18 February 2012

I need some advice!!~


Happy Saturday my friends!
First off, I want to say thank you for your friendship, I can't tell you how excited I get to check my blog everyday to read all of your new wonderfully sweet comments, it really does make me so happy!!

I have a question for you, I need a little advice regarding my business. 
I've had my jewelry design business for about 3 years now on Etsy, and then about a year ago, I opened a second shop to sell my vintage pillows that I design and some other vintage pieces. I really dislike having the businesses separated, it is twice the amount of work and kind of a pain to keep track of both. I've wanted to merge the 2 shops for a while now, but i didn't want my jewelry designs to be overshadowed by the vintage items. I love designing jewelry and I'm really proud of how I've been doing and I always wanted that to be my main business. So a couple of days ago, I started merging my shops on Etsy and I have already lost a few admirers.
I'm at a loss of what to do. I would also like to have my own website designed for my business, but I'm not sure how much traffic I will get. As much as I love Etsy and what it has done for me, I would really love to just be on my own and be able to design my shop the way I want to. I feel like I'm very limited on Etsy.

Well, I would just really love some advice. It would be greatly appreciated!!

I feel like if I have a on-line shop and blog designed for my business, I will feel a bit more professional, which is what I really want.

Thanks everyone for your help and have a great Sunday!!~

Sincerely,
Melinda

26 comments:

  1. Hi Melinda,
    I too am sad that you missed out on my theatre giveaway! I will be having another one this summer so perhaps you can join in on it then.

    Now for the shop merge you will gain a lot more followers and ones who favorite your etsy shop, and for your own shop page I say go for it link it to your blog and tags will get the info out there. google will have you popping up before no time with blogger tags to your site name and your creations.

    I too have been wanting to create a seperate online site for my art and vintage, but my shop space keeps me so tied and limited time. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with, and for me, I am working it all out in my head and am going to give it a try. List and they will find you.

    xoxo
    Dore
    PS. thank you sweet friend for your taking the time to visit, its always encouraging to see your comments.

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  2. Thank you sweet Dore!!! You are a doll!!~

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  3. Why not go for it (online business)? I believe it will work out great for you, you inspire so many people =) And what if it does not work out, you gotta say "Oh well, I tried and I feel good knowing that I did" I wish you the best in whatever you may decide and I wish you a lovely weekend! Xoxoxo

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  4. Melinda, I too, think you should "take the plunge" ~ Folks WILL find you! Best of luck, from a new follower...♥
    Anne

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  5. Hi Melinda, why not take a chance and create your own website for both jewelry and vintage. I have an Etsy shop for my jewelry and greeting cards but had no luck and just closed it a week or so ago. Also, you could feature it on your blog more often, a lot of people do. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi Melinda,

    Bless you, im not very good with technology but i agree with the other comments go for it and what you want. And do link it on your blog people will find you and if you put a note on both your current shops to say where you have gone they come with you im sure. Don't worry about the couple you have lost. Good luck, dee x

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  7. Good Sunday to you Melinda!

    I'm just in the beginnings of starting an Etsy so I only really have shopping experience LOL. I kind of like to go to one shop to see everything a vender has to offer. A friend of mine that has been on Etsy for a while now is separating her wares into additional Etsys... her reasons are to sell Christmas items separatly. So I guess there's pros and cons to both ways.

    Your living room and bedroom are so gorgeous. What about putting linen panels in your liv rm like you put in your bdrm? They look so incredible in your bedroom. And your son's room doesn't look girly to me... I love it! You can always tweak it as he gets older.

    Have a wonderful day! Blessings and hugs, Sherry

    PS stop by and see my 6 legged table makeover! I think you'll like it.

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  8. Well this is what I would do...I am kind of going threw something similar and I asked a very wise friend what to do so I shall give you her advise...She said Lori spend some quite time in prayer there you will find your answer...It's that simple Jesus wants us to be specific in prayer...And as always go with your gut feeling , that's usually the holy spirit giving you your answer...Blessings Lori P.S I hope your o.k with me sharing my faith...

