I'd been working several days on this "blogging every day" stuff. And I was visiting forums and plugging our products everywhere I could possibly think of. And our sales were really not showing any improvement. Last night I was pretty bummed about it all. When you work all day long at something you expect to have something to show for it.
Then finally, something happened. I was prowling around etsy like normal, and stopped into a chat room again. I was there for about 30 seconds when someone out of the blue asked "Does anyone here make soap?" I just happened to be the only soapmaker in the room, which I think is rare. She looked at my products and loved what she saw! She ordered a gift basket full of stress-be-gone stuff for her husband and plans on buying a few bars for herself as well. Score!
A few minutes after those details were worked out, another person joined the fray. Etsy's chat is pretty cool because you can post pictures up in a sidebar of products that you like from people in the room. Someone had posted our pomegranate soap and this person messaged me very excitedly. She has been wanting to make cold-process soap and almost has all the ingredients she needs. But, she said, she got excited and bought a bar of our pomegranate.
So finally! It seems like I did *something* to pay off a little! Not only the sales, but both of these people seem like genuinely good people. I know I'll be talking to them both again soon. Go Etsy!
A mother-daughter duo in Colorado building a business from home with handmade soap, bath, and massage products.
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