4 Ways to Deal with Etsy Discouragement

LoudMouseSadTowelDiscouragement.  It affects all of us.

Even if you are a positive, upbeat person, you probably get discouraged from time to time. Etsy sellers are particularly prone to discouragement for reasons like these:

* slow (or no) sales
* negative feedback
* hurtful forum comments
* few (or no) visitors to your shop and/or blog

Here are some tips for dealing with Etsy discouragement:

1. Evaluate the hurtful situation and learn something from it
Yes, your experience was hurtful, but perhaps there was an ounce of truth in what the person said, wrote, or implied. Take an honest look at the situation and make improvements for the future.

2. Focus on those who love what you do.
What do your family members, your Facebook fans, or your customers (if you’ve already made some sales) say about your products? What patterns, colors, and styles do they like the most? Focus on those ideas when working on your shop, and you might just hook some new customers! :)

3. Take time to encourage someone who needs it.
I often find that when I try to be an encouragement to someone, I am the one who ends up being encouraged. Send a quick email to someone who is going through a hard time, pick up the phone and say hi to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or bake a batch of cookies and take them to a neighbor. The possibilities for encouragement are endless!

4. Keep doing great work.
Keep creating, marketing, posting, photographing! Don’t give up because of one (or a few) hurtful situations. Remember the reasons that you started your business in the first place, and push the “reset” button. You can do it! :)

Now, how about you? Have you been discouraged about your Etsy shop? What are you doing to “get out of your slump”?


images: Happiness and Sadness towels from the Loud Mouse Etsy shop

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