Monday, December 28, 2009

3 Ways To Make 2010 the Best Year Ever - Part One

This is kind of a follow up to the post I published much earlier about the Etsy Goal Spreadsheet. I actually stuck to it for the whole year(!), and it has been my best Etsy sales year ever. Coincidence? Maybe. I definitely feel that it helped me to not only set a goal, but to keep working at it all year long. Although I *ahem* did not actually reach my audacious goal, I got a lot farther than I think I otherwise would have.
And here's the really awesome extra benefit. I was feeling sort of down on myself: "Why isn't my marketing working? What am I doing wrong? What's wrong with me?" etc etc. Then I did the numbers. I tallied up all my Etsy sales that I had made in 2009 (so far!). And then, just for fun, I went back and did the previous two years. It was an eye opener.
Without divulging my (pretty modest) numbers, here's the result:
2009 - I nearly doubled my sales over 2008
2008 - Over 3 times the sales of 2007
2007- I was just getting started, and sold 25 items.
In other words, whatever the heck I'm doing is actually working, albeit maybe not always as fast & dramatic as I'd like.

HERE'S WHERE IT APPLIES TO YOU: Keep records of your goals! You might be quite happily surprised at the end of a seemingly crummy year just how well you did, and how much better than the year before. Go back and tally up your sales for previous years (yes, I know this is a pain. It's worth it!). Become conscious of just how well you've done, and grateful. Set a goal for 2010. And then, we're going to kick 2010's butt.

And I have a little present for you. It's the 2010 Etsy Goal Spreadsheet. Enjoy it and use it!
Click here to download.
(This will take you to a new window. Click on FILE, then DOWNLOAD AS. Feel free to share & change this willy nilly, but please let people know you found it here: http://chickenpants.net Thanks!)
For instructions on using the spreadsheet, check out the earlier post.
The goal is set at 500, but feel free to change that to whatever your goal actually is.

***UPDATE 1/4/10- The weirdness with the dates has been fixed. They are now accurate and for the current year. Sheesh! Crazyness.***


Tomorrow, I'm coming back with a new tool to share with you. Stay tuned.

30 comments:

Tigz said...

Ooooh how inspiring! I've already set myself a list of goals for 2010 and one of my things to do was to improve on my Etsy Sales in comparison to last year (which won't be hard as it totalled 3 lol!!) But I've already updated my shop and have lots of new ideas so fingers crossed! Hope 2010 is a good year for you too :D

Little Tesoro said...

Wow this is great. I just opened my shop in November and your spreadsheet will be a great tool for 2010.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Sam said...

Totally cool - thank you soooo much!!

Mandy said...

Thanks a bunch! I'm definitely going to check it out and do some planning during nap time!

Absolutely Small said...

You're welcome, everyone! I hope it works for you, too. ^_^
Here's to a really good 2010!

Knotted Nest said...

Thanks for posting this. I am definitely going to take your advice and document my goals better in 2010.

Happy New Year!

In Honor Of Design said...

Thank you sooo much! What a fabulous goal sheet!

You rock!

Anna

Jen said...

Thank you SO much for sharing!

Jacquie said...

Wow what a fantastic idea. I moved it into Excel and added some sums to make it more automatic. Would you be interested in a copy?

Surinder said...

I started my store last year was not quite happy with the results. But your blog has been an eye opener... THanks for sharing! & All the best!

Pam @ Playing with Fiber said...

Always a great idea to document goals - what's that saying about how will you know if you've arrived if you don't know where you're going? (Something like that anyway.) :-)

I have some definite goals for my shop this year - thanks for the push to make them 'legal' by documenting them!

Pam

pollyanna cowgirl said...

Girl, you're on fire! Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness with the less-organized. :)

craftedbylindy said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I just went back and did 2009 and found out I tripled my sales in the second half of the year from the first half and that Tuesdays have been my biggest sale day so far. Very cool!

Thanks again for sharing!!!

Littleclouds said...

thanks for this, very helpful, going to tweet it now! crediting it back to your blog of course!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Great spredasheet, Im rubbish at formulas - so this is a real helping hand. I will spread the word :)
Many thanks!

Blue & White Wear said...

Thanks so much! Looks great and I am going to try it!

Kitty City Creations said...

Thanks so much. Maybe this is what I need to get myself going for 2010...

KittyCityCreations.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

I have my regular set of books, but see that writing a few notes a second time can help me see a broader view of what is happening with my etsy account. Great idea! Thanks for the spreadsheet. It will do just what you said. Thanks much! Randy

Absolutely Small said...

Thank you for the sweet comments, everyone! ^-^ I'm glad you're all finding this useful. Best wishes for your businesses in 2010!

Carolyn Singh said...

The link does not seem to be working. Has it been taken down?
Carolyn Singh
LusterWear.etsy.com

Absolutely Small said...

Hi Carolyn,
I just tried the link again, and it appears to be working fine on my end. Maybe it's an issue with your browser?

Jennifer O. said...

This is awesome, thanks!

Eclectic Mix Knitwear said...

Hi,
Thanks for this, very kind spirited of you, I am looking forward to using it!

All the best.

Absolutely Small said...

You're very welcome! Best wishes for you & your businesses!

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Thank you so much for this simple yet so helpful aid. You rock for sharing it.
Happy sales to you!
Peace, Judi

Absolutely Small said...

You're welcome! ^-^

Miranda said...

Thank you for sharing this! :)

I was wondering, do you count individual items or just the number of sales on Etsy? So like, if you make a reserved listing for a person who wants 5 items, you just count that as one sale right?

Absolutely Small said...

Hi Miranda,

I just count the actual sales on Etsy. (i.e.: I have discounted 2 packs of Chickenpants in my shop. It's two items, but it's only one sale.)
But that's just how I do it. Naturally, you're welcome to count 'em however you like, though! ^-^

Veganosaurus said...

I started using your spreadsheet at the beginning of the year and I have to say it's been an amazingly uplifting tool! Thank you so much for the positive energy! :)

Absolutely Small said...

That's wonderful to hear! I'm so glad it's working well for you. ^_^

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