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Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : August Review

Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : August Review

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. However, these are all products I use myself and thus highly recommend and support.

AUGUST EARNINGS BREAKDOWN USING ONLINE TOOLS TO SELL ART ONLINE

A lot of time Small Businesses online suffer and fall of the wagon when they have low sales. But I was compelled to share this month progress with other online digital sellers and small business owners in hope that this will somehow help other creative sellers like me .

In this post I will be sharing with you how I spent the month with THE low sales of the year time.I have been doing business online for a while now. But this summer had been the worst in terms of earnings but since there were not many sales to take care of I used the month of June for my own progress and spent most of the time learning a few tools and started integrating them in my own business.

There are two ways that you can face the “precieved failures ” . Either fight these times and take them as an opportunity of your growth or just kick it all goodbye. In the past as well I have shared with you some of my failed months but when i look back at them they were always there to teach me something. So How did this month go? Lets review.

 

Hired a Coach to get clarity ( FAILED Decision)

Since I had some time in my hands I joined some courses that helped me immensely to look into where I am going and what I am doing . I did hire a couch as well to help me pull through which turned out to be a really bad decision OR choice. Either way again an opportunity in disguise, this helped me clear out “Who NOT to hire as your coach! “. For us Artists there arent many coaches out there mainly because we are creative beings, we love to create art and already are stealing time from our busy life. This creative instinct helps us to move forward in our business but this also sometimes leads to frustrations when we are not able to see things moving forward.

For me the solution to turn my passion into biz involved learning new tech and then creatively twisting it to fit it into my own business using instinct and intuition.

Subscribed to Wham Bam Business Plan Business Plan for Small business owners

I can not be happy more ! , this has been one of the best decisions that I have made to date. Terra of Uncork Your Dork Provides her heart out in a well managed and maintained subscription plan. Wham Bam Business Plan takes you step by step through the various Phases of your business. Why I loved this community and subscription is that it has all the bits and bolts that you need to learn in order to run a business online.
In the past I have been a part of Various subscriptions and since my focus had been entirely on selling products instead on sales, those subscriptions were not helping me much. Although this subscription is also not focused entirely for sellers who are into creating and selling products but this is the best place you can know it all and implement into your business.

Being a member I can do have a special offer if someone else is interested you can signup using my link HERE and get $10 off for the first month and try it out yourself.

Successfully increased sales of Etsy using a few apps and tools.

I was successful in finding a go to business tools usage plan and have it streamlined. Nailing it and found out the best combination that fit my need. The first app in this list is Planoly for instagram, FriendsPlusMe for sharing my content to Google plus communities, Etsy Marketing Tool to autoschedule to Etsy ( get a 14 day free trial if you use this link) , Tailwind (14 day trial if you use this link to signup) to Schedule to pinterest and last but not the least a little script iMacros for Chrome to automate tasks. I will try to write a detail on all of these tools and share my blue print with you soon.

 

Stats for the month of August

Earned commission of stock photo sites ( I have talked about the details on these websites here)
Dreamstime $26.28 Last uploaded photo on this site 2010 ( I am no longer updating my content there )
Shutterstock $2.86 Last uploaded photo on this site 2010 ( no longer  updating my portfolio here)
Creative Market $10 Last uploaded photo on this site 2014 ( I rarely add something new now)
Wall Stickers & Murals Decalideas at Etsy $3000

istockphoto (12% off on photos when you use this link) 

Favorite Podcasts this month

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Positive Soul

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Podcast

Manifestation Babe | Money | Mindset | Manifestation

Business Management Tools that I am loving !

Trello Boards ( used for project management)

2 Checkout for payment processing

Elegant Themes for clients and my own websites

Other Useful tools that I always recommend

My Go to Planner to Streamline my Creative Business Goals

September Followers Goals

  • Blog Subscribers: Increase the numbers of followers and traffic July 2,400 in August 2,301 Goal Sept is 3,301
  • Instagram Followers: 784 followers Gaol 1,000
  • Pinterest: 2,232 followers , Goal 2,500 –  Monthly viewers 131,473 , Goal 1,50,000
  • Email List : 1,230  Goal 1,500
  • Open 2 new Pinterest Group Boards and grow them 
  • Autoschedule Instagram 15 Days content and streamline the process. (I am using Planoly)
  • Autoschedule tweets 15 Days content (I am using Postplanner)

 

Start Selling Online

STEP 1 : HOSTING

Choose the right Hosting for your WordPress Blog! Your No.1 most important step to be an independent Blogger!

STEP 2 : THEME!

Join millions who have already used the webs most successful Theme ever to build your Blog! “Divi Theme Builder”

STEP 3 : GET SUBSCRIBERS

Use my favorite Email Marketing Service to build a community of raving fans + potential customers with ConvertKit!

STEP 4 : GET TRAFFIC

My favorite Pinterest Scheduler “Tailwind” is making all the difference when it comes to skyrocketing your Blog Traffic!

STEP 5 :  ACCEPT PAYMENTS EASILY

Implement a Trustworthy payment processor to receive Sales earnings with ease

STEP 6 : GET SOCIAL

Join the community for creatives and Artists making money online selling Art

How to start an etsy shop series:  How to craft a perfect Etsy listing to skyrocket your traffic

How to start an etsy shop series: How to craft a perfect Etsy listing to skyrocket your traffic

I am so excited to be writing this post! , why ? because I know how much value this is going to bring you. If you have an etsy shop or you are thinking about opeing one OR wondering how to start an etsy shop .

Chances are you are struggling with driving traffic to your shop and etsy listings. I was once there… I used to struggle day in and day out and my etsy listings refused to show up in page one or even near that!

And then one day (actually it took years for me to figure it out)  I was finally able to figure it out and was able to successfully bring my listings ranking on the first page.

I was blown away! so excited ! the whole world of SEO for Etsy seemed like a foreign language and a divinci code to me before that I wished I would finally figure out. But infact the whole thing is just a matter of a few tweaks. Today I am feeling excited being able to share this with you.

Disclaimer:  I am not an EXPERT in SEO and I do not claim to KNOW IT ALL. There can be various ways to show up on etsy’s first page, having tried many ways this is the way that worked for me and I am putting this out there in hope that this will help other struggling Artists and crafters trying to make money online or wondering how to start an etsy shop .

Below are some of the Fundamentals of creating a perfect etsy lising. In my upcoming posts I will be sharing with you the tools that I recommend to help you with the process.

How to start an etsy shop and rank on first page of etsy

For your very basic understanding The skeleton of an etsy listing consists of the following parts

  • The title
  • The description
  • the tags
  • the images

Now lets understand the importance of each of them.

The Etsy listing Title

Etsy provides a space for around 140 characters for you to create a title for the product. in order to create a traffic driving etsy title you can break it into 3 parts.

the beginning

the middle and the rest

Do your long tail keyword research and place your long tail keyword in the very beginning of the title. A long tail keyword is a specific keyword that describes your product, it has a strong search potential on etsy and also on google and it comprises of 3 or more words.

for the middle and the rest you will place your OTHER keywords that also have strong search potential.

So your title could be something like this

Long Tail Keyword, 2nd Choice keyword, 3rd keyword, 4th keyword, 5 keyword, describing words for rest of space.

In my upcoming posts I will help you discover and find these Long tail, 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th keywords.

The description

The description is the place where you will entice and grab your customers attention. Your customer has gone through a process and finally landed to your listing now it is upto you to sell your product. imagine you are walking into a store and a woman comes in front of you she is selling a scarf. How do you imagine she will approach you that you fall in love with the scarf enough to open up your wallet.

Here is a scenario

She walks up to you dangles the scarf in front of your eyes and goes on …..
“This scarf is made of wool, the thickness of the wool is perfect for a scarf and it took me 10 days to make it buy it”

OR

She talks about “How this scarf will benefit you” “How this will help you keep the cold away” and “Why this purchase is going to be a good decision”

There you have it ! she sold you the scarf when she talked about YOU not How .

It is as simple as that.

Craft your description with an attention grabbing statement, followed by the problem provide a solution and then give a call to action.

We will be talking just about these parts of a perfect description in the coming posts.

 The Tags

OK , so now you are at the part which actually makes your shop show up in search results, The Tags!. Remember the perfect title that you crafted? take that title and write various tags out of it , various options and possibilities using the keywords used in the title and dont forget to add the descriptive words as well.

The images

Etsy provides 10 images spaces to upload various photos. Use all of them! this does help in how healthy your etsy listing is . A picture is worth a thousand words use your photo space wisely and tell your story!

Ready to craft your own listing?

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