Thursday, April 8, 2010

Decision Made

I mentioned recently that I was trying to decide what to do with my Artfire account, should I stay pro or go basic? I may have only mentioned this only recently, but it's honestly been something that I've been struggling to decide for awhile now. I don't have stellar sales in either my etsy or artfire shops, but etsy is costing me less, and it only costs me if I make a sale or I chose to list. I like that.

I've also discovered that splitting my focus really doesn't work. I mean, I'd like to be able to equally promote both shops, but it usually ends up I'm focusing on one or the other. Which sometimes works, and other times just drives me nuts as I wish for more hours in the day where I can promote, create, and take care of the rest of life!

There are many things I dislike about Etsy, many things I like about Artfire, but it comes down to money in the end. And, to be honest, connections. I've made a lot more friends on Etsy, and if I'm going to focus on one shop, I'd rather focus on the one where I've made those friendships.

So I'm taking my Artfire account basic. I am going to keep it, and I'll work on it occasionally when I'm happy with where I'm on Etsy, but I honestly have a LOT of things I want to work on with my Etsy shop and the decision to just focus on that is a major relief! Especially when you consider I also have one consignment shop, would still like to find more of those, and I'm going to be doing the Saturday Markets this summer...


Beadwright said...

You did well with working this all out. I am in that same thought process as well. Etsy does cost me more money than Artfire however. You are right it comes down to the money thing.
Have a great day

KittsKrafts said...

I think you made a good decision. I've been trying out the basic for a while waiting to see if it would perk up enough to go pro and so far my Artfire is pretty much dead compared to my Etsy.

BeadedTail said...

Glad you've made a decision and can focus on what you want to do now. Best of luck with everything!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I think this is a wise decision.
I too feel the friendships I've made at Etsy weigh heavily on my decision to stay there :)

Anitra Cameron said...

I agree with you and the other comments, and I'm also glad you stayed with us!