Saturday, August 31, 2013

Selling on Etsy e-Book

I'm so happy to announce that my new e-book is done! It's been a very hectic week, finishing up all the corrections that my editor kept sending over, but definitely a fun process all in all! ;)

The PDF version is available on the Etsy store and the Kindle version is available on the Amazon store!

selling on etsy guide


• What’s your first impression of my shop?
• What should I sell?
• What should I name my shop?
• Do I need a shop banner?
• Should my titles be descriptive or practical?
• What should I say in my item descriptions?
• Why do I need a seller profile?
• Shop policies? What are those?

• Why can’t I seem to get any traffic to my shop?
• How can I tell if what I’m doing is making any difference in getting traffic to my shop?
• Why am I not getting any sales?
• Are my prices too high?
• Who is my target market?
• How’s my photography?
• Should I use a model in my photographs?
• Should I be on Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Instagram?
• How should I package my items?
• Should I be preparing for Christmas sales? (And if so, how?)

• What do I do about rude customers?
• They want a refund! Now what?
• How do I get a customer to leave my feedback?
• Should I convo a customer to let them know I’ve shipped their order?
• I need more information before I can ship an order. How do I get it?
• Is it okay to email potential clients about my shop?

+ 5 case studies of actual Etsy shops!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Slowly Adjusting to Life in So Cal

Well, I haven't worn long pants or real shoes in about two weeks now. Lol. It's hot the second I wake up, but when the sun goes down, the evenings are very pleasant (that's when I try to do my shopping and errands). The errands we have had to run during the day result in lots and lots of sweat, but on the bright side, this pasty, white Oregonian is actually starting to tan! Never thought I'd be able to say that! I'm notoriously un-tannable. Lol.

I don't know if you care to see my feet, but my sister found nearly free nail polish on her weekly grocery run, so I got three shades for $2 total! Wow! I am not nearly as savvy with couponing as she is, but maybe now that we're living nearby, some of that will rub off. ;)

We had a broken air conditioner the first few days and we all thought we were going to die, but it's fixed now so we're all able to relax in a fairly cool apartment during the day. We had to dunk Carlita in the sink three times a day while the AC was out, but now that we've got it again, she's back to her old tricks of stealing my bed!

Here was the view from our front walk this morning. We left early to head down to a meeting in L.A. We also stopped and got a bed for me from Craigslist. No more sleeping on an air mattress! (We had to leave all our furniture in Oregon).

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Things I've Learned in the First 48 Hours of Being a Southern Californian

#1 - I now know how to pump gas

I've pumped my own gas for the first... and second... time this week. Believe it or not, I made it to the ripe old age of 34 without ever having done that before. Oregon is one of the only states where pumping your own gas is illegal, so I've been privileged to have the station attendants do it for me up until now! Thankfully most pumps seem to have directions, so I'm sure I'll be an old pro soon. ;)

#2 - My hair dries really fast in this hot, dry weather

It's very odd to me to literally be out of the shower and in about 5 minutes my hair's nearly dry. In Oregon, I'd have to spend like 10-15 minutes with a hair dryer to get it dry. Most days I wouldn't bother and would just let it stay wet for hours. I never really thought about the fact that our very humid Oregon weather was probably partially to blame for my hair taking so long to dry! Lol. Now living in the middle of a desert, it's very interesting to be able to dry off so fast!

#3 - The second the sun goes down, it gets cool

This is another symptom of being in a dry climate. I sort of knew this fact from visiting my sister who has lived here for years, but it still surprises me every evening. I'm so used to being hot and sticky late into the night during Oregon summers. As hot as it gets during the day down here, the evenings are gorgeous and cool and it's the perfect time to go out on the town.

#4 - People drive really FAST here

I think this is partially a Californian thing. Every Californian I have ever known has driven fast, but I really notice it now that I'm living here. Even the speed limits are higher here than in small-town Oregon. Freeways are mostly 70 mph (65 in Oregon), and in-town driving is mostly 45-50 mph (35 in Oregon). I feel like I'm always zipping around really fast, just praying that I don't miss my exit! Lol.

Have you ever moved somewhere a lot different from where you grew up? What fun new things did you learn or discover about the new area?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Greetings from California!

Well we made it to California in one piece! I 'bout nearly died of heat-stroke in the meanwhile, but now my freckles are already starting to grow together as sun protection, so I think I'll survive.

We started our big trip off with a garage sale last weekend. I think we probably sold about a quarter of our belongings and then gave another quarter of it away to a charity. After packing up the vans and realizing we STILL had too much stuff to fit in, we gave another bunch of stuff away.

You start realizing which of your belongings are really important to you and which are disposable when you literally can't fit all of it in your moving van and have to choose your favorites! It made me remember stories of the pioneers leaving their beloved pianos and paintings behind when they traveled West because they couldn't fit everything in their covered wagons.

Our first stop on moving day was to the DMV. My mom's car tags expired about a week ago! Oops! So we stopped and got a trip permit. Last thing we wanted was to get pulled over while we're traveling 800+ miles to our new house!

We had packed Carlita into a cute little kitty carrier in my car, and she wasn't so sure about it at first. I'm sure she assumed I was taking her to the vet, and she wasn't happy about that. After 10/15 minutes though, she started to calm down, and after that it was pretty smooth sailing with her!

After stretching our trip into two VERY LONG days (it was too hot to go any faster in non-air-conditioned vehicles), we finally made it to Southern California! My sister put us up for the night and then her in-laws helped move us into our new second-story apartment on Saturday morning. Between the sweating and the stairs, we're definitely going to be losing weight here! Lol.

Seriously though, it really is gorgeous here, and I think I'm starting to acclimate to the heat already. Everyone we've met has been really friendly so far. People drive faster, speak a lot more Spanish, and all have tans, but so far the culture-shock hasn't been too much! Lol. I am pleased to have found a Barnes and Nobles, Kohls, and several Starbucks already. It's been fun exploring my new town this weekend! Also, I interview with my potential new job this week as well, so I'll have to let you all know about that! :) Lot's of new changes, for sure!

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