i opened my shop last october, these are my stats since then. i know a lot of people said last month was slow, it was actually my best month, both on etsy and my outside ventures. i hope it was not a fluke and a sign that my business is starting to grow. i work in retail in my day job and have always heard that months the begin with a J are the slowest (jan, june, july)
beag, i would not worry about what people say in the forums. i hardly ever go in there, it seems just to be people complaining about no sales, how more expensive items don't sell, or criticizing what someone else is doing. i feel that if they spent more time working on their products, photos, advertising, etc and less time in the forums complaining they might be more successful.
wow its been a while since i've been on craftster. i did not know that they changed the interface. my etsy store has been doing well this month, 4 sales so far and i put one of my high ticket items on reserve for someone who saw it at a craft show i did last week. she is supposed to purchase it tomorrow, i'm excited and already have a list of new supplies and equipment i plan to order.
thanks for the feed back everyone. i made a web site in college, but that was 6 years ago and i forgot all of the small amount that i learned, so it probably took me 10x longer than it should have. i have my resolution set pretty high, so i was not sure how it actually fit on a regular screen. i did not even think about the store opening in the same window. i'm going to fix that right away, i dont want people to start looking around etsy and not be able to get back to my site. although i suppose there are worse places for them to get stuck.
i finally finished my web page! i am using it as a portfolio to apply to a craft show, and would appreciate any feedback before i send the application. if anyone has a chance, please visit and let me know if you notice any problems, issues, broken links, areas for improvement, etc. i would greatly appreciate it.
sarasvati i'm up for trades. i'm poor so thats the only way i can ever buy anything.
tomate' i love those new earrings. good luck with that wholesale thing. i've had a few people contact me on etsy about selling things on consingment, but when i have asked more details about their shop/terms/etc or to see a contract they usually have not responded. since she bought from you hopefully she is serious.