So remember the last post when I said I was going to list 500 things on my shop by December 1st? Yeh. That major declaration to you, dear invisible populous, led me through all manner of emotions this week.
Here’s the roller coaster:
It was like it was January 2nd. I was on target with my resolution. I was fulfilling orders. I listed a few items on my shop. I was ON IT. And the enthusiastic people who commented on the blog post and ordered my new note cards were cheering me on. High-fives galore. Merci.
Soon after the initial euphoria simmered, I sat down and actually calculated how I was going to make this happen. Turns out, I need to list 100 items a month, which is 25 a week, which is 5 each week day.
Which means I’m already behind. Hence the panic.
History doth repeat itself. Back in 2010 I had calculated that I would have to save $100 a day for a long time in order to quit my job (as detailed in the book). The $100 was arbitrary, but easy math. And of course, here we are again with the number 100 staring me in the face. Seeing that number made me giggle to the heavens. Well played universe. Well played.
Knowing I’ve been here before, I realized I could make it happen. 500 items is tough, but 5 a day on average is doable. I’m still not sure if listing a slew of items in my shop is a good thing, but that’s not the immediate concern. First, we list. Then we see. It’s like a science experiment.
Inspiration poured forth. I listed a bunch of digital downloads for your printing pleasure, like this Art Nouveau stationery I whipped up…
One of the side effects of being me is that I mull things over. Then I mull them over again. Then months of mulling transpires and I don’t get much done. I was wondered if I should list this or that on my shop. The answer of course, is YES and YES. No mulling. Why? Because 500 isn’t going to get there all by itself.
And of course, once I started living it up in Etsy Land, the more wonderful products I found. Check these out:
Erin Hanson types wonderful quotes on a vintage typewriter. Clickity clack.
Misterrob is a maestro with an X-Acto knife.
LeChaim makes brooches. This photo calms me.
There was this moment. I was wrapping the note cards (I insist on gift wrapping… because c’mon, FUN). I was using the long dining table, which we never use for actual eating because it’s a long way to pass the salt. And I remembered back a few years. Before Paris. Before the Escape Plan. Back when I was sitting at my dining table just itching for something new but I didn’t know what that looked like. I thought of how nice it would be to ship out a product from that very dining table. Packaging orders in a sundress, with the sunshine pouring in, humming a tune.
And now, years later, different table, different city, different country, different marital status, different job… now my day includes packaging those orders… in a sundress, with the sunshine pouring in, humming a tune.
Goal: 500 items in shop by December 1, 2015
Total shop items to date: 26% increase (159 items, up from 126 on July 29)
Increased income: -19% from this same week last year. Hmmm.