Etsy Weekly Tip #12 Plan, Focus and Execute

OCTOBER 29, 2018 BY KELLY FITZSIMMONS
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Etsy Weekly Tip #12 Plan, Focus and Execute

Not getting sales is tough. We've been there, we understand.

I distinctly remember saying to Bibi, "I think the ceiling on Etsy is about $1000/mo." I was disillusioned, fatigued and second-guessing the path we were on.

Make Work Projects

Sometimes it feels like there are a million things to do. When the list gets too long, we tend to freeze up, and our productivity goes way down.

Worse yet, we start making up small jobs that are easy to accomplish quickly but do they really need to be done?

Or are we just trying to look and feel busy? 

You're working for yourself now, no need to pretend to be working. (sorry to my past employers)

We have a solution for this. We didn't invent this technique, it's something we learned along the way. (It might be a Warren Buffett technique, not sure)

Make a List

Grab yourself a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of all the activities that need to be done. Try to make a list at least twenty items long. Once you've brainstormed all the tasks, review the list.

Focus on Money-Making Activities

Ask yourself, "Does this activity make us money?"

Now, pick the top 5 most essential items from the list. Until you complete these 5 activities, you will completely ignore the rest of the list.

You will only work on those 5 activities. (be very rigid, don't cheat) Nothing else matters.

Suggestions

Everyone has different issues they need to resolve, various activities to they need to complete.

If you need some further assistance prioritizing your list, here are my suggestions.

We talked in-depth about Product Pictures, Etsy SEO and Promoted Listings in previous articles. Please use the links above to read more on each of these subjects.

Once you have your store set, optimized with beautiful pictures, descriptive titles and copy, you want to start focusing on outside traffic.

The best use of your time to generate outside traffic to your Etsy shop is without a doubt, Pinterest

Pinterest and Etsy, BFFs Forever

Of course, we've also talked lots about Pinterest in the past, but we'll touch again on this vital traffic source.

Step 1: make beautiful pins. 

Don't gloss over this step. Creating pins should be at the top of your daily to-do list. Don't just throw together a pin and say "that's good enough."

It's not good enough. You need to focus and realize, if you truly want success, you have to bring it. Your pins have to kick ass.

If you can't make incredible pins, go to Fiverr and hire someone to do it.

If the first person doesn't deliver, try again. Don't settle. Beautiful pins are the foundation of a successful marketing campaign.

Step 2: use Tailwind Tribes

You can thank me later.

Plan, Focus and Execute

The main point of this article is to pick the 5 most important tasks from your long to-do list, set your intention and execute. 

Just do it! Don't talk about doing it. Just do it!

Etsy Tips of the Week

Each Monday, we release our Etsy tip of the week. This series aims to teach Etsy sellers on how to improve their shops and sell more items.

Sometimes it feels like there are a million things to do. When the list gets too long, we tend to freeze up, and our productivity goes way down. We have a solution for this. Grab yourself a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of all the activities that need to be done. Try to make a list at least twenty items long. Next... #etsysuccess #etsyTips #etsyweeklytips
Kelly Fitzsimmons

In 2010, Kelly left the corporate world behind, sold all his stuff and hit the road. He settled in Chiang Mai, met his super-intelligent wife, Bibi and together, they created their thriving Etsy business. To keep the creative juices following, Bibi and Kelly have started side blogging projects aimed at helping others mimic their Etsy and blogging success.

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