Yesterday I was interviewed by Donna about my experiences with my Etsy shop Songbirds Nest. But some important questions did not get answered in that post. Like why the heck it took me so long to open up my shop and what made me do it now, after stalling for so long.
I know several of you have been asking and wondering about that too. So I thought I’d get into it with a bit more detail.
So why did I take almost two years to finally open up that shop?
There is a long answer to this and a short one. But both boil down to the same thing. And that is fear. Simple
fear. Fear of success, fear of failure. All the what if’s a person can have. ‘What if no one likes my stuff and nothing gets sold?’, ‘What if I sell out everything real quick, can I handle all that extra work?’, and maybe most of all ‘What if I find out I don’t really like having a shop, I will have lost a dream, a fantasy then?’.
Dreaming about an alternative life is so much easier than actually trying to create that life. Dreaming is safe, it is always there for you, no one can take that away. But once you actually start going after that dream, you might find out that in reality the dream isn’t as ideal and wonderful as the fantasy was. So sometimes it is just so much easier to stick with dreaming instead of doing.
But then of course you will never live your dream…….
At least a year ago (it might even have been two) I put my shop banner in my blog sidebar and said “opening soon”, I had hoped that would spur me on into action. It didn’t work at all. It wasn’t until I put a specific date to it, that I had created a no-escape kind of deadline. That last day before my shop opening I worked for 18 hours straight until 2 a.m. but the shop was open and the first sale was a reality. Talk about sitting on cloud nine!
So what changed? What made me decide to just go for it after all?
I guess I was finally fed up with myself. There was simply only one way to find out if this Etsy thing would work, and that is to just do it. Take all the necessary steps, and jump in. And most of all have faith that if I found out I had done something wrong I would be able to fix it. And that if it all turned out to be one big bust I’d still be ok.
Setting that date in public was key in it though. I really made it impossible for myself to chicken out again. Ready or not I’d have to start and list things and get the ball moving for real. If you have a blog, and you are scared of doing something, just put it out there, make the world your witness and force yourself to get over yourself.
So now that the deed is done and the shop is open. How do I feel about it now?
I am still so happy that I can finally say “I have an Etsy shop”. But in hindsight the timing was a little off. I opened up the shop on Saturday and on the night of the Thursday before I decided to join the 31 Days challenge. Having an Etsy shop is not the same as opening one. I realize that. The 31 Days challenge has made it almost impossible to give Songbirds Nest the attention it needs to really come alive.
So far I have had one sale. Success or Fail?
Finally doing what I wanted to do for so long, but scared which me so much, feels like a huge success. Even if my little shop will not become the path to my dream, I will have had the experience of trying it, of doing it, of dealing with the fear. And as I said I know this little shop can only grow and thrive if I keep putting time and energy in it, and so far I haven’t.
I do know that it won’t be easy. I may have the advantage of having all of the European Flea markets in my backyard, but it also means that I have to ship everything from over here too. I am sure shipping costs are my number one limiting factor. Shipping packages internationally is crazy expensive. If my shop fails I am sure this will be one of the most important factors in that. I just can’t avoid adding a lot to the price of an item because of shipping. I can only hope that the fact people will be getting the real deal straight from a European Flea Market will make it worth their wile. It is after all still a lot cheaper than coming over here and looking for it themselves.
I’ll just have to wait and see…..
How about you?
If you are considering an Etsy shop I only have one piece of advice to you: Do as I say and not as I did. Open up that shop already and don’t let fear, worries or practicalities get in the way for too long. In the end I am learning too that you can only figure it out while doing it, and not beforehand.
I am writing a series of 31 days to Get it Done! You can find all the posts in this series here.
On the first day I explained in detail what this series is about and what I am going to do, find that post and all the posts since then in order here.
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