I'm a new shop. My situation is much like a lot of others I hear about. I'm a mother of 2, I work full time. We work hard to make ends meet as it is. I've sacrificed a lot of time and money to get my shop going. I started from scratch. No supplies etc. I've spent tons of money that I didn't have to buy what I needed. I strapped myself week after week. Sometimes only having a couple bucks in my bank acct till the next pay day because I chose to buy more supplies. Don't get me wrong my children are well taken care of. They have plenty and will never go without. I'm fortunate to have my full time job to help pay for my supplies and other things to get this shop running.
The point in trying to make is, everytime I browse the forums there is a story about no one making sales and how this year and month have been the worse they have ever seen. How is a new shop owner suppose to overcome all these objectives and make it work? I have come into a situation recently where my childcare is no longer reliable. I decided that I was going to start this venture with the goal to eventually go part time and be able to stay home with them as much as possible and still supplement my income. Now, I have seen on these forums that sellers that's ate more then qualified to sell a lot ( great photos , pricing , social network exposure etc) and that have tons of sales are now doubting etsy and not being as profitable as they once were.
I feel that I have a pretty good handle on what it takes to sell on etsy. I understand the time and dedication it takes. I don't think it's as easy as taking a photo and listing it and just sitting back and waiting for a sale. I understand that successful shops work more hours a day then a normal 9 to 5. I'm ready and prepared to take on that challenge. I know I can do it. But my question is, its still not enough is it?
At what point do I say, I've spent a ton, waisted a ton of time, and I'm getting no where. And let my goals fly away? At what point do you say to yourself, my product is. Not selling this will never work out and move on?
I realize I've only been here a month. I don't expect success over night. I've had 1 sale. In 1 month I've been in 16 treasuries. ( and yes I've joined the Etteam, but that was just yesterday) I have good SEO, and in the last 30 days I have had over 2500 shop views and 500 likes. Still only 1 sale. I listed my first listing on June 14th. I think those stats are pretty darn good. So I'm sitting here scratching my head, wondering why out of I've 2500 views, I only generated 1 sale. Should I listen to all the negativity here and more experienced sellers and just give up? Or keep trucking and hope for the best?
Any comments are welcome!