Summer’s End (adventures in online selling pt3)

Well, summer vacation has come and gone. Now it’s back to the grind.

But is it really ‘the grind’ if you really enjoy what you do?

With the end of summer vacation comes the start of daycare for the littlest. And that means Mum gets to work in peace and quiet during the day. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a little while now.I never thought it would be hard to get back to working several hours in a row. I guess I just got used to being interrupted. I’m sure I’ll get over it and soon enough I’ll be losing track of time.

It helps that I’ve got a few projects lined up. There will be books, a game, and new designs to my Etsy store.  

Here’s a little update on my adventures in online selling.

I have received all my samples and have decided on my print providers. I’ve also reworked all the item descriptions. Turns out I was doing it all wrong. And the proof is that I’ve managed to boost my traffic a little. And I do mean a little, but it is better than none. Still trying to figure out the whole marketing thing. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to get more sales, or at the very least increase traffic.

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So now that everything is tweaked and ready to go I’ve decided to start with a GRAND OPENING SALE! That’s right! For ONE WEEK only (until the 20th of August) you can get 15% off any item in my shop. I will also be adding stuff throughout the week, so check back often.

Just this morning I added this cute little design…. A little something I came up with last night. Let me know what you think. 🙂

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Adventures in Selling…mistakes were made

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. 😉Totes

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Adventures in Selling

So it’s been a couple weeks since I put my first item/design up for sale.

Still trying to figure things out, but the response has been good and I made my first sale.

It’s easy to just let a third party handle the production and shipping, but you need to make sure the product represents and your brand. Am I right?!

Last week, I ordered some samples. Not everything has come in yet.

I have received my stickers and t-shirts from RedBubble. I must say I am quite happy with the stickers. Some minor adjustments on my end, but that’s alright. I do find the colors on the t-shirts to be a little faded and some of the details were lost. However, overall, I’m quite pleased. I’ve shown the t-shirts to other people and they don’t seem to notice anything wrong with them. I’m just being pick I guess.

I am still waiting on a phone case from them that should be arrive this week.

Another reason for placing some sample orders is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Since it is impossible for me to produce most of the products, I’ve opted for a production partner to fulfill my Etsy orders. Still waiting on this order to arrive. I wish they were a little quick at fulfilling the order, but maybe they’ll make up for it with quality.

Still have some kinks to iron out. Stay tuned as this saga unfolds!

That being said…here are some of the items you will find with my designs:

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New Products Available

So, you may or may not know, I’ve made some of my designs available at Zazzle

I wanted to have my designs available or kids and they offer quite a good selection of products. Here’s what you can find if you pop into my store.

They have some other pretty cool products but they aren’t available for me to add them to my store. Things like nightlights and pacifiers. Should you like to order something like that get in touch I will make it happen.

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I’ve done it before and I failed. And i’m doing it again, only this time i’m going to make it work! I’ve got an etsy shop! My biggest problem with Etsy was supplying the product and shipping. This maybe naive but I had no idea you could ahve this done by a third party. So I’m giving it a go. We’ll see what happens.

So far, a couple days running and I’ve already got my first sale! This is encouraging. There’s not much there but there will be. I’ve had such a great response to my new monsters that I thought ‘these little guys might do well on children’s clothes.’ Truth be told I just really wanted my kids to wear some of my designs since they are the inspiration. People seemed to really like them so I thought it would be a shame not to share.

Here’s to big things in the future and my first sale!

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Let’s keep them coming!

 

For Sale

Have you ever wondered if my designs are available for purchase? Well, I’ve had a few people ask. And my answer was….”um…not yet”. Well that changes right now! I’ve decided to open a shop. I opted for Redbubble simply because I wanted to include clothes for babies and Society6 doesn’t have that option. Here’s a little taste of what you can find there. Please pop in and if you like what you see “like it” or maybe even buy it! Oh and check back often cause I add stuff every few days!

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Have a suggestion? Please feel free to let me know. I’d also love to know what you think.

The monsters are coming….

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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. It’s been a crazy couple of months. And not really in a good way. I seem to have got everything back to normal and I’m feeling much better. I’m a little backed up with work right now, but I needed to take a little time and create something for me…to help get back into the swing of things.

Thought I’d try playing around with Illustrator again and here’s what came out of that.

 

Challenges

So, I’m forever trying to participate in challenges such as Colour_Collective, Animaloon_Collective, Animal_Alphabets, Illustration_Friday…and so on. But my biggest challenge is finding the time between feeding our 2 month old, feeding our 16 month old, laundry, cleaning, tummy time, bath time, bed time (which entails chasing said 16 month old and putting him back in bed)…. oh and let’s not forget the freelancing work being done in between. However, with all that going on, I feel more organized than ever and I have actually been able to take part in more challenges than I did before. I guess that’s something that happens when you become a mother of 2 that are 14 months apart…you get real good at managing time! 😉

Here are a couple of my latest illustrations

Another one done…

I’ve not been posting much lately on account of being rather busy. It’s impressive how much time a toddler and a newborn take up! Add to that book illustration contract and that leaves barely anytime for sleep let alone personal work. Not that I’m complaining…not even close. I’ve just learned to be VERY organised with time and to live on very little sleep! 🙂 Now, the book is done, I do have some other side projects, but hopefully I will be able to squeeze in some personal work.

Here’s a quick one I got to do today for #portraitchallenge from @StudioTeaBreak

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I found myself with some me time earlier this week and what did I do with it? Not catch up on sleep! No sir! I did this cute little singing frog for the folks at #pinchpunchpost.

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Who knows when I’ll have more time? Until then remember…

‘Imagination will take you EVERYWHERE.”