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  9. Hi it's me again...just letting you know I posted a new album today I hope you can drop by for a visit...I need to figure out how to get more followers any idea's ? This blogging is all new to me...Blessings to you this day...Lori

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  10. Hi Melinda!
    I'm kind of going through a similar decision making process right now and I'm in a quandry about it too! I would just say to do what feels right to you. You may not have lost those few admirers due to your merge....maybe they just deleted their account or something like that for another reason, so don't let that worry you too much! Good luck with whatever you decide...I'm sure it will all work out the way it is supposed to!!

    Hugs

    Polly

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  11. Good Morning Melinda!
    I tried to have two shops for the same reason, I had vintage in one and my creations in another. It was a lot of work so I merged everything together. I even was going to try it again just for custom orders and when I did an etsy snafu began and so I stayed with just The Old White House. I figured that was my sign, I guess! I too have thought of having a shop that all my own, straight from the blog. I think if I took that step, I would keep the etsy in the beginning and maybe send by customers an email and ofcourse put it out on my FB page and the blog. It all seems overwhelming to think about! Plus, if I did one, I would want someone to do it for me so that I felt it was professional and without kinks! So now I have to consider how much $$$ that would cost.
    There is my 2 cents for what it's worth!
    Wishing you the very best, your work is just beautiful, everything you touch is so... YOU.
    t.xoxooxoxooxoxxo

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  12. Melinda,

    I understand your quandary as well. I have gotten pretty busy in my etsy store this week. And as I make everything by hand I have been up late at night and again early in the am to keep up with my orders, (working around a full time job). Therefore my mind naturally goes to the question of what if this keeps up? I am going to need help. That would mean I would need to open my own shop. I agree with Polly that I think we lose admirers sometimes because people close accounts. I know in my heart that people will follow you wherever you sell your wares.

    xo
    MC

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  13. Hi Melinda,
    Well I definitely know where you're coming from. Etsy is very limiting, not to mention super expensive with all their fees!
    Check your shop stats on Etsy to see where your traffic is coming from. That will be a big indicator. If most of your traffic is coming from your blog or facebook or google your business probably won't miss a beat if you close Etsy. But if a lot of your business is coming from searches within Etsy...you would lose that business.
    I have been considering the same thing & what I came up with is.....
    keep Etsy open while starting a new website, and keep them going simultaneously until the new website's business reaches what the Etsy store was doing.
    But even after that, there's a big possibility of losing business from the Etsy searches.
    People will definitely find you, but it will take time.
    Good luck with your decision!
    xoxo,
    Shellagh

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  14. Hey Melinda, I know what you mean about two shops on Etsy, they do not make it easy for us. I closed my second shop on Etsy and started another blog to sell from. Of course, my Etsy shop does have more traffic. I'm very happy having the two, for now.

    I'm sure your website shop would do well, I've known others to do that and they love it. You sell a good product, they will find you.

    Type me if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer questions.

    xo Rhonda

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  15. Hi Melinda~
    As far as losing admirers, probably an Etsy glitch. That makes sense to me. I say keep the Etsy store merged and see how it goes. Have plan#2 (online shop) in your mind in case the Etsy thing is a problem. No matter what you do, people will find you:)
    xo~Cheryl

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  16. Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful advice!!! It has really helped!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  17. I feel your pain. I have been on etsy for almost 3 years now with my vintage jewelry designs. Sales have been OK, but I recently cleared out my shop and placed the jewelry in a local brick and mortar store. I'm now trying to build up a new collection to reopen my etsy shop. I too have thought of adding other items to my store, but i was afraid it would get too confusing. I think you should start your own site and design it the way YOU want it! Good luck!

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  18. I am excited to see what ever you decide.. I look forward to your blog each day and love your jewelry also.. I am pursuing a new endeavor myself. I am hoping to start my dream and have a booth at a local shabby store as soon as next month. Exciting but scary at the same time. So honored to be on your side bar. Thanks Pam

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  19. Hey Melinda - I know that whatever path you decide to take...at least your blog friends will follow you! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  20. Hi Melinda!! Long time lurker here - just added something called "Integrated Gmail" to my Firefox browser. Now I have all the blogs on my Google Reader right there in front of me when I go to my email, so yours was the first I looked at.

