Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stop Doing These 5 Things For Your Etsy Business in 2012!

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As you are getting ready for your holiday break and reorganizing for the upcoming new year, here's some ideas to think about.

#1 Stop with the comparisons. Your work or your store is unique to you and you only. Constantly comparing your work or your store to others will make you miserable and block creativity. There will always be a store that looks better and is better. There will always be a store that is worse than yours. Don't waste your time comparing yourself to others.

# 2 Stop networking. Yep that's right. Stop wasting your time on facebook, twitter and your online “friends”. I'm all for being friendly and meeting new people but the truth is I think it's kind of weird that you can know personal details about an individual you wouldn't recognize on the street. Kind of creepy...

#3 Stop over thinking everything. From where to place the button on a bag to picking out the perfect logo for your store, over thinking can paralyze you and keep you stuck in purgatory. Take a chance, go with your gut and stop over thinking every decision you make.

#4 Stop work that brings no satisfaction. Maybe it's a demanding customer or dead end project that's going no where fast. If a work task is creating anxiety and not satisfying any need you have, stop doing it. Life is too short...

#5 Stop jumping through hoops. Personally I refuse to change my store every time etsy says jump (which was a bunch in 2011). Change is not necessarily a bad thing but after awhile you can find yourself chasing your tail. When etsy says jump, take a breath and wait for the dust to settle before you make any changes to your store.

I've been on etsy for a few years now and I think 2012 is going to be a good one. Etsy made some great changes in 2011 (don't you love having those stats) and we are in a good position for 2012. Eliminating these activities will save you some serious time and put you in a position to have bigger profits. If you have an idea for something you can stop please be sure to leave a comment...


  1. What a great list! I'm guilty of all of the above and needed someone to tell me to STOP! Thanks & have a great 2012 :)

  2. I'm not going to kid you Carol, I'm guilty of all of the above as well! LOL You just need to set that timer and limit your computer activity.

  3. I should give easy another try, I didn't sell anything but am thinking 2012 is going to be my year!!!!! Happy Holidays,Sara

  4. goddessof4, etsy can be a lot of fun (as a buyer) but no doubt about it, it is a lot of work (as a seller).