This entry has been a long time coming, and one that I have been avoiding having to write. I just hope that it hasn't come too late.
I have found myself at a crossroads and I love what I do so much that I have decided to come here asking for help. If things don't change I may end up having to give up on my glass and metal work which is my dream job.
Lately though I have noticed that my Etsy shop is rarely getting seen which means I can not make steady sales. I have researched social media, SEO, tried some paid advertisement, and put my work on various message boards but I still haven't been able to get a steady flow of viewers to my shop. I feel like I am just getting lost in the sea of all the other shops out there. I would invest more in advertisements if I could but I am running out of funds and I dont know how I am going to raise funds to keep trying.
I have noticed when I do get seen that I make sales which means people do enjoy my work enough to buy it and that gives me hope. I see other fused glass jewelry shops doing well which also gives me hope that it is possible and I like to think that my work is unique enough to stand out when seen.
This is not me begging for sales, but if you have a social media account and enjoy my shop could please share it whenever you see something that catches your eye. Or if you have any tips or know of decent places to pay for advertising that have a high return rate please let me know. I only need two to three sales a day to be able to get back on my feet again and I need all the help I can get.
I love my glass work so much and it has helped me through rough times, depression and with paying off medical bills I had accumulated from a surgery I had a few years back. I have built my little Etsy shop from the ground up and taught myself everything I know through nothing but trial and error since I started. Working by myself has had its ups and downs which makes it very hard for me to manage creating things and fighting to get seen. It's starting to weigh on me and I no longer know what to do.
I want to prove that it is possible for self taught artists to make it.
Thank you all so much for reading and have a great day.
TLDR: Please share my Etsy on social media when and if you can if you really do like my work or if you know any way to get seen and are willing to talk with me about it please do! If things dont change I am going to have to give up on my dream job.
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