    Coming out of lurker mode...

    OK, I know just how you feel about merging your Etsy sites! I'm just starting out over there - my site is finally called [after choosing & discarding a couple of names] is Pastiche Furniture. My son & I have combined our creative talents and will (hopefully!) sell unique pieces of furniture.

    But I also have some interesting items I want to list - I don't really want to establish a whole other shop for these, so I think we'll just include them. Hopefully it won't be too strange to have non-furniture items in our furniture store (lol).

    I think your admirers will return - and anyway, the real proof will be in your sales.

    As far as an independent shop & site - go for it - but keep the Etsy shop while you do that. No matter what, it'll take time to get it going (and you'll need advice about SEO & all that), and you might want to keep the Etsy shop anyway, as a way to advertise. I've noticed that there are some who sell on Etsy (and on eBay, too) who have their own sites. It think one helps the other, so to speak.

    At any rate - good luck! I absolutely love your creations (and if I wasn't dirt poor, I'd be an active customer!! Hopefully that will change in the future!)

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  21. Hey Melinda! I am certain for every one you lost, you'll gain several more! And I have my shop hosted with ShoppePro, which is not opened yet...but it's been quite user friendly. You can of course link any shop to your blog, where everyone can find you. Also, I just worked with a girl who does online-business designs & she has excellent price packages. In the end, you have to do what works for you.

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  22. I don't have an Etsy shop, so I don't know how much help I'll be, but can you tell where most of your sales come from? Are they people that come over by way of your blog? If that's the case, I'd just start my own shop. I'm sure whatever you decide it will all come together for you though, everything you make is so pretty.

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  23. It sounds like a sensible idea to me. I dont have a shop let alone two. But I can only imagine one would compliment the other. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  24. I just stumbled on your blog for the first time and have read your post about needing advice and I thought I'd add my two cents.

    As a buyer only on Etsy (I don't sell), I can't see why people would think it is confusing to have different items in your shop. People aren't silly, they can work it out. You have a blurb at the top where you can say I have these items as my main items, but I also have a bit of this or that.

    For me, I may go into your shop for one of your this or that item and see your jewellery and go, ooh, that's nice I might get, whereas it if hadn't been there, I might not have seen it as I don't search for jewellery, although I am definitely an impulse buyer if I see something yummy.

    You can also advertise your blog and a website on Etsy, so you can use Etsy to get traffic to your website.

    Websites don't have to be expensive and you're better off looking after it yourself. You can't be wanting to pay someone every time you want to put a new item in your shop or make a change to your layout. If you can make a blog as pretty as yours you can also do your own website. I had one and it's fun getting to know it, but once you've mastered it, it's easy. You want your website because you said you wanted more control, so just go to one of the many sites that offer pre-built sites and you get someone to make up your banners and signatures etc and you do it yourself. It's fun and not too expensive at all once you've set up.

    I would use all the tools you have to drive customers to your new website - Etsy (maybe close it later when you've built up your website), facebook, twitter etc. But if you get good business from Etsy and good business from your website, why not have both? If you use the same photos etc then there's not much extra work involved. Use everything you have available. Never put all your eggs in one basket with marketing.

    I think Etsy put out an email not long ago and the subject of having separate Etsy shops and they also said it isn't necessary.

    Anyway, there's my thoughts. I have been a seller in the past but got tired of it. I hope this helps!

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  25. PS I forgot to say LOL! ... your blog is very pretty. I will visit often now I've found it!

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  26. Thank you for your kind words. I know when I come to a blog that is mostly business based I tend to not stay as long. That said you have to do what makes you happy, finding a balance is not always easy and takes some time. I hope it all works out for you. I wouldn't worry about gaining or loosing followers in the next few months with the changes that blogger is going through either.

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