As many of you who follow my blogs may know that I have more than one sales venue. I have only been blogging for a couple of weeks and am finally getting the hang of it. I love to feature my artisan peers and their items in my postings.
What has this done for their businesses? I'm not quite sure as it is sometimes hard/impossible to tell how a buyer came to this item. As for my business, my views in at least one venue have doubled in a week. Sales may not have, however we must all take into account the shape our economy is in.
I am currently working on stocking four (4) shops. Not to mention the various social networking sights I have joined." Why so many?" some may ask, yet the answer is simple to me. I do not believe in having all of my proverbial 'eggs' in one basket. The reason being that I feel one should disperse those eggs into several baskets, hand those baskets out to others to help distribute them and you can distribute those eggs more efficiently.
Now I am no mathematician, yet I am smart enough to know that if we all do our share of the work (i.e.; promote yourself, your business, your name, your items, and others') we will all have a better chance of bringing back the age of handmade. Not to mention increase our sales, and make some profit doing what all of us artisans love to do! I also feel that we should all support the new and upcoming online venues, instead of considering them "competition". In the end it is all up to the buyer, so we should join hands and make "handmade" an all inclusive community rather than a war of site stats and sales. Just my opinion and I hope you all enjoyed and take my words into consideration.
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