' Skill wins favour ! '
What comes to mind when you hear this quotation ?
In what ways are you sharpening your skills ?
A good question to ask yourself is : ' Are you launching out in too many directions ? Have you mastered the skill for a certain type of item/service before moving on to the next ? '
These are questions I have been asking myself the past year, and especially with ETSY in focus...
Has it become just a hobby where I try different things, some successfully, others not ? Am I aiming at making a profit, becoming a business or just playing around with beads because I find it fun and relaxing.
These questions are necessary in regard to evaluating your time, and effort as an ETSY seller. If it is just a fun and enjoyable pastime that pays for itself, then that is fine. But then there should not be any unnecessary stress, or frustration at low sales, and it would be wise not to over spend on supplies.
But if the aim is to create a source of income, part time or full time, then care and time must be invested into sharpening your skills. Choose one item/style and practice till you have reached a sense of comfort with the technique, become a skilled artisan/artist in that method before moving on to the next.
Investing in good tools is also important, and should be part of your skill perfecting plan.
Make yourself a goal, document it, keep track of your progress via photo, charts, and even blogging or twitter. And when you have reached your goal and feel secure and safe in your craft, then proudly announce to buyers that you are a ‘ skilled …… man/woman’