Each week I base a blog post on an alphabet letter. For more information or to join in go to http://accidental-knitter.blogspot.com
This week’s alphabet post is “E” is for Etsy. On June 6 ,2009 ,I opened my Etsy Shop. Due to illness, I didn’t actually list any items on Etsy until February 2010. I had my first and only sale this year in March. I only have three items listed so far.
Strange as it may sound, I feel very successful in my Etsy endeavour .I measure my Etsy success in many ways. Opening an Etsy shop provided the motivation for me to :1)start a blog; 2) create a Facebook business page; 3) open a Twitter account. 4) join other online crocheting and knitting internet sites ( such as: Ravelry.com; Crochet Me; and Crochetville.) and 5) to write my first newsletter.
Making items for my Etsy shop gives me a manageable goal to work toward.( I do have more than 3 items made. I just haven’t listed them yet. They still need to be photographed.) It was very hard for me to stop working four years ago. The Etsy shop helps me feel that I am self-employed. The Etsy Shop helps me to sometimes think that being homebound is not so bad. I don’t want to do anything too high pressured because some days I don’t feel well.
One of my goals is to make money to supplement my disability income through selling crocheted items. But I’m learning that sometimes I don’t set realistic goals . Sometimes I over-estimate what I am really physically able to do. I’m learning to lower my expectations of how many items I can actually make. I learning that my timelines have to change for completing projects. I’m learning that I have to stop promising everyone I know that I will crochet gifts for them.
I believe that one day my Etsy shop will be more financially successful. As I watch my Etsy shop slowly grow ,I feel that I am actively contributing to the world.