Well I made it through the launch of my website and my first sale. In some ways, it went better than I expected. In other ways, it was completely different. I learned oh so much and this next shop update will go a little bit differently.
The biggest learning curve I think was just in the way I was listing items. I want to do that differently. I haven't completely nailed down what will be done differently, or perhaps how to nail it the second time. But I feel like I have a better grasp on how to be efficient with that process. I also got a lot of good feedback from you all about what you would like to see included in the details. I'll be a bit more thorough this time.
I learned also, that my model for shipping isn't going to work for me. While I would like to be as good a recycler as I can, I realize now that completely creating boxes from other boxes isn't efficient at all for me, and doesn't really provide for consistent or safe shipping options. I will continue to work through all of the packing material I have though. I imagine that will remain a constant for a while as I now have wonderful humans saving their own material for me as well. This time I am working on ordering consistent sized boxes that will allow for consistent shipping costs for me.
My other reason for wanting more consistent shipping costs was because I don't want shipping to be yet another thing you have to mentally calculate to the price of what your purchasing. I HATE having to pay for shipping when I order online and I really don't want to invoke those feelings in you all when you're looking at what I make. So I won't be charging for it anymore. Hazzah!
I'm still working through some kinks on the backside and still working on tweaking the look of some things.... like the website which is getting a completely different look. I'm also thinking about adjusting my product shot setup to be a bit tailored.
It's all such a process and I'm sure this blog post will be completely boring for most who read it, except for the part on shipping. I'm writing it a bit with the intention of just sharing my journey with others who are on a similar path. So this one is for them.
Cheers to the holidays. They are fast approaching. Lots to do.