Are you the kind of person to just jump right in when you have an idea, or do you take the time to plan and work things out?
I’m a little impatient, so I jump right in! Sometimes it works, but most of the time there’s fine tuning and occasionally you just need to step back take a breath and take another run at it.
So for my Etsy shop, I just jumped right in. Especially when I discovered ‘production partners’. The main reason I’ve been hesitant about starting a shop is because I don’t want to deal with inventory, packaging, and shipping. I just want to design and make them available to the world. While making a little money of course.
I came across my first mistake late last night. It’s a doozy…kind of.
So my production partners are based in the good ol’ US of A. I am looking locally and as soon as I find one I will be making the switch, but for now most of my products are made and shipped from the states. You would think this would have been a clue, but I was blinded by the idea of being able to sell my designs myself.
Late last night, once the boys were down, I was going through my products and getting some new ones ready to add to my shop when all of a sudden it dawned me. My production partners are in the USA! Shit! That probably means that the prices on their sites are in US dollars! Damn! All that profit I thought I was making?!! Non existent! Oops!
It goes without saying that I immediately put the store in holiday mode and started making the most of my limited math skills. You cannot imagine the headache I gave myself. Not to mention the I felt like the biggest idiot in the world!
I am almost done rectifying the problem. So if you go back to my shop you will noticed the prices have changed. My apologies to those who were looking before, I realized my awful mistake. Please know that I did my best to keep the prices as low as possible.
For those of you that managed to get an order in before I realized my error, you are welcome. 😉