am posing this question to you, Do you pay for advertising and where do you advertise(free or pay)?
With the end of summer approaching us in the next few weeks, I am making room for the upcoming Holiday season in my shops.
I am having a huge Clearance Section in my Meagan's Designs shop with items being marked down by 50% or more.
In the Kaedan Krafts shop I am offering 40% the entire shop and customers who buy 2+ items I am offering free shipping. For this sale I am sending the revised invoice so please put ESCS in the notes to seller.
I know that it has been a couple of weeks since I have blogged or really even been on the internet so I am finally feeling up to resuming my internet/business work. The past couple of weeks have been very stressful on my body and pretty much caused my body to shut down. I have diabetes and with the stress I have been feeling it has caused my sugar levels to completely go out of whack. When my sugars are out of whack then I am exhausted and can barely function. On top of that I ended up with an ulcer, which feels worse than labor pains. The docs are still running some tests to rule out anything else being wrong but the meds I am on are making life much better for me and my family.
I am learning to take life in stride and that includes how I run my business. I think that I got so overwhelmed with the show I had a few weeks ago and then the disappointment of the show just sent me into a tailspin. I will be blogging like I did before but slowing down on the goals of becoming a top seller until I learn more about the business and what works best for me.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me through this hard time.