August 1, 2008


Sorry for my sad little post yesterday. I'm feeling better today, thank you for all your sweet messages.
So 500 what? Etsy sales!!! I hit the big 5-0-0 this morning. The lucky customer is actually going on the Bead Cruise with us next year, so that was sweet. I'm going to throw in a little surprise for her.
So, what is the secret to my Etsy success?
1. Read all the tips and hints offered on the Storque and attend the shop critiques to learn how to improve.
2. Learn to take better photos.
3. List everyday, more than once a day if you can.
4. Have a line of work that you create over and over along with one-of-a-kind pieces that keep customers coming back to see what's new.
5. Advertise and market outside of etsy. Take advantage of flickr, blogging, twitter, facebook, myspace, etc.
6. Join a street team for cross-promotion.
There is more, but that's the top 6. Learning to run an online business is a constant challenge and takes an investment of time.


Lorelei said...

High Five HEATHER!
Down Looooowww!
Wish I could help you celebrate! I look forward to this day myself! I have a ways to go.

Stef said...

I think it also helps that your work is stunning...congratulations!

No Easy Beads said...

Congratulations on the BIG 500!!
Your sucess is such an inspiration for all of us.

angelinabeadalina said...


LLYYNN said...

You left out the part about 'be a genius with color, create amazing designs and stunning beads' - but then, it is called 'Humblebeads' right? So I'll say it for you!

Emma Todd said...

Congratulations!! excellent accomplishment, I suggest more bead shopping as reward :) always my favourite! Thanks for the tips too, after a year of buying on etsy I'm starting to get things organized to start selling there too. You're a wonderful inspiration, all the best for the next 500!

Fab Fibers said...

Way to go girl! You know I love your beads. Glad to see you made it home safely. Lets see some of those new beads soon (you know the ones I mean).

Cindy said...

Congrats, Heather!!! What an accomplishment. :-)

lavenderlizard said...

Awesome, Heather!!! Congrats on a huuuuuge milestone!

(welcome back to sweltering SA